A History of Church Divisions Written by Bob Williams biblelessons.com
“..Today, however, there are literally hundreds of denominations throughout the religious world. We have divided ourselves from that one original church into numerous groups with distinctive names and various teachings. And this is what the world sees: a divided group of people urging them to believe the gospel and accept Jesus as their Savior… each in our own particular way stressing our own particular beliefs. How did all this come to pass?…
Early in the 16th century, a priest named Martin Luther pointed out 95 teachings of the Catholic church that directly conflicted with Scripture; he was excommunicated; numerous people followed him and referred to themselves as Lutherans.
Later that same century (around 1560), John Knox (who had studied with John Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland) was instrumental in the beginning of the Presbyterian church in Scotland…”
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“..By some counts, there are over 2,000 denominations in the United States alone. Modern “Christendom” is full of the names of different people and groups spanning two millennia. How did we get to this point? Where did all of these groups come from? We will strive to partially untangle the web of denominational history here…
Phase IV: 1800 to the Present
The nineteenth century saw the rise of America as a power in the world, the first government founded on the principles of freedom. The freedom of religion enjoyed in America led to a vast number of new ideas and thus divisions, and the story of these groups will occupy the majority of the rest of the history of denominations.
Plymouth Brethren: The Plymouth Brethren began in 1827 in Ireland by four individuals who did not agree with the denominational attitudes of the “churches” around them and thus worshiped by themselves. This mentality spread, and the group (who simply are known to each other as the Brethren) had a large following in the town of Plymouth in England, and thus received their name. They are notable for the dispensational/premillennial belief system that would pervade much of nineteenth century American Christianity along with the modern Evangelical movement…”