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    09/28/2015 11:55:25 AM PDT · by damonw · 40 replies
    There is the commonly heard CoC 5 step plan of salvation which is “Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Baptism“. But this is by no means the standard CoC plan of salvation. Many CoCers include living a faithful christian life, growing in the faith or continuing in the way of Jesus as a 6th step. And Walter Scott originally had 6 steps in his plan of salvation which he said was “Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Remission of Sins, Gift of the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life”. But before he had 6 steps Scott only had 3 steps in his plan and they...

    08/24/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by damonw · 51 replies
    THE WORD on the Word of Faith ^ | 08/22-15 | Damon Whitsell
    *******THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT LINKS EMBEDDED IN THE POST. ARE THERE REALLY 38,000 DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS? by Damon Whitsell Is Christianity really as divided as some people say it is? Are there really around 38,000 differing denominations? These questions are relevant to the Word of Faith movement because its teachers can be quite anti-denominational at times. And since some in the Word of Faith movement such as Kenneth Copeland and Joel Osteen along with the Pope and many others are calling for Charismatics and the Roman Catholic Church to unite, saying the Protestant protest is over, these questions are really important...
  • How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? [vanity]

    11/13/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 636 replies
    How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? Partial List of 5000+ Protestant Denominations by Name How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?    The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics "The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations" The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics Part II (Above links derived from here) ===> ("How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?") ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ There are many, many more Protestant denominations out there, not just those reflected in the links above.    How many?    Well, nobody really knows for sure exactly how many Protestant denominations exist at any given point in...
  • The Second-Largest Religion in Each State

    06/06/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4 | Reid Wilson
    Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about 2 percent as Mormon. But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and...
  • Let the Bible be “entrusted” to the faithful

    04/12/2013 5:10:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 246 replies
    La Stampa ^ | April 12, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    In his speech to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Francis said “the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures cannot be only an individual scientific effort, but must always confront itself with, be inserted within and authenticated by the living tradition of the Church” The speech given by Francis to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission this morning followed faithfully in the footsteps of his predecessor Benedict XVI teaching. Members of the Commission – scholars and theologians from all over the world gathered under the leadership of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr. Gerhard...
  • What will American Christianity look like in 50 years? (Predictions for various denominations)

    12/21/2012 3:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    SILOUAN ^ | 12/21/2012 | Silouan Philip Thompson
    I was asked this in an online forum, and my answer got too long to manage. Here’s my infallible prediction. How did I do? Orthodoxy: Little visible change, zero substantive change. Increasing numbers and cultural impact. Progress toward a single American Archdiocese, but still not there yet.Catholicism: Neither women priests nor married priests will happen. Increasing disaffection among liberal American Catholics leading to a significant decrease in attendance. Identification as Catholic will be increasingly cultural rather than creedal. This trend, combined with decreasing numbers of men seeking the priesthood, will force additional parish churches to close. This will be...
  • How Different Christian Denominations See Each Other

    09/27/2011 5:27:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The Journeyman's File ^ | 20 Sep 11 | Barry Simmons
  • Q & A from the OPC: Denominations and Christian Truth

    12/10/2010 4:38:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    Denominations and Christian Truth Question: I have a question about Christianity. I once heard that there are thousands of different Christian denominations. The exact number is not important. Each denomination has its own, unique interpretation of the Bible, and each denomination asserts that its interpretation is the correct one. Not every denomination can be right; someone has to be wrong. With respect to the OPC and John Calvin, how do you know that the OPC's interpretation is the correct one? Answer: It was Solomon who wrote "this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Labels Among Christians

    02/20/2010 9:46:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 250+ views ^ | 1985-1991`` | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...

    09/11/2009 1:14:40 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 86 replies · 3,888+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jesus the author and finisher
    I saw the Father in the Garden with Jesus and the Father had a shofar in his left hand . My sons and daughters of Zion ( hebrews 12:23 )it is time to unite as one with me The Father for we are advancing inward to penetrate the last strongholds . See them in the center for we have them surrounded , yet many within this circle that have resisted me and my will " Jesus " shall soon be inialted OR come into this very army I have formed as My Bride and soon there shall be a great...
  • Anger over gay marriage vote directed at Mormons

    11/12/2008 1:14:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 98 replies · 1,253+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/12/8 | ERIC GORSKI, AP Religion Writer
    Supporters of gay marriage, frustrated over a ballot-box defeat in California, have channeled much of their anger toward the towering white spires of Mormon temples. For months, the Mormon church sought to portray itself as just one member of a coalition of Catholics, evangelicals, black Protestants and others supporting Proposition 8, a measure to stop gay marriage in California. Some opponents of the measure sought to dispel that in the campaign's final weeks, pointing to extensive Mormon organizing and the staggering amount of money donated by individual Mormons at the behest of church leaders in Salt Lake City. Since the...
  • Christian Demoninatioal Comparison

