Greetings I am but s simple Christian who has become completely disenchanted with “chasing the ‘almighty’ dollar” thus now pursue knowing The Almighty G-d; Jesus Christ / Yeshua Ha Mashiach; Rabbi Yeshua Bar Yosef. It is my hope that I may present some insightful yet provocative food for thought. I welcome all who read this to ask questions. In fact please do not take anything I write at face value, rather research and verify the facts and form your own opinions. Blessings in Christ, Da Bauz
When is a Protestant, not a Protestant? Let’s look at two (2) non-Roman Catholic Churches that many, even members of Protestant Congregations, call “ProtestantChurches” today, the LutheranChurch and the Church of England, the Anglican Church.
Martin Luther’s Reformation began in 1517, and “The Augsburg Confession in 1530 is the first formal Lutheran statement of faith”  according to the “LutheranChurch History, Beliefs, Changes” website. And Martin Luther’s classic proclamation “This one and firm rock, which wecallthe doctrine of justification, is the chief article of the whole Christian doctrine, which comprehends the understanding of all godliness.”  was a brazen departure from the traditions, teachings and customs of the Church in Rome of the day. Contrast this with the Church of England, the Anglican (or Episcopalian for our American friends) Church.
King Henry VIII was still married to Catherine of Aragon in the late 1520’s when he began to “carry on” (Okay, spade a spade, have an AFFAIR) with Anne Boleyn. And the King really really wanted a divorce from Catherine. Of course the Church in Rome, under Pope Leo X, was unwilling to grant King Henry either an annulment or a divorce. Faced with this dilemma, King Henry VIII decided to take matters into his own hands, first by way of his self-proclaimed status as Head of the Church of England, and second the Church of England’s subsequent cessation from the Papal rule. Exceedingly selfish, and hardly righteous by any measuring stick, was King Henry VIII’s  “MO”. So I suppose that also addresses the “Was it for the same “noble” reasons and rationale as that of his Contemporary Martin Luther?” question, with a simple “NO!” Now concerning whether or not the two worked in some sort of collaboration, I would speculate that King Henry VIII’s  book “Fidei Defensor”  pretty much clears that one up too, as in “NOPE”.
Thus, as noted above, this “Anglican” cessation was vastly different from and radically dissimilar to the Reformation of Luther in both raw methodology and function. Yet, although they are both the result of “Protesting Rome’s authority” Protestant the two (2) individual branches of Christendom are radically different.
Where one (1) group, Martin Luther and his followers, seceded from the Church of Rome for theological reasons in Protest to and of Papal ‘sovereignty’, the other one (1) seceded from the Pope’s authority, in Protest over the subjects of marriage, annulments and divorce. Even without exploring the rituals, practices and edicts of each of the two break-away churches, one can readily see (or should be able to see) that, Not All Protestants are or were created equal.
Whether “Protestant” , “Catholic”  (a person who belongs to the universal Christian church), but not necessarily “Roman Catholic”, or “Roman Catholic” , this Christian cares NOT
Would you like to know the one true God, Jesus Christ / Yeshua Ha Mashiach? Please read on.
“Know Jesus, know peace whereas no Jesus, no peace”
How does one get to “know” Jesus? Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelations 3:20 NIV] How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything, anything at all? Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]
And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]