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What is the LDS line of authority should a Bishop be unavailable?

The policy for who presides at sacrament meeting is found in Handbook 2, 18.2*: The bishop oversees ward meetings. He presides at these meetings unless a member of the stake presidency, an Area ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

Speaking as a lifelong Protestant, I would say that in genuine Protestantism, the Head of every man is Christ. There is no hierarchy. None is above another. The greatest is as the least. But it is ...
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Is it Biblical for a Christian to say that God is a tyrant?

From Brittanica.com: Tyrant, Greek tyrannos, a cruel and oppressive ruler or, in ancient Greece, a ruler who seized power unconstitutionally or inherited such power. In the 10th and 9th centuries ...
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What deuterocanonical books are quoted in the New Testament?

The Deuterocanon quoted (or referred to) in the New Testament Other answers give lists, but here's a quick one with the cross-references in the Protestant King James Bible (1611). Matthew 6:14-15 ...
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Is the Book of Mormon in English as authentic as in the original, or is Joseph Smith's translation imperfect?

Does the English text Book of Mormon have just as much authority as, say, the Greek text of Matthew's Gospel ? The New Testament part of the Holy Bible, that is to say the collection of volumes ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

How can Protestants authoritatively declare something as wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura? Actually, we have a perfect example in Jesus. Jesus, when he lived on earth as a man, constantly ...
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If Christ Has Been Given All Authority Why Does He Need to Make Intercession For Us?

The authority given to the resurrected and glorified Christ includes his role as mediator for sinful humans, just as he also has the roles of Priest and King. Since ascending to heaven, sinful ...
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What is the LDS Law of Common Consent and why is it important?

[The Law of Common Consent] is that in God’s earthly kingdom, the King counsels what should be done, but then he allows his subjects to accept or reject his proposals. Unless the principle of free ...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

Jesus says, As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you. so the question to start, How did the father send Jesus? John 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who ...
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What deuterocanonical books are quoted in the New Testament?

Matt. 6:19-20 - Jesus' statement about laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven follows Sirach 29:11 - lay up your treasure. Matt.. 7:12 - Jesus' golden rule "do unto others" is the converse of ...
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How is it possible to have a high view of the authority of the Bible and a positive view of textual criticism?

Perhaps another way to answer the OP is to say that it is based on a false contrast. As an analogy, consider the following sentences: Jazz is the best kind of music and country is the best kind ...
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If Christ Has Been Given All Authority Why Does He Need to Make Intercession For Us?

I think your question stems from a misunderstanding of the nature of authority. To have authority does not simply mean to have absolute control over something. Authority is often - even usually - ...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

The entire line of reasoning you're following, from the quotes themselves to your re-statements of what the quotes mean to your final conclusion, takes some alogical jumps that end in a flat-out ...
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Has Protestantism relegated the scripture to be the 'Subordinate Standard'?

There is a particular problem with using the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) to either defend, or attack, doctrinal positions. It is that the Westminster Assembly (in the mid 1600s), and I quote:...
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How is it possible to have a high view of the authority of the Bible and a positive view of textual criticism?

To be honest, I'm not sure what leads you to ask the question. Almost all Christians and almost all Christian denominations/movements have a positive view of textual criticism. The facts are that ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

OP: How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura? First of all, one must be very clear about the definition of Sola Scripture (SS). It is the belief ...
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

The morality of secession is related to the tyrannicide (killing of tyrants) thesis of the Spanish scholastic Jesuit Fr. Juan de Mariana, ch. 5 of his De Rege. The economist Jesús Huerta de Soto, who ...
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Does the Catholic Church have to submit to an approved private revelation?

No, the Church does not have to submit to private revelation, even if they are approved and are deemed worthy of belief. Private revelation is outside the deposit of faith and thus the Catholic ...
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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura?

When you start by claiming, “Within Protestantism there is no universal definition of theology or how to understand the Bible…” that risks distortion of the facts. Good though the question is, it ...
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If the name of God and His Son are so important to the faith, then would it not be imperative that we use the proper name?

The Deaf and Mute. God loves all people. Some cannot utter a word and use sign language, so pronunciation must not be a showstopper for God. A Different Jesus. The meaning behind the name – ...
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If the name of God and His Son are so important to the faith, then would it not be imperative that we use the proper name?

I'll assume this question is based on Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. The word "name", ...
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What evidence and authority make The Song of Solomon a work of spiritual inspiration and not an erotic poem?

The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, is clearly an expression of what inspired the very creation of masculinity and femininity. It is the mystery of Christ and the Church. No, it is not 'incoherent'....
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If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neither Catholic nor Protestant then what authority is their Church based upon

From Authority in the Church Christian churches regard the question of authority — the divine right to preach, act in the name of God and direct the Lord’s church — in different ways. Some, like the ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that reject any of the first six Church Ecumenical Councils?

Disclaimer: Some Protestants prefer that churches which deny the core teachings of the Ecumenical Councils should not be considered truly Protestant. For purposes of this answer, I used the definition ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that reject any of the first six Church Ecumenical Councils?

According to this source, nontrinitarian groups (LDS, JW, Unitarians, etc) reject all of the ecumenical councils. Ecumenical councils are not recognized by nontrinitarian churches such as the Church ...
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How does the Catholic Church respond to the claim that its authority to interpret scripture is based on circular reasoning?

The teaching of both Roman and Eastern traditions is that the Bible can only be understood in the context of culture and traditions which birthed it. The reader must take into account the ...
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Why does the Roman Catholic Church not hold to the perspicuity of Scripture?

Perspicuity probably isn't gonna be a terribly popular word in the Catholic world. The Catholic Church doesn't hold any scripture to be self-interpreting, not even the things that seem obvious; this ...
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

In the fascinating article "Catholic Sources and the Declaration of Independence," Rev. John C. Rager, S.T.D., lists some parallels between the U.S.'s Declaration of Independence and St. ...
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Is it Biblical for a Christian to say that God is a tyrant?

The person who said, “God is a tyrant. Why wouldn’t you want a perfect tyrant ruling over you?" is simply not making any sense. I don't know where this description of God could have come from, unless ...
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Is Obeying a Stay at Home Order Biblical or Not Biblical

The crucial element is to determine the underlying purpose of the various 'stay at home', 'shelter in place' or other restrictive orders. If the cessation of preaching in the name of Christ is the ...
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