    07/16/2007 5:26:54 PM PDT · by americanophile · 17 replies · 513+ views
    I hope I'm posting this in the right place, as I am relatively new to Free Republic. That said, I was wondering if anyone could give me a book recommendation? I've been looking for a good doctrinal/historical comparison of the different Christian denominations and sects. Anyone?
  • 379 Denominations in a single nation

    05/11/2007 2:04:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 177 replies · 2,081+ views
    (German) Reformed Church in the United States (Original) Church of God Advent Christian Church African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Church Alaska Moravian Church Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Alliance of Baptists in the USA Amana Church Society American Association of Lutheran Churches American Baptist Association American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. American Baptist Convention American Baptist Mississippi Convention American Ethical Union American Evangelical Christian Churches American Evangelical Lutheran Church American Lutheran Conference American Rescue Workers American Unitarian Association Anglican Orthodox Church of North America Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene)...
  • One Body, Many Political Views ("How Would Jesus Vote?" Seminar)

    10/20/2006 7:35:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies · 1,071+ views
    IRD ^ | Oct 06 | Ralph Webb
    One Body, Many Political Views Ralph WebbOn Thursday, October 3, a six-member panel participated in a forum seeking to address the question, "How Would Jesus Vote?" The nearly two-and-a-half hour evening discussion was co-sponsored by Advance Church of Silver Spring, MD, and the Skinner Leadership Institute (SLI). The forum was held in Washington, DC, and was moderated by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President of SLI. The six speakers represented a variety of Christian churches and denominations. They were: the Rev. Bruce Clark, pastor of Advance Church and forum organizer; the Rev. Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of...
  • Christians shunning labels

    09/11/2006 7:53:25 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 10 replies · 332+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Monday, September 11, 2006 | Eileen E. Flynn
    -Baylor survey finds millions of Americans don't identify strongly with one denomination- Bill Daniel says he would "never in a million years" identify himself as a Baptist. The 50-year-old CEO and his wife attend Lake Hills Church, a fast-growing, high-energy congregation in West Austin focused on evangelism and a strong relationship with Christ. But even though Lake Hills has a nondenominational feel, it's technically a Southern Baptist church — a detail Daniel didn't notice until about a year after he started worshipping there. "I wouldn't say I'm a Southern Baptist," he said. "I would say I'm a Christian." Daniel is...
  • Truth or Consequences

    08/27/2006 12:16:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 322+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 08-26-06 | Father Paul Scalia
    by Fr. Paul Scalia Other Articles by Fr. Paul Scalia Truth or Consequences 08/26/06 Our Lord’s beautiful Bread of Life discourse does not end on a happy note. In response to His teaching, many “of [His] disciples who were listening said, ‘This saying is hard; who can accept it?’” (Jn 6:60). It is the only instance in the Gospels of people rejecting our Lord’s teaching in such large numbers. “Many of His disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him” (Jn 6:66). They left because they could not accept our Lord’s teaching on the Eucharist. More...
  • On Catholics and Pentecostals - A Historical Overview

    07/20/2006 6:45:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 434+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 20, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JULY 20, 2006 ( Here is the report "Catholics and Pentecostals: A Historical Overview," by Father Juan Usma Gómez, official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. *** An April 2005 meeting in Los Angeles, U.S.A., commemorated the first centenary of the Pentecostal Movement. The chronicles recount that at the beginning of the 20th century, a group of believers was expelled from the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles because of its constant insistence on the need for a spiritual revival. The search for these revivals, a practice that has been more or less widespread in Protestant...
  • Protestant Churches Disappearing; More Catholics Than Total of All 19 Prot. Denominations Listed

    03/30/2006 9:45:17 PM PST · by dangus · 159 replies · 5,602+ views
    The National Council of Churches' have just reported church membership for the 2006 yearbook. It's quite an interesting picture: The Catholic Church is the largest and numerically fastest growing church in America, with 67.8 million members, a growth of about 563,000 members. Many non-denominational churches, not listed in the report, have been growing rapidly in the recent past. Proportionally, the fastest growing church in America is the Assemblies of God, (10th largest) growing at a 1.81% rate, by adding 50,000 members. That's over twice the growth rate of the Catholic church, but 1/10th of the increase in members of the...
  • The Delusion of Independence

    03/24/2006 10:47:06 AM PST · by Rhadaghast · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Dear Friend,“You will be like God, knowing good and evil.”1 Surely that is a lofty and commendable ideal—to be like God. How could there be anything wrong with that? Yet in the mouth of Satan—manifesting himself in the form of a serpent—it enticed Adam and Eve into a disaster, the evil consequences of which have affected all their descendants. What was the undetected snare to which Adam and Eve fell prey? It was the motive—unstated,but implied—the promise of independence. Once you know good and evil, you will be free to make your own decisions. You will no longer be dependent on...
  • Looking for a new church, don't know where to start to look. (VANITY)

    08/08/2005 5:19:11 PM PDT · by kyperman · 274 replies · 2,125+ views
    Ok all, I need some help....please advise
  • Divided We Stand?

