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The Church had been initially organized in 1830 with Joseph Smith as the first Elder and Oliver Cowdery as the second. In 1832, Joseph Smith organized a First Presidency and appointed two counselors. One of these was Sidney Rigdon, The other was excommunicated in 1833 and his replacement disappeared about 1837. Oliver Cowdery had been appointed Assistant ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/topic/quorum-of-the-twelve-apostles The modern-day Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was organized in 1835 and is an example of the literal restoration to the earth of the church established by Jesus Christ. The Quorum of the Twelve ...


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Paul was speaking as an apostle, and all the apostles were chosen by divine appointment. As Jesus said in John 15:14-17, they were now his friends, for they did what he commanded. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of ...


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There is no difficulty in identifying godly men during past centuries, men who were called and who taught the gospel without apology or excuse. Their ministry was blessed by God. For example: Martin Luther – 1483 to 1546 John Calvin – 1509 to 1564 John Bunyan – 1628 to 1688 Jonathan Edwards – 1703 to 1758 John Newton – 1725 to 1807 George Whitfield – ...


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A typical reformed response on this statement would be like that found in Matthew 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” A typical reformed expositor writes: The gospel call goes forth far and wide. It reaches ever so many. Most of them are like the man in the parable: they hear but do not heed. In comparison with those many that are lost ...


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I will give a Lutheran response to the question. It is based upon a response to how some Reformed cessationists hold to what is called a "cascade" theology of spiritual gifts and offices. They argue that if the apostolic office is no longer around than the other gifts and offices should not be either. The answer to the question depends on what is ...


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Whilst agreeing that discernment and prayer is vital when contemplating what ministry God has called a Christian to, it might be useful to first consider what forms ministry can take. Not all are called to become ministers, pastors or priests. Not all are called to preach from a pulpit. The purpose of ministry is to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians ...


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In Latin the word vocare meaning "to call" gave us the English Word "vocation." A vocation is synonymous with a career (Remember vocational guidance?) in many people's minds, and it betrays the roots why someone feels "called to ministry" Both Protestants and Catholics would use these terms interchangeably. Bibically, there is ...


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I will give a Lutheran continuationist non Pentecostal perspective on this question. The word for προφητεῖαι does not necessarily have a "gee whiz" or "thus saith the Lord" connotation. It can be a general word for speaking forth what God is revealing. In other words, it can be preaching or sharing in an applied manner what one believes ...


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Where did the idea of being “called to preach” come from? The gifts imparted to those in the early church would constitute an assumption of "calling" or divine assignment. The direction of the Holy Spirit was clear and unambiguous. Acts 11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we ...


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Here are some resources: Vocation to the Religious State by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Vocations Explained: Matrimony, Virginity, the Religious State and the Priesthood by A Vincentian Father. Vocations by Rev. William Doyle, S.J. Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. See also Pope Pius XII's apostolic constitution Sede ...


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My own pastor has shared stories that he knew at a young age that he was called to the priesthood. As a young boy of 8 or 9 he says he "just knew" which is in keeping with a seed planted by God for the vocation. Oftentimes, young boys who are part of church-going families will mimic the parts of Mass and that is something that shows their interest. Of course ...


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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them? Both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches have historically employed the title of ”Apostle” to various individuals other than Thee 12 Apostles of the Lord. After all the name apostle simply denotes being sent: The word "...


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How is a New Church President Called? It's interesting to realize that the Church and its members don't call a prophet, they call a president. It is by the laying on of hands and the bestowal of keys that the President of the Church becomes the Lord's Prophet. And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the ...


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This statement, by itself, is in line with the main strands of Reformed theology,1 when the word "call" is understood to mean external call. The Scriptures, therefore, in the most explicit terms teach that the external call of the gospel is addressed to all men. (Charles Hodge, ST, 3.4.1) [External calling] comes to both the just and the unjust, ...


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It's not clear exactly what verse 12 is saying here. The word "with" seems to suggest that the "signs and wonders and mighty works" are something distinct from and in addition to "the signs of a true apostle", but exactly what those signs are, much like the origin of the quote in Acts 20:35, is information not found in the ...


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I will share three notable examples I'm aware of. They are all relatively recent (1925 - present). Example 1: John Mulinde World Trumpet Mission, an international revivalist ministry founded in 1988 in the Republic of Uganda by John Mulinde, presents the following historical timeline on their website (emphasis mine): The transcript of the highlighted ...


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How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically? Discernment for a particular ministry usually takes several years to ascertain. It is not something that Christians simply wake up and say ”I am going to be a minister or a priest!” The number one thing to do is to pray over the during the time of ...


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I can't answer directly from a Catholic point of view, but the identification of a calling to the priesthood in the Anglican church probably has some similarities. I also know people who have been called to religious communities. The key thing is that the identification of such a calling is done by the community. Thus you don't show up at a theological ...


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How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? All that D.J. Clayworth has posted in his answer is correct, yet it is somewhat incomplete. Having been in a seminary for a number of years myself, I can say that the time in the seminary itself is simply a time of discernment for both the the individual and the Church. The vocation to the priesthood is ...


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In my short months of trying to find God, I've read many books. One such that I am reading now is called "The Elijah Task" by John Loren & Paula Sandford. However, before you go on to read this, please know that what I write is my knowledge from books from servants of God (which I digest and actually remember) and all of which are charismatic so, there ...


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