Why have other denominations prohibited some rules of the Roman Catholic Church?
A recent survey found over 30,000 worldwide organizations or
buildings claiming to be 'Christian' with there being varying
degrees of difference from slight to some major differences within
their government and interpretations of Scripture.
The Roman Catholic Church (Latin Church) in the West split with the
Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in 1054 AD with a major
difference in 'government' with the West having an 'infallible'
Pope and the East having an 'autochephalous' (self headed Churches)
with a Patriarch of Constantinople who is 'primus inter parus' or
first amongst equals having no authority over other churches except
those in Constantinople. Jesus is the head of their church with
their church as the body.
In the 16th century, a once Catholic Martin Luther, who many see as
the founder of Protestantism, seemingly rebelled against some of
the Roman Catholic Church practices (transubstantiation,
indulgences, Papal infallibility...). But in the view of many, he
continued on with many of the basic teachings of the Catholic
Church creating what some have called a 'hodgepodge' of different
ideas which would eventually lead to others selectively
interpreting Scripture and starting their own denominations.
But the Bible predicts these breakaway churches called 'daughters'
with one day in the not too distant future be reunited with the
'mother' or largest church - the Catholic Church centered in Rome.
One can easily see the lack of interest by many in the
English-speaking countries in actually reading their Bibles or
going to a church where a minister will actually 'feed' the sheep.
Selective, feel good passages of Scripture are presented only
making many confused, divided and ignorant of what the inspired
word of God is trying to tell them. This unification will be a
major sign of the 2nd Coming of Christ to establish the Kingdom of
God on Earth with Him as the Head.
The essences of Protestantism are the same as those of the Roman
Catholic Church. However, there are some rites and practices that
are not permitted in many Protestant Churches.
The sale of Indulgences was a practice that the Catholic Church
said provided absolution of sins. Martin Luther's opposition to
this practice led to the reform movement and the start of
The Catholic Church holds that absolution of sins is also obtained
by confessing the sins to a priest, who will intercede with God and
grant absolution. Protestant Churches believe that the faithful can
pray to God for forgiveness, so no confession to a priest is
Catholics can say prayers to saints, asking them to intercede with
God. These prayers are often made before a statue or picture of the
saint. Many Protestant Churches oppose this practice because they
believe that God is everywhere and does not need an intercessor.
Also they believe that praying before statues could be construed as
The modern Catholic Church holds that its leader, the Pope, is
infallible on matters of faith and doctrine. The founders of the
Protestant Churches refused to accept this claim.