Questions tagged [protestantism]

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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Counterarguments to “KJV-only”?

Some people believe the King James Version of the Bible is the only version English-speakers should be using, as it is the only inspired translation. (This is referred to as "KJV-onlyism.") ...
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What are the core differences between Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

I read an answer here which explained the difference between the various branches of the Eastern Church. I was thinking as an extension, what is the difference between Eastern Christianity and ...
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Why don't Reformed Christians consider it necessary to confess to a priest?

Reformed Christians, like Presbyterians differ from the Catholic and Orthodox Church in their understanding of forgiveness of ones' sins. One way in which they differ is not having the sacrament of ...
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Do Protestants accept the doctrine of free-will?

Protestants accept the doctrine of faith alone. If they accept the doctrine of free-will, how do they reconcile James 2:20-24 faith is dead without works, since works to do good is a free- will of man....
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How do Protestants answer the Catholic accusation of historicity?

The Roman Catholic Church has a claim of apostolic succession, from St. Peter transited by the laying on of hands. Most Protestants reject this understanding of apostolic succession, and instead teach ...
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Why is the word ‘concupiscence’ so important in understanding the difference between a Catholic view and a Protestant view of ‘Original Sin’?

I have noticed this word ‘concupiscence’ a lot while studying Catholic Theology. It seems to significantly change what ‘Original Sin’ means, making a Catholic meaning of ‘Original Sin’ very different ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Jesus' death made satisfaction for individual sins?

Among evangelical Protestants, especially, but also in various other quarters of Christianity, it is common to believe that "Jesus died for me" in the sense that Jesus' death made satisfaction for (in ...
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Why did Stephen have authority to ask God to forgive the sins of his nonbelieving executioners?

Consider the following verse related to Stephen's stoning: Acts 7:60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell ...
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According to the Protestant denominations that hold to the doctrine of clarity of scripture, is trinitarianism clear?

The doctrine of the clarity of Scripture (often called the perspicuity of Scripture) is a Protestant Christian position teaching that "...those things which are necessary to be known, believed, ...
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Who compiled the Canons of Dort?

I have found many articles and discussions online regarding the Canons of Dort but have yet to find who was actually instrumental in formulating this document. Can anyone tell me or link to some ...
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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Just have a question regarding faith and works: A person has eternal life solely by faith in Jesus Christ (as in believing every word Jesus said, including his claims that he is God), but by believing ...
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What kind of “condemnation” is a believer exempt from in Romans 8:1?

I've been looking up several of my reference books for a good definition of condemnation, but evidently it's simply "judgment" based on its context, including in Rom. 8:1. It's clear from ...
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Whose is the 'grace of God that bringeth salvation' ? (Titus 2:11)

This question is in the context of Protestant Trinitarianism. There are two schools of thought within Protestant Trinitarianism : one, founded mainly in the Westminster Confession (or Savoy ...
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Can families do their own communion service with the sacrament being valid as a means of grace?

In Protestant denominations where the practice of the Lord's Supper / Holy Communion is considered a means of grace (instead of 100% remembrance / memorial), can a head of family celebrate the Lord's ...
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Did Jonah fail the test of a prophet?

I came across an article on the FAIR Mormon wiki that discusses the prophetic test (Deut. 18). It applies the test on some Biblical prophets, and shows how someone could claim these prophets fail the ...
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Protestants, why do some Christians suffer so much more than others?

Yes, we all have our own trials, but there are a few Christians who, very obviously, suffer so much more and much more often too (I am not talking about "bad choices" either, so please do ...
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Why Many Who Believe That “All Are Born Sinful” Hold That “None Are Born Gay Or Trans”?

Many Protestants, though not technically or officially Reformed, are nevertheless strongly influenced by Calvinistic theology; as such, they espouse the doctrine of total depravity, teaching that all ...
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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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What are fellowships, associations, and denominations within the Baptist denomination?

This is something I read from hrc Although ABCUSA shares many traditions, beliefs and values with other Baptists, ABCUSA is a distinct entity from its relatives, the American Baptist Association (ABA)...
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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

I have seen Salvation Army church members going to church in white uniforms. Here is a sample image (source). What is the role of uniforms in the Salvation Army? Is it compulsory for them to wear ...
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What is the Scriptural evidence for the Protestant view that the AntiChrist will be Jewish?

In Eschatology, there is a lot of speculation about the identity of the AC, and if he's active on the world stage now, [in other words, a well known leader but just not having revealed his true ...
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How do Protestant Christians understand the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews chapter 4?

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10) What are God’s conditions for ...
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What practices are prohibited by Protestant churches but not explicitly prohibited by the Bible?

I would like examples of practices that are prohibited by Protestant churches (consider only Protestant churches that accept the Westminster Confession of Faith) but are not explicitly prohibited in ...
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What do Protestant churches teach about the fate of deceased infants?

My question is posed to the Protestant churches that teach that man is saved by faith alone. If a person is saved by faith alone, what happens to children who die before they are able to conceive of ...
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How is Article XVII of the Articles of Religion defended by Arminians?

