Denomination Differences

Anglican Beliefs

How does one get saved?

Repent of your sins, believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to save you, be baptized, and participate in the Eucharist.

Who gets saved?

Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.

Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

Who gets baptized and why?

The unsaved, typically as infants, get baptized as the first sacrament of Christian initiation, cleansing them of all sins.

How should baptism be done?

Baptism should be by pouring water on the head.

When does one receive the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is received at baptism.

What is the trinity?

The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

What is the human nature?

Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.

Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?

No, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.

Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?

No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.

Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?

No, although Christians can and should sin less, they can never become sinless in this life.

Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?

Consubstantiation: No, the elements do not become the body and blood of Christ, but Christ's body and blood are present alongside them.

Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?

No, the dead cannot be baptized.

What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?

There is no purgatory, but Christians may need to be purified after death in some way.

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Did Mary ever sin?

No established doctrine

How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?

The church has two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.

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How should a church be structured?

Episcopal: Churches should be governed by the bishop in that diocese, who in turn is governed by a primate of an autonomous province. The Archbishop of Canterbury is first among equals and is appointed by the King of England.

What day of the week should Christians worship?

Christians worship on Sunday.

How does God's revelation come to us today?

Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.

How many books are in the Bible?

There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books, but the Apocrypha is regularly used for examples of life and instruction of manners.

What is marriage?

Varies widely

Is sex permissible outside marriage?

Varies widely

When is divorce permissible?

Most believe divorce is only permissible for adultery.

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May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?

Yes, a Christian may freely remarry after divorce.

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When does a fetus become human?

Humanity begins at conception.

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Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

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Should Christians drink alcohol?

Yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.

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Should Christians fight in wars?

Most believe that yes, Christians should fight in just wars.

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Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?

Varies widely

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Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

No established doctrine

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