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  • FactChecker: Are All Christian Denominations in Decline? Which ones are growing and declining?

    09/06/2017 7:04:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 03/2017 | Joe Carter
    In a recent interview in which she announced she had joined the Episcopal Church, Rachel Held Evans said, Just about every denomination in the American church— including many evangelical denominations — is seeing a decline in numbers, so if it’s a competition, then we’re all losing, just at different rates. Many Americans, both within and outside the church, share Evans perception of the decline of denominations. But is it true? Are most denominations truly seeing a decline in numbers? Before we answer the question, we should clarify what is meant by “decline.” We could, for instance, say that Protestantism has been...
  • FactChecker: Are All Christian Denominations in Decline?

    04/18/2017 5:10:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    In a recent interview in which she announced she had joined the Episcopal Church, Rachel Held Evans said, Just about every denomination in the American church— including many evangelical denominations — is seeing a decline in numbers, so if it’s a competition, then we’re all losing, just at different rates. Many Americans, both within and outside the church, share Evans perception of the decline of denominations. But is it true? Are most denominations truly seeing a decline in numbers? Before we answer the question, we should clarify what is meant by “decline.” We could, for instance, say that Protestantism has been...
  • ARE THERE DIVISIONS WITHIN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?

    09/28/2015 11:55:25 AM PDT · by damonw · 40 replies
    There is the commonly heard CoC 5 step plan of salvation which is Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Baptism. But this is by no means the standard CoC plan of salvation. Many CoCers include living a faithful christian life, growing in the faith or continuing in the way of Jesus as a 6th step. And Walter Scott originally had 6 steps in his plan of salvation which he said was Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Remission of Sins, Gift of the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life. But before he had 6 steps Scott only had 3 steps in his plan and they...
  • ARE THERE REALLY 38,000 DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS? by Damon Whitsell

    08/24/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by damonw · 51 replies
    THE WORD on the Word of Faith ^ | 08/22-15 | Damon Whitsell
    *******THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT LINKS EMBEDDED IN THE POST. ARE THERE REALLY 38,000 DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS? by Damon Whitsell Is Christianity really as divided as some people say it is? Are there really around 38,000 differing denominations? These questions are relevant to the Word of Faith movement because its teachers can be quite anti-denominational at times. And since some in the Word of Faith movement such as Kenneth Copeland and Joel Osteen along with the Pope and many others are calling for Charismatics and the Roman Catholic Church to unite, saying the Protestant protest is over, these questions are really important...
  • How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? [vanity]

    11/13/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 636 replies
    How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? Partial List of 5000+ Protestant Denominations by Name How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?    The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics "The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations" The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics Part II (Above links derived from here) ===> ("How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?") ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ There are many, many more Protestant denominations out there, not just those reflected in the links above.    How many?    Well, nobody really knows for sure exactly how many Protestant denominations exist at any given point in...
  • The Second-Largest Religion in Each State

    06/06/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4 | Reid Wilson
    Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about 2 percent as Mormon. But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and...
  • Let the Bible be entrusted to the faithful

    04/12/2013 5:10:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 246 replies
    La Stampa ^ | April 12, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    In his speech to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Francis said the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures cannot be only an individual scientific effort, but must always confront itself with, be inserted within and authenticated by the living tradition of the Church The speech given by Francis to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission this morning followed faithfully in the footsteps of his predecessor Benedict XVI teaching. Members of the Commission scholars and theologians from all over the world gathered under the leadership of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr. Gerhard...
  • What will American Christianity look like in 50 years? (Predictions for various denominations)

    12/21/2012 3:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    SILOUAN ^ | 12/21/2012 | Silouan Philip Thompson
    I was asked this in an online forum, and my answer got too long to manage. Here’s my infallible prediction. How did I do? Orthodoxy: Little visible change, zero substantive change. Increasing numbers and cultural impact. Progress toward a single American Archdiocese, but still not there yet.Catholicism: Neither women priests nor married priests will happen. Increasing disaffection among liberal American Catholics leading to a significant decrease in attendance. Identification as Catholic will be increasingly cultural rather than creedal. This trend, combined with decreasing numbers of men seeking the priesthood, will force additional parish churches to close. This will be...
  • How Different Christian Denominations See Each Other

    09/27/2011 5:27:09 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The Journeyman's File ^ | 20 Sep 11 | Barry Simmons
  • Q & A from the OPC: Denominations and Christian Truth

    12/10/2010 4:38:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    Denominations and Christian Truth Question: I have a question about Christianity. I once heard that there are thousands of different Christian denominations. The exact number is not important. Each denomination has its own, unique interpretation of the Bible, and each denomination asserts that its interpretation is the correct one. Not every denomination can be right; someone has to be wrong. With respect to the OPC and John Calvin, how do you know that the OPC's interpretation is the correct one? Answer: It was Solomon who wrote "this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Labels Among Christians

    02/20/2010 9:46:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 250+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1991`` | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • YOU ARE MY SHOFAR OF WAR AND DELIGHT ! A VISION AND WORD

