Presently there are over 7,000 applications to the government for recognition as a church. The Kenya government is hostile toward Christian churches and so takes its time of granting about 60-70 churches a month recognition. As you can see the numbers are not good. Many Christian pastors waiting on their official recognition have continued to have church and have been arrested and put in jail. If you are seeking to make application, obtain the required forms, submit them to the right office, and be prepared to pay 160,000 KS to for the license. There is a lot of fraud in Kenya. You may elect to use a qualified lawyer. In the mean time, to have legal authority it may be quicker and safer to contact an already licensed church, work under that church, pay a fee for the cover charge, and then wait until approved. In this way, at least you can collect some donations. The only downside to this, is if your cover wants a bigger cut and is greedy, he may terminate your association and turn you in to be arrested and put in jail. Many so-called groups there are not real churches, they are money-making scams. The best way to handle this is to get official government recognition. Or, go underground and take your risks.
absolutely, Fellowship is one of the most important things for a christian so the enemy won't have much power to attack a beleiver. your friends can help you when you think you can't go any further
The principal Protestant Churches have many similar beliefs to the Roman Catholic Church. Protestantism really began as a movement to reform Christianity, not to break away and create new beliefs. For example, Martin Luther, a Catholic priest and professor of theology, at first only wished to reform the practice of selling indulgences, a practice that he believed was corrupting the Church. After his excommunication, he formed the church which became known as the Lutheran Church, beginning the Protestant Movement. Protestants believe in the Holy Trinity, and in life hereafter. Protestants do not believe in praying to saints, the use of indulgences or the existence of purgatory. They believe that absolution of sins can be obtained by prayer alone. Catholics believe that grave (mortal) sins need to be confessed to a priest, and like Protestants, they believe that minor, venial sins may be confessed directly through prayer. Protestants believe in salvation by faith alone (Sola fide) rather than by faith plus its resulting good works of charity. They believe that the sacrifice of Christ was sufficient for salvation. Protestants follow essentially the same Bible as Catholics minus the Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha. Jesus and the Apostles used the Old Testament with the seven books in question included. Years after the crucifiction, Jewish leaders, wanting to distance themselves from the emerging Christians, removed seven books. They kept the books written in Hebrew, and discarded the ones written in Greek. Today's Protestants use the shorter Jewish version of the OT. Catholics use the longer OT that was in use at the time of Christ. The ideas of praying for the dead, and of a place of purging before ultimate entry into heaven are contained within these books. The longer version was used by all Christians until the time of the Reformation. Protestants believe that Scripture alone is all that is necessary for spiritual guidance (Sola scriptura). Catholics believe that the use of Scripture plus Tradition ( ideas and practices passed down from the time of the Apostles and the founding fathers) is needed. Protestants and Catholics observe the same major feasts. Catholics observe seven sacraments and Protestants only observe the sacraments of baptism and communion. Protestants believe that communion is to be viewed as "symbol" only. Catholics believe that the bread and wine, during the Consecration at the Mass become the body and blood of Christ, as in the Last Supper. Protestants and Catholics have more in common than not. There are thousands of different Protestant denominations, each with slightly different beliefs and practices. All Catholics, whether of the Latin (western), Eastern, or other "Rite", share a common set of beliefs.
Arguably Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists and some other Christian groups are also Protestant, however there a greater differences to which the above does not apply.
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This would depend on the kind of class and the particular prayer you are looking for. Some examples are:
The best way is to go to a Lutheran church and talk to the pastor. Roman Catholic baptism is recognized by the Lutheran Church, so if the convert was already baptized, then membership classes would likely be required. There is usually a new member reception ceremony called an "Affirmation of Baptism" during which the convert is accepted into full membership of the Lutheran Church by making a brief statement of faith. If the convert is not baptized, the process would be a bit different. Unbaptized adult converts go through the Lutheran catechumenate, which is basically a process of education and preparation to participate in the mysteries, or sacramental life, of the Church.
He certainly is alive and healtier than anyone I've ever seen at his age (I believe 84 or 85). His ministry that's based in Akron Ohio keeps expanding as it sends missionaries around the world and broadcasts his program even into China. I received a miracle for my spine when he prayed for me years ago. God completely healed my damaged spine and I'm still good today. It was actually a bit unbelieveable at the time, but I certainly don't doubt anymore that God can use someone with a lot of faith like Ernest Angley to pray for others. He seems to really live what he preaches and doesn't live in luxury. Check out his website for more information: ernestangley.org
yes Shinto priests and priestesses can marry and often are. (Living Religions Mary Pat Fisher)
Most people who are reported to be "possessed" are actually suffering from different mental conditions. Sometimes schizophrenia can cause a person to see things that aren't there, hear voices that tell him/her to do things that would seem unreasonable to the "normal" population and ramble on about his/her imagined world using terms and words that make no sense to the rest of us. Often this behavior becomes violent because the victim believes that some of these imagined entities are trying to harm him/her. When this occurs the individual is often classified as "Paranoid Schizophrenic". In a superstitious, overly religious environment, such a person might be called "possessed", when actually the victim is in need of medication. There are several valuable treatments for schizophrenia. They are quite successful but they involve medical science, not religious fanaticism.
