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The primary distinction which you will find among protestants regarding this matter will arise from the division between those adhering to Covenant Theology and those adhering to Dispensationalism. Under Covenant Theology, the members of the modern-day church are viewed as the true children of Israel. The promises made to Abraham regarding his descendants, ...


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Yes Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chairman, USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore Archbishop Vicken Aykasian, Director, Ecumenical Affairs, Armenian Orthodox Church in America Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, Office ...


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The number of Protestant denominations represent Americas religious freedoms.This country is a creation of the Protestant Reformation thinkers who rejected the superstitions and idolatry of Southern Europe.The founding fathers rejected the hierarchies who fed false doctrines to the uneducated masses.We do interpret doctrine differently in some cases but we ...


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A Catholic Understanding There are two parts to your question: Can one forgive another for a wrong they have not suffered personally? Can one forgive another if God has not forgiven them? One at a time. Can one forgive another for a wrong they have not suffered personally? If one hasn't suffered a wrong personally, it's not clear that there's anything ...


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Protestants believe Peter was a leader amoung the apostles and may have been the leader, however, in the authority structure of the church, as it appears in the NT, he never seems to have ultimate say, and nowhere is it written that the other leaders in the church looked to him only for any final word on things, although his word was respected and accepted, ...


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No Protestant denominations that I know of support Peter being the rock of Mathew 16. They all tend to interpret this passage as Jesus indicating the revelation of who Jesus is being given him by the Father, as the 'rock' upon which the church is built. Some Protestants (individuals) note that Peter appears to have a primary role amoung the apostles, ...


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All Protestant Christian denominations have requirements for Baptism. The requirement comes from the Bible. The Bible says 'you must be born again, to see the Kingdom of God'. Being Born again is a requisite for Baptism, as it is for the Lord's supper. This is based on the Bible text itself where Jesus and other leaders of the church specified it.


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Generally speaking, many Protestant churches have no other requirement outside of a statement of faith by the individual seeking baptism. This practice corresponds to various accounts in the book of Acts, and the baptism happens immediately after the people believe. But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the ...


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The scriptures reference, in respective order: The foundation of our faith. The foundation of the authority of the church. And the order of succession within the church. 1 Corinthians 3:11 - For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Paul tells the Corinthians that salvation can only come through Christ's grace, ...


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The term 'Primacy of Peter' is primarily a Catholic term and comes highly loaded - in it's normal usage, it is inextricably linked to and fundamentally inseparable from the institution of the Papacy. It is worth noting that the original meaning of Primate is: one first in authority or rank (source, emphasis added) While Protestants generally do not ...


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What is the biblical basis for the argument against the Catholic teaching on the primacy of Peter? Matthew 16:17-19 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will ...


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Calvin devoted a section of the third volume* of his Institutes of Christian Religion to refuting the doctrine of purgatory, his method was to examine the scriptures used in support of the doctrine and explain why they had been incorrectly interpreted. The relevant passage is lengthy, but I reproduce it here in it's entirety, and the linked source gives the ...


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Purgatory as a Roman Catholic doctrine is not a biblical understanding of the term. One must be born-again of the Spirit(see John 3:3 & 3:16-17), not water baptism, which does not save...Martin Luther struggled with that, but as he grew in Christ knew that infant or water baptism does not save. In brief: Christ Jesus IS our purgatory. One is personally ...


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What is the Protestant argument against the doctrine of Purgatory? Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. If salvation is partial, incomplete, or in need of some additional work, what Jesus did on the cross is insufficient. To the extent ...


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"What are the differences between Apostles, Prophets, Peter and Jesus Christ in being the “foundation” whereon the church is built?" I noticed in the book of Revelation, that Peter and the Apostles are listed and named as the foundation stones in the protective wall of the New Jerusalem. The first foundation stone in the protective wall is Jasper, which ...


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The Roman Catholic doctrine also faces the charge of incoherence. I mean this : if we cannot enter heavenly perfection until our own short-comings are 'purged' away or duly punished ( through further pain or not , but what is painless punishment?!) then the whole concept of Indulgences by which the merits of others - supplementing Christ's inadequate ...


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Are all living stones? If they are not, they are called to be living stones to be built into a spiritual house, coming to that very living stone, chosen and precious, which God himself has laid as the cornerstone1. It follows from 1 Cor 3:11 that the living stones are to be built on no other foundation than that which God has laid, which is Jesus Christ. ...


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There are two main ways that Prophets and Apostles can be considered the foundation of the Church - their role in receiving and transmitting revelation (scripture) and their effectual ministry for Christ (service) - particularly in founding individual congregations. Christ's role in the foundation is unique - he is the chief cornerstone (cf Ephesians 2:20): ...


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ON THE TEACHING OF PURGATORY The idea of purification or cleansing of a saved human spirit after its physical death on earth is a well known idea in all professing Christians. The differences come only because of various interpretations regarding the nature of this life-after death purgation of the saved. ROMAN CATHOLIC STANCE ON PURGATION Roman ...


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Intercession is not the same as mediation! As other answers have said perfectly adequately, there is plenty of biblical support for interceding for one another and the example of the Apostle Paul requesting this intercession from other (living!) saints; although there is no particular scriptural warrant to explicitly endorse asking for such intercession ...


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"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." It's simple, it is the essence of Christianity. A non-christian cannot love as a christian because christian love is a love that goes against our human nature. Our human nature tells us to love those who love us and hate those who hate us. But God's love says do good to those who persecute you, ...


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We don't consider ourselves protestant, but the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, with all the principals, ordinances and priesthood power that the Savior established during his mortal ministry. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 refers to a falling away. The truth was lost and needed to be restored. Acts 3:21 speaks of a restitution of all things. We believe that through ...


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As a United Methodist Clergy, I have two habits: I invite the children and youth to join me around the table to consume the elements (bread and juice) following worship. I offer this prayer for the remaining elements: Thank you God for the gift of these elements which have served to remind us of your Son's sacrifice and great capacity to love us. As ...



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