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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

If they were wearing name tags, they were probably official LDS missionaries. Even if not, Latter-day Saints are allowed to (and in fact, are encouraged to) proselytize informally and refer potential ...
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How do Protestants answer the Catholic accusation of historicity?

Protestant reformers were at pains to argue that all they sought to do was restore the church to purity which had become corrupted in medieval times. They wanted to ensure that their teachings were ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

Stewart's argument is inconsistent with itself; it is also inconsistent with the New Testament. Logical Inconsistencies Foundations After acknowledging that the church was built on the foundation of ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender?

Heresy is simply the rejection of specific doctrines while still claiming to be faithful to the Church. So any Catholic that "denies the sin of homosexuality" is obviously a heretic. There ...
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Do Reformed theologians understand the Catholic Church and the Papacy to have been true heirs of Peter until the Reformation?

It is clear from John Knox's words, recorded at his meeting with Queen Mary at Holyrood in 1561 (accompanied by Lord James Stewart) that the reformer regarded the Papacy to be an intrusion and the ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

The Latter Day Saints allows investigators and seekers of truth to take the sacrament and to join church activities and quorums, for nearly full transparency. You only become a member if you get ...
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How did Martin Luther justify the separation from the Catholic Church?

Martin Luther had not intended to separate from the Catholic Church. His 95 theses, and his conduct immediately after he posted them, were intended to achieve reform in the Catholic Church. When he ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender?

According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender? The short answer is that such a priest would be ...
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Does the Bible refer to Christian gentiles or the Church as "New Israelites", "New Israel" or "Spiritual Israel"?

This can turn out to be quite a large question and so I will address the occurrence of the three terms only. I find none of the three exact terms, "New Israelites", "New Israel" ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

From experience as one who has both been one of those two men on the street, and am currently serving as a Ward Clerk, and whose responsibility it is to keep the records of my local congregation (...
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How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Ephesians 2:20?

The foundational apostles and prophets of Eph. 2:20 refers to New Testament apostles and Old Testament Prophets. Christ is the cornerstone. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and ...
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How do Latter-day Saints rebut Don Stewart's article "Are There Still Apostles Today?"?

From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perspective (while not believing in continuation of apostles since New Testament times, do believe in modern apostles because of restoration) The ...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence that shows the apostles were martyred?

If we count sources written multiple generations after the fact, there is mountains of evidence. C. Bernard Ruffin has compiled a very thorough review of the traditions passed down by early Christian ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

Your friend may be confusing a "secret" prayer of acceptance (whatever that may be) with the Mormon practice of what had been their secret "baptism for the dead". This practice came under scrutiny ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what is the status of a priest who does not agree with the Church's stated teachings on homosexuality and gender?

No, no, no, these answers are wrong. Heresy within the Catholic Church has very specific delineations. To begin, heresy requires 'public' and 'obstinate' denial of 'doctrinal imperatives'. Next, the ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

To answer your question: no. There is no secret adding to the church done by members of the LDS faith. The only way to become a member is to become baptized which takes a process of proving your ...
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When did the word "Catholic" become a proper noun?

I've been watching this question for a few days now and decided that today I would hazard a Wikipedia-fueled attempt at finding a plausible answer. Here goes... The word "Catholic" in reference to a ...
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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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According to Catholicism, what is meant by the Church being indefectible?

"Indefectibility" is, according to Catholic Dictionary by Fr. John Hardon, S.J., the Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican ...
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Authentic reasons to leave Roman Catholicism?

Authentic reasons to leave Roman Catholicism? If a Roman Catholic desires to leave the Latin Rite and join an Eastern Rite Catholic community permanently, he or she is obliged to obtained permission ...
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Is it true that Christianity is the most divided religion in the world?

You ask, "Is the Christian community truly so fragmented?" (with some 45,000 denominations). I answer from a Protestant point of view, but Catholics or Orthodox would probably have a ...
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Did the Jesus Revolution produce lasting Christian "Fruit", or was it an emotional, fadish "flash in the pan?

According to this Wikipedia article, in 2022 Calvary Chapel Association had some 1800 churches. The association has its origins in the founding of a Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California) in 1965 by ...
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According to Protestants, must clergy be ordained by other ordained clergy?

John Calvin, whose theology heavily influenced every Reformer (here I exclude the Anabaptists and other such groups), has a chapter in his Institutes of the Christian Religion which discusses the ...
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Missing work of St. Augustine in Latin?

Though it was historically attributed to Augustine, this letter was actually written by Fulgentius of Ruspe in the early 6th century. It appears in English in volume 95 of the series The Fathers of ...
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What is the justification used by the Nazarene denomination that permits women to be pastors/ elders?

The Church of the Nazarene publishes a Manual which details their theology and doctrine. In Page 186, paragraph 501, the justification for ordaining women is presented: 501. Theology of Women in ...
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Apart from any claim related to antiquity, does the modern Roman Catholic Church claim to be ‘The Body of Christ'?

Apart from any claim related to antiquity, does the modern Roman Catholic Church claim to be" The Body of Christ"? The short answer is: Yes. Pope Pius XII's encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (...
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The gates of hell won't prevail against the church (Matt 16:18), but the beast is given authority to conquer the saints (Rev 13:7)

This answer addresses the question from a Catholic perspective. I do not presume to speak for any other denominations. The Catholic interpretation of the book of Revelation places it in a larger ...
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Reformers on the visible church?

Reformers on the visible church? Did the reformers believe that Christ's Church was visible? The short answer is that some did. John Calvin held a high view of the visible church on earth. Often when ...
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