HOW OLD ARE THE CHURCHES ?
The Lutheran Church was founded in the year 1517 by Martin Luther, a former priest of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Church of England (Anglicanism) was founded by King Henry VIII in 1534 when he threw off the authority of the Pope and proclaimed himself the head of the Church in England, because the Pope refused to declare invalid his marriage with Queen Catherine.
The Presbyterian denomination was begun in 1560 by John Knox who was dissatisfied with Anglicanism.
The Episcopalian denomination was begun in 1784 by Samuel Seabury who was dissatisfied with Presbyterianism.
The Baptist church was launched by John Smyth in Amsterdam, Holland in the year 1606.
The Methodist church was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
The Unitarians were founded by Theophilus Lindley in London, in 1774.
The Jehovah's Witness Church was developed in 1872 by Charles Russell.
The founder of The Salvation Army is William Booth, who quit the Anglicans, and then the Methodists, and set up his own version of Christianity in 1787. His own son, Ballinger, quit The Salvation Army and did the same for himself in 1896.
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy began the Christian Scientist religion in 1879, basing it upon an outright denial of Original Sin and its effects.
The Mormon church, the Seventh-Day Adventists, the Church of Christ, The Church of the Nazarene, or any of the various Pentecostal Churches, etc. are also among the hundreds of new churches founded by men within the past 150 years or so.
The Roman Catholic Church was founded by God-made-man, Jesus Christ, in the year 33 A.D. He said: "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it... Feed my lambs; feed My sheep" (Matt. 16:18,19; John 21:15,17). He also said: "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who gathers not with me scatters" (Matt.12:30).
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