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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 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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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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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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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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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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God does not change, but has He changed?

That might depend on which God / god you refer to. The reason why I say that is that there are some groups / denominations generally considered to be Christian, but which believe in a multiplicity of ...
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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 is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Before attempting to find out what the biblical basis is for believing Christians no longer need to confess and repent (according to Joseph Prince and Andrew Wommack), we first need to establish what ...
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Like most good lies, there is a kernel of truth here hiding underneath the perversion of the Gospel. Scripture is quite clear that Christ died for repentant sinners. Because God exists outside of time,...
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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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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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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

Sin is sin, whether it is deliberate, unintentional, or resisted but its temptation turns out to be irresistible, leading to rationalisation and even denial that it was ‘really’ a sin. However, God ...
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What Are the Way of Repentance and the Way of Eternal Life?

I confess I’ve never heard the expression “the way of repentance” but the Bible has plenty to say about the way of salvation that leads to eternal life. However, eternal life is a free and undeserved ...
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God does not change, but has He changed?

God is perfect in all his attributes. He always has been perfect. He always will be perfect. In God there is nothing that looks like change, for better or worse; not better, because then he were not ...
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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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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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What if Hell isn't a punishment?

In answer to the question, you cannot save yourself. Salvation is not possible without the cross of Christ. You stand condemned in Adam (Romans 5:18), the father of the human race. God's judgment on ...
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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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