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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 not just in line with Scripture but with many of the church fathers e.g. Augustine. You will find that the writings of the reformers are full of quotes to many ...


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What if the end goal is not "the preaching of the gospel to every human on the planet" as your question stated? What if the end goal is humanity transformed and that the preaching of the gospel is a means to this end? God is not known to be efficient, but He gets the job done (humanity transformed) by eventually bringing all whom He has chosen to ...


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Your question could be expanded: why did God choose to make the world at all? The implication of asking your question is that the ultimate thing God is aiming for is efficiency. This is not the case. God created the universe for his own glory. He has his ways of doing things which are not our ways of doing things: As the heavens are higher than the earth, ...


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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 from the bishops of both Rites concerned. If one desires to transfer to an Eastern Rite Catholic Church because you are attracted to the spirituality of the ...


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How would someone who doesn't believe in a pre-tribulation rapture harmonize the following two verses? Many Christian nations have been (literally) conquered by expanding non-Christian religions, but this is not seen as contradicting Matthew's account, since that passage is not usually interpreted (by anyone, regardless of denomination) as meaning or ...


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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 tradition of "apocalypses": works that encourage resistance to an oppressor, using heavily symbolic and coded language that a contemporary audience would ...


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There are many facets to this. Anne’s response and answer has shown why what happened in 1222 is regarded as deplorable and why the Church of England might wish to make some gesture or statement deploring it. If I understand OP's question correctly, she asks why, granted that the Church wishes to deplore what happened in 1222, should it do so in the form of ...


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The history of religious persecution of Jews in Britain is truly horrible, and a shame and a reproach on the good name of Christ. However, I will not delve into that here, but provide a few links at the end. This question asks about Church of England thinking behind a planned “act of repentance” for 2022 (on the 800th anniversary of the Synod of Oxford, ...


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I have yet to find an academic book or a journal article that provides a research-level model for what a church does. Most I found is on the nature of the church, similar to Avery Dulles's 1987 book Models of the Church, such as Stanko Jambrek's 2019 journal article Church Models for the 21st Century where he reviews a variety of church models in 3 ...


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To answer, we have to understand "apostolic succession"; what it meant very early on and what it subsequently came to mean. Definition The early form of apostolic succession was the biblical idea that faithful men would teach the same to other faithful men. Paul taught Timothy and Titus (among others directly and via the written word) and ...


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Having grown up within the Plymouth Brethren tradition, I was taught that a local church should be led by a plurality of elders and served by a plurality of deacons. While the definitions, uses, and even connotations of the terms elder, overseer, bishop, and under-shepherd have changed significantly in the years following the Apostolic Age, local churches in ...


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First, the Dispensationalist explanation you allude to is not reasonable, given that there is not even a hint of a secret ‘rapture’ of the Church prior to Revelation’s ‘great tribulation’ period. It is also not reasonable due to the fact that there are only ever two presences of Christ – his first one when he came in the flesh as Mary’s child, then his ...


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What may appear inefficient to us on such a grand scale is irrelevant. We don't have near enough information to put the God who knows all on the witness stand. God is working on bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10). The most "efficient means" seems like it should have been to create many glorified sons, withhold from them the ability to ...


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What are biblical arguments for congregationalist church polity? Within ecclesiastical polity, the congregational churches means that the local congregation rules itself, elects its own leaders, both clergy and laity, ordains its own clergy, and is a "self-governed voluntary institution". Congregational churches dispense with titled positions such ...


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This is part of a wider question about what believers should do when the find themselves belonging to a church which has gone astray. There are no easy answers and much will depend on the actual context. In the specific instance of Laodicea, if hypothetically the church did not repent, then I think their lampstand being removed would equate to them not being ...


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