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What is the/any Arminian/Catholic interpretation of Hebrews 10:14?

In paragraph 480 of St. Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, he explains that the way sacrifice was done in the past was to wipe out past sins. The people sinned, and then a ...
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Do Protestants believe it is easier for New Testament believers to fulfill the moral law than it was before Christ?

Welcome to the group. I'm new here myself. Do those verses show that the Christian is more able to fulfill God's commands than the old testament believer was? No, they do not, but maybe not in the ...
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What do Protestant Christians believe about sanctification, holiness, and attaining perfect love in this life?

Largely speaking, there are three schools of thought in Protestantism regarding sanctification, one of which follows, more or less, the Wesleyan-Open Brethren structure ; one states the Presbyterian-...
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Is becoming sinless impossible?

You quoted some verses but didn't capture what they said. For example, we can't do anything with God, but through God. Perfection is God's work and not done by the work of man, but is the work of God ...
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What is Wesley's concept of Entire Sanctification?

What is Wesley's concept of Entire Sanctification? If that is the question that is posed, I will try to provide an answer. Wesley's brand of Christian perfection was a reviving of what he ...
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Do Christians who view homosexuality as a sin believe that homosexuals can be freed from their sinful condition by the power of God?

Jesus gave the only example of unforgivable sin : the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Therefore if a self-confessed Christian defines anything else (other than that specific blasphemy) as '...
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According to Christianity, to what extent can non-Christians develop and manifest the fruit of the Spirit?

For the most part all Christianity hold to the doctrine of original sin. This means that human nature was cursed in Adam and subject to a total sinfulness under the law, separate from God, with no ...
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What is the term in spiritual theology to denote the aspect that increases within a believer as God carries his work to completion (Phil 1:6)?

The epistle to the saints and faithful in Ephesus soars higher into the 'heavenlies' (Ephesians 1:20, literal) than perhaps any other. And the church of Ephesus, addressed by the Son of man, ...
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According to Trinitarians, can non-Trinitarians experience regeneration, sanctification and a Spirit-led life despite not believing in the Trinity?

Formal proof P1: The Roman Catholic Church is a Christian faith that espouses the Trinitarian creeds of the 4th & 5th centuries. P2: The Roman Catholic Church accepts Polycarp of Smyrna as a ...
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Does the battle between the flesh and the spirit ever get easier?

For people for whom there is no battle between the flesh and the spirit, then such people remain spiritually dead in their sins. But for Christians, this truth applies: "And you hath he ...
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Is there scriptural basis for spiritual 'growth'?

Is there scriptural basis for spiritual “growth”. Many would believe so. Growing spiritually means nothing more, but also nothing less, than being animated and guided by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

The proof of Sanctifiying Grace is found in the testimony of God’s people. Can you talk about the changes in your own life that have come only because of your realtionship with God? The initial ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

How refreshingly honest of your daughter to say what she thinks rather than simply give the answer that is expected. But how prove to her that sanctifying grace is real? By example, by ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians with a diagnosed personality disorder like psychopathy about their experience of sanctification?

Here is the testimony of David Wood, a formally anti-social-disorder-diagnosed atheist turned Christian. Here is a variation of his testimony given to an audience, in 23:30 he states his formal ...
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Do Protestants believe it is easier for New Testament believers to fulfill the moral law than it was before Christ?

A key passage which might seem at first blush to indicate New Testament believers have an easier time fulfilling God's moral law than Old Testament believers is Romans Chapter 8, an excerpt of which I ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

To the question of "Whether man can know that he has grace?" (Summa Theologica I-II q. 112 a. 5), St. Thomas Aquinas responds by explaining the ways the reality of grace can or cannot be ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

Sanctifying grace is a habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition ...
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Is there scriptural basis for spiritual 'growth'?

Spiritual growth, or growing spiritually, is the core of our Christian walk, where the Spirit works in us and transforms us as we understand more of His Word and live according to the Word, and as a ...
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In Reformed Theology what mechanisms and practices does God provide a believer to help fight temptation?

The problem here is misunderstanding what the grace of God is. I will not go into any Pentecostal/Charismatic views of that but confine myself to what may fairly be viewed as representing, or agreeing ...
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According to Trinitarians, can non-Trinitarians experience regeneration, sanctification and a Spirit-led life despite not believing in the Trinity?

One must believe in the Trinity to believe in Christ:Summa Theologica II-II q. 2 a. 8 co.:It is impossible to believe explicitly in the mystery of Christ, without faith in the Trinity, since the ...
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Does the battle between the flesh and the spirit ever get easier?

Victorious Life The verses in the comment above are of help in keeping a true perspective of the Christian life with all its personal and interpersonal struggles. (Romans 7:24-8:4) Paul's statement at ...
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What does it mean to be saved by sanctification and believing the truth? 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Scripture speaks of us as having been saved (in God's economy), being saved (experientially through sanctification), and that we will be saved (ultimately). 1 Peter 1:2 says much the same thing as ...
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What does it mean to be saved by sanctification and believing the truth? 2 Thessalonians 2:13

The declaration that "Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone" is something of the cry of Reformed Protestants, so this answer is from a Reformed Protestant ...
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Do Christians who view homosexuality as a sin believe that homosexuals can be freed from their sinful condition by the power of God?

This is a question of sanctification. That link quotes the Westminster Confession of Faith, which says sanctification is: the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after ...
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Does the battle between the flesh and the spirit ever get easier?

Mathew 26:41 The spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak. That best describes what your are experiencing. Trust me, every believer undergoes this struggle daily because of Ephesians 6:12 For ...
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What do Protestant Christians believe about sanctification, holiness, and attaining perfect love in this life?

You seem to have provided a good overview of Sanctification already! I spent some time researching John Wesley and trying to uncover what he meant by Christian perfection in regards to sanctification. ...
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Is becoming sinless impossible?

Humans on their own cannot achieve perfection (sinlessness) as indicated by the first four passages you listed. However, with divine aid they can be made perfect, as indicated in the men in heaven who ...
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Is becoming sinless impossible?

It is not impossible to become sinless but it is not a human attainment and it is not fully realized here. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men,...
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Is becoming sinless impossible?

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) treats this issue differently than the New Testament does. In the OT, there are several instances where were are told that a person has not sinned. The OP mentions ...
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