There are over 30,000 Christian churches all teaching different doctrines. That number grows each day as they continue to disagree on matters of faith. Who started them and How Old are they? This is a very short list of some of the major Protestant churches. These main sects have splintered into many different churches over the last 400 years.
The oldest Protestant church and the one that all other protestant churches splintered off from is the Lutheran Church . If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517. Lutheran Churches today have more than 50 million followers. The bulk of the Lutherans are mainly from Germany, the U.S.A. and the Scandinavian countries.
If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.
If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560. Presbyterianism claim about 39 million followers. It is strongly concentrated in Scotland, the U.S.A., Hungary, Holland, Northern Ireland, Switzerland and France.
If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.
If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605. The Baptist churches are one of the most diverse protestant group of churches. The Baptist churches claim about 35 million followers worldwide. The largest concentration of Baptist churches is in the U.S.A.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744. There are more than 31 million Methodists worldwide. Of this more than 12 million reside in the USA.
If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.
If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.
If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.
If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.
If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.
If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as 'Church of the Nazarene," "Pentecostal Gospel." "Holiness Church," "Pilgrim Holiness Church," "Jehovah's Witnesses," your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past 100 years.
If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and it is still the same Church and the largest with well over 1 billion followers world wide.
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