The Holy Catholic Church – AD 33
Founded by God in the person of Jesus Christ. Our Lord named Simon Bar-Jona the future leader of His Church, when He said to him “Thou art Peter (Rock), and upon this rock I will build MY Church. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven..” (Matthew 16:19).
The Lutheran church – AD 1517
Founded by a man, Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the holy Catholic Church, who violated his sacred vows of both obedience and celibacy. Luther created a brand new protestant bible by throwing out 7 books of the bible he personally didn’t agree with, and added the word “alone” after the word “faith”, in Romans 3:28, in order to make the verse agree with his view of what it should have said (faith alone). This alteration of sacred scripture directly contradicts James 2:24. Luther also called the Catholic Church “the whore of Babylon”, and he said that the Pope was the antichrist (someone who denies that Jesus is God).
The Anabaptist church – AD 1520
Founded by a man, Nicholas Storch, and Thomas Münzer, former Lutherans. The Anabaptists rejected infant baptism and were denounced by Martin Luther. This “reformation of the reformation” is proof positive that the doctrine of “scripture alone” is false. Otherwise, there wouldn’t have been more than one interpretation of scripture and no need for an anabaptist church that totally ignores Luke 18:15-17.
The Mennonite church – AD 1525
Founded by men, Grebel, Mantz, and Blaurock, in Switzerland, as an offshoot of the Anabaptists. It derived its name from Menno Simons, a former Catholic priest.
The Baptist church – AD 1606
Founded by a man, John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam, as an offshoot of the Mennonites. Baptists reject infant baptism as contrary to the Scriptures, and accept immersion as the sole valid mode of baptism.
The Amish church – AD 1693
Founded by a man, Jacob Amman, a Swiss Bishop. Also a breakaway from the Mennonite church. His followers were called the “Amish.” While similar to the Mennonites, they differ in language, dress, and interpretation of the Bible.
The Anglican Church – AD 1534
Founded by a man, King Henry VIII, as a direct result of the Pope not granting him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Many Catholic priests were tortured and killed as a result of the very aroused Henry trying to find another young maiden for his pleasure. Queen Elizabeth II is the current head of the Anglican Church.
The Presbyterian church – AD 1560
Founded by a man, John Knox, in Scotland. Based on the personal beliefs of a man, John Calvin, which include predestination, no free will in humans, & total depravity in mankind
The Congregationalist church (The Puritans) – AD 1583
Founded by a man, Robert Brown, in Holland. Broke away from the Church of England. Brown rejected, among other things, the authority of bishops. One Puritan, named Oliver Cromwell, got involved in the English Civil War, and overthrew Charles I in 1646. Cromwell and the British government were also responsible for the subjugation and killing of hundreds of thousands of Irish Catholics, who were also forbidden to say Mass, wear green, and sing patriotic songs.
The Unitarian church – AD 1568
Started in Poland, but died out. It was soon replaced by a man, John Biddle, in 1645 AD. The Unitarians do not believe in the mystery of Trinity.
The Quakers – AD 1647
Founded by a man, George Fox, in England. Also called The Society of Friends, although they originally called themselves “Children of Light”. They acknowledge absolutely no authority higher than what Fox called the “inner light” of personal revelation.
The Episcopalian church – AD 1784
Founded by a man, Samuel Seabury in the American Colonies & is an offshoot of the Church of England. They believe in women priests and bishops, artificial birth control, and they accept homosexuality as being normal and good in spite of Romans 1:26-27. The Episcopalian Church is currently undergoing a 21rst Century reformation of itself, with individual congregations breaking away from their own hierarchy over the question of scriptural inerrancy concerning homosexuality. Another proof that the doctrine of “scripture alone” without an infallible Magesterium to interpret it based on sacred Tradition is false. It seems that the Episcopal Church is more concerned with going along with the current trend of society than it is in being true to what scripture actually says about homosexuality.
The Evangelical Movement – ca. AD 1730
It gained great momentum with the emergence of the Great Awakenings, led by Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and John Wesley, in the British Isles and North America. The evangelicals believe in the centrality of the conversion or “born again” experience in receiving salvation, believe in the authority of the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity and have a strong commitment to evangelism or sharing the Christian message.
The Methodist church – AD 1739
Founded by men, John and Charles Wesley, in England. The Wesley brothers were originally Anglican ministers who started a revival movement that eventually became Methodism. Yet another reformation of the reformation.
The National church – ca. AD 19th century
The idea was notably discussed, but not necessarily founded by one single man, during the emergence of modern nationalism following the principle of the Levitical Church in the Hebrew Constitution. Example of this group is the Aglipayan church or Iglesia Filipina Independiente founded in 1902 in the Philippines by the members of the Unión Obrera Democrática Filipina led by Isabelo de los Reyes who suggested that former Catholic priest Gregorio Aglipay be the head of the church.
