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Denominations: Congregational Church/United Church of Christ

At the beginning of the 21st century, there were about 2.4 million Congregationalists worldwide (congregationalism, britannica.com).  There are about 802 thousand members of the United Church of Christ in the U.S.A. (2020 Statistical Report, ucc.org).  The top states for UCC … Continue reading

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Denominations: Reformed/Presbyterian Church (Part 2)

Name The name “Reformed Church” has its origin in the reformation.  “Originally, all of the Reformation churches used this name (or the name Evangelical) to distinguish themselves from the “unreformed” or unchanged, Roman Catholic Church.  After the great controversy among … Continue reading

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Denominations: Anabaptist/Mennonites, and Amish

The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) reports that there were 2.13 million Anabaptists in their fellowship in 2018 (membership, map and statistics, mwc-cmm.org).  Africa is the continent with the most members, approximately 36%.  North America is second, approximately 31% (ibid).  Anabaptist … Continue reading

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Denominations: Anglican and Episcopal Churches (part 2)

Authority 1.  The Bible “The Bible is acknowledged as the ‘ground’ on which any expression of Christian faith must be founded” (A Building With Foundations, anglicancommunion.org).  “Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read … Continue reading

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Denominations: Lutheran Church (Part 2)

Name The name Lutheran appears to have first been used by Catholic opposition.  One Lutheran source says, “It is a mistake if it is believed that Lutherans took this name for themselves.  History reports to us instead that they were … Continue reading

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Denominations: Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 2)

Authority 1.  The Bible They claim high regard for the Bible.  Orthodox Church in America states, “The Bible is central in the life of the church and gives both form and content to the church’s liturgical and sacramental worship, just … Continue reading

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Denominations: Catholic Church (Part 2)

Authority 1.  The Bible The Catholic Bible contains seven Old Testament books which are not contained in the Bibles we use.  These are: Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom (of Solomon), Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) and Baruch. Additionally, five more books … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Scientology (Part 2)

Authority a.   L. Ron Hubbard The organization’s website says, “IS IT ALL BASED ON ONE MAN’S WORK? Although Dianetics and Scientology were founded by L. Ron Hubbard, and all of the scriptures are solely compromised of his writings and recorded … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Part 2

Authority 1.  The Bible. They write, “As the inspired word of God, it is a channel for the operation of God’s spirit” (The Bible: God’s Word or Man’s?, p. 181, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania).  “The Bible … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Seventh-Day Adventist, Part 1

The Seventh-Day Adventist church claims a membership of approximately 21 million world-wide.  The numbers are said to total about 1.2 million in the U.S.A. and Canada (Who Are Seventh-Day Adventists?, nadadventist.org). History 1.  The Great Second Advent Awakening In the … Continue reading

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