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What is a Protestant?

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“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.” (Ac 17:2-3 AV)

The term Protestant has its origins in the history of the Reformation. In 1526 Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, at the Diet of Spires demanded unconditional submission to the Pope from the Electors/Princes of the German provinces. Six of the electors and two German cities protested that in matters relating to the glory of God and the salvation of their souls, their conscience demanded that they submit to God and the Scriptures. Therefore they could not obey the Emperor’s demands. Because of this protest they became known as Protestants.