How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

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.

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 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.

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 a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

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 century.

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.



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13 thoughts on “How Old Is Your Church?

  1. I am a Presbyterian. I didn’t know the exact year but I knew that it was founded by John Knox. Thanks for the insight, Patrick. 🙂

    now, one of the problems I have, is that you listed Mormon up there… Protestants teach Sola Scriptura don’t they? If so then Mormons break this rule. The book of Mormon is supposed to be the other vital book for our lives. it’s a very messed up religion and was founded very poorly. I have never thought of Mormons as Protestants. that’s not the only reasoning I have, but it’s just a brief explanation.

    I don’t want to come off as offensive so I will try to be as nice as I can.
    I don’t believe that Christ set up a denomination. And even if he did I do not believe that it was as we view the Catholic Church today. back in Christ’s time, The Holy Catholic Church (as mentioned in the Apostle’s Creed) had a much different meaning than to what we think when we hear the word Catholic. Just saying.

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      • Oh I see… I thought you were going merely by Protestant churches.

        In the Apostle’s Creed, it mentions the Holy Catholic Church, but in some translations, it says Holy Christian Church. Both are synonymous and I believe that Jesus didn’t set up the Roman Catholic Church. At that time there wasn’t Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists and all those, it was either you were a Christian, or you weren’t. In fact, the bishop of Rome was not called ‘Pope’ until about 384 A.D. I think it was…. So that’s just my thoughts on it. 🙂

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      • I believe you are roughly correct about the year concerning the pope, but I must interject that there was always an earthly leader of Christ’s church. He may have not gone by the exact title “Pope”, but there was a leader since Peter.


      • But I think we share the same view of Mormons, Buddhists, and JWs. The Mormons and JWs are not Christian, because they do not view Christ as Supreme God, with the Father and Spirit. Any Christian can see that Buddhists are pagans.

        Have you looked in “Christian Science”? With a little more study, I believe I will come to the conclusion that its a cult.


      • oh yes, I do not believe Mormons and JW’s are Christians at all. In fact the JW’s came up with a Bible of their own. Here is John Chapter 1:1 in comparison to the KJV.

        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (KJV)

        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God. (JW version) What do you think this is implying? I know what it is, but I just wanted to hear your thoughts. 🙂


      • O my gosh, I’m glad you brought that up. Catholic apologists refer to that error quite a lot when debating or talking about JWs. They want it to sound like there are multiple gods, and that Jesus is one out of many gods.


      • Not necessarily… JW’s believe in God and Jesus, and no one else, but they don’t believe that Jesus practically IS God. So they like to separate the two. There are many more verses which the JW’s fitted to their own liking.

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      • There is a Catholic apologist by the name of Patrick Madrid who has dealt with JWs and Mormons. There are some interesting articles on his blog that I’m certain we both agree on. I have a link in my “Helpful Apologetics Links” Page.


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