Questions for Professing Christians

Roman Catholic 
Seventh Day Adventist or Seventh Day Baptist
Pentecostal and Charismatic
Dispensationalist
Messianic Jews 
“Mainline” Christian 
Jehovah’s Witness
Mormon
Oneness Pentecostal
I’m a Christian but I don’t belong to a church 

Roman Catholic

What is a Christian?

How does a person become a Christian?

 

Seventh Day Adventist/Seventh Day Baptist

What receives greater emphasis in your Saturday worship: The old work of God celebrated by Old Testament Jews on the Sabbath or the new work of God in Jesus Christ?

Where in Holy Scripture is the command changing the purpose of the fourth commandment from aremembranceof God’s first creation (Ex.20:11) to the new creation in Christ? Where is thecommand changing the purpose of the fourth commandment from a remembranceof redemption from Egypt (Deut.5:15) to a remembranceof Christ’s redemptive work?

For the Seventh Day Adventist: Ellen White had a vision where in she claimed to see the “pope had changed it from the seventh day to the first day of the week” (Early Writings of Ellen G. White, 33). Which Pope changed the sabbath to Sunday? When did he change the day? If you can’t answer these questions then isn’t Ellen White a false prophet?

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Pentecostal and Charismatic

Why didn’t Jesus speak in tongues when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17)? What are the first words Matthew records coming from the mouth of the Lord Jesus after He was baptized in the Spirit?

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Dispensationalist

Is there a contradiction between living a life in the Spirit and living a life in accord with the Law of God (see Matthew 3-5)?

How are Israel and the church related to the New Covenant?

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (see Hebrews 8:8-13 and 10:15-18)
Behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, declares the LORD.
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD, I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the LORD, for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Where did the concept of a land belonging to God’s people originate: with Abraham or with Adam and Eve? How does Jesus apply the promise of land to His followers? (Matthew 5:5 with Psalm 37:11)

Does Paul teach a different message than what Jesus taught during His earthly ministry?

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Messianic Jews

Is rabbinic Judaism a development of biblical Judaism or a perversion of it?

In your laudable effort to reach unbelieving Jews, how are you dividing the one body of Jesus Christ? (see Ephesians 2)

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Mainline Christian

Are there any fundamentals of Christianity that separate the Christian faith from other faiths?

Do you or your pastor believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His Virgin Birth and bodily resurrection? If not, then why do you (or your church) call yourself Christian?

If Jesus’ death on the cross was not substitutionary but primarily an example of selfless love, then was Jesus’ distress and grief in Gethsemane an example of how Christians should face death?

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Jehovah’s Witness

Whose glory did the Apostle John say that Isaiah saw?

John 12:37-41 (see Isaiah 6)
But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.
This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,
He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.
These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Was Pantheism true before God created?

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Mormon

“If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined; their foundation must be very weak.” 
— Journal of Discourses 14:216-217

Does Joseph Smith meet the Scriptural qualifications for a true prophet (seeDeuteronomy 13:1-1018:14-22Isaiah 8:20)?  Consider the following:

The Book of Mormon describes the rise and development of two great civilizations. Yet, leading archaeological researchers have repudiated the claims of the Book of Mormon as to the existence of these civilizations and have adduced considerable evidence to show the impossibility of the accounts given in the Book of Mormon. Thomas Stuart Ferguson founded the Department of Archaeology (later renamed Anthropology) at BYU for the purpose of discovering proofs of the Book of Mormon. After twenty-five years of archaeological research, he called the geography of the Book of Mormon “fictional.” Contrast this with the Bible where archaeology has provided thousands of discoveries confirming biblical references.

Does Joseph Smith meet the Scriptural qualifications for a bishop when the Apostle Paul wrote,

1 Timothy 3:2,6,7
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (KJV)

“Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet…When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go.” (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 408, 409).
—Joseph Smith: founder, prophet, seer, and revelator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Is Mormonism Christian?
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Oneness Pentecostal

Is the book of Acts giving us a formula for baptism or does the Lord Jesus give the formula inMatthew 28:18-20? Is it possible that the baptismal examples in Acts are descriptive and not prescriptive and that the formula of baptism in Matthew 28:19 is prescriptive and not descriptive?

If the book of Acts gives the formula for baptism, then why does it differ (Acts 2:388:1610:48;19:5)?

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I’m a Christian, but I don’t belong to a church

If there was any escape for one who was outside the ark of Noah, there will be as much for one who is found to be outside the Church. 
-Cyprian, a third century church father

The Church is the only institution ordained by Jesus for making His Person and work known to the ends of the earth. The church is even more foundational than the family because…click here to continue