Protestant churches in America today consist of hundreds or even thousands of different denominations that have roots from the Reformation movement that occurred around the 14th to 16th century. Even though there are many denominations, the beliefs and doctrines follow the basic Christianity rituals and beliefs that were derived from the Catholic Church.
Protestant believe in God and Jesus Christ, the messiah who died in order to redeem all sinners back to the righteous path.
Below are the most active protestant churches in America.
- The Baptists
They are composed of one of the largest and most diverse group of Christianity that is located in the US. The Baptists are known to have insisted on freedom of thought and expression. Apart from that, they have always insisted on their members to have the absolute autonomy among the local congregation.
The Baptist congregation is bound together by a strong rope of “sand” especially when it comes to certain doctrines and principles which are based on the competency of an individual in matters pertaining to faith.
Baptist believe in the general principles of faith that is the inspiration and trustworthiness of the Bible, the rule of life, the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the inherent freedom of persons to approach God by themselves.
The Lutheran church is the direct descendant of an ancient and medieval church that is believed to have been started by Martin Luther during the reformation period. The church is known to retain the traditional sense of participation among its people plus the traditional lithurgy which was revised according to the Protestant biblecism.
The Lutherans are known to be devoted to sound doctrine that was systematically developed and expressed through thoughtful preaching. For Lutheran’s, faith can be described not as the subscription to the dictates of the church but the heart’s utter trust in Jesus Christ.
Lutherans are known to maintain that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and it’s the rule and standard of faith and practice.
The Presbyterian history can be traced back to the 16th century during the height of Reformation and the formation of Protestant movement. Unlike the Lutheran church that was started by Martin Luther, the Presbyterian faith is believed to have been started by one of the founding members of Reformation; French lawyer John Calvin. This occurred during the period of 16th century and the writing’s of the founder have crystallized much of the Reformed thinking.
The believers are distinct in two ways namely: they are known to adhere to a pattern of religious thought that is known as Reformed theology and a form of leadership that usually stresses the active, representational leadership of both the ministers and church members.
Also referred to as Episcopalian, the church traces its roots to the origin of the Church of England which severed its relationship with the Papacy during the Reformation period. The church believes in two sacraments namely baptism and eucharist. They also believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ especially in the elements of the Eucharist.
The Mormon faith is widespread in the US and their beliefs include God is the Heavenly Father and he loves his creation and wants them to return to him. The church also believes that Jesus is the Son of God and through the atonement of Jesus Christ, humanity will be able to to return and live with the Father in Heaven.
In conclusion, there are several protestant churches in America and they are known to draw members from all parts of the country. Even though Protestant separated from the Papacy during the reformation period, some of the churches still practice some beliefs, rituals and doctrines held by the Catholic church.