"Being possessed by the devil," was an expression used to refer to people who consistently do things that are bad. This expression is much out of date, and is very seldom used today.
There are varying degrees of demonic "possession or oppression". It is brought on by different things.
Biblicaly these are:
1. Generational Curses
2. Inherited traits
3. Involvement with sin
4. A person will open doorways that allows these events.
Being involved in such things a witchcraft, Satanism, Fornication, Adultery will invite demonic beings in. It does not always happen, but does often enough. Satan was called Beelzebub, it means "Lord of the flies, or Lord of the Dunghill". By their personal sins, men and women draw these fallen angels much like a pile of dung draws flies, their acts are unclean and filthy.
Almost all sin in an open doorway for entry of demonic beings. The degree of sin is often in relationship to what you get. "Small sins" such as lying may be grounds for entrance of smaller weaker beings, where such things as murder/abortion or out right witchcraft and Satanism will open much bigger doorways in someone's life.
Answer: There is perhaps no more hotly debated issue in the church today than the issue of women serving as pastors/preachers. As a result, it is very important to not see this issue as men versus women. There are women who believe women should not serve as pastors and that the Bible places restrictions on the ministry of women, and there are men who believe women can serve as preachers and that there are no restrictions on women in ministry. This is not an issue of chauvinism or discrimination. It is an issue of biblical interpretation.
The Word of God proclaims, "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent" (1 Timothy 2:11-12). In the church, God assigns different roles to men and women. This is a result of the way mankind was created and the way in which sin entered the world (1 Timothy 2:13-14). God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors, which definitely includes preaching to, teaching, and having spiritual authority over men.
There are many "objections" to this view of women in ministry. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, 1 Timothy 2:11-14 nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus' disciples would not have been qualified. A second common objection is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1 Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.
A third common objection is that Paul is only referring to husbands and wives, not men and women in general. The Greek words in the passage could refer to husbands and wives; however, the basic meaning of the words refers to men and women. Further, the same Greek words are used in verses 8-10. Are only husbands to lift up holy hands in prayer without anger and disputing (verse 8)? Are only wives to dress modestly, have good deeds, and worship God (verses 9-10)? Of course not. Verses 8-10 clearly refer to all men and women, not only husbands and wives. There is nothing in the context that would indicate a switch to husbands and wives in verses 11-14.
Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam's only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel-hardly examples of godly female leadership. Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1 Timothy and the other Pastoral Epistles present a new paradigm for the church-the body of Christ-and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity.
Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla's name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more "prominent" in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26).
In Romans 16:1, even if Phoebe is considered a "deaconess" instead of a "servant," that does not indicate that Phoebe was a teacher in the church. "Able to teach" is given as a qualification for elders, but not deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). Elders/bishops/deacons are described as the "husband of one wife," "a man whose children believe," and "men worthy of respect." Clearly the indication is that these qualifications refer to men. In addition, in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9, masculine pronouns are used exclusively to refer to elders/bishops/deacons.
The structure of 1 Timothy 2:11-14 makes the "reason" perfectly clear. Verse 13 begins with "for" and gives the "cause" of Paul's statement in verses 11-12. Why should women not teach or have authority over men? Because "Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived." God created Adam first and then created Eve to be a "helper" for Adam. This order of creation has universal application in the family (Ephesians 5:22-33) and the church. The fact that Eve was deceived is also given as a reason for women not serving as pastors or having spiritual authority over men. This leads some to believe that women should not teach because they are more easily deceived. That concept is debatable, but if women are more easily deceived, why should they be allowed to teach children (who are easily deceived) and other women (who are supposedly more easily deceived)? That is not what the text says. Women are not to teach men or have spiritual authority over men because Eve was deceived. As a result, God has given men the primary teaching authority in the church.
Many women excel in gifts of hospitality, mercy, teaching, and helps. Much of the ministry of the local church depends on women. Women in the church are not restricted from public praying or prophesying (1 Corinthians 11:5), only from having spiritual teaching authority over men. The Bible nowhere restricts women from exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Women, just as much as men, are called to minister to others, to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and to proclaim the gospel to the lost (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).
God has ordained that only men are to serve in positions of spiritual teaching authority in the church. This is not because men are necessarily better teachers, or because women are inferior or less intelligent (which is not the case). It is simply the way God designed the church to function. Men are to set the example in spiritual leadership-in their lives and through their words. Women are to take a less authoritative role. Women are encouraged to teach other women (Titus 2:3-5). The Bible also does not restrict women from teaching children. The only activity women are restricted from is teaching men or having spiritual authority over them. This logically would preclude women from serving as pastors/preachers. This does not make women less important, by any means, but rather gives them a ministry focus more in agreement with God's plan and His gifting of them.
But for a more detailed explanation as to exactly why women in general are not forbidden to preach, please see the website resource below under "Sources and related links."