    09/11/2009 1:14:40 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 86 replies · 3,888+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jesus the author and finisher
    I saw the Father in the Garden with Jesus and the Father had a shofar in his left hand . My sons and daughters of Zion ( hebrews 12:23 )it is time to unite as one with me The Father for we are advancing inward to penetrate the last strongholds . See them in the center for we have them surrounded , yet many within this circle that have resisted me and my will " Jesus " shall soon be inialted OR come into this very army I have formed as My Bride and soon there shall be a great...
  • Anger over gay marriage vote directed at Mormons

    11/12/2008 1:14:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 98 replies · 1,253+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/12/8 | ERIC GORSKI, AP Religion Writer
    Supporters of gay marriage, frustrated over a ballot-box defeat in California, have channeled much of their anger toward the towering white spires of Mormon temples. For months, the Mormon church sought to portray itself as just one member of a coalition of Catholics, evangelicals, black Protestants and others supporting Proposition 8, a measure to stop gay marriage in California. Some opponents of the measure sought to dispel that in the campaign's final weeks, pointing to extensive Mormon organizing and the staggering amount of money donated by individual Mormons at the behest of church leaders in Salt Lake City. Since the...
  • Christian Demoninatioal Comparison

    07/16/2007 5:26:54 PM PDT · by americanophile · 17 replies · 513+ views
    I hope I'm posting this in the right place, as I am relatively new to Free Republic. That said, I was wondering if anyone could give me a book recommendation? I've been looking for a good doctrinal/historical comparison of the different Christian denominations and sects. Anyone?
  • 379 Denominations in a single nation

    05/11/2007 2:04:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 177 replies · 2,081+ views
    (German) Reformed Church in the United States (Original) Church of God Advent Christian Church African Methodist Episcopal Church African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church African Union First Colored Methodist Protestant Church Alaska Moravian Church Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Alliance of Baptists in the USA Amana Church Society American Association of Lutheran Churches American Baptist Association American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. American Baptist Convention American Baptist Mississippi Convention American Ethical Union American Evangelical Christian Churches American Evangelical Lutheran Church American Lutheran Conference American Rescue Workers American Unitarian Association Anglican Orthodox Church of North America Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene)...
  • One Body, Many Political Views ("How Would Jesus Vote?" Seminar)

    10/20/2006 7:35:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies · 1,071+ views
    IRD ^ | Oct 06 | Ralph Webb
    One Body, Many Political Views Ralph WebbOn Thursday, October 3, a six-member panel participated in a forum seeking to address the question, "How Would Jesus Vote?" The nearly two-and-a-half hour evening discussion was co-sponsored by Advance Church of Silver Spring, MD, and the Skinner Leadership Institute (SLI). The forum was held in Washington, DC, and was moderated by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President of SLI. The six speakers represented a variety of Christian churches and denominations. They were: the Rev. Bruce Clark, pastor of Advance Church and forum organizer; the Rev. Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of...
  • Christians shunning labels

    09/11/2006 7:53:25 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 10 replies · 332+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Monday, September 11, 2006 | Eileen E. Flynn
    -Baylor survey finds millions of Americans don't identify strongly with one denomination- Bill Daniel says he would "never in a million years" identify himself as a Baptist. The 50-year-old CEO and his wife attend Lake Hills Church, a fast-growing, high-energy congregation in West Austin focused on evangelism and a strong relationship with Christ. But even though Lake Hills has a nondenominational feel, it's technically a Southern Baptist church a detail Daniel didn't notice until about a year after he started worshipping there. "I wouldn't say I'm a Southern Baptist," he said. "I would say I'm a Christian." Daniel is...
  • Truth or Consequences

    08/27/2006 12:16:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 322+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 08-26-06 | Father Paul Scalia
    byFr. Paul Scalia Other Articles byFr. Paul Scalia Truth or Consequences 08/26/06 Our Lords beautiful Bread of Life discourse does not end on a happy note. In response to His teaching, many of [His] disciples who were listening said, This saying is hard; who can accept it? (Jn 6:60). It is the only instance in the Gospels of people rejecting our Lords teaching in such large numbers. Many of His disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him (Jn 6:66). They left because they could not accept our Lords teaching on the Eucharist. More...
  • On Catholics and Pentecostals - A Historical Overview

    07/20/2006 6:45:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 434+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 20, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JULY 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the report "Catholics and Pentecostals: A Historical Overview," by Father Juan Usma Gmez, official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. *** An April 2005 meeting in Los Angeles, U.S.A., commemorated the first centenary of the Pentecostal Movement. The chronicles recount that at the beginning of the 20th century, a group of believers was expelled from the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles because of its constant insistence on the need for a spiritual revival. The search for these revivals, a practice that has been more or less widespread in Protestant...
  • Protestant Churches Disappearing; More Catholics Than Total of All 19 Prot. Denominations Listed

    03/30/2006 9:45:17 PM PST · by dangus · 159 replies · 5,602+ views
    The National Council of Churches' have just reported church membership for the 2006 yearbook. It's quite an interesting picture: The Catholic Church is the largest and numerically fastest growing church in America, with 67.8 million members, a growth of about 563,000 members. Many non-denominational churches, not listed in the report, have been growing rapidly in the recent past. Proportionally, the fastest growing church in America is the Assemblies of God, (10th largest) growing at a 1.81% rate, by adding 50,000 members. That's over twice the growth rate of the Catholic church, but 1/10th of the increase in members of the...