Classical Protestantism consists of four branches: Lutheran, Calvinistic, Anglican, and Radical (Anabaptistic). Do you want to know what is confusing? It is confusing when each of these groups talk about themselves as though they alone are the true branch of Protestantism. I protest such a notion.
Classical Protestantism is no mere branch. It is Aaron’s rod, putting forth buds, producing blossoms, and bearing ripe almonds. Classical Protestantism is the Garden on a Mountain, with four nourishing streams flowing to the ends of the earth. Classical Protestantism is alive, beautiful, and fruitful. Praise be to God.
Classical Protestantism is the priesthood of all believers. Classical Protestantism is the reformation of and return to Biblical preaching. Classical Protestantism is 500 million strong…may their tribe increase! Again, Classical Protestantism is alive, beautiful, and fruitful. Praise be to God.
So, all that to say, Classical Protestantism is multi-faceted and uniquely diverse. Classical Protestantism is Pentecostal and Spirit-Filled, blowing to and fro like the wind. Three times I say, it is alive, beautiful, and fruitful. Classical Protestantism, however, is all of these things not in spite of the 33,000+ denominations (David B. Barrett), but because of it. Again, Praise be to God, and may their tribe increase.