Whats the difference between jehovas Witness, Lutheran, Protestant, Methodist are the
A teacher of mines tried to explain that all religions are under one 'umbrella' but i tried to understand, I just couldn't Lutherans, Methodist, baptist, Jehovah's witness, Protestant. Theres just so many to try and learn about. Should i just forget it all because it would take forever to explain? Whats the umbrella he kept talking about?
Jehovah Witnesses are Christians. we worship Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ. if you want to learn more about Jehovah Witnesses please see our website at WNW.watchtower.org. also we are not a cult as some think we are. a cult worships man. and lives in one area. we live in our own homes in 235 lands. we don't worship man. like Jim Jones or Charles Manson. I am getting tired of people saying we are a cult. we do what Jesus commanded us to do at Matthew 28 verse 19 and 20. no other religion does this. read in Revelation about the 144,000 and the one that will live on earth forever. it is in the king James bible also. hell is the common grave. heaven is where Jehovah and Jesus are. Jesus Christ is the Messiah
The umbrella is Christianity. With the exception of Jehovas Witnesses, the ones you list are branches of Christianity. Each denomination chose to split off based on a particular bent in theology. I believe that denominations that oppose each other are umbilical. Jesus called us to be unified in Him. Instead we have chosen to bicker over non-essential points. Some examples are over the issue of speaking in tongues, playing contemporary music, using electric guitars, baptizing infants vs adults, women in pastoral roles....
Protestants are the first branch off of the original Catholic church. The reformation was a time when people were being oppressed by the church, it was corrupt and taking advantage of it's uneducated parishioners. Martin Luther translated the Bible so the common people could read it for themselves thus stopping the priests from making up rules to get money. Lutherans follow Martin Luther's teachings...Most of the rest have branched off from there.
Yu could hear the Truth of The Salvation Message from the basic doctrine of all those you cite except the Jehovas Witness'. The JWs are not Christian. BTW, Protestant is a general term covering Methodist Lutheran, etc. Theyu all stem from a split from the Roman Catholic cult. True Baptists are not Protestant as they did not come from the split from the Roman cult... True Baptists do not come from any connection to the Roman Church. Unless an individual converts from the RC cult of course.
The "umbrella" could refer to all those not RC. or to all that came from the split...
there are many different denominations in Christianity because in the day people felt like putting emphasis on different places of worship, for example how we take communion, baptism, etc. doctrine Varese slightly. Jehovah's witnesses are not a part of the evangelical christian church denominations. many new church communities are getting away from denominations, because this tends to divide and many younger believers feel we must worship the Lord and follow His word and there is no need to join a denomination. therefore, don't look at denomination, but follow God's word. i attend a baptist church, but am not a baptist. i do not identify myself with any denomination. i am a follower of Christ.
Jehovas Witnesses are not part of Christianity. Protestant is the opposite of Catholic and Protestants are Christians. Methodist and Baptist are just denominations of Christianity. Jehovas Witnesses actually have a whole different Bible than Christians do. Anytime they witness to Christians they try to show that they are believing in the same thing. If that's true, then why would they be witnessing to Christians?
I'm not sure what your teacher was talking about. Christianity would be the umbrella over Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, etc. Because the core of their beliefs are the same. Maybe that's what he meant.
They are all groups within the Christian faith. Over the 2000 years that Christianity has existed, God has brought many different revivals of Christianity. Many of those revivals have formed groups around the truths that God revealed at those times.
The Lutherns come from a German priest named Martin Luther, who started perhaps the largest revival of all time called the protestant reformation in the 1500s
Protestants also came out of the group, but no directly under Luther.
Methodist from a revival in the 1700s under John Wesley (Also the Wesley church).
Most of them believe 90-95% the same. They just trace their groups beginning back to a different movement of God.
Christianity is an umbrella group of religions that all believe a few basic things in common: There is only one God, Jesus is the true and only Son of God, Jesus died for our sins, and Jesus was resurrected by the power of God in triumph over death and sin.
Under Christianity, you have a couple of major sub-groups: Catholicism, Orthodox and Protestantism. Each of these Christians groups differ on a major point of organization and/or theology.
Under each of these three groups, there are subgroups that differ on points of theology, history, or organization. So for example, there are Roman Catholics, but there are also Coptic Catholics. There are several Orthodox churches. The Protestant mo vent started by Martin Luther, Calvin, and others has several denominations including Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, etc.
(To be honest, I'm not exactly sure where to put the Anglican / Episcopal church because while it is not Catholic (history lesson later), it has so very much in common theologically.)
Two groups who do not fall under the major umbrella and who are therefore not considered to be Christian groups are Jehovas Witness and Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
Jehovah's Witnesses are a world-wide religious organization. They believe that they are the continuation of first-century Christianity. The preaching, evangelistic and publishing activities of Jehovah's Witnesses are extensive, and congregations have been established in most parts of the world.
Lutheranism is a movement within Christianity that began with the theological insights of Martin Luther in the 16Th century. Luther's writings launched the Protestant Reformation. This attempt to reform the theology and practice of the Christian Church led to the separation between a large number of Christians and the Roman Catholic tradition.The "confessions" or "symbolical writings" of the Lutheran Church are contained in the Book of Concord, published in German in 1580, and in Latin in 1584. Today nearly seventy million Christians belong to Lutheran churches worldwide, with some four hundred million Protestant Christians tracing their history back to Luther's reforming work.
