The Ninety-five Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg is widely regarded as the primary catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.
Prior to the start of the Roman catholic church, we have the new testament church where church leaders regard themselves as fellow brothers with all believers. They followed the teachings of Christ who though was Lord made all disciples his brothers and they related to him so. After Constantine's new faith and subsequently the birth of the roman catholic church,members of the new testament church were persecuted especially the Ana baptist members in Switzerland and a new order of church was formed. The roman catholics re-instituted the Levitical order of priesthood which was abolished at the cross and made the office of the pope equivalent to that of the High priest in Judaism. Many roman pagan practice's were also included in order to appease all that lived in the empire at that time; and a state religion was formed headed by the pope and governed by the council of cardinals of which the emperor was a member.
Martin Luther in 1517 protested the spiritual slavery the church had subjected the people and emphasised that "the just shall live by faith." Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic church and every other churches that came out of this are classified protestant Churches or protestsants.
Rome claimed the protestants are wrong and in fact believed they do not have the complete bible. In Nigeria, since the Pentecostal revival in the 70s many churches have been formed from the orthodox churches ( not the Russian or Greek orthodox churches but "old" in this context). Interestingly these churches are governed by General overseers who are following in the role of the Pope. Although many Nigerian Pentecostals have zero tolerance for the Roman Catholic church
The truth is that they believe almost thesame thing as Rome in fact their church administration is patterned after Rome.
They believe the general overseer is the representative of Christ in the church just as Rome believe the Pope is the representative of Christ on earth. They believe the general overseer is infallible ( even though they disagree in profession but agree in principle and in administration) just as Rome believes the Pope is infallible. Most of their members worship the general overseer ( though they disagree in profession but do so in practise) just as Catholics have been accused of worshiping the Pope. They believe the general overseer is the high priest just as Rome believes the Pope is the high priest in principle. They accuse Pope of collecting mass, but "sow" heavily during special anointing programmes with the hope of receiving many blessings in return of the money they had given.
In conclusion these Pentecostal churches have also re-instituted the levitical order of priesthood just as they accuse the Vatican. Jesus is not from the tribe of Levi He is from Judah. The levitical
order died with Christ becoming our only high priest and all believers priests unto the Lord. So paying some tithes to a so called LEVITE or high priest is fraud and unscriptural according to the bible and even the practices of the new testament church. Honour the lord with your substance, give to the need, give to the church according to how you have purposed in your heart not with the mind of giving to God's high priest because Jesus is the high priest
How are these general overseers different from the pope?