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To: Persevero
There is a difference -- in a particular Protestant group, there can be dogmatic unity -- for exmaple, amongst the Ortodox PResbyterians (all 20,000 of them), there will be a shared dogma and belief system. These will differ from say the beliefs in salvation as evidenced by Arminians or the hyperCalvinism of Mennonites and will differ from Lutherans on the True Presence, confession, episcopality and even predestination. These will differ from the pentecostals and the Methodists.

Anyone who forms a group say "practising gay OPC" are not following OPC tenets of belief and are not a sub-division of the OPC but either dissenting people who happen to be OPC or people expelled from the OPC for their unbiblical actions. And "Democratic OPCers" are just a group of individuals, these are not a division of the OPC. When a group splits from the OPC like the BPC and the EPC did, then they are separate completely in organization and belief.

Protestants -- that umbrella terminology that is used by groups as diverse as calvinists, unitarians, anglicans, lutherans, pentecostals, christian scientists or even those saying they are the fruit of the reformation like Seventh Day Adventists or the 4th generation protestants like Mormons or other Great Apostasy theology proponents are unified in only one belief and that is not a belief in Christ in the Trinitarian sense...
24 posted on 11/18/2010 7:27:25 AM PST by Cronos (This Church is Holy,theOne Church,theTrue Church,theCatholic Church - St. Augustine)
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To: Cronos

“Protestants — that umbrella terminology that is used by groups as diverse as calvinists, unitarians, anglicans, lutherans, pentecostals, christian scientists or even those saying they are the fruit of the reformation like Seventh Day Adventists or the 4th generation protestants like Mormons or other Great Apostasy theology proponents are unified in only one belief and that is not a belief in Christ in the Trinitarian sense... “

I agree. I think the use of the word “Protestants” is too broadly applied. “Protestants” in my opinion should refer to those who basically agree with the 95 theses posted by Luther. Instead, it basically means “not-a-Roman-Catholic.”


27 posted on 11/18/2010 10:57:06 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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