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The same way it was lost in the first place. For the same reason that Cain killed Abel. Noah was saved physically from the physical calamity, but he was not regenerated. He was not yet saved from sin. He was still a sinful creature as were the other members of his family. The promise from Genesis 3:15 was not yet fulfilled. The Bible and indeed all of ...


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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, this act would have been entered in your baptismal register.Actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica If this is true, then just going to confession ...


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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 wouldn't be surprised if the same goes for confirmations, but I'm not sure. To the best of my knowledge, all you need to do is to go to confession, confess ...


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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 Pergamos for having them who hold their "doctrines". John of Patmos opposed them for their doctrines, not just their deeds, however the church at Pergamos had been ...


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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." In his comments on Hebrews 6, he called attention to the characteristics of the one who is spoken of in the passage: they were once enlightened, tasted of ...


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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. c. 19 and St. Jerome q. 11 ad Algasiam. do think, that this sitting of Antichrist in the temple, doth signify his sitting in the Church of Christ, rather than ...


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“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 are LDS, of some other Christ-professing faith, or any other faith - including atheists. Every person born to earth has kept their first estate, will be ...


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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, and so on. We are basically building christian character and receiving grace to help us in our journey to heaven. It is not a one time deal. We die one time. ...


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(LDS) The answer is No! We have a living prophet on the earth today by the name of Thomas S. Monson. Christ's church was restored to the earth by a young prophet by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. This I know through fasting and prayer. Is there individual apostasy? Yes. What is an apostasy? An Apostasy is a general falling away from the truth. This occurred ...


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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 truth of scripture and (2) he respected many of the church fathers and benefited from their insights, though always judging them against scripture. Councils ...


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In traditional Christian theology, Apostasy, yes. Total Apostasy, no. The first verse is commonly understood to be part of end-times prophesy. There is no indication that it relates to the early Church, and to try to make it fit there ignores the context of the surrounding verses. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, ...


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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 for centuries. For example, Charles Spurgeon: I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary when you have set aside the law. You have taken away ...


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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, 2015: We have members, individual members in the Church with a variety of different opinions and beliefs and positions on these issues and other issues, reflect ...


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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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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. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11067a.htm I can see a case in favor of Niko (power) laites (people) those who use power over people because it is consistent ...


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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 would be prudent for a bishop to issue a public letter making the ex-apostate's reversion known to all, so as to avoid the possibility of scandalizing those who ...


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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 - Apostasy. The same link also says, "we must each guard against personal apostasy by keeping covenants, obeying the commandments, following Church leaders, partaking ...


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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 to follow the devil. Apostles -- The pattern of 12 apostles, or special witnesses of Christ, is key to Christ's church. Baptism -- Baptism is by immersion ...


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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 inflict upon the Church of God," in the 4th lecture of his Temporal Power of the Vicar of Christ, "The Perpetual Conflict of the Vicar of Christ" (all 4 lectures in ...


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I provide a classical protestant view common during and shortly after the reformation. Yes. Luther, Calvin and the Puritan’s naturally understood these last days to be principally fulfilled in the rise and formation of the Roman Catholic Church. Ironically as it was a common prophecy with Paul and the rest of the apostles, everywhere making it known in the ...


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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 person has come to a point of reconciliation with the church the excommunication is lifted and the person will be in full communion once again. Find a Priest ...


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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 confession. The priest hearing the confession would be able to decide whether anything more needed to be done, for example to repair any scandal that the apostasy ...


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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 Domino. If the non-Catholic is baptized, he does not have original sin, but he can certainly commit actual sins (mortal or venial). Cain and Onan—who committed ...


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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 the world when the church was organized. It is not a prophecy about the spreading of corruption in the church, rather the coming of judgement to the world. ...


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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 as such this question is speculative and opinion based. But it is highly doubtful. And that is a dubium! Apostasy can be defined as such: Definition ...


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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, but were required to sacrifice in a court proceeding. See the wikipedia article Lapsi for the 5 ways of how they lapsed. Valerian persecution was harsher, ...


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Your question is predicated on the assumption that, by resurrecting a righteous person, said righteous person is given X more years of life, during which they might make use of their freedom of the will to apostatize (i.e. abandon the faith). Philosophically speaking it sounds like a valid concern, but at the same time I would say it is quite speculative. ...


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