38 Facts About Pentecostals


Early Pentecostals have considered the movement a latter-day restoration of the church's apostolic power, and historians such as Cecil M Robeck, Jr.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,643

Pentecostals embraced the teachings of Simpson, Dowie, Adoniram Judson Gordon and Maria Woodworth-Etter on healing.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,644

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

FactSnippet No. 1,323,645

In many cases, whole churches were converted to the Pentecostal faith, but many times Pentecostals were forced to establish new religious communities when their experience was rejected by the established churches.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,646

Early Pentecostals saw themselves as outsiders from mainstream society, dedicated solely to preparing the way for Christ's return.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,647

Pentecostals's called Pentecostal tongues "satanic gibberish" and Pentecostal services "the climax of demon worship".

FactSnippet No. 1,323,648

Many of these non-Pentecostals were baptized in the Holy Spirit through these ministries.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,649

Pentecostals emphasize the teaching of the "full gospel" or "foursquare gospel".

FactSnippet No. 1,323,650

Pentecostals believe in both a literal heaven and hell, the former for those who have accepted God's gift of salvation and the latter for those who have rejected it.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,651

Pentecostals identify three distinct uses of the word "baptism" in the New Testament:.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,652

The majority of Pentecostals believe that at the moment a person is born again, the new believer has the presence of the Holy Spirit.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,653

Pentecostals define it as a definite experience occurring after salvation whereby the Holy Spirit comes upon the believer to anoint and empower them for special service.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,654

Pentecostals believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is available to all Christians.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,655

However, Pentecostals do believe that the biblical pattern is "repentance, regeneration, water baptism, and then the baptism with the Holy Ghost".

FactSnippet No. 1,323,656

For Pentecostals, there is no prescribed manner in which a believer will be filled with the Spirit.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,657

Pentecostals expect certain results following baptism with the Holy Spirit.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,658

Pentecostals believe that prayer and faith are central in receiving healing.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,659

Over time, Pentecostals moderated their views concerning medicine and doctor visits; however, a minority of Pentecostal churches continues to rely exclusively on prayer and divine healing.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,660

Just as fruit should be evident in the life of every Christian, Pentecostals believe that every Spirit-filled believer is given some capacity for the manifestation of the Spirit.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,661

Pentecostals look to 1 Corinthians 14 for instructions on the proper use of the spiritual gifts, especially the vocal ones.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,662

Pentecostals believe that prophecy is the vocal gift of preference, a view derived from 1 Corinthians 14.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,663

Pentecostals understand the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge to be supernatural revelations of wisdom and knowledge by the Holy Spirit.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,664

Pentecostals teach that believers must discern whether the utterance has edifying value for themselves and the local church.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,665

Whether prophetic or not Pentecostals are agreed that all public utterances in an unknown tongue must be interpreted in the language of the gathered Christians.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,666

Pentecostals teach that those with the gift of tongues should pray for the gift of interpretation.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,667

Pentecostals do not require that an interpretation be a literal word-for-word translation of a glossolalic utterance.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,668

Rather, as the word "interpretation" implies, Pentecostals expect only an accurate explanation of the utterance's meaning.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,669

Oneness Pentecostals are nontrinitarian Christians, believing in the Oneness theology about God.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,670

Oneness Pentecostals believe that Jesus is the name of God and therefore baptize in the name of Jesus Christ as performed by the apostles, fulfilling the instructions left by Jesus Christ in the Great Commission, they believe that Jesus is the only name given to mankind by which we must be saved .

FactSnippet No. 1,323,671

In contrast, Trinitarian Pentecostals hold to the doctrine of the Trinity, that is, the Godhead is not seen as simply three modes or titles of God manifest at different points in history, but is constituted of three completely distinct persons who are co-eternal with each other and united as one substance.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,672

Pentecostals derive biblical precedent for dancing in worship from 2 Samuel 6, where David danced before the Lord.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,673

The majority of Pentecostals do not view baptism as essential for salvation, and likewise, most Pentecostals are Trinitarian and use the traditional Trinitarian baptismal formula.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,674

Largest percentage of Pentecostals are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, followed by the Americas and Asia and the Pacific .

FactSnippet No. 1,323,675

Wesleyan Pentecostals teach that there are three crisis experiences within a Christian's life: conversion, sanctification, and Spirit baptism.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,676

Apostolic Pentecostals are found worldwide in 30 denominations, including the Apostolic Church based in the United Kingdom.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,677

Oneness Pentecostals hold that repentance is necessary before baptism to make the ordinance valid, and receipt of the Holy Spirit manifested by speaking in other tongues is necessary afterwards, to complete the work of baptism.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,678

Oneness Pentecostals insist that salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ, coupled with obedience to his command to be "born of water and of the Spirit"; hence, no good works or obedience to laws or rules can save anyone.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,679

Rather than a mere religious shift from folk Catholicism to Pentecostalism, Peasant Pentecostals have dealt with agency to employ many of their cultural resources to respond development projects in a modernization framework.

FactSnippet No. 1,323,680