Christianity

The major challenges experienced by Christians in the modern day world are newer, but still come up from time to time. Most of these sins were unheard of in the olden days and are also very different from what was considered to be sin in the 1960s’ socio-sexual revolution. Take note, however, that not every individual who appears on this article’s example of Christian leaders was a pastor or preacher for that matter.

The Modern Day Christian LeadersSlickly produced videos in the early 21st century indicated many Christian martyrdoms, handled and controlled by fanatics who claimed to act in the name of Islam. As such, this can be referred to as some form of a return of the medieval wars that initially existed between the two denominations. Our present day technology, therefore, allows millions of people to access such atrocities in a matter of hours.

At a time when a newly elected pope is determined to launch the redemption of the church’s moral, traditional teachings as well as establish an American free market, he is likely to experience much resistance from the very same church he governs. For this reason, Cardinal Raymond Burke prominently features on our list of the top ten Christian leaders in American.

Despite the fact that entertainment superstars and sports stars are not considered to be religious men and women. Their influence on the vast majority which is more than that of evangelists and pastors can’t go unnoticed. The reality TV series “A.D The Bible Continues” and “The Bible” produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett respectively, have managed to revolutionize the Christian entertainment scenes.

It is not surprising to find some stand-up comedians making faces on numerous lists of great Christians. They are more directed towards keeping their audience in an active and involved state, which is highly distinguishable from many other preachers and evangelists who become so dull in the middle of their sermons.

The internet is a powerful tool in the present day generation. The numerous books and eBooks downloaded on a day to day basis have far much greater influence than ever. Authors like Grace and Mark Driscoll target and reach out to millions of couple who are in troubled marriages without Christian evangelism. They feature on our list because they manage to reach out to those individuals who are being neglected by many present day ministers.

There exist some idea leaders whose political ambitions are driven by their Christianity to make a drastic impact on the people they lead. Alan Sears for example, of the Reagan Justice Department. The same applies to most other compelling preachers like Caldwell Kirbyjon, who started with a small congregation in a room to a magnitude that overwhelms a stadium.

In the modern day society, accepting Christ and committing sin are two independent practices that are determined just by sitting on a computer screen for a given period. In response to this, the new world is bringing up Christians and Christian leaders from least expected walks of life.

Christianity

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Christianity is the most followed religion in the world, and it is no different in the United States of America. 70.6% of American adults identify themselves as Christians. They are divided among more than 35 Christian denominations.
According to the “American Religious Identification Survey” conducted in 2001 by the University of New York, this is the list of the ten largest Christian denominations in America.

  1. Catholic

With a staggering membership size of 50,873,000, the Catholics are the largest denomination in America. Catholics are conducted by ‘The Roman Catholic Church’ which is headed by the Pope, currently held by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Jesus Christ himself founded it.

  1. Baptist

    The Baptist compromises of one of the most diverse and largest groupings of Christians in the United States. Baptists are bound together by an amazingly strong allegiance to certain principles and doctrines based on the competency of each in the matters of faith.

    While their ideas may differ but Baptist agree on the principles which are as follows
    A) the inspiration and integrity of the Bible as the sole rule of life.
    B) the lordship of Jesus Christ
    C) freedom to a person to approach God for themselves
    D) the granting of salvation by the way of grace and contact with the Holy Spirit

    They have a membership size of 33,830,000 people.

  2. Christian – no denomination supplied

    The people who believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ are known as Christians. They compromise of 14,190,000 followers in the States.

  3. Methodist / Wesleyan

    With a vast followership of 14,150,000 members, the Methodist reflects critically on their biblical and theological inheritance to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ.

    Two considerations are central to their endeavor: the sources from which they derive their theological affirmations and the criteria by which they assess the adequacy of their understanding and witness.

  4. Lutheran

    Lutheranism owns much of their tradition to the ancient and medieval church. It includes a sense of participation in the historical people of God and the traditional liturgy. Lutherans are devoted to an incredible doctrine systematically developed and expressed in thepreaching of the divine.

    Lutherans’ faith does not lie with the church but their utter trust in Christ. According to Lutherans, the Bible is inspired by the word given by the God and the standard of faith and practice. They boast a followership of 9,580,000 people.

  5. Presbyterian

    Presbyterians can trace their history from the sixteenth century ‘Protestant Reformation’. Their heritage began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings formed the Reformed thinking.

    Presbyterians differ from the other denominations in two significant ways: first, they follow a pattern of religious thought which is called the Reformed theology, and secondly they adhere to a form of government that motivates the leadership of both ministers and church members. They constitute of 5,596,000 followers.

  6. Protestant

    Protestantism belongs to one of the three primary branches of Christianity. The term ‘Protestant’ refers to a diverse range of theological and social perspectives along with denominations as well as related organizations.

    Protestants do not belong to any definite set of Christianity and have their roots in the Protestant reform that took place in Europe in the 16th century.
    They have a membership size of 4,647,000.

  7. Pentecostal

    Pentecostalism is one of the modern American Christian Movement that made its way out of the Holiness movement at the turn of the 20th century.

    Most of the ‘Pentecostal’ churches are theologically and socially conservative. Pentecostals have a belief in the evangelical tradition, and they teach that the Holy Spirit continues to act in the same way as it did at the time of the first Pentecost. They also believe that contemporary Christians can also receive the spiritual gifts that the apostles did! They also have a large followership base of 4,407,000 Americans.

  8. Episcopalian/Anglican

    The Episcopal Church traces its origin the Anglican Church a.k.a. The Church of England, which break off its allegiance to the papacy during the Protestant Reformation.

    There are two mysteries; Baptism and the Eucharist, which are recognized by the Episcopal The church even knows a religious character in confirmation, confession, marriage and the anointing of the sick. A population of 3,451,000 believes in this denomination.

  9. Mormon / Latter-Day Saints

    They have a membership size of 2,787,000 people. They believe that God is their heavenly father. He loves them and wants them to return to him. Among their many believes some are that the Jesus Christ is the son of God and their Savior and through the satisfaction of Jesus they can return to live with God if they keep his commandments.