The beginning of Article 17 (XVII) of the Articles of Religion seems to me to clearly teach Calvinistic predestination: Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the ...
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Whose hand wrote 'the document that listed my transgressions' ? (Colossians 2:14)

This is a question in regard to Trinitarian, Protestant, reformed, baptist doctrine. In Colossians 2:14 Paul states : Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was ...
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How does Protestantism defend the adoption of practices and beliefs not found in the Bible?

I was reading this entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia about the theological concept of Tradition (as a source of revealed truth different from the Scripture). The author states that the Protestant ...
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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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What is the difference between Arminianism, Molinism, and Calvinism?

I know the basic difference between Arminianism and Calvinism in the soteriology subject, but when Molinism comes I can't grasp the core doctrines that it teaches. I'm not asking for which is better, ...
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At the Last Supper what would the disciples make of what Jesus said about partaking of the bread and the wine?

Luke 22:15-20 is clear that the cross yet lay ahead of Christ. Then he said, "This is my body which is given for you… This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you”, commanding ...
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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?

Why the protestants, (and I exclude Lutherans & Anglicans, maybe some Methodists too), don't have a daily prayer rule ? Even if it isn't as elaborate as the Catholic or Orthodox ones, they can ...
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Why are there people in Protestant countries with the last name “Pope”? [closed]

The last name "Pope" is prevalent in places such as England and the USA. Are we to assume that all such people are Catholic? If not i.e. if they are Protestant, is this simply the result of ...
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According to Protestantism, why God did not inspire New Testament writers to explicitly assert Sola Scriptura?

I think it is a fairly uncontroversial claim that the Bible (and particularly the NT) does not explicitly assert Sola Scriptura (e.g. here, here). Now, if God fully inspired the Bible (even to the ...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

James 2:24, RSVC2E: You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Many times I've heard Protestants claim that James isn't really saying what he appears to be saying here. They ...
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How do the 3 Protestant traditions deal with the two types of sin mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17?

When reading the letters of John the other day I was struck by 1 John 5:16-17: ¹⁶ If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God[a] will give him life—to ...
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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 of the ...
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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

I think the title sums it up. I'm a protestant Christian, and have many Catholic friends. When I visit their churches, is it permissible for me to participate in the Eucharist/Communion ceremony by ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially recognize Protestants as Christians?

I have always thought that the Pope did not recognize the validity of the faith of those outside of the Catholic church, but in comments from a different post I am surprised to find out I may be ...
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Where is the concept of “local church” from?

(In Protestantism) how the concept of "local church" was appeared from? Can you give any Bible quotes supporting this concept? (Except that due not phones and Internet any church of that ...
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Protestant rejection of the Catholic implementation of confession

(Pardon the length - my original post was more concise, but wasn't clearly conveying my question.) Background: I am currently studying the Spiritual Disciplines at a Protestant seminary. For those ...
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How do Protestants respond to the JW interpretation of John 14:28?

According to What does the Bible really teach?, a Watchtower publication, pp.41–42: The only-begotton Son never even considered trying to be equal to his Father. The Bible clearly teaches that the ...
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What does Paul mean when he says “rather we uphold the law”

Romans 3 talks about how we are saved by faith apart from works & the law. At Romans 3:31 Paul tells us: Do we then nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather we uphold the law. From ...
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What is the status of Eunuchs now in the Church and also in the world to come?

Eunuchs, who are considered to be the third gender, are also human beings. Some eunuchs are made by other human beings, particularly in the ancient times. Some people voluntarily become eunuchs as an ...
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What are the reasons to justify the use of ”Shekinah” in Christianity?

Shekinah [It is not the hebrew word shâkhan (to dwell), but a proper name] is described as “The presence of God”, but also as “the female aspect of God”. But in the Targum, Talmud and Midrash she (...
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What is a brief history on the idea that the Pope is the Antichrist?

I am quite familiar with the Reformers' opposition to the Papacy, and many said the Pope is the Antichrist. What confuses me is this quote from that same page: In calling the pope the "...
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Why isn't the Eucharist of protestant churches considered valid by non-protestants?

The Catholicism and Orthodox churches do not recognize the Eucharist of protestant churches. Why not?
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Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of “theosis”?

Early Christians used the term theosis, which puts forth a "exaltation", "divinization" deification concept which the Eastern orthodox church still holds today. [T]he Word of God became man, that ...
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What compelled John Wesley to take up the cause of Abolitionism?

In 1778, John Wesley published his Thoughts upon Slavery, where he wrote: The variety of ways that slavery appears make it almost impossible to convey a just notion of it ... First in what manner are ...
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What denominations apply the doctrine Nuda Scriptura?

I have been hearing about the application of the doctrine of Nuda Scriptura, where the Bible is separated from all the traditional connotation or context of the Church. They reject creeds and ...
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Do ghosts exist or not? [duplicate]

What is the view of reformed churches on the subject of ghosts? Do they exist or do they not? If they exist, what are they: demons or spirits of dead people or both?

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