    08/29/2005 8:28:59 AM PDT · by rockyroadlove · 11 replies · 374+ views
    Personal Observation ^ | August 29th, 2005 | Raquel Moreno
    I have a question - If there are more than 500 Christian denominations in America alone, and thousands of religions and truths throughout the can humanity ever survive? Even Jesus once said that a kingdom divided cannot stand. What is the goal of religion? How can one people believe they alone are God's children? And why do we exploit the poor for ideaology? I have discovered a major key to why we are all divided. Besides the interpretation of texts which I do not encourage, but also the grand scheme behind confusion...the author of sin. Let us all decide...
  • Politics, religion work better sans parties, sects

    04/05/2005 5:20:33 PM PDT · by FNU LNU · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | 4/3/2005 | Samuel G. Dawson
    Guest Column: Politics, religion work better sans parties, sects Samuel G. Dawson John Kanelis, in his excellent March 20 column, "Donkeys, elephants not allowed at City Hall," declares that partisan politics doesn't belong in city government or the election of judges, tax assessor, county clerk, etc., because all these offices deal with "the nuts and bolts of what's good for the residents." At the conclusion, he states with no evidence whatsoever that "partisanship has its place on Capitol Hill or on Congress Avenue." Why is federal partisanship acceptable? Is it because the federal government deals with matters less important that...
  • "Jesus And Religious Confusion"

    03/28/2005 9:10:37 AM PST · by TheTruthess · 56 replies · 779+ views
    The Bible Speaks ^ | Unknown | Sewell Hall
    "Jesus And Religious Confusion"Sewell Hall  When God gave His law by Moses to Israel, He made no provision for the division of His people into sects and parties. But by the time Jesus came into the world, division was well entrenched. There were the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes, and doubtless others. It was assumed that all who were serious about religion would be associated with one of these. But to which of these parties did Jesus belong? Of course, He belonged to none of them. He maintained His independent, non-sectarian relationship with God to the very end. For this...
  • Christian coalitions of the willing

    03/24/2005 11:30:27 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 122+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 23, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    I think President Bush's use of "coalitions of the willing" as a replacement for rigid treaties and lines of demarcation between allies and enemies makes an interesting application to our Christian cooperation with each other. This is particularly true in the sense that modern believers in Christ have factionalized themselves with their own rigid and outdated creedal "treaties," whether written or unwritten.
  • Denominations: An Overview

    08/06/2004 7:00:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 1,160+ views
    The following list is useful, but there there are some difficulties with it. The short reviews are a handy reference, especially on some of the early heresies. The author does not seem to be a friend of catholicism, and I'm sure the Romans Catholics will reject his explanation of their history, but the other categories outweighed his few snide comments, imo. Phase I: to 1054 The first phase begins with the church as founded by the Apostles to the end of the "catholic" church in the division of 1054. A large number of the denominations that began in this period...
  • 30,000 Protestant Denominations?

    03/31/2004 10:31:28 AM PST · by HarleyD · 146 replies · 351+ views
    Calvary Press ^ | 2002 | Eric Svendsen
    Due to popular request and to the ongoing distortion of figures from uninformed Roman Catholic apologists writing on this issue, I am posting the following excerpt from my forthcoming book, Upon This Slippery Rock (Calvary Press, 2002). Throughout this book we have examined the Roman Catholic apologist’s primary argument against sola Scriptura and Protestantism; namely, that sola Scriptura produces doctrinal anarchy as is witnessed in the 25,000 Protestant denominations extant today. We have all along assumed the soundness of the premise that in fact there are 25,000 Protestant denominations; and we have shown that—even if this figure is correct—the Roman...
  • Denominations Divided Over Iraq

    09/13/2002 11:59:12 AM PDT · by ppaul · 26 replies · 267+ views
    Family News ^ | 9/12/02 | David Brody
    There's a debate amongst some church denominations over a possible U.S. war against Iraq. The nation's two largest Protestant denominations are on opposing sides. It's not just Congress that's struggling with the question of whether or not to attack Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power. The same debate is going on in the Church. Most of us have heard the catch phrase, "What Would Jesus Do?" When it comes to removing the Iraqi leader, some factions of the Church are split. Jim Winkler, a spokesman for the United Methodist Church, said his church's position is that Jesus would be...
  • What Church Should Be Constitutionally Separated from the State?

    06/28/2002 12:16:08 PM PDT · by FNU LNU · 12 replies · 993+ views
    Gospel Themes Press ^ | June 2002 | Samuel G. Dawson
    What Church Should Be Constitutionally Separated from the State?Samuel G. Dawson This article examines the meaning of the word "church" in the phrase "separation of church and state." It is a particularly timely subject because of movements to restrict the expression of religion and morality in our society based on the "Constitutional Separation of Church and State." Examples of these ever-increasing restrictions are the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States is unconstitutional because the words "under God" violates the separation of church and state. Earlier the same...