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Protestantism is a broad tradition referring to the churches which broke from the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th Century and those that descended from them.

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How is Romans 8:35-36 to be understood? [migrated]

Romans 8:35-36 states, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Even as it is written, “...
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How do Protestants interpret Ezekiel 18:20-32?

Here is my translation:1 Ezekiel 18:20-32 The soul that sins, the same [only] shall die: the son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father the guilt of the son: the righteousness ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament, why should Christians care how the civil authorities define it?

The reformers rejected the sacrament of marriage and turned marriage over to the civil authorities. (I understand that reformation churches even stopped conducting weddings for a few centuries.) Today,...
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Is there any evidence to support the authenticity of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a paper on the subject: "The Ethics of Late Judaism as Evidenced in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs". The writings consist of the last words and ...
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What are the main differences between Jesusonians and Protestant christians?

Both groups have much variation from the traditional beliefs. Also I just recently heard of the Jesusonian denomination. What are the main differences between these two denominations?
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Famous Pre Reformation Christian Pastors (Non Catholic)

After the Splintering of the Protestant Revolt, there have been many men who are famous as Pastors and Preachers even up to the present day, the Billy Grahams the Joel Olstiens, John McArthurs, an ...
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Do Protestants understand Jesus to be both “the son of Adam” and “the son of God”?

Do Protestants understand Jesus to be both "the son of Adam" and "the son of God"?
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How do Protestants against the use of alcoholic wine explain 1 Timothy 3:8?

1 Timothy 3:8 (DRB) Deacons in like manner chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre In case it's unclear why this is viewed as disproving notion that the Bible ...
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2 John 1:9 — What does it mean to “continue in doctrine?” (Protestantism)

2 John 1:9 (KJV2000) Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. Cf. 1 Tim. 4:16. ...
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1 John 5:3 — What are “his commandments?” and how are they “not heavy?” (Protestantism)

1 John 5:3 (DRB) For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy. Cf. Mt. 11:30. Question According to Protestantism, to what commandments does "...
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Historically, how did Protestantism first arrive at a consensus?

Paul urges the Corinthian church : Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be ...
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When did lay people first get a vote in the general conferences of the United Methodist Church?

In the news reports swirling around the 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, something struck me as odd – there were "lay delegates" among the 800 delegates able to vote on the ...
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How is “Free Grace Theology” linked with dispensationalism?

I have a somewhat vague understanding of dispensationalism and Covenant theology, and have until now preferred the latter to the former because it seems simpler and hence more intuitive. I recently ...
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What does Reformed Protestantism teach regarding 'spirit and soul and body' (I Thessalonians 5:23)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 KJV Paul lists '...
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What function does a Council actually serve in Calvinism?

Calvin begins his Antidote1 with the following word (Preface): The name of Sacred Council2 is held in such reverence in the Christian Church, that the very mention of it produces an immediate ...
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What does 'orthodox' mean, in practice?

'Orthodox' with a capital has a specialised meaning, regarding the Eastern Orthodox Church, but its uncapitalised meaning (which is not necessarily a matter of Christianity and neither the English ...
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Meaning of Acts 10:34-35 according to Protestantism

Acts 10:34-35 (DRB) And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh justice, is acceptable to ...
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What kind of baptism do the Anglican's practice?

I came across By April the group was in danger of a split. Taylor admitted his folly in rebaptizing Anglicans and never again swerved from a true interdenominational position. in James Hudson ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

Within Protestantism there is no universal definition of theology or how to understand the Bible: Anglicans have one definition, Lutherans another, Calvinists another, (insert name here), etc. So ...
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Do Protestants have a biblical basis for not smashing statues of Jesus?

Lately, I've been checking out "Mary Worship" videos and "Praying to Saints" videos online from Protestants who protest the Catholic practice of statues of Christ and Mary. Pastors or lay Protestants ...
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On what basis do Protestants extend the New Covenant to include gentiles?

Given "sola scriptura" and the explicit assertions in scripture regarding the participants in the covenant ("the houses of Israel and Judah") how do Protestants justify teaching it to be for gentile ...
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How do Protestants reconcile their confession of the Athanasian Creed with sola scriptura?

It must be admitted by Protestants that only the most banal of the 44 assertions of the Creed of Athanasius appear in the pages of scripture and that its authority is Catholic tradition, justified ...
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What is the mainline Protestant understanding of “unceasing prayer”?

The Bible speaks about this concept of unceasing prayer, to give some examples that seem to talk about thus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; ...
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According to Protestants, isn't the bishop of Rome still a bishop nonetheless?

The progressive critique of fundamental premises of the Catholic faith in the 'Reformation' eventually gave rise—however sympathetically or hostilely you wish to understand this change of mind; as a ...
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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

Acts 8:34-36 (DRB) And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at ...
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Is “formal schismatic” a useful category in practice?

Wikipedia says that formal schismatics are those who: knowing the true nature of the Church, have personally and deliberately committed the sin of schism. But if formal schismatics have to truly ...
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How do Protestants explain the relationship between justification and the works of the servants in the Parable of the Talents?

