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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

Official Answer No exact year is given, but the loss of priesthood keys held by the apostles resulted in the inability to carry out the saving ordinances of Christ's church. See Depperm's answer. ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have an exact date when the true church ceased to exist. It was a gradual process over years. After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

I believe I have the confirmation letter stating that I left the church.... This is a serious issue. From what you say, I am assuming that you have formally defected from the Catholic Church. By law, ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

You can certainly re-join the Catholic Church. Your baptismal record should not have been wiped out; I believe parishes are required to keep records of all baptisms that were ever performed there. I ...
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What was the "Sect of Nicolaus" and did elements of it's influence carry down to our day?

Revelation 2:6 and 2:15 refer to an unidentified group of people called the Nicolaitanes, commending the church at Ephesus for hating the "deeds" of the Nicolaitanes, and blaming the church of ...
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How do believers in the Great Apostasy reconcile their views with Matthew 16:18?

With no disrespect intended to my Roman Catholic brothers & sisters (and my many Roman Catholic physical relatives), I do not believe that Peter is the rock. I love and respect many people who ...
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Is there no salvation among any Christ-professing faiths, apart from the restored gospel of the Latter Day Saints? (LDS perspective)

“Salvation” and “saved” are used in the scriptures in multiple contexts with several different meanings. In one context, all of God's children will receive Salvation from Physical Death. Whether they ...
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From a Lutheran perspective, does Hebrews 6 mean that some who fall away can never be restored?

Paul Kretzmann, the son of a Lutheran pastor, wrote his Popular Commentary of the Bible, which "has been a favorite among confessional Lutherans since publication of the first volume in 1921.&...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:3?

The commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (that Antichrist "sitteth in the temple of God") of the very anti-Protestant Original Douay-Rheims Bible says: St. Augustine therefore li. 20 de civit. ...
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What was Martin Luther's perspective on the early Christian church?

Luther, like other reformers, regarded the early church highly, but not above scripture. We see this in two ways – (1) he accepted the earliest councils of the church as faithfully proclaiming the ...
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What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to deconvert to atheism/agnosticism?

What's wrong? What are the most common reasons that cause Christians to lose their faith and turn to atheism, agnosticism or skepticism? Well... it's hard to arrive at a factual answer. The only ...
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Can a person lose salvation if publicly denies Jesus but keeps living a christian life? (Catholic)

There is a few things to consider in order for the answer to make sense: We have multiple opportunities while we are alive to repent, be forgiven, fall into sin, learn from our mistakes, repent again,...
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"Hell's Best Kept Secret" from a Calvinist Perspective

This sort of teaching actually doesn't conflict with Calvinism. Ray Comfort's emphasis on the law and the penalty of sin as an evangelistic tool is not new to him; it has been employed by Calvinists ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy?

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 ...
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Are supporters of gay rights considered apostates within the LDS Church?

I think the clearest thing I've seen said on this was a statement by Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (statement starts close to minute 9) in a press conference in January, ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy?

There are dozens upon dozen of examples of parts of the Gospel of Christ that were corrupted. A few: Agency -- Man has complete choice over his eternal destiny -- whether to follow Christ, or whether ...
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According to LDS, what principles of the gospel were corrupted in the Great Apostasy?

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 ...
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What are the major arguments Protestants make for the Catholic Church being apostate?

Argument 1. The Pope has no apostolic authority. Their teaching that Peter established the church at Rome and was the first bishop of the church at Rome is false. From my post Lies of the Roman ...
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What was the "Sect of Nicolaus" and did elements of it's influence carry down to our day?

What was the “Sect of Nicolaus” and did elements of it's influence carry down to our day? Here is some Catholic scholarship on the subject and they seem to discount some of the earlier ideas as well. ...
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According to Catholicism, what particular truth will the great apostasy deny?

Cardinal Manning, the most prominent father at the First Vatican Council who was responsible for the definition on papal infallibility, lists some signs of "the persecution which Antichrist shall ...
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What happens when one returns to faith?

No, they would not be re-baptized (unless there was doubt about the validity of the first baptism, in which case he would need to be conditionally baptized). In the case of a public apostate, it ...
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Are supporters of gay rights considered apostates within the LDS Church?

In the LDS church, the general definition of the word apostasy is: "When individuals or groups of people turn away from the principles of the gospel, they are in a state of apostasy." lds.org - ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

That is a very hard question as history is written by the victorious. To find the truth one must dig very deep. The Romans had a religion. Jesus had teachings. Mix those two, you get the Roman church (...
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What happens when one returns to faith?

As Geremia said, they would not (indeed, could not) be re-baptized if their original baptism was (known to be) valid. The main thing the returning Catholic would have to do is to make a good ...
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Can you re-enter the catholic church after leaving?

I recently learned that if someone is excommunicated from the church it does not mean that they are condemned but rather holds a view that is contrary to what the Catholic Church teaches. Once the ...
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Do the conditions for mortal sin apply to non-catholics?

If the non-Catholic is not baptized, the non-Catholic has original sin and is damned, "unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock," as Pope Eugene IV puts it in his Cantate ...
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What is the corruption Mormons believe will infect their church before the second coming?

This part of this revelation speaks about 2 things: Darkness and corruption and Vengeance. This part of section 112 is not taking about corruption in the church today, it's talking about the state of ...
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Are the Dubia Cardinal's committing the Great Apostasy in contradicting Church teachings on the Mercy of God?

Are the Dubia Cardinal's committing the Great Apostasy in contradicting Church teachings on the Mercy of God? Impossible to say because the prophecy of The Great Apostasy has not run its course and ...
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Was the matter of whether the Christians who had renounced their faith under torture should be accepted back considered in the First Council?

Short answer In the pre-Nicaean era, lapsi referred to those who renounced their faith under persecution by Roman authorities. During the AD 250 Decian persecution most who lapsed were not tortured, ...

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