Phill Sacre
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How do Protestants answer the Catholic accusation of historicity?
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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 ...

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What is the ultimate goal of a human according to Bible?
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One of the most famous answers to this question comes in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 1: Q1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ...

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Did God change from a wrathful God to a loving God between Old Testament and New Testament?
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Wrath is an important part of God's nature. I think a good way into answering this question is to ask the question, 'What did Jesus save us from?' They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve ...

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What Christianity offers which other religions cannot?
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C.S. Lewis answered this question: During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began ...

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Why does the debate over election/predestination matter?
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The pastoral reason this debate matters so much is because of the related doctrine of assurance (which itself is intimately related to justification by faith alone). To put it bluntly, if our ...

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How do Trinitarians respond to the objection that God cannot be a man based on Hosea 11:9?
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There are two or three passages in the Old Testament which declare something similar (Numbers 23:19 and 1 Samuel 15:29). In each case God is distinguishing himself against sinful humanity. The point ...

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Do paedobaptists suggest that a baptised infant is really 'born again'?
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You will probably find different denominations have a slightly different flavour to this answer. To put my cards on the table, I come at this from an Anglican perspective. My first point would be, ...

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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus
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I think there is more to the gifts than the symbolism of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Particularly within the Bible. Recently I was preaching on Isaiah 60, and verse 6 struck me: Herds of camels ...

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Are there theological explanations for why God chose the Church to preach the gospel instead of more effective and efficient alternatives?
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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. ...

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Why don't Reformed Christians consider it necessary to confess to a priest?
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Firstly, penance was rejected at the time of the reformation because the doctrine was based on a mistranslation of the Greek word metanoia - "repentance". The Latin Vulgate had, poenitenitam ...

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What does Sinclair Ferguson (a reformed theologian) mean by a 'new identity'?
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I'm not aware of the specific lectures you are referring to, but I have listened to / read a fair amount of his work. I imagine Sinclair Ferguson would be thinking along these lines: Therefore, if ...

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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?
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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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Is there any historical evidence that the early church believed in the divinity of Jesus?
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Outside of the New Testament canon itself, one of the earliest pieces of extra-Biblical evidence is the Alexamenos graffito. This shows a young man worshipping a donkey-headed figure on a cross. This ...

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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?
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I don't think this is a question about protestantism in general - your mention of Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists would say that. I, as an Anglican, would count myself very much as a protestant! ...

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Does Reformed Baptist Protestantism reject Annihilationism?
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The traditional view of Reformed Baptists (and the Reformed view more generally, including of Anglicans) is that of eternal punishment. Take, for example, the Westminster Confession of Faith. This ...

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How many non-decalogue commandments from the Old Testament are still morally binding for Christians?
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Jesus affirmed the two greatest commandments because "All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:40). Paul says similarly in Romans 13:8, "Let no debt ...

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From a Protestant perspective, do we really have free will if sin nature is passed on from Adam and Eve to us?
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There are two kinds of 'free will' which philosophers speak about: liberty of spontaneity, and liberty of indifference. Liberty of spontaneity means we are free to act according to our desires, ...

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Are the ordination-statuses in this list exclusive and comprehensive?
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The list is not exclusive - curates are ordained. (Did you mean, ordinand - someone who is training for ordination?). Also there are several statuses for lay people who are not ordained: licensed lay ...

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According to Catholicism, why does the Creed mention only the role of Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus?
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On your first question: the text (Luke 1:35) says that the pregnancy of Mary is by the power of the Holy Spirit, but that behind his work ("overshadowing") is the work of God the Father. So ...

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Is this a Calvinistic or Arminian statement of faith?
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The disagreement between Calvinists and Arminians are over the precise nature of predestination and election. The traditional Arminian position can be seen in the Five Articles of Remonstrance. The ...

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Where is Jesus' body now?
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I think the Reformed tradition would locate Jesus' body "in heaven", I believe these two quotations from Reformed authors will illustrate. John Calvin From his commentary on Acts 1:9-11: ...

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Can the entirety of Jesus's teachings be summed up in a few words? A phrase or sentence?
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I believe Jesus' own summary of the gospel message is "repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 24:47; cf Mark 1:15, Acts 2:38). Obviously this needs a lot of fleshing out e.g. defining ...

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What were the Laodicean church members supposed to do?
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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 ...

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How do Protestant Christians understand the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews chapter 4?
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The concept of "rest" in the Bible is an important one. God's Sabbath-rest in the days of creation is given as something for Christians to enter into. Compare Revelation 14:13: Then I heard ...

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Whose is the 'grace of God that bringeth salvation' ? (Titus 2:11)
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I don't think there is such a distinction between the two camps here as you suggest. I think both of the documents you link to would agree that the Law expresses the will of God. The section of the ...

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What is a free online New Testament commentary you recommend for diving into the historical/cultural context and the Greek/manuscripts?
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Rather than a commentary you might find an Introduction to the New Testament helpful such as this one which does go into the socio-historical context. More detailed commentaries are usually on a book-...

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Why Many Who Believe That “All Are Born Sinful” Hold That “None Are Born Gay Or Trans”?
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I can only speak from a UK context, where there isn't a Christian right like there is in the US. But I think the way the church has handled issues of sexuality is similar. In the last 10-20 years, the ...

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