By Aaron T. Friesen
Pentecostalism is among the greatest and quickest becoming non secular activities worldwide. but, the movement's defining doctrine has met with controversy and feedback on account that its inception. Classical Pentecostals haven't simply affirmed and valued the adventure of talking in different tongues, they've got argued that such an adventure is the 1st facts of a Christian having reached a degree of non secular empowerment they name Baptism within the Holy Spirit. That talking in an unknown language might be thought of by way of many Pentecostals to be a normative and uniform correct of passage for all Christians is fascinating. That the sort of debatable doctrine may upward push to take the sort of well-known function in defining and shaping the Pentecostal stream begs extra old and social study.
This paintings charts the advance of the doctrine from a small neighborhood within the Midwest to turn into a norm for Pentecostal identification and an indicator of Pentecostal event around the globe. Then, via an empirical research of ministers in 3 Pentecostal denominations, the paintings explores the present ideals of practices of Pentecostals concerning the doctrine of preliminary proof that allows you to shape a few conclusions and suggestions in regards to the way forward for the doctrine between classical Pentecostals
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52 The problems are twofold: an attitude of indifference to divergent viewpoints on the one hand, and an attitude of competitiveness about the superiority of one’s own viewpoints on the other. In spite of these potential problems, Robeck has not discouraged the idea of a common historical root to which Pentecostals can turn as a standard against which to measure their current practices. As the authoritative scholar on the history of the Azusa Street Revival, Robeck has argued for the central place of Azusa Street in the early Pentecostals’ own quest to define their movement both in North America and around the world.
7 In an effort to define Pentecostalism in a way that encompasses the range of diversity present in Pentecostal groups around the world, global Pentecostal scholars have tended to move away from the traditionally accepted delineation of Pentecostals and non-Pentecostals along doctrinal lines. 8 The growing trend in Pentecostal scholarship to define Pentecostals experientially rather than doctrinally has led to the initial evidence doctrine being removed from its place of primacy as the defining point of Pentecostalism.
They need to be viewed as people of their time in order for us to understand what it was that led them to take the positions which they took. 58 Although one might disagree with Robeck’s focus on Azusa Street as that which best represents the roots of Pentecostalism, his advice is important for all historians of Pentecostalism to take seriously. It is by means of a thorough and accurate description of how Pentecostals originally understood and developed their own guiding principles that the historian is able to form a basis for constructive criticism of the movement and for engaging in ecumenical dialogue across denominational boundaries.