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Some Clarification You question specifically asks if there were any in the Early Church (~2nd to 4th century) who separated "born again" with baptism. Meanwhile, the site you quote claims that this separation took place in the 17th century. Because your question is only concerned with the Early Church, I will not consider any of the possible historical data ...


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You will probably find different denominations have a slightly different flavour to this answer. To put my cards on the table, I come at this from an Anglican perspective. My first point would be, what do credobaptists think is going on in communion and how is that different to paedobaptists? Most of the credobaptists I know, if I understand correctly, do ...


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"Should they get re-baptized"s off-topic - it's opinion-based. However, here's a sample of what some teach and practice. In various Churches that I've attended, including Baptist, Evangelical Free, and local community non-denominational Bible Churches, getting baptized again is fairly common. This is based on the belief that Baptism doesn't save us, but ...


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A common theme in the New Testament is rebirth in salvation through Christ. So the idea of being "born again" isn't all that cryptic. To specifically address your question of why we equate a new spiritual birth with the point of salvation, I'll direct you to a few scriptures. First, we must clarify what the point of salvation actually is: Romans 10:9-10 ...


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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be ...


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According to Catholicism, does reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit protect against demon possession? Actually Catholics believe anyone could be possessed by evil if the circumstances are there. That includes Catholics and any other Christians. First of all let us clear up the notion of “born-again” in the mind of Catholic thought. I do this not out of ...


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It is fair to say that the Catholic Church considers baptism to be a rebirth in Christ. Baptism, at whatever age the sacrament is received, is considered a permanent blessing. This answer covers some of that. CCC 1257(excerpt) The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care ...


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What you are actually asking (but might not realize) is when was regeneration first associated with the moment of 'first' having faith, rather than at the time of baptism. 'Born again' and 'regeneration' have always been synonymous or at least the initial point of regeneration. So unfortunately we have to trace attitudes of baptism with respect to ...


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The idea of reincarnation is not compatible with the Bible. Others have discussed how the phrase "born again" does not mean reincarnation. The Bible specifically denies reincarnation. Hebrews 9:27, "it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment". We die once and then are judged. We do not die and then be reborn to "try again".


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If you want a full list of every denomination's doctrinal and traditional interpretations of these terms, you're not going to get it. But if all you want is a simple biblical explanation of the terms, then consider these example usages. (Note that each succeeding one is accepted by fewer denominations.) Human spirit: Thus says the LORD, who stretches out ...


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There are approximately 25 to 30 instances where regeneration is promised in the Old Testament. Below are but three of those instances, others you can find through study. Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. ...


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The Holy Spirit surely indwelt believers before the resurrection. So David said: "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me." (Psalm 51:11) (See also 2 Peter 1:21.) "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Romans 8:9) From these I understand that the Holy Spirit was poured out after the ...


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Ezekiel 36:25-27 And I will sprinkle upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you: and I will ...


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Just thought I'd muddy the waters by bringing to light something referencing being born again that is at least as old as the reformation. Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the splendor of Thy brightness may shine forth upon us, and the light of Thy light may, by the illumination of the Holy Ghost, confirm the hearts of those who have been born ...


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