The Catholic Church is the largest congregation of Christians in the world. From history, they wielded huge influence in the beginning of Christendom and still continue to do so today. They also have the biggest repository of Christian related records till date. They have always given prominence to the Bible and church traditions in development of their doctrines, teachings and liturgical practices.
Some of the doctrines taught by them eventually led to some members quitting the community. Most cited that some of the practices are contradictory to the Bible itself. Some of those who left the mother church formed new communities with people who shared their views. They were later referred to as Protestants.
Here are some of the teachings and practices which Protestant churches don’t indulge in –
1) Veneration of Saints
The Roman Catholics are known to adore and accord reverence to some faithful canonized and made Saints. However, this practice is mostly peculiar to them as other denominations do not indulge in similar practice.
2) Adoration of Mary, Mother of Jesus
Mary is placed very high by them. Her role in the salvation of man is understood to be of the utmost divine manifestations. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see adorations, eulogies, thanksgivings and other celebrations centered on her.
Although other sects within Christendom acknowledge Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus Christ, it doesn’t seem to extend to all the other reverence given by the Catholic Church.
In summary, Protestants do not believe in the traditions about priesthood.
For them, every person who accepts Jesus as their Lord and personal savior is a priest. This means that the believer can confess their sins directly to God and to one another.
4) Teachings on Purgatory
Purgatory is seen as a place where souls do reparations for eventual salvation with respect to sins that are not deemed big enough to land a believer in hell.
Most Christian groups don’t believe in the teachings about purgatory.
5) The Magisterium
Finally, there is a central body responsible for “authentic interpretations” of the Bible.
This is lacking among the Protestants as each denomination mostly adheres to their own set of congregational ideologies and doctrines.