March 7, 2010

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Breakaway Anglicans Can Keep Churches Worth $500 Million, Rules South Carolina Judge Diocese of South Carolina not required to give properties and name back to national Episcopal Church. It is the property of the Church to carry on the preaching of the Word of God, the Sacraments etc. Despite the wonders of the font, the screen and the glass, the great glory of the building for me is the set of bosses that line the roof of the chancel.
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March 7, 2010

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In each congregation the minister and lay elders, who held office with consent of the membership, constituted the disciplinary board, later known as the session. And one of them moved me in the opposite direction from the direction they wanted me move me in. Yet who can believe such a thing, if one listens to some of the foaming rhetoric from leading Calvinists today and yesteryear? This designation has the drawback of making it sound as though God forces people against their will to come to him (like a policeman shouting, "Resistance is useless!
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March 7, 2010

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This claim was greatly strengthened by the fact that the Pope, Pius V, had issued a Bull against Elizabeth, declared her to be illegitimate being the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and denounced her right to the throne. Consistent with Protestantism in general, Calvinism acknowledges the two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper as being specifically instituted by Christ for the church. If you missed it a while back, the historian and Presbyterian layman James Kurth’s essay on “The Protestant Deformation and American Foreign Policy” is fascinating reading.
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March 6, 2010

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However, I do not find myself as sanguine about the new Calvinism. It was popularized in England by the Reformed pastor Richard Baxter and gained strong adherence among the Congregationalists and some Presbyterians in the American colonies, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. True, the Church made a comeback, so to speak, in the Counter-Reformation – in the founding of the Jesuits by Ignatius of Loyola. I will say that one of the reasons that the primacy of jurisdiction of the popes wasn’t emphasized quite as much in the early Church as it was later on – even though it certainly existed – is because it was obviously more difficult at that time for popes to step into controversies in far off places.
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March 6, 2010

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How far do you agree with this judgement? This miracle was ascribed to the "Fair Virgin" - an act of intervention that was also interpreted as a sign that the Mother of God approved of the action against the Jews. Upon being offered the position by unsuspecting church members he begins to bring in other undercover Calvinists who are promoted to ruling positions as deacons and elders. Scripture is considered the ultimate authority in matters of life and faith and all Reformed doctrine is founded on the whole testimony of the Bible.
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March 6, 2010

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Calvin, then, is a supralapsarian; the Fall was necessary; and our first parents, like ourselves, could not have avoided sinning. There was also a growing party of reformers who were imbued with the Calvinistic, Lutheran and Zwinglian doctrines now current on the Continent. Compromise reached at Peace of Augsburg in 1555. Its name derived from the two Italian reformers who helped define it, Lelius Socinius (1526-62) and his nephew, Faustus Socinius (1539-1604), both natives of Sienna.
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March 6, 2010

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Calvin also seems to have adopted a confused view. The Reformed and Protestant doctrine is that where the Gospel is rightly preached and the sacraments are rightly administered, there you will find the true local church. What Calvin placed in the center of his thinking was not predestination, but the theocracy after the manner of the Old Testament, and it was this that gave Calvinism its tremendous fighting edge and its political significance.
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March 6, 2010

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The liturgical changes that eventually ensued naturally brought about musical changes, which differed from country to country according to the degree of reform advocated by the various Protestant leaders: Luther in Germany; Calvin and his followers in France, the Low Countries, and Switzerland; and Henry VIII in England. And there is some tinkering with special offerings. The school system based on the classical education of Melanchton played an important role in the formation of our schools and in the edition of the school books.
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March 6, 2010

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Hotel Platán is the newest four-star hotel in Debrecen. Calvin’s successor was Theodore Beza, who is credited for spear heading the emphasis on Calvinism’s core doctrine of predestination which affirms that God extends grace and gives salvation only to the chosen. I'm just not sure what this "Reformist" Protestantism is. Within only a few years it became one of the most influential centers of Reformed learning in Europe, and remained so for generations. Wars of Religion in France ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation Beginnings of what many saw as abuses.
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March 5, 2010

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There also exists a great gulf between the two groups on other matters of belief and church practice -- particularly with regard to the rapture, authority within the church, church organization, freedom of the individual, freedom of each congregation, etc. Shabbetai Tzevi, the seventeenth-century Turkish Jew who had claimed to be Messiah, and who in the end had apostatized and become a Moslem Al Mahdi, who had defeated the British at Khartoum.
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