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Which Christian church can trace their origins back to Jesus Christ?

Question by : Which Christian church can trace their origins back to Jesus Christ?
If you are a Lutheran, Martin Luther, an apostate of the Roman Catholic Church, founded your religion in Germany, in the year 1517.

If you are a Mennonite, your church began in Switzerland with Grebel, Mantz, and Blaurock, in the year 1525.

If you belong to the Church of England, also know as Anglican, your religion began with King Henry VIII in 1534, who established his own church because the Pope could 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 Congregationalist, your religion was founded by Robert Brown, in Holland, in 1583.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam, in 1606.

If you are a Unitarian, John Biddle in London founded your religion in 1645.

If you are an 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 Quaker, your religion was founded by George Fox, in England, in 1647.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley, in England, in 1739.

If you are a Universalist, John Murray founded your religion in New Jersey, in 1770.

If you are an Evangelical, you owe the founding of your religion to Jacob Albright, in Pennsylvania, in 1803.

If you are a Mormon (a “Latter Day Saint”), then Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, New York, in 1829.

If you are a Seventh Day Adventist, your religion originated in New York, by William Miller, in 1831.

If you worship with the Salvation Army sect, then you acknowledge William Booth in London as your originator, in 1865.

If you are a Jehovah Witness, then your church was founded by Charles Taze Russell, in 1872, and renamed in 1931 by Judge Rutherford, his successor.

If you are a Christian Scientist, then Mary Baker Eddy founded your religion in Massachusetts, in 1879.

If you belong to the Assembly of God religion, then a General Assembly in Arkansas started it in 1914.

If you claim the Church of the Nazarene as your religion, then Union at General Assembly launched it in 1919.

If you are an Evangelical Reformed, then Union at General Assembly created it in 1934.

If you belong to “Pentecostal Gospel,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men in the last 100 years.

If you are a Roman Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Answer by Sarah Jessica’s Day At The Races
Scientology

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Why wont the Christians admit that they and their Churches are hypocrites ?

Question by Forrest Toney: Why wont the Christians admit that they and their Churches are hypocrites ?
And finally decide to make a sincere covenant with the Father that they will always obey all of Jesus’ sayings ( greek text ) no matter what ?

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Answer by oldandtired
They are just like any other group concocted by men.

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The History of Heresies and Their Refutation or The Triumph of the Church

The History of Heresies and Their Refutation or The Triumph of the Church

. I think the History of Heresies is a most useful study, for it shows the truth of our Faith more pure and resplendent, by showing how it has never changed; and if, at all times, this is useful, it must be particularly so at present, when the most holy maxims and the principal dogmas of Religion are put in doubt : it shows, besides, the care God always took to sustain the Church in the midst of the tempests which were unceasingly raised against it, and the admirable manner in which all the enemies who attacked it were confounded. The History of Heresies is also useful to preserve in us the spirit of humility and subjection to the Church, and to make us grateful to God for giving us the grace of being born in Christian countries; and it shows how the most learned men have fallen into the most grievous errors, by not subjecting themselves to the Church’s teaching.

I will now state my reasons for writing this Work; some may think this labour of mine superfluous, especially as so many learned authors have written expressly and extensively the history of various heresies, as Tertullian, St. Iræneus, St. Epiphanius, St. Augustine, St. Vincent of Lerins, Socrates, Sozymen, St. Philastrius, Theodoret, Nicephorus, and many others, both in ancient and modern times. This, however, is the very reason which prompted me to write this Work; for as so many authors have written, and so extensively, and as it is impossible for many persons either to procure so many and such expensive works, or to find time to read them, if they had them, I, therefore, judged it better to collect in a small compass the commencement and the progress of all heresies, so that in a little time, and at little expense, any one may have a sufficient knowledge of the heresies and schisms which infected the Church. I have said in a small compass, but still, not with such brevity as some others have done, who barely give an outline of the facts, and leave the reader dissatisfied, and ignorant of many of the most important circumstances. I, therefore, have studied brevity; but I wish, at the same time, that my readers may be fully informed of every notable fact connected with the rise and progress of, at all events, the principal heresies that disturbed the Church.

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Do most churches tell their congregations that Christmas is just an arbitrarily picked day?

