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I'll provide answers from a couple charismatic theologians, Wayne Grudem and J. Rodman Williams. Williams is the author of the first charismatic systematic theology, Renewal Theology, and I'll quote from it and some of his other writings. Original Sin First, both writers affirm the doctrine of original sin. Williams describes it as follows: "Original ...


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The people who have never heard the Gospel of Christ most certainly can and will attain eternity with God. This is clarified in a few places, but the most common place to read scripture is Romans 2:12-16 Romans 2:12-16 = "For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the ...


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So, the short answer is that the Church suffers as a participation in the redemptive suffering of Christ. As the Church is Christ's body, that means that she must suffer as he suffered. So if he meant that the Church suffers as Christ the answer is "yes, and many agree". This provides us with some useful information, including the JPII quote: For, ...


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I, too, have come to believe in universal reconciliation based on the scriptures already quoted and on the issue of why God created humanity. It seems to me that it is surely very unfortunate that most of our modern Bible versions are (so called) translations that simply mimic the King James Version with all its contradictions. When one reads the Concordant ...


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Without Hell, from what does Jesus save? Even the most liberal Christians say that sin is inescapable. So Jesus cannot be saving me from sin. If one were to exclude consideration of the eternal state, faith in Jesus has other benefits. Knowledge of truth. John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, ...


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If Osteen and Prince were assuming an unsaved audience when they uttered this phrase, then it makes no sense. Forgiveness comes from confession of sin to God or Christ, and the unsaved person by definition does not believe in Jesus. If they were assuming a saved audience, then the phrase "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's ...


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St. Augustine taught one can lose their salvation by their actions (which protestants call 'works') even if they have the faith - this contradicts the five solas and Luther's concept of Simul Iustus et Peccator (at the same time just and a sinner) St. Augustine on how mortal and venial sins are forgiven “But do not commit those sins on account of ...


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The answer to this question is by no means short or simple. A great many principles were corrupted over the course of almost 1,700 years from the time Christ's apostles were martyred and Joseph Smith was called to restore the Church. However, I would say that the most significant principle which was corrupted very early in the great apostasy was the ...


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Within Mormon (LDS) theology, you can't speak of Church organization without speaking of priesthood authority. The Priesthood exists without the Church but the Church cannot exist without the Priesthood. The Priesthood is the power and authority given by God to act in the name of Jesus Christ. So it makes no sense to a person of the LDS faith to separate ...


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The theological term for the concept you are thinking of, namely that Christ was payment for our sins and so took upon Himself the fullness of punishment due to sin, is known as penal substitution (as you identify). Penal substitution is largely originated in the Reform Movement. It is generally agreed that no Church father taught penal substitution, but ...


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In Romans 7 is Paul talking about before or after he was saved? This question often arises as many Christians identify with the frustration and sense of defeat given in chapter seven. However, in context Paul is describing a contrast between trying to do good in the flesh (chapter seven) and by the Spirit (chapter eight). The mixing of past and present ...


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"Liberal Christianity" is a loosely defined and wide-ranging group, and there can be many approaches to salvation, but let me describe a commonly believed approach. While we often use the word 'salvation' as if it was synonymous with 'rescue', in the original languages it doesn't really mean that in a simple way. The word has connections with both 'healing' ...


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I can offer an answer to this question based on the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and the denominations that follow his theology. Swedenborg's theology is highly inclusivist: Swedenborg taught that people of all religions can be saved and go to heaven if they believe in God and live a good life according to the teachings of their own ...



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