Monday, June 21, 2010

Protestant Groups Meet in U.S. to Launch New Organization of 80 Million Christians

Two global Protestant groups are meeting in the United States to launch a new organization representing more than 80 million Christians in Presbyterian, Reformed, United, and other churches around the world, the Ecumenical News International website reports today.

The two church groupings -- the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) -- came together on Jue 18, 2010 at a gathering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to establish the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Reformed Christians trace their heritage back to the 16th century Reformation led by Jean Calvin, John Knox, and others, as well as to earlier movements that sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church.

The Protestant Church came into being in 1517 when Martin Luther -- at that time a Catholic priest in Germany -- adamantly protested (thus the adoption of the name Protestant) the Roman Catholic Church's policy of selling indulgences as a means of speeding up the time it would take a deceased loved one to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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