In the Beginning There Was a Theology: The Precedence of Theology over Experience in the Pentecostal Movement
By Chang-Soung Lee
Did the Pentecostal movement start with experience, or with theology? Some people have erroneously insisted that Pentecostalism started with experience, and then theology followed. This “experience first” or “experience priority theory” has produced revisionist perspectives that seek to deny the intrinsic relationship between the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, the nucleus of Pentecostalism. But, in fact, Pentecostalism did not begin with experience; but rather, with serious study of the Bible that sought to illuminate a particular theological theme. In other words, Pentecostalism started with theology, and then experience followed.…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