The Catholic Church, 1st Century AD, (No human Founder, was founded by Christ).
Lutheran Church, founded by Martin Luther, October 31, 1517.
The Anglican Communion, founded by King Henry VIII in 1534 AD.
Calvinist Churches, founders are: Huldreich Zwingli, John Calvin etc, in 1536AD.
The Presbyterian Church, founded by John Knox in 1560AD.
The Baptist Churches, founded by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys in 1606AD
The Methodist Churches, founded by John and Charles Wesley in 1784 AD
The Protestant Episcopal Church, founded by Samuel Seabury in1789AD.
The Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), founded by Joseph Smith in April 6, 1830.
The Adventist Churches, founded by William Miller, in the 1840s AD
The Salvation Army, founded by William Booth in 1865 AD.
Christian Science (The Church Of Christ Scientist) founded by Mrs Mary Eddy Baker in 1879AD.
The Jehovah witness, founded by Charles Taze Russel in 1896AD
The Pentecostal Churches: I will mention few of them here in Africa:
Cherubim and Seraphim, founded by Moses Orimolade Tunolase in 1925.
Christ Apostolic Church, founded by Joseph Ayo Babalola in 1931.
Redeemed Christian Church of God, founded by Rev Josiah Akindayomi in 1952.
Living Faith Church Worldwide, founded by David Oyedepo in 1981.
Deeper Christian Life Ministry, founded by William Kumuyi in 1982.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles, founded by Dr. Daniel Olukoya in 1989.
Christ Embassy, founded by Chris Oyakhilome in 1990.
The Lord’s Chosen, founded by Lazarus Muoka in 2002.
For 1500 years, the Catholic Church existed alone as the only Church. But just between 1517 to 2019, which is exactly 502 years, we have countless churches.
Some see the proliferation of churches as growth in Christianity, some see it as the major problem of Christianity.
Here is something to think about.
During the Reformation which was led by Martin Luther, he criticized so many things about the Catholic Church.
Then he left and founded his own so as to implement his ideas. His teaching was still without faults. He was also criticized even by his friend Zwingli. Zwingli also founded his own Church.
Even the Anglican Church founded by King Henry VIII was mainly to help him get freedom of divorce and remarrying. And I have also heard that the Anglican Church in Nigeria is not in Communion with the one in England because of gay marriage and other issues.
Let us face it, why do people really found Churches? Do you think it is a sign of growth in Christianity? Do you think the proliferation of churches have come with more confusing in Christianity than the solution each claims to bring? What should we Christians do?
Lend your voice to this discussion please!
Courtesy: Fr Kelvin Ugwu