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Second Timothy 2:22-26 (ESV) --

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.


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comment Water Baptism - Is it still necessary?
Hello @McGafter. From your profile, it looks like you're new to Christianity.SE. While we all have our own beliefs about who gets the Bible right, and who gets it wrong, you might find the meta post "Brothers, we are not Christians!" to be informative re what C.SE is about. Take care.
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@Narnian: What do you think?
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[…]offering a prayer that was previously composed by someone with a great gift for prayer would be displeasing to God. I find that idea troubling, as I've encountered people who are new to the faith and to prayer, and who have been very discouraged when they've heard that their efforts to communicate with God and their use of others' words to learn how to pray (see, for example, Luther’s Prayers, Ed. Herbert Brokering… or Mt 6:9-13, for that matter) could be rejected by the same God whom they’re trying to please, and the Bible instead teaches that Christians should encourage faith in others.
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Hi Narnian. Do you happen to have any references for that application of Mt 6:7? I've checked several commentaries and looked at the Greek (esp. G945 "βαττολογέω"), and found that 1) many commentators seem to be in basic agreement re Mt 6:7; & 2) of the ones that I was able to check, none exegeted the verse to refer to the offering of prayers written by others. While it may or may not be too much of a stretch to apply the verse to monastic chanting, this post seems -- at least to me -- to further suggest that […]
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