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What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16? Earlier in John's letter he states that those who have no love for their fellow Christians "abide in death". 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Even just a few verses earlier (5:12) John says ...


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This is a fantastic question. Here's my answer. Firstly, I would argue that the definition you use from Oxford English Dictionary is actually not as encompassing of the actual theology as it could be. Going against Oxford English Dictionary is a bold claim, so I'll provide another definition. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy “Panentheism” is a ...


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To answer your main question: The Council of Laodicea, being a regional council, would only have been binding on the Faithful living in the region (specifically, on areas that were represented by their bishops). Being only a regional, and not an ecumenical council, it is not binding on all the Faithful. For your question about scripture, the answer is a ...


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A good friend of mine and her husband attend a non-denominational Bible Church. I go to services with them (Mass on Saturday though, I'm Catholic). Their church has "The Lord's Table" once a month. The first time I attended when they had The Lord's Table my friend said "Oh I have to go downstairs ( to their social hall) to get the communion." Of course ...


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Protestant here. I keep the sabbath by trying not to do work, but instead, very intentionally love God and love His people. What does that look like? Church, leading worship, praying, studying the scriptures, etc. Now for sure, we are to do these things all the time, but work gets in the way and distracts. On the sabbath, I set things aside and try to be as ...


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Within Protestantism there are many views regarding the proper way to keep the Sabbath, even among those who generally agree that Sunday is the most appropriate day to observe it. I'll provide a brief overview of three of the main views: Spiritual Sabbath, Continental Sabbath, and Puritan Sabbath. Spiritual Sabbath This view is held by many Protestants ...


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The last thing any one claiming to be Christian, be they Protestant, Catholic or whatever, is separate themselves from society for some idea that doing so is God ordained or even God pleasing. The command is to " Go into the world..." Mt.28:19,20, not cloister oneself on some mountain top. When we read " Come out and be separate,"2 Cor.6:14-18, the context ...


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It should be weaker vessel. Weaker in the body, or outer shell. Not the spirit, mind or anything else. The NIV is the only translation that says weaker "partner" rather than weaker "vessel." All other translations used the right translation except the NIV. There are many other examples of bad translations in the NIV. I don't use NIV anymore as you miss so ...


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Depending upon your usage of the word "monasticism" may render your question void. There are many Protestant groups who choose to 1) Live communally, 2) Bind themselves by communal rules, 3) Dedicate their community unto the service of the Lord and the help of the poor. Consider this article: ...


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Luther and Calvin Protestant negativity toward monasticism can be traced back to the Reformers, particularly Martin Luther. Luther was himself a monk, and after his conversion, he became progressively more opposed to the practice. In 1537, he wrote that monastic vows "must be absolutely abolished." He also frequently and enthusiastically attacked ...


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Agreeing mostly with point 1 in Nathanial's answer, though it requires a bit of clarification and expansion because as with most groups, dispensationalists (myself included) are not monolithic. We do tend to be an exception to the general protestant rule of Bible interpretation in that we first look at whom a given letter was addressed before deciding if and ...


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Protestants basically fall into three main camps, claiming that the unpardonable sin is: asserting, during Christ's life on earth, that his works were of the devil; or, refusal to repent even to the end of one's life; or, hatefully and willfully slandering the Holy Spirit's testimony of Christ. Within (3), there are three views regarding who can ...


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Do Protestants believe that all sins are equal? One might say that a glass with 1" of water in it was "equal" to a swimming pool with 1" of water in it. This can illustrate the fact that any sin causes us to fall short of the perfection to which we are called. James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is ...


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Bible says all sins are not alike; There are two types of sins Sins which are leading to death Sins those are not leading to death 1 John 5:16-17 bible says "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do ...


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The consensus among Protestants is that some sins are worse than others, but even the smallest sin deserves God's wrath. Or, put another way, sins are equally damning, but not equally heinous. The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it succinctly: Every sin deserves God's wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come. (Answer 84) ...


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Attendance at a Protestant church, even on a regular basis, does not detract from a baptized Catholic's Catholic identity in the eyes of the Church, and they are still obligated to follow the laws of the Church and the directives of their bishop and pastor: Merely ecclesiastical laws bind those who have been baptized in the Catholic Church or received ...


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Maybe. If upon deciding to join the Protestant church, the Catholic followed canonical forms and procedures, and renounced Catholicism, then the answer would be "No". However, even if the Catholic joined a Protestant church, unless the Catholic renounced the Catholic church following the canonical forms and procedures, the Church considers that he or she ...


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No, because joining a Protestant church makes you a Protestant You may not know this, but... The sacraments of the New Testament were instituted by Christ the Lord and entrusted to the Church. As actions of Christ and the Church, they are signs and means which express and strengthen the faith, render worship to God, and effect the sanctification of ...


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Prohibited participation in sacred rites of non-Catholics (communicatio in sacris) is "to be punished with a just penalty," according to the 1983 Code of Canon Law (Can. 1365). The 1917 Code says: Can. 1258 §1. It is not licit for the faithful by any manner to assist actively or to have a part in the sacred [rites] of non-Catholics Thus, for a Catholic ...


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Any argument based solely on reason can be argued against. This creates a couple of problems: We don't know all of the reasons why God commands what he does. Currently-available scientific and social evidence are not always enough to prove God's will. The real reason I as a Christian oppose homosexual actions, including homosexual marriage, is because I ...



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