Question by Arch Stanton’s Grave: Do most churches tell their congregations that Christmas is just an arbitrarily picked day?
I know there’s no great conspiracy to hide this information, but by the same token, is it information that is voluntarily acknowledged from the pulpit? Taught in Sunday school or communion classes?

From the number of questions I’ve seen here over the years, it would seem that to many Christians, this fact comes as a shock, even though the clergy all learn this in seminary, and it’s openly written about in numerous secular and religious publications.

So why do so many parishioners still find this information such a “revelation”?

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Answer by TEH TYME KITTEH
I find it odd that most Christians dont know the history of their religion or of Christ mass

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If a minister endorses a candidate from the pulpit. Does their church lose it’s tax-exempt status?

Question by juhsepi: If a minister endorses a candidate from the pulpit. Does their church lose it’s tax-exempt status?
I’m asking this question In light of the recent debate going around about Obama’s minister.

Regardless of what side you take on this matter, Whats clear in the video below is that he is endorsing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Does this violate their churches tax exempt status?

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Answer by Brian J
Not likely. The IRS has never seriously enforced the 1954 law that forbids churches to aid candidates for elected office. (It has been amended to ban opposing political candidates as well.)

The agency defends its record by noting that churches enjoy special legal protections that prevent the IRS from proactively monitoring them for violations. The agency cannot launch an investigation into a church unless it receives a complaint from a parishioner or an independent watchdog group.

IRS experts outside the agency say a bigger stumbling block to enforcement is the American cultural taboo against government intrusion into churches. Estimates are that only about five churches have ever lost their tax-exempt status by violating the rule. That’s one church for each decade the law has been on the books.

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Where are some places that churches buy their modern furniture because i am looking to decorate a youth room?

Question by : Where are some places that churches buy their modern furniture because i am looking to decorate a youth room?
I am looking for modern, new age, and fairly inexpensive.

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Answer by c_kayak_fun
Do a Google or yellow pags search in your area for “contract furniture” or “institutional furniture”. Don’t expect it to be very inexpensive. Compared to furniture for a family home, items for a church or youth center or other public usage are have to be made to withstand more abuse and heavy usage
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The best way to get quality items for a good price is to find a place that sells used and reconditioned institutional furniture — they often get it from businesses or hotels that have shut down or that have remodeled. Look up “used office furniture” to find local dealers.

If there is a ReStore in your city (the recycled furniture and building supply outlets of the Habitats for Humanity homebuilders organization) they are often a great source for such items. The one in my town recently had dozens of modern upholstered couches, chairs, coffee and end tables and well as some really cool work station-like desks. Some could have used new fabric covering but you can pay to have that replaced pretty reasonably at upholstery shops. And the sofas were only $ 30 and the chairs were $ 10 so even paying for new fabric would have made them a bargain.

Also, if there is an IKEA store in your region they have very inexpensive and modern stylish furnishings. Some of their cheapest styles might not hold up to a lot of abuse, however.

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When someone leaves a church, do they get denounced by the people at their old church?

Question by : When someone leaves a church, do they get denounced by the people at their old church?
Does the preacher mention the name of the apostate with scorn dripping from his words in a sermon? Do they make an effigy of the apostate and symbolically burn it? The motive for this kind of behavior would be to prevent other people still in the church from following the person who left. Some religions take this to extremes, like Muslims for example, who take everything to extremes. They cut the heads off apostates! I don’t think Christians are this crazy, although they were during the Middle Ages, but do they just settle for a thorough denouncing of apostates?

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Answer by Holden Caulfield
-_- probably, or they just go back to singing how nice jesus is

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Are Fundies afraid to name their church because they tend to have silly names?

Question by Newell: Are Fundies afraid to name their church because they tend to have silly names?
“The Carpenter’s Meeting Hall”

“Maranatha Mansion”

“The Potter’s Wheel”

“Victory is Assured Jesus House of Faith”

And so on?

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Answer by gbmtmas
Fundy-Thumpers don’t have a Church because they are not Christians. Their religion was invented by uneducated militant fanatics who twist and pervert religion to their liking. The names of their places of worship sound like popular jargon, and quite silly, because they have no sense of Christian history. Their religion is as tacky and as shallow as the popular culture from where they draw most of their inspiration.

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