Denomination Differences

Presbyterian vs. Quaker Beliefs

PresbyterianQuaker
a.k.a.Friend
Number of Members39,000,000400,000
How does one get saved?Sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.Varies widely
Who gets saved?Those who God chooses to call will be saved and no one else.No established doctrine
Can one lose his salvation?Eternal security: No, once a Christian is saved, he is always saved.Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.
Who gets baptized and why?Saved people and their infant children get baptized as a sign of God's grace.[1]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 the moment of salvation.[2]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.There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?Federalism: Yes, Adam represented all of the human race, and all are guilty of his sin.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 do not become the body and blood of Christ, but Christ is present in an unknown way.Communion not practiced.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?No, the dead cannot be baptized.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.[3][4]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?Cessationism: Spiritual gifts used for serving are available today, while gifts used as signs have ceased.[2]Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.
What framework has God used in dealing with man?Covenant theology: God acts either within the covenant of works or the covenant of grace.[6]
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church has two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.[7]The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[8]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.
How should a church be structured?Presbyterian: Churches should be governed by its own elders, who in turn are governed by a presbytery comprising the elders from the region, which is governed by a general assembly of commissioners from each presbytery.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.Varies widely[9]
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.
Is the Bible inerrant?Varies widely[10]Varies widely[11]
Who can speak with God's authority today?Nobody today can speak for God.
What is marriage?Varies widely[12][13][14]Varies widely
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widely[15][14]Varies widely
When is divorce permissible?Divorce is permissible for adultery or desertion.[16]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?The innocent party to the adultery may remarry.[17]
When does a fetus become human?Most believe humanity begins at conception. Some say it is unknown when humanity begins.[18][19][20]Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[21]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Yes, contraceptives are permissible.
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should Christians drink alcohol?Yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.[22]No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[23][24]
Should Christians fight in wars?Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.[25]No, Christians should never fight.[26][27]
How should Christians musically worship God?Any style of worship music is acceptable.[28]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[29][30]
Do icons glorify God?Varies widely[31][32][33][34]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?Christians immediately go to heaven when they die.[4]No established doctrine