My family, the Puritans, were Protestants. That word simply means that they protested the existing church. You know, Protest-ant. To this day, there are a lot of Protestants, that is, people who question how the church should be run, what rules to follow, and some of these people are what I call "secret Protestants".
When my family protested against the established Church of England, in the 16th Century, their lives were in danger. That's why they left England to go live in a terrible wilderness across the sea, in what would become the United States of America. Remember that this was the time of the Spanish Inquisition, where just raising an eyebrow could get you burned at the stake in Spain. England was a little further away from that, but it was still a serious thing to be accused of heresy. That is, questioning the church. You know, Protestantism.
Nowadays I see a lot of Protestants. They may not call themselves that, but they are. They reject certain aspects of the Church. They protest, even if it's quietly. No, they won't be burned at the stake, but they're still Protestants.
Posted by Brad Hall