The Evangelical church – AD 1803
Founded by a man, Jacob Albright, originally a Methodist, who broke away and founded his own church.
The Mormon church – AD 1829
Also call themselves “Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter-Day Saints”, was founded by a man, Joseph Smith in Palmyra, New York. They are polythesists who someday hope to become a god of their own planet. after death. They believe that God the Father was a good mormon on another planet and was so great that he became the god of our planet. They also believe that Jesus and lucifer were brothers on that former planet.
The Seventh Day Adventists’ church – AD 1831
Founded by a man, William Miller in New York. Based on his study of the prophecy of Daniel 8:14, Miller calculated that Jesus would return to earth sometime between 1843 and 1844. This prediction is in spite of the fact that the bible says that no one will be able to predict when the Second Coming of Jesus will be (Matthew 24:36).
The Salvation Army – AD 1865
Founded in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth. The army was originally known as the East London Christian Mission. Its theology is derived from that of Methodism although it is distinctive in institution and practice.
The Old Catholic church – AD 1870
Started at a public meeting held in Nuremberg under the leadership of Ignaz von Döllinger, following the First Vatican Council. This group of churches separated from the Catholic Church over certain doctrines, primarily concerned with papal authority.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses – AD 1872
Founded by a man, Charles Taze Russell, as the “Millennial Dawnists.” In 1931, Judge Rutherford, his successor, decided that henceforth they would be called, Witnesses of Jehovah, or Jehovah’s Witness. The JW’s deny the divinity of Christ, the resurrection of the body, and refuse to take blood transfusions.
The Christian Scientists – AD 1879
Founded by a woman, Mary Baker Eddy in Massachusetts. They also refuse blood transfusions and medical care, in spite of the fact that the gospel writer Luke was a physician.
The Pentecostal church – AD 1900
Emerged in the early 20th century among radical adherents of the Holiness movement who were energized by revivalism and expectation for the imminent Second Coming of Christ. It started by Charles Parham, an American evangelist and faith healer in Topeka, Kansas, who began teaching that speaking in tongues was the Bible evidence of Spirit baptism.
The Assemblies of God – AD 1901
Founded by a man, Charles Parham, in Topeka Kansas. They believe in the Baptism of the Spirit, miracle healings, and speaking in tongues.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) — AD 1914
Founded by a man, Felix M. Ysagun, in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines. INC believes itself to be the one true church and says that it is the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus and that all other Christian churches, including the holy Catholic Church, are apostates. It rejects the Christian belief of the trinity of God and considers Jesus as only a man but insists that the founder Felix is God’s last messenger.
The Liberal Catholic church – AD 1916
It started through an Old Catholic bishop in London, bishop Matthew, who consecrated bishop James Wedgwood to the Episcopacy. This stream has in its relatively short existence known many splits, which operate worldwide under several names.
The Charismatic Movement – AD 1960
This began when Dennis Bennett, rector of St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California, recounted his Pentecostal experience to his parish. The movement believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament are available to contemporary Christians through the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit, with-or-without the laying on of hands, that are being manifest in the form of signs, miracles, and wonders, including, but not limited to, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, and discernment of spirits.
The Member Church of God International – AD 1977
Started with Eliseo Soriano as its founder and presiding minister. It is colloquially known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan which is the name of its flagship television program. The church was originally named as “Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas” but changed to its present name in 2005. It rejects the doctrine of Trinity but believes that Jesus Christ is an inferior God to the Father.
Pentecostal Missionaries Church of Christ 4th Watch – AD 1972
Founded by Arsenio T. Ferriol in the Philippines, a mere man. He claimed that God appeared to him and called him to be the “Last Apostle”.
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name – AD 1985
Founded in Davao City by a mere man, Apollo Carreón Quiboloy, who claimed that he is the “Appointed Son of God”.
The Apostolic Catholic Church – AD 1992
Founded in 1992 by a man John Florentine L. Teruel who claims 24 lines of apostolic succession but has no historical proof whatsoever.
THERE are other thousands of non-Catholic groups who call themselves “Christian churches” which were never and will never be founded by God but by just mere men. The rise of denominations within the Christian faith can be traced back only to the Protestant Reformation, the movement to “reform” the holy Catholic Church, the true Church of Christ, during the 16th century. Yet, denominations are only based on disagreements over the interpretation of Scripture, which are taken personally and become points of contention leading to a state of self-destruction.
IF YOU ARE A CATHOLIC, YOU ARE IN THE TRUE CHURCH. KEEP YOUR FAITH.
Remember, the Holy Father Peter, first bishop of Rome, reminded the true Christians in his second letter (2:1):
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Therefore, he added: “Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)