The Reformation, which began with Martin Luther's 95 Theses in 1517.
Just like in the early Church (eg the Church in Corinth which Paul chastised because of arguments between Christians there) Christians still argue over who is 'right' and who is 'wrong', and yet any real differences in doctrine (with the exception of fringe sects like the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses) tend to be peripheral rather than findamental.
Yet these Christians still emphasise the minor differences between our Catholic brother and sisters in Christ and themselves instead of celebrating our common love of the Lord and of, presumbly, each other.
You can also hear it while watching the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" special features disc. Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort yells in one scene.
So many read the words of Job 1:21, but never bother to consider the fact that Job was not speaking of events to come. He was speaking of what he had already experienced. In turn this should lead us to reading Job 1:1 through Job 1:20 and seeing for ourselves that God never took a single thing from Job. In fact, after disciplining Job based on his words of error and anger toward God, it was the Lord who actually gave to Job, but He never took a single thing.
He wasn't thrown out, but wasn't well treated. He worked for Oglethorpe for much of the time, but was not provided much in incentives. Charles returned to England with his brother John.
Literally, one who protests. Protestantism is a movement originating in the "Protest" that Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, made against the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther His protest lead to a split in Christianity that exists to this day from Catholicism and the other forms of Christianity. The term is commonly used to refer to all Christians who are not Roman Catholic, although some consider themselves merely New Testament Christians in the early church sense rather than Protestant. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity
Evangelical Christian Answer It refers to Christians who believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and who believe that to be saved and go to Heaven, one must be converted to trust in Christ (which includes admitting one is a sinner, repenting i.e. turning away from sin, accepting Christ's free gift of salvation through His payment for sin by His death on the cross and belief in His overcoming of sin and death by His resurrection).
When the Methodists began to grow, they started grouping themselves into class meetings. Classes joined together into societies and these groups bound together under the name "United Societies" Some of the leadership came to John Wesley and asked him what the moral teachings at these class meetings should be. He gave them three ideas which became the General Rules. The long and short forms of these rules asre still found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline (2004). These are the three General Rules (my own condensed version) As evidence of a desire for salvation, persons who attend the United Societies should behave as follows First, by doing no harm or any kind of evil Second, by doing good, all kinds of mercy and doing all the good you can Thirdly, by attending upon the ordinances of God, (worship, Communion, prayer, Bible study, Christian Conferencing etc)
In the bible two people only did not die, they were Enoch and Elijah the prophet.
I don't know who first came up with the exact expression "God with skin on," but the idea has its origins in the New Testament: John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jesus as the the "Word" who was God) John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (God "put some skin on") 1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now you [the members of the church] are Christ's body, and individually parts of it." (Each believer is now to act as "God with skin on.") The idea of a continuing incarnation of God ("God with skin on") is therefore one that is rooted in the beginnings of Christianity, and the phrase "God with skin on" is just a current and straightforward expression of that theological concept in a way that even a child can understand.
Sure enough. They can get married in a civil ceremony, in a ceremony conducted by clergy in a non-Roman Catholic location or they can simply lie. Thee isn't any penalty you know and they don't have to fear divine wrath.
There are 2 apostles in the Western Cape region. To find the names of the apostles in those regions go to the offial Old Apostolic Website www.oldapostolic.com and they will be able to give you the addresses and names of the officers.
There are currently four Apostles in the Western Cape. Three of them is coloured. All other districts do have black Apostles. The current breakdown is as follows:
Eastern Cape 1
Free State 1
Northern District 1
All the Apostles for Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mosambique is black.
The majority of Apostles in the OAC is black.
The All At His Feet website is run by the All At His Feet Ministry/Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ministry has been in existence for approximately 20 years and has outreaches in several other countries. One prominent leader of the church is Mike Peters. On their website, you'll find their beliefs and lessons on several topics that are of interest to Christians. Lessons are also available on audio tape. There is controversy surrounding the ministry that has been raised by ex-members and/or others, but WikiAnswers is not the place to discuss or air those differences. As in any spiritual decision, it is best to gather all the information, seek God and pray for guidance, and make your choices based on how you believe God is leading you. In fairness to all who are interested in the All At His Feet ministry, two links are provided - one to the All At His Feet website and the other to a site by those who have raised concerns about the group and its practices.
God made us to have a wonderful life and to get married. It's one of the happiest things a person will do. Getting married is also to reproduce young and to repopulate the world. People normally get married so they can have someone to love and to spend their rest of their life with. Because your in love with your best friend, and you have to spend the rest of your life with them
Yes, most churches will give you a statement. If you give cash put it into an envelope and put your name on it. Make sure they have your street address and phone number so they can send a copy to you. Some will email you a statement.
They thought people who were different were witches. And that they were servants of the devil, bringing bad luck wherever they go.
Episcopalian, or Episcopal Anglican if there's a distinction between the two.
William Marbury's birth is recorded as November 7, 1762, in Indexes of Protestant Episcopal Anglican Church Registers of Prince George's County, Maryland.
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