This is not the question 'What does the Parable of the Talents mean according to Protestantism,' but a question specifically regarding the nature of the 'wicked' servant, and how it corresponds to his ...
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Protestant Interpretation 1 Peter 1:17

How do Protestants interpret 1 Peter 1:17? It reads: 1 Peter 1:13-17 (DRB) Wherefore having the loins of your mind girt up, being sober, trust perfectly in the grace which is offered you in the ...
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True Doctrines Or Heresies?

I am a Protestant. I have been trying to trace the church from the time of Jesus to the current day. I have a question. In the first half a century I see great debates in the defense and ...
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What statistics are there on the age of conversions?

By age group, what percentage of converts to Christianity are there after age 70? By age group, what percentage of converts to evangelical Christianity after 70?
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Did Martin Luther and Zwingli not consider each other brothers in Christ?

Did Martin Luther and Zwingli not consider each other brothers in Christ and members of the Body of Christ? Did they ever state that in a written form?
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Is there a biblical basis for the claim that humans are shaped into the God-human Christ?

In Is Transhumanism a Challenge or an Opportunity for the Christian Faith? the following statements are made (emphasis mine): Yet, by painting Transhumanism as an offshoot of atheistic naturalism, ...
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Why do literalist Protestants reject transubstantiation?

In both Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism, the words of Jesus, "This is My body" and "This is My blood" referring to communion bread and wine, respectively, are taken literally, and ...
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Is there any historical record of Elizabeth the First's reaction to John Knox's tract on 'the monstruous regimen'?

In his tract The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous Regimen of Women (see note below about the wording) John Knox appears to be extending Paul's proscription - regarding the place of ...
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Why do Catholic churches have a red lamp burning inside?

Is there any significance to the red lamp that is lit inside Catholic churches? I ask because I recently saw a green lamp lit at the entrance to a Church of Scotland village church and wondered if ...
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Purgatory, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and Protestantism

2 Corinthians 5:10 reads: (NA28) τοὺς γὰρ πάντας ἡμᾶς φανερωθῆναι δεῖ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ βήματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἵνα κομίσηται ἕκαστος τὰ διὰ τοῦ σώματος πρὸς ἃ ἔπραξεν, εἴτε ἀγαθὸν εἴτε φαῦλον. (My ...
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Were the actions of the 3rd Duke of Alba in the 16th Century considered a Catholic Crusade?

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba was sent by Philip II of Spain to Belgium where he waged war against the protestants in the area. As a bit of history, Belgium in the 16th Century started ...
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What do YEC Protestants say about Göbekli Tepe being 12,000 years old?

Göbekli Tepe is an ancient archaeological site in southern Turkey, dated to around 12 thousand years ago. Do young earth creationists say: that is not 12,000 years old? that it was created ...
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Does modern protestantism have any deviations from sola fide?

I have read that modern protestantism on one hand, and catholicism on the other, tended to abridge their historical differences. Are there any cases in modern protestantism where justification can ...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

It was very necessary for the early church to stand against doctrinal errors, such as Arianism and Sabellianism but, in the doing so, some chose to state a creed (the Athanasian Creed), rather than ...
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How is the command to “Take it to the Church” interpreted in light of Protestant Ecclesiology?

Matthew 18:15-18 (DRB) But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, ...
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Why do Protestant Presbyterians no longer use a congregational Psalter?

Growing up in Protestant Presbyterianism, the two great literature influences in my life were the Authorised Version and the Scottish Psalter. I have visited many Protestant Presbyterian ...
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Do Protestants believe Jesus misquoted Psalm 8:2 in Matthew 21:16?

In Matthew 21:15–16, Jesus is praised by children in the temple after healing the blind and the lame. When questioned by the chief priests and scribes, he points out that what was occurring was ...
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What Protestant/Evangelical tradition is represented in the Casting Crowns song “What the World Needs”?

I hadn't the song "What this World Needs" before today, although it's 10 years old - guessing it didn't get much air play on the Christian Radios. I'm wondering if it has something to do with this ...
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If I undergo baptized am I still Catholic? [closed]

I am Catholic and theirs people came in to our boarding house and they undergo me for baptized.am I still Catholic? I need it.i don't want to change my religion.
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Is there an equivalent of analytic meditation in Protestantism?

Analytic meditation, as defined: Our minds are filled with confused thoughts and beliefs; often, even when we recognize logically that our beliefs are wrong, they are so embedded that they are ...
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Lutheranism and Calvinism

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church before the Reformation. This time specifically those identified in Lutheranism and 5 point Calvinism.
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Why did God create us so that it is in our nature to sin?

There are many questions that circle around the following question but the exact wording is important - therefore it is, to the best of my knowledge, not a duplicate! In many of the answers given to ...
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Revelation 18:4 - Should we leave Babylon if we are in the “Great Babylon”? [closed]

Assuming America is the "Great Babylon" in Rev18:4 John hears a voice in heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues". Is anyone expected ...
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Is there a bad part of heaven?

From what I understand, by Catholics, everyone who believes in Jesus goes to Heaven, but most people go to purgatory first. When they leave purgatory, everyone is worthy of some level of Heaven. ...