17 Facts About Pentecostal


The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, an event that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles .

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Pentecostal taught that the baptism with the Holy Spirit was a third experience, subsequent to conversion and sanctification.

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The subsiding of the early Pentecostal movement allowed a socially more conservative approach to women to settle in, and, as a result, female participation was channeled into more supportive and traditionally accepted roles.

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The majority of early Pentecostal denominations taught Christian pacifism and adopted military service articles that advocated conscientious objection.

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One of the most well known Pentecostal pioneers was Gaston B Cashwell, whose evangelistic work led three Southeastern holiness denominations into the new movement.

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In November 1910, two Swedish Pentecostal missionaries arrived in Belem, Brazil and established what would become the Assembleias de Deus .

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Simpson believed that Pentecostal tongues speaking was a legitimate manifestation of the Holy Spirit, but he did not believe it was a necessary evidence of Spirit baptism.

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Pentecostal denominations began to interact with each other both on national levels and international levels through the Pentecostal World Fellowship, which was founded in 1947.

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However, Pentecostal denominations were critical of the movement and condemned many of its practices as unscriptural.

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Baptism with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues are not generally required, though Pentecostal converts are usually encouraged to seek these experiences.

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Pentecostal teaching stresses the importance of continually being filled with the Spirit.

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Any Spirit-filled Christian, according to Pentecostal theology, has the potential, as with all the gifts, to prophesy.

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Traditional Pentecostal worship has been described as a "gestalt made up of prayer, singing, sermon, the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, altar intercession, offering, announcements, testimonies, musical specials, Scripture reading, and occasionally the Lord's supper".

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The third was spontaneity; members of Pentecostal congregations are expected to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, sometimes resulting in unpredictable services.

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The fourth value governing Pentecostal spirituality was "otherworldliness" or asceticism, which was partly informed by Pentecostal eschatology.

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Holiness Pentecostal denominations include the Apostolic Faith Church, Congregational Holiness Church, Free Gospel Church, Church of God in Christ, Church of God, and the Pentecostal Holiness Church.

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Oneness Pentecostal adherents believe repentance, baptism in Jesus' name, and Spirit baptism are all essential elements of the conversion experience.

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