If you are a member of an Oriental Orthodox church, the foundation of your church was the year 451, when Dioscurus, Patriarch of Alexandria, rejected an Apostolic Christological teaching which was defined against the heresy of Eutyches and the Monophysites at the Council of Chalcedon by the infallible teaching authority that Christ gave to His Church. See: www.newadvent.org/cathen/03555a.htm
If you are an Eastern Orthodox your split from the Church founded by Christ developed from the year 1054, when the Pope was forced to excommunicate Michael Caerularius, the Patriarch of Constantinople, because his political jealousy of the Pope’s divinely instituted supreme authority drove him to schism, which the other Eastern patriarchs and, later, other new national and independent Churches followed.
If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-Augustinian monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.
If you belong to the Church of England or another Anglican church, 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 re-marry.
If you are a member of the Episcopal Church, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in Britain’s American colonies in the 17th century.
If you are a Mennonite, your movement was named after its inventor, Menno Simons, who founded it after becoming an Anabaptist elder in 1536. The Amish, started by Jacob Amman around 1693, are just one of many different church bodies within the Mennonite community in the U.S.
If you are a member of one of the approximately 750 Reformed Churches created from the 16th century onwards, your Protestant body originated from the tenets of the Swiss Reformation led by Ulrich Zwingli and, later, the doctrinal principles of John Calvin.
If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.
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 a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in
England in 1744. If you are a member of one of the Holiness Churches, your movement stemmed from an attempt to return to Wesleyan teaching in 19th century North America, from which the Church of the Nazarene (Est. 1908) and the Salvation Army (Est. 1865) later evolved, amongst other groups.
If you are an Evangelical, your religion is rooted in the 18th century Anglo-American religious movements of figures such as George Whitefield, John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards. More recent religious groups that have developed from Evangelicalism include the Calvary Chapel (Est. 1965) and the Vineyard Movement (Est. 1982).
If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.
If you are a member of the Disciples of Christ, Churches of Christ or Independent Christian Churches, your church originated from the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement formed in 1832 in Kentucky, USA, or various congregations formed in 18th century Britain.
If you are a Seventh Day Adventist, Mrs. Ellen Gould White inaugurated your group in the United States in 1860.
If you are a Jehovah's Witness, your religion was invented by "Pastor" Charles Taze Russell in 1874, incorporated 1881.
If you are a Pentecostal, your religion was begun by William J. Seymour in 1906 during the “Azusa Street Revival,” Los Angeles, and was influenced by members of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement. Other Pentecostal denominations later formed, such as the Assemblies of God at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1914.
If you belong to the Charismatic Movement, your religion evolved from Pentecostalism from the 1960’s onwards; for example, after American Episcopalian, Dennis Bennett, claimed in 1960 that he had experienced certain spiritual gifts.
If you are a member of one of the approximately 19,000 Neo-Charismatic, Neo-Pentecostal or “Third Wave” churches, your church developed in recent decades from Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement. Examples include many African Independent Churches and Latin American churches.
If you belong to another so-called Christian organisation, your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past century or so.
If you are a Roman Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and that His Church is still the same, into which He calls all people.
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