"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What is the History of Your Church?

Many Christian denominational Protestant sects and cults claimed that they are the original Christian Church accsusing the orginal Church which Christ founded (the Catholic Church) of being "apostatized". Thanks to the creator and owner of the website Scripture Catholic for sharing us this valuable table.
What is the history of your church? Here's a brief overview:

ChurchYear EstablishedFounderWhere Established
Catholic33Jesus ChristJerusalem
Orthodox1054Schismatic Catholic BishopsConstantinople
Lutheran1517Martin LutherGermany
Anabaptist
1521
Nicholas Storch and Thomas MunzerGermany
Anglican1534Henry VIIIEngland
Mennonites1536Menno SimonsSwitzerland
Calvinist1555John CalvinSwitzerland
Presbyterian1560John KnoxScotland
Congregational1582Robert BrownHolland
Baptist1609John SmythAmsterdam
Dutch Reform1628Michaelis JonesNew York
Congregationalist1648Pilgrims and PuritansMassachusetts
Quakers1649George FoxEngland
Amish1693Jacob AmmanFrance
Freemasons1717Masons from four lodgesLondon
Methodist1739John and Charles WesleyEngland
Unitarian1774Theophilus LindeyLondon
Methodist Episcopal178460 PreachersBaltimore, MD
Episcopalian1789Samuel SeaburyAmerican Colonies
United Brethren1800Philip Otterbein and Martin BoehnMaryland
Disciples of Christ1827Thomas and Alexander CampbellKentucky
Mormons1830Joseph SmithNew York
Methodist Protestant1830MethodistUnited States
Church of Christ1836Warren Stone and Alexander CampbellKentucky
Seventh Day Adventist1844Ellen G. WhiteWashington, NH
Christadelphian (Brethren of Christ)1844John ThomasRichmond, VA
Salvation Army1865William BoothLondon
Holiness1867MethodistUnited States
Jehovah's Witnesses1874Charles Taze RussellPennsylvania
Christian Science1879Mary Baker EddyBoston
Church of God in Christ1895Various churches of GodArkansas
Church of Nazarenec. 1850-1900Various religious bodiesPilot Point, TX
Pentecostal1901Charles F. ParkhamTopeka, KS
Aglipayan1902Gregorio AglipayPhilippines
Assemblies of God1914PentecostalismHot Springs, AZ
Iglesia ni Cristo1914Felix Y. ManaloPhilippines
Four-square Gospel1917Aimee Semple McPhersonLos Angeles, CA
United Church of Christ1961Reformed and CongregationalistPhiladelphia, PA
Calvary Chapel1965Chuck SmithCosta Mesa, CA
United Methodist1968Methodist and United BrethrenDallas, TX
Born-Againc. 1970sVarious religious bodiesUnited States
Harvest Christian1972Greg LaurieRiverside, CA
Saddleback1982Rick WarrenCalifornia
Non-denominationalc. 1990sVariousUnited States

There are still many many Protestant sects mushroomed in the 20th century, not only in the United States but also in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world. In the Philippines alone there are other churches claiming to be Christ's "true" church.

ChurchYear EstablishedFounderWhere Established
Members of Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path)1922Teofilo Ora, Nicolas Perez, Eliseo SorianoPhilippines
Jesus Miracle Crusade1960Wilde E. AlmedaSurigao Sur, Philippines
Jesus is Lord Church1978Eddie VillanuevaPhilippines
True Jesus Church1980Ernesto TorresPhilippines
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name1985Apollo QuiboloyPhilippines
Source: Wikipedia
...and a lot lot more...

Surely, who can deny these historical facts written in the pages of history. Or who can claim catholicity, holiness and apostolicity of their church? Their own founders proved that they are man-made religions claiming to be the original church Christ built. Praise to Jesus Christ!

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