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What Are Pentecostal Beliefs?
Pentecostal Christianity is one of the least understood Christian denomination. Most of what people know about “Pentecostals” (as they are called) is superficial — the women wear very modest clothing, rarely have short hairstyles, etc.
Pentecostals get a bad wrap probably because the faith started (and flourishes in) low income parts of the country. Besides that obvious obstacle, they are believed to have a very strict view of Christianity which requires them to dress and act a certain way. However, this article will try to break some prejudices. Some people believe that Pentecostals have to wear certain clothes and that women should not cut their hair. According to some of the members of the Pentecostal Church, this is not true.
It is believed that there are half a billion Pentecostals around the world.
Pentecostals tend to “stick together”, most likely because of strong feeling of belonging, but it might also be because of the “rigorous” nature of their spiritual system. But what do Pentecostals believe?
Basic Pentecostal Beliefs
The word Pentecost refers to a kind of spiritual “baptism” by a figure known as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Christianity’s vision of the spiritual aspect of God — whereas there is God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ of Nazareth), the spiritual embodiment of the Christian deity is called the Holy Spirit. “Pentecostal Baptism” refers to a spiritual change that takes place internally, and is seen as a gift from God.
A part of Pentecostal worship is speaking in tongues. The Christian Bible makes a few references to this practice (in which a believer is briefly given the gift of speaking in God’s own language) but most Christian denominations do not consider it an active part of their worship. Pentecostal Christians speak in tongues quite often, and consider it as much a part of their worship as any other. Speaking in tongues can be quite a sight for the uninitiated.
Pentecostal Sacred Texts
The Bible is pretty much the only text needed for the Pentecostal Christian church. Pentecostals take a different view of the Bible than most other Christians do, reading it literally and believing it is the holy word of God himself.
Because of their belief that the Bible is literally true, in the Pentecostal Church you can see foot-washing, public repentance of sins, speaking in tongues, and many other activities that most Christians don’t perform.
Pentecostal Christianity is a growing faith — the church holds massive “revivals” or prayer meetings all over the world with the intention of bringing more people into their fold, spreading the teaching of Holy Spirit baptism, and increasing their numbers on a global scale. While many people don’t understand Pentecostalism, the faith itself seems to not care one bit what the world thinks. For more info on Pentecostalism, check out this page from SpiritualAbuse.org.
This post is part of a series of articles about Religious Beliefs. The other posts in this series are: