Below I would like to be able to show little snippets of when many denominations of Christian churches were started. This might give you a good idea of how to find the one, true, church.
Church Date started Who started it Where started
Lutheran 1517 Martin Luther Germany (Martin Luther was an ex-monk of the Catholic Church and rejected the authority of the Church)
Anglican 1534 King Henry VIII England (King Henry started this church because he wanted a divorce and the Catholic Church would not grant him one)
Calvinist 1555 John Calvin Switzerland
Presbyterian 1560 John Knox Scotland
Protestant Episcopalian 1789 Samuel Seabury American Colonies (branch of the Church of England)
Congregationalist 1582 Robert Brown Holland
Methodist 1739 John and Charles Wesley England
Unitarian 1774 Theophilus Lindley London
Mormon Latter Day Saints 1830 Joseph Smith New York
Baptist 1609 John Smyth Amsterdam
Dutch Reformed 1628 Michaelis Jones New York
Salvation Army 1865 William Booth London
Christian Scientist 1879 Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy Boston
Seventh Day Adventists 1863 James White Michigan
Jehovah’s Witnesses 1874 Joseph “Judge” Rutherford & Charles Taze Russell United States
Church of the Nazarene, Pentecostal Gospel, Holiness Church, Pilgrim Holiness Church were all started in last century.
Catholic 33 AD Jesus Christ Jerusalem (It’s the still the same church)
I ask you the question…Do you want to belong to a church that a human person started because they splintered off from another church or wanted to change doctrine, or do you want to belong to the only church that Jesus founded? When someone says that it doesn’t matter which church you go to, I would say that history makes all the difference. I would want to be in the church that started with Jesus.
For more information, do your own research into the Early Church Fathers. They were all Catholic. You can find more here.
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