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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians? Charles Spurgeon was a very effective Baptist evangelical Pastor, whose preaching brought thousands to repentance and faith in the ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

To answer the OP, yes. Keep reading! In the next paragraph Jesus explains. The point of the parable is to show it is impossible for people to be right with God, regardless of their status, wealth, ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

"The young man proves unable to do so." skips over an important detail. His personal sticking point was Jesus's suggestion to "go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor". ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

There are two primary ways that sola fide theologians deal with this issue, and there is ongoing debate between them over it (cf. Lordship salvation controversy). I'll first address the historical ...
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Is it possible for a person who has faith in Jesus to only receive “a measure of salvation” as opposed to “full salvation”?

A measure of salvation? No. Salvation is full and free through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. When the Lord Jesus cried out "Finished!" in a loud voice while on the cross at ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

Both Ray and SLM make good points. Let's look at this a bit more closely, however. Starting with (all emphases added): Matthew 19:16, 21a a man came up to [Jesus], saying, "Teacher, what good ...
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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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How do the proponents of the doctrine that salvation can't be lost usually explain Matthew 7:21-23?

There are several perceived difficulties with this passage. Equating entering the kingdom with salvation. Equating saying "Lord, Lord" with salvation. Equating casting out devils as proof of ...
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How do "once saved, always saved" advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

While it is impossible to account for all OSAS interpretations of of the passage, the most obvious answer is that the unwise virgins were not saved. Remember that certain (purported) proponents of ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

While Paul Chernoch's excellent answer addresses the general case, in the specific example you cite there is no significant difference in the message. You write " should not or shall not ... ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

Between God's speaking and our hearing, many steps intervene: The prophet hears from God, either face-to-face (Moses), or through dreams, or visions The prophet speaks The scribe records Other ...
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According to Calvinism, what should one do if one doubts their election?

Just because a person is a long time church member does not mean they belong to Christ Jesus or that they have put their faith and trust in Him. There are many people who say they are Christians but ...
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What did the early church fathers have to say about “eternal security” or “assurance of salvation”

Below is a summary from an article I found on the subject of 'Once saved, always saved' which is as close as I could find to the terms above in regard to the early fathers. The whole article quotes ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

Has anyone with accumulated wealth been saved? The short answer seems to be yes. At least according to Catholicism. Being wealthy may be a blessings in this life, but the key thing is how to put one’s ...
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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

(I'm taking "Protestant" to mean "not Catholic and not Orthodox"...not all who fall into the latter accept the former title.) Some (certainly not all) Protestants believe in "...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

The Bible speaks of the scriptures being twisted. This is Peter speaking about Paul's letters. Many of which are in the Bible. 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, ...
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How do the reformed theologians understand Hebrews 3:14?

John Piper comments on the passage here: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/do-not-harden-your-heart-in-the-day-of-trouble He contends that the "if" clause means something other than what you might ...
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How can we be sure our specific Christian confession is true, when every other Christian group claims that it's not?

Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to ...
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What did the early church fathers have to say about “eternal security” or “assurance of salvation”

There is a distinction to be recognized between 'Eternal Security', which rests its hope in what God has promised to do for us in Christ, and 'Assurance of Salvation', which is personally realized as ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ is taught in the Bible. Instead powerful promises like the words in John assure us that God will surely reward those who endure to the end. ...
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How can Christians know if they are truly saved and that Jesus won't tell them "..Depart from me, I never knew you," on judgement day?

Your many questions touch on an area of Christian thought over which sincere and well-informed Christians have long debated: the assurance of salvation. Some denominations believe that such assurance ...
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Is it possible for a person who has faith in Jesus to only receive “a measure of salvation” as opposed to “full salvation”?

The word "salvation" was inserted by the author of that other post into the ML quote and doesn't seem appropriate, as holiness and salvation are two different things. I do not believe Luther ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

Key to this query is knowing what Jesus thought about money, and entrance into the kingdom of God. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the Bible agrees with Jesus on this. Take, for example, what the apostle ...
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Did Joseph Smith go to heaven according to Protestant Trinitarians?

No! I'm already way ahead of those that are going to challenge me on this by asking, "How do you know?" According to Joseph's Smith's first vision he stated that God the Father and the Son ...
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Salvation for Protestants who knowingly reject Catholicism?

Father John O'Brien wrote in The Faith of Millions ... those who are convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church, but who for some selfish reason fail to profess their faith in her. It is only ...
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How do "once saved, always saved" advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

Matthew 25:1-13 is not about the Christian belief in once-saved always saved. The Lord says to the foolish virgins upon their return for admittance ‘I know you not’. The verb (to know) is in the ...
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Is it true that no post-apostolic theologians before St. Augustine believed in Eternal Security / Assurance of Salvation?

Literally none of those quotes from the Fathers come close to proving eternal security. People are trying to read into the Fathers what they themselves already believe. Just for example: Augustine: “...
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How is 1 Corinthians 9:27 reconciled with the teaching that losing salvation is impossible?

Reformed theologians approach this verse in two ways: Paul is striving for a prize other than salvation Paul is proving, through his actions, that he is truly saved Striving for a prize John Gill ...
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."?

The Protestant overview of salvation as described in Acts 16:29-34 is that this particular incident does not promote belief in universal “household salvation” simply because the head of the house has ...
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