Protestantism is one of three main groups currently within Christianity. The term "Protestant" represents a diverse range of perspectives, denominations, individuals, and related organizations. It is derived from "Protestors". While no particular belief or practice can be said to define this branch of Christianity (indeed, a commonly given definition is merely "any Christian denomination which is not Roman Catholic or Orthodox Christian"), those denominations considered to be well within the realm of Protestantism all have firm roots in the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther's 95 Theses during the sixteenth century. Protestantism is currently the dominant religion of many first-world countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Protestantism - in particular, evangelicalism - is also currently the fastest growing branch of Christianity today, with significant growth in countries such as China (Christian News Service), India and many nations in Europe as well as Africa.
Methodism or the Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity. It originated in 18Th century Britain, and through vigorous missionary activity, spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond. Originally it appealed especially to workers, poor farmers, and slaves. Theologically it is Arminian, emphasizing that all people can be saved, and low church in liturgy. By 2006 it claimed some 75 million members worldwide. Methodists are the third-largest Christian religious group in the United States, trailing only the Roman Catholic church and the Baptist church in numbers.
They are basically all Christains under the Protestant umbrella that allows the individual to read and interpret the Bible as they see fit.
Each of these sects, however is vastly different in how they interpret things or worship and ritualized.
Some sects believe in predestination and that you are either saved or condemned for life, so it basically doesn't matter what you do.
Others say you have to willfully not do bad things or you'll be condemned.
So those are two vastly different views, both based on what scriptures you follow in the Bible.
Remember the basic commonality is the BELIEF in God and Jesus.
That does not mean they necessarily FOLLOW the teachings of God and Jesus.
Some say all you have to do is believe and be baptized and you are SAVED. You get some get out of jail free card.
Others say you have to live life as Jesus enumerated.
Each sect also teaches you must follow the beliefs of the sect and not give in to the temptation to follow other belief systems. If you do, you leave the religious body.
In practise, however, this isn't always true. Billy Graham was raised a Calvanist and Methodist, but his day job preaching the Bible was actually based on Southern Baptist theology. Southern Baptists believe ONLY in adult baptism, but Billy Graham had all of his children baptized as babies.
He was clearly stuck between two religious worlds and points of view.
Ok, here goes ... Lutheran are much like Catholic as are Methodist much like Catholic in their beliefs they are both also Christians, there denomination is either Catholic, Methodist or Lutheran Some examples of their beliefs include that Jesus is the Son of God and Messiah, born of the Virgin Mary. Biggest difference here is that these three also partake in prayer to the Saints and Mary. They also Baptise baby's at birth for cleansing of sin. They believe in the Trinity.
Protestants are like Baptists in their beliefs .. they are also Christians. They believe Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah, born of the virgin Mary, etc., but they do not pray to the Saints or to Mary. They do not baptize baby's, they dedicate (no water) to God for blessings. They believe in the Trinity . They are a little Mir snobbish as well.
Then you have non-denominational - who believe what the teaching are from the Bible, they believe Jesus as son of God and Messiah. They believe born of virgin birth, was sinless. They believe in the Trinity.
The Jehovah Wittness believe that Jesus was not the Messiah, they don't believe in the Trinity, they don't believe in Heaven and Hell.
This, I hope helps. I am a Christian who attends a non-denominational church. I was raised Baptist and converted Catholic in my first marriage. My son's God mother is a Methodist, My current husband is Lutheran and my sister-in-law is Jehovah Wittness. So, I have sources for knowing the belief system.
Anyway - Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus. Being saved by his blood and sacrifice at they cross. Accepting his gift of salvation by asking him to lead your life. Meanung of Christian = Christ Like. A Christian strives to be like Jesus Christ. Religion in itself is a waste of time a just a bunch of rituals. All you need is Jesus and the Word of God - Holy Bible.
These different religions all claim to adhere to the bible generally and Christ's teachings specifically. Each of these religions self-describes itself as "Christian" but only Christ Jesus and Jehovah God can know for absolute certain whether a person is a "true Christian".
If one is trying to pick a faith, immediately the questioner should begin praying in faith for God's assistance and direction in this matter.
(1 John 5:15) We know we are to have the things asked since we have asked them of him.
Secondly, the questioner should not hesitate to read the bible immediately. Even if a printed copy is unavailable, the entire text is freely available on the Internet:
Thirdly, the questioner should not hesitate to share even his limited understanding of the Christian "good news" with friends, neighbors, relatives, etc.
(Mark 13:10) the good news has to be preached first
Fourthly, the questioner can get true Christians to come to him in his home and together they can read and study the bible!
(Matthew 18:20) For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.
Such a visit can be requested at no charge, by writing to a nearby address or using the on line form at:
The important thing is to insist that any discussion or meeting use the bible as the only authority. Too many churches elevate human tradition and philosophy of men over God's Word the Holy Bible. Condider also whether the church has an organized program whereby all its adherents preach publicly as Jesus commanded.
(2 Timothy 4:3-5) For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories. You, though, keep your senses in all things, suffer evil, do the work of an evangelize, fully accomplish your ministry.
(Matthew 28:19,20) Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.