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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin?

If a person should be aware that God forgives sins and should yet purpose to live a sinful life, then (whatever they theorise about an unknowable future) they are already in danger of perdition, of ...
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What is the biblical basis for “the Sinner’s Prayer” and do Protestants believe that saying the prayer make one a Christian?

There is an example in scripture, spoken by Jesus, of the prayer of a sinner : And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

There are two primary ways that sola fide theologians deal with this issue, and there is ongoing debate between them over it (cf. Lordship salvation controversy). I'll first address the historical ...
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Satan and all the fallen angels (demons) are completely consumed with evil and chose to do evil with all their intellect and sin against God, thus repentance is no longer possible for them. ...
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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Although it is true that Christians believe salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, it is not true that Christians believe they are under the Mosaic Law. Jesus came to fulfil the Law and has ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

If a man is ordained, he is unable to validly marry in the Church: Those in sacred orders invalidly attempt marriage. (Code of Canon Law, canon 1087) But he is not (as AthanasiusOfAlex points out)...
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How can God be Sovereign (in the Reformed sense) if a man can ignore His call to repentance?

To understand the Reformed approach to this challenging question, we should begin with the concept of the "wills" of God. Reformed theologians typically refer to the relevant ones as the ...
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Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again? - Overview

"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, ...
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What evidence is there that the thief on the cross was not baptized?

There is no biblical evidence to support any suggestion that the repentant criminal on the cross had ever been baptised, or not. The Bible doesn’t say. However, the fact that he knew about Jesus ...
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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin?

Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin? Since God forgives sins, why not live a sinful life? Then when I'm dying in my bed, I'll just ask him to forgive me for my sins. Can such a one be ...
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Do any denominations accept their own part in the failure, generally, of Christendom, to rise to the reality of what Christianity ought to be?

Do any denominations accept their own part in the failure, generally, of Christendom, to rise to the reality of what Christianity ought to be? I believe the Catholic Church under the leadership of ...
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Mormons, for how long can I be forgiven of all my sins?

As you've said, being saved is a process more than an event. You can think of repentance as a continual process or something you do over and over again. The definition becomes blurry when you consider ...
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Is it possible to repent after death in Catholicism?

Short answer: For the general case, no. Your question asks about both the general case, and an outlier case of suicide. That series of articles in the Catechism addresses in part whether or not the ...
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What is the biblical basis for “the Sinner’s Prayer” and do Protestants believe that saying the prayer make one a Christian?

What has become known as “The Sinner’s Prayer” in Protestant circles is a comparatively new phenomenon. In some groups non-members who listen to preaching are urged to "say the sinner's prayer" and ...
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Is repentance of sins possible outside the Gospel?

Is repentance of sins possible outside the gospel? Yes, since God plants conscience in every person's heart. But see next paragraph below. What does repentance of sins look like for a non-Christian ...
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In LDS doctrine, why isn't repentance possible without eternal punishment?

There are similar discourses elsewhere in the Book of Mormon, notably in 2 Nephi 2 and 2 Nephi 9. Especially in 2 Nephi 9:6-8 it is explained that without the atonement of Christ, the judgement that ...
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How can God be Sovereign (in the Reformed sense) if a man can ignore His call to repentance?

The reformed view would believe both those types of verses you have quoted but would add a third type to ensure the whole picture in presented: "For many are called, but few are chosen." (ESV Matt ...
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If God wants everyone to repent, why God didn't do such miracles in Tyre and Sidon?

There are several possibilities: And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. (Matthew 13:58) It is not in God's nature to forcefully 'prove himself' to the cynic. Jesus ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

There are a number of issues discussed in this post. Excommunication is not incurred for attempted but invalid marriage First of all, a priest who attempts to marry does not incur a latae sententiae ...
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What constitutes a "serious" crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

The Holy Ghost will give direction It's hard to prove a negative, but the reference books for missionaries are preach my gospel and the missionary handbook, neither of which seem to define the term. ...
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Do Protestant Trinitarians believe that Christianity can be 'proved' without faith?

Paraphrasing your question I think it is instructive to clarify the meaning of "proof". Your question already distinguished two meanings related to two different faculties of the human soul,...
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Did Peter ever ask Jesus for forgiveness?

Yes, Peter did repent, which Jesus calls "turning back" (from his betrayal): Luke 22:31-32 (DRB) And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you [plural], that he may sift ...
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What constitutes a "serious" crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

Misionaries are not bishops D&C 77:104 declares that Bishops are judges. They have the keys to help people through the process of repentance. While there are specific rules concerning ...
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In LDS doctrine, why isn't repentance possible without eternal punishment?

D&C 19 has a really interesting explanation of the meaning of eternal that may also apply to its usage in Alma: 4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless. 5 Wherefore, ...
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Exorcism and repentance

The short answer is yes. But it is not as simple as that either. From a Catholic view point I am going to let Fr. Gabriele Amorth,the head exorcist for the Diocese of Rome answer your question. Other ...
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Is repenting the same as it always has been or do we in the New Covenant repent in a new way? (Roman Catholic perspective)

Short Answer: in Roman Catholic belief the dual meaning of repentance is retained from its original sense in the Old Testament. In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two ...
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Is the root of salvation correctly summed up as "Be saved and repent!" or should it be "Repent and be saved!"?

From the limited quote and from the assumption that the article's author is Reformed, probably the author was emphasizing the election part. I found the magazine's website but Vol 15 Issue 2 is not ...
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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin?

I would like to let the Bible answer this question directly. In the Gospel of John chapter 8, Jesus provides what I believe is a wonderfully simple and straight forward answer to this kind of question....
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Do Protestant Trinitarians believe that Christianity can be 'proved' without faith?

I'm glad you defined what it is that is being asked to be proved - "real Christianity (the having a relationship with God by the mediatorial work and ministry of his Son, Jesus Christ)". The ...
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