Gilbert Le Blanc
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe the 144 000 are from Israel?
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Here's Revelation 7:4 from the New World Translation of the Bible And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty‐four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: ...

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Do any denominations have official doctrine regarding humans on other planets?
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mentions other worlds in their scripture. Doctrine and Covenants 76:23-24 23 For we saw him [Jesus], even on the right hand of God; and we heard the ...

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What is the "homogenous unit principle" of church growth?
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Dr. Donald McGavran's definition of a homogeneous unit is "a section of society in which all members have some characteristic in common." In plainer terms, a homogeneous unit is a group of people ...

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What does the LDS Church (Mormon) teach about marriage and polygamy in the afterlife?
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Preparing for Exaltation Teachers Manual - Lesson 41: Eternal Marriage Explain that in the temple, through the power of the priesthood, Chris and her husband could be married for eternity, not just ...

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How does the LDS doctrine of assurance compare to the Methodist doctrine of assurance?
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I was a member of the LDS church for 20 years. I've been a Methodist for 2 years. LDS Assurance The sentence from the LDS Bible Dictionary: The effects of true faith in Jesus Christ include (1) ...

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Should a woman cover her head in Christian worship?
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Here's what Matthew Henry says in his short commentary: We should, even in our dress and habit, avoid every thing that may dishonour Christ. The woman was made subject to man, because made for his ...

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Joseph Smith purpose of polygamy
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There was polygamy, or plural wives, in the Old Testament. Starting with the (NRSV) Bible. Sarai gave Hagar to Abram as his wife, Genesis 16:1–11 Jacob received Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens ...

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How are passages vetted for inclusion in officially sanctioned liturgical readings?
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I am a member of the United Methodist Church, so my answer will be from that perspective. In the United Methodist Church, preachers preach from the Lectionary. According to Wikipedia: The Revised ...

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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses exclude pagan influences from their doctrine?
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Based on this 15 December 2007 article from The Watchtower, called Can a Pagan Holiday Be Made Christian?, the answer comes from 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (New World Translation). 14Do not become ...

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What official statements represent Christianity's position on the Gospel of Barnabas?
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This is an English translation of the Decretum Gelasianum de Libris Recipendis et Non Recipiendts. The Decretum Gelasianum was issued by Pope Gelasius [Pope of Rome 492-96]. One of the apocryphum ...

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When is the end of the Christmas season for Latin Rite Catholics?
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From Wikipedia: The Christmas season immediately follows Advent. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas begin with Christmas Eve on the evening of December 24 and continue until the feast of ...

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What is the origin of the Mormon Temple Ceremony and how has it changed throughout the years?
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There are more than one LDS Temple covenants. These include: Baptism (for the dead) Endowment (including washing and anointing on first visit) Confirmation Ordination to higher offices of the ...

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How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash?
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I'm a Methodist now, so praying to Saints in a group setting is not done. I grew up Catholic, so I don't find asking saints to intercede on my or someone else's behalf unusual, for the reasons given ...

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What is the basis for ascribing any fiscal policy to Jesus?
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Since Peter answered your first question, I'll attempt to answer your second question. And, once we've established who conflated the two, what was the biblical rationale for doing so? Jesus spoke of ...

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Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin?
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Free will is the ability of people to make choices different than God's commands. A sin is a thought or act contrary to God's will for us. Without the ability to sin, there is no free will. Our ...

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Does a Christian have a responsibility to participate in government?
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I like Eric's answer, but I'm going to give a contrarian answer. In Philippians 4: 8,9, we read: Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, ...

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Is there a way to prove the God of the Bible?
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No, there are no scientific experiments that you could run to show the existence of God. When Christians talk about proving God, they mean something along the lines of Malachi 3:10 (NRSV) Bring ...

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"Those excluded from the Congregation"
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You have to go all the way back to Deuteronomy 12 to get to the beginning of the "statutes and judgments" given by God to the Israelites. Deuteronomy 12:1-7(NKJ) A Prescribed Place of ...

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To what do the seven churches of Revelation refer?
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The seven churches are described in Revelation 2 and 3. My opinion is that the seven churches not only refer to churches that existed then, but are representative of churches that have existed in ...

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Reformed perspective on "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us" (Acts 15:28)
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But the way [Acts 15:28 is] phrased, and the context of the meeting, seem to point to the church having authority in this moment; that there's something special about these people being gathered ...

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What was it like in the Temple at the time of Jesus?
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From a web page titled "The Synagogue": Generally, any Jewish male could lead a prayer or read and translate Scripture. Every service began with specific readings that had been prescribed ...

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What is "apostolic authority"?
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To answer the question of "apostolic authority", you must first define "apostolic succession". From the Wikipedia article on apostolic succession: Apostolic succession (Hebrew: ...

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Are JWs restricted from expressing things in their own words?
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I do not have access to the materials that the elders use to train people in public ministry, but I suspect that you've encountered Jehovah's Witnesses that were uncomfortable speaking in their own ...

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What is the significance of the Bible to Christianity?
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Is Christianity defined by the Bible? No. If not, what is it exactly that makes a person a "Christian"? (Can an Atheist call himself a Christian and be counted as a Christian?) Christianity is ...

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What biblical and historical support is there for the practice of child communion?
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Here's what my denomination, the United Methodist Church, says about child communion: May young children receive Communion? Certainly. As The United Methodist Book of Worship puts it, “All who intend ...

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How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
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John's thought in his letter includes verses 18 and 20. Here's 1 John 2:18-20 (NRSV) Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. ...

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What is the relationship between the Catholic churches of various countries?
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The Roman Catholic Church, both in the United States and in Mexico, is led by the Pope. The current Pope is Pope Benedict XVI. The Roman Catholic Church defines its mission as spreading the gospel ...

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Where does one draw the line between spritiual attack and spiritual defense?
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I'm coming from a United Methodist tradition, if that makes a difference The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. He replied in Matthew 13:11-13 (NRSV) [Jesus] answered, ‘To you it has ...

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Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion?
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The United Methodist Church uses grape juice for communion. Here's their reasoning. The United Methodist Book of Worship says, "Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to ...

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How can common believers be sure that the Church's decisions are correct and not erroneous?
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The 2012 world-wide General Conference of the United Methodist Church is going on right now in Tampa, Florida, USA. This conference is held every 4 years to determine the guidelines and direction of ...

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