Denomination Differences

New Apostolic Church vs. Quaker Beliefs

New Apostolic ChurchQuaker
a.k.a.Friend
Number of Members9,240,000[1]400,000
How does one get saved?Repent of your sins; believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection; be baptized, participate in communion, and be sealed by an apostle in faith; and don't die with any unconfessed mortal sins.Varies widely
Who gets saved?Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.[2]No established doctrine
Can one lose his salvation?Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.
Who gets baptized and why?The unsaved, often as infants, get baptized as the first sacrament of Christian initiation, washing away their original sin.Baptism not practiced.
How should baptism be done?Baptism should be by sprinkling water on the head.Baptism not practiced.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit is received at Holy Sealing.There is "that of God in everyone".
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.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.[3][2]There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.
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.[4][3]No established doctrine
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.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.Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.Communion not practiced.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?Yes, a living person can be a proxy for the dead to be baptized, who then can accept or reject it in the afterlife.No, the dead cannot be baptized.
What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.Perfection must take place during life, not after death.[5]
Did Mary ever sin?Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.
What spiritual gifts are available today?Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church has three sacraments: Baptism, Holy Communion, and Holy Sealing.[6]The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[7]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?No confession is necessary.[8][9]Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.
How should a church be structured?Episcopal: Churches should be governed by the apostle in that church district, who in turn is governed by a district apostle, who is governed by the Chief Apostle.[10]Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.
What day of the week should Christians worship?Christians worship on Sunday.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.[11][12]Varies widely[13]
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.[14][15]There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.
Is the Bible inerrant?Varies widely[16]
Who can speak with God's authority today?The Chief Apostle proclaims revelations from God as binding doctrine.[17]
What is marriage?Varies widely
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widely
When does a fetus become human?Humanity begins at fertilization.[18][19]Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[20]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible as long as they work before fertilization.[21]Yes, contraceptives are permissible.
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.[22]Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should Christians drink alcohol?No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[23][24]
Should Christians fight in wars?No, Christians should never fight.[25][26]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[27]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?After death, souls are conscious in the realm of the dead, with the dead in Christ in proximity of God.[28][29]No established doctrine