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Dating someone who isn't the same denomination

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Jesusthekingofking, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. Jesusthekingofking

    Jesusthekingofking Active Member

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    Calvinist and non Calvinist, what's the issue? As long as the sermon isn't lean on one side heavily it is OK.
     
  2. Jesusthekingofking

    Jesusthekingofking Active Member

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    So which church does your your children go to growing up? A baptist church nearby?
     
  3. Jesusthekingofking

    Jesusthekingofking Active Member

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    From which denomination to what denomination? If the gap is big eg. from non protestant to roman Catholic the shift is not easy.
     
  4. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    Churches of Christ to Anglican. I guess that's not a very small gap.

    But the point I was making is, I never expected him to shift. I was very willing to support him in his involvement in his previous church, and did for years. Likewise he has supported my involvement in my church, even to the extent of becoming a clergy spouse.

    Ecumenical marriages don't work when one or both spouses disrespects or undermines the other in their faith commitment.
     
  5. mama2one

    mama2one Well-Known Member

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    we attend more than one Christian church

    child's in the online youth group started by one church when covid closed all churches in our area

    she learned about the different types of prayer at last week's class
     
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  6. Jesusthekingofking

    Jesusthekingofking Active Member

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    protestant to protestant, what's the biggest struggle?
     
  7. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    I think there are two key areas. Infant baptism and the role of the clergy. In the Church of Christ, for example, laity can preside at communion; in the Anglican church, they cannot. And that reflects some very different underlying strands of ecclesiology and ministry.
     
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  8. Silverback

    Silverback Well-Known Member

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    Children...which denomination would you choose for them? (If you have been so blessed, or in the future)
     
  9. Yekcidmij

    Yekcidmij Polymath

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    Well, I suppose we think that the our church home is the best for the kids, otherwise I suppose we'd go to another.
     
  10. bbbbbbb

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    Some folks, however, don't have many alternatives available so they end up choosing the least of the evils. For example, in a small town there might be a Catholic and a Baptist church. If one is a Missouri Synod Lutheran church member, that means either not attending either of the two churches or choosing between the liturgical church (Catholic) or a sola scriptura church (Baptist).
     
  11. Jonaitis

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    I wouldn't see why not, for Protestants are in agreement with the essential doctrines that unite them. It seems to be the outsider who assumes that Protestant denominations don't get along at all, and that we see each other as heretics. This is false. Protestants are mutual in their learning from each other. However, I will say that Presbyterians prefer to marry/date other denominations similar to theirs in regard to certain doctrinal points, such as infant baptism.
     
  12. Strong in Him

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    Of course.
    Unless it's a problem for the two people involved.
     
  13. bbbbbbb

    bbbbbbb Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes it is not a problem for the individuals, but family members, especially parents, may object.
     
  14. Strong in Him

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    Which could be hard - but some parents might also object if their child is marrying someone of a different religion, colour or social class. When does it get to the point where someone marries to please themselves, not their parents?
     
  15. bbbbbbb

    bbbbbbb Well-Known Member

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    It reaches that point where there are no consequences. In modern western society it has become standard for parents to abdicate on passing their values and beliefs to their children, leaving that to the education system, such as it is.
     
  16. Marumorose

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    Genesis 2:24 says "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become ONE flesh. You cannot become one flesh if you go to different churches. There will be disagreements and conflicts because of different beliefs the churches have.
    May God Bless you
     
  17. Strong in Him

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    That's not true; my husband and I go to different churches.
    I know of people who are married who are both ministers - in different denominations.

    We all believe the same Gospel - any other differences are minor and not that important.
     
  18. Paidiske

    Paidiske Clara bonam audax Supporter

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    Of course you can. If you can genuinely support and honour one another, it doesn't matter whether you're under the same church roof all the time.

    In my experience there was extremely little disagreement or conflict because of different beliefs. Even the question of infant baptism was one we navigated with good grace towards one another.
     
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