By Robert Menzies
John 20:22 has held a special place in the hearts and theology of many Pentecostals. Pentecostals have traditionally pointed to this text in order to support their contention that there is a baptism in the Spirit subsequent to conversion. The pattern appeared very straight-forward: John 20:22 records a pre-ascension bestowal of the Spirit which grants the disciples spiritual life; Acts 2:4 describes a post-ascension baptism of the Spirit which empowers the disciples for bold and effective witness. For many, the conclusion was inescapable: John 20:22 indicates that the Pentecostal gift represents a second bestowal of the Spirit, distinct from conversion.…Read More
Where we are currently:
- THERE IS ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTING AS THREE PERSONS: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD; THROUGH HIS SUBSTITUTIONARY, SACRIFICIAL DEATH ON THE CROSS, HE PROVIDES HUMANKIND ITS ONLY HOPE OF REDEMPTION.
- ALL BELIEVERS SHOULD SEEK THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IMPARTS POWER FOR WITNESS AND SERVICE. THE BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS EVIDENCED BY THE INITIAL, OBSERVABLE SIGN OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT ENABLES.
- THE BIBLE IS THE COMPLETE AND ONLY WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. IT IS TRUSTWORTHY AND RELIABLE.
The Pentecostal movement is recognized around the world as a powerful and dynamic force impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It is changing the face of the Christian church. And in many nations, such as Korea, it is hard to overestimate its impact on the larger society. Yet, in spite of all of this, many still do not see Pentecostals as having much to offer theologically. It is a movement of experience, we are told, not doctrine. Through this website and its content, we seek to challenge this faulty assumption. Pentecostals have an important theological contribution to make to the larger church world and we want to make this fact know.Learn More