Should Christians pray for dead people?

Salvation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMFqva2mHho Can I pray for a dead person? Other religions talk about there being second chances after the point of death and so there might be a good reason to pray for a dead person or be baptized for the dead. However, from a Christian perspective, my answer would be “No, you should not pray for a dead person.” The main reason is because it's not going to change their fates. Their decision has been made and their destiny has been set. Hebrews 9:27 talks about this where it says that for all people, they are appointed to die once and then after that there's judgment. Judgment happens right after you die. Also we see in the parables of Jesus teaching about the importance of being ready now, not knowing…
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Where Did Jesus Go When He Died – Hell or Paradise?

Salvation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYaKQJVsYd8 Did Jesus go to hell? After Jesus died on the cross, where did he go until he rose three days later? Acts 2:27 quotes Psalm 16:10 and referring to Christ's resurrection saying that his soul “would not be left in hell” but on the cross Jesus told the thief “Today, thou shalt be with me in paradise.” So which is it? Did Jesus go to hell for three days or did he go to paradise?  In order to understand what the Bible teaches about Hell, we have to understand the Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “hell” in the English Bible. In the Old Testament, the word translated “hell” is the Hebrew word “Sheol”. “Sheol” literally means “the grave” or “the afterlife”. It doesn't necessarily mean a…
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What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?

Saints
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=364FSoddEds Today’s question is, “What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?” Mary, the mother of Jesus, was described by God as “highly favored” (Luke 1:28). The phrase “highly favored” comes from a single Greek word, which essentially means “much grace.” Mary received God’s grace. Grace is “unmerited favor”; that is, grace is a blessing we receive despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mary needed grace from God and a Savior, just as the rest of us do. Mary herself understood this fact, as she declared in Luke 1:47, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” The virgin Mary, by God’s grace, recognized that she needed the Savior. The Bible never says that Mary was anyone but an ordinary human whom God chose to use in…
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Is There Such a Place as Purgatory?

Salvation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuabwdOIRd8 This evening John Ankerberg will examine what Roman Catholicism teaches concerning their doctrine of purgatory. The Catholic church says purgatory is a place where Christians go at death, who are guilty of venial sins. Such Christians suffer in purgatory until fully purified. Not only are Christians purged of venial sins, but they must also pay any temporal punishment still due other sins. Catholicism states that a person does not remain and suffer in purgatory forever as one does who is in hell. Rather after a person's soul is cleansed of imperfections, he then goes to heaven. Protestants strongly deny that the doctrine of purgatory is biblical.  Protestants maintain that scripture says there is only a heaven and a hell but no purgatory. Protestants believe it is an affront to…
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Do the Dead Hear Your Prayers?

Saints
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zslj8NTemjY We're going to look at Exodus chapter 10, passages that Catholic apologists will use to prove you can pray to saints. We condemn praying to saints because we condemn praying to men.  Not only that, we condemn praying to saints because we believe Christ is the only intercessor of our prayers.  Exodus 10:17 “Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat Jehovah your God, that he may take away from me this death only.” Pharaoh was praying to Moses? That's not what it means. They use this logic to debunk the argument. “It's okay, you can pray to men. Even Pharaoh did that.” Praying also means beseeching, pleading but this is beseeching men in a physical world. Everybody does that. “I pray thee, have…
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Should We Pray To Mary?

Saints
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz2JkYYem1Q Roman Catholics are taught by their church to pray to Mary with the idea being that she can be a mediator between us and God. Father Longenecker says “When we pray to Mary, we are asking her to pray for us. So Catholics believe that because Mary is already in heaven, she has more direct access to the throne of God and her prayers will therefore be more powerful than our own so we go to her first and then we petition her to take them to God on our behalf.” This idea that Mary can or indeed should be a mediator between us and God is completely unbiblical. The Bible says “For there is one God and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ…
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Is the Pope Infallible?

Bible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvkyZTZBAaA Papal infallibility is the belief that the Pope is incapable of error when speaking from his position of supreme apostolic authority in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. This doesn't mean the Pope is sinless, although there are plenty of Catholics who believe that. Rather it means that his teaching is perfect whenever he speaks “ex cathedra” or “from the chair of St. Peter”. The doctrine was defined by the first Vatican Council presided over by Pope Pius IX. Pius decreed the Immaculate Conception of Mary - the belief that Mary was without sin - even though Jesus said no one is good but God alone. Catholic apologists maintained that the Pope has spoken ex cathedra only one other time when Pope Pius XII decreed the Assumption of Mary,…
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Does the Bible teach “Sola Scriptura”? | Part 2

Bible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY5Ol_vwHss In our last video, we saw that Sola scriptura means that the Holy Scriptures is the only authority for the Christian faith and practice. The very legitimate question arises: is Sola scriptura a biblical concept or did someone simply make it up? Would be pretty embarrassing if a concept that legitimizes a book can't even be found in the book itself. If Sola scriptura is a biblical concept, then we would have to find the opinion of the greatest authorities on this subject. Let's take a look at Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul.  What was Jesus Christ’s relationship to the Word of God? He was the Word of God in persona and his whole life was the single fulfillment of the written Old Testament. But even at the…
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What does ‘Sola Scriptura’ mean? | Part 1

Bible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb76wecbUOM Searching for peace with God, Luther stumbled through the darkness of the church tradition and just when he was about to trip again, he grabbed a rope. This rope, on one side, opened a door to freedom by justification by faith. But it was also connected to a bell which then ring so loud the whole world could hear it. If the bell represents the gospel, then sola scriptura was the rope that set everything into motion. Sola scriptura means only the Holy scripture is God's word and can tell me what to do and what not to do, nothing less, nothing more and nothing else. Sola scriptura does not mean, however, that the Bible speaks about all things in our physical life, for example how we should brush…
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5 Reasons to Deny Catholic Communion

Salvation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5ZZjfMSWKc Transubstantiation is the doctrine or belief in which the elements of communion or the Lord's Supper or the Lord's table supernaturally transform into the real physical body and blood of Jesus Christ during Mass. This view is uniquely held by the Roman Catholic Church but some form of “real presence” - as it's called - is held by Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans and some Anglican churches. The Calvinist reformed tradition believes in a real spiritual presence but not one of substance so most of the remaining Protestant traditions don't believe in any real presence at all, either spiritual or physical, but they believe that the Eucharist is a memorial and a proclamation of Christ's work on the cross.  In 1545 AD, the Roman Catholic Council of Trent at Session 8…
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