The Pentecostal church was founded in 1901 by Charles Fox. It is a global movement emphasizing an ecstatic experience of God, often resulting in speaking in tongues. Major Pentecostalist denominations include the Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God.
There are over 500 million adherents worldwide with roughly 10 million in the USA.
They believe in one Creator and Lord of all, existing eternally as the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The eternal Son incarnate, fully God and fully human, conceived of the virgin Mary, died on the cross for our sins, rose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory to judge us all.
They believe that The Scripture is inspired and without error, the final, totally trustworthy rule of faith. The standard protestant canon is accepted. Some church bodies view certain leaders as prophets. We are saved by God's grace, by Christ’s death for our sins, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone, resulting in our being reborn again to new life in the Spirit, as evidenced by a life of holiness.
The Pentecostal Church is the body of Christ, in which the Holy Spirit dwells, where the church body meets to worship God. Most church bodies practice a form of church government similar to Baptists.
Pentecostal's practice complete immersion for baptism, and it is only for adult believers as a symbol of their faith in Jesus Christ.
This denomination, in a strict sense, considers speaking in tongues as initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
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