In the years 1880-1900 there was problems in the Methodist Church.  Members began to feel that the religion was “dry”.  John Wesley , founder of the Methodist Church, split from the Church of England for many of the same feelings. 

    The Pentecostals believed that the Methodist Church was modernizing and was becoming too formal.  The Pentecostal sect of the Methodist Church believed in three steps to obtain holiness (1. Justification   2. Cleansing  3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit).

    In 1890 numerous groups split away from the Pentecostal sect ad formed yet other Religions such as:  Church of the Nazarene 1894, Church of God, Assembly of God; just to name a few.  This struggle still exist in the Pentecostal developments with splits forming over 74 different known religious bodies.  Many of these Churches still follow the general beliefs but have split in their way of Governing.  However, the the emphasis still exist in Holiness and feeling worships.  Watch for those tent revivals, those are generally Pentecostal in basis.  Also, keep in mind this is the religion that believes they still have the ability to perform 1st century miracles such as:  Healing, Speaking in tongues , and prophecy.


1. Do miracles still exist today?  I Corinthians 13:1-10.

2. What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, and Acts 11:15-18.

3. Does Holy Spirit Baptism still exist today?  Ephesians 4:4.

4. What Baptism is the Baptism that saves and is still valid today? Acts 10:47-48, Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15-16, Romans 6:3-5, Acts 8:35-39, I Peter 3:20-21, and Galatians 3:27.

5. Does man receive Revelations through God today after the Bible is written? 
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:3, Galatians 1:8-9, and Revelation 22:18-19.

6. To challenge a preacher would be tempting God?  II Corinthians 12:12, I John 4:1-3, Matthew 7:21-23, and II Corinthians 11-13.

7. If a miracle does not work on someone they have weak faith? Matthew 8:23-27, Acts 3:1-10, Acts 9:32-43, Acts 16:16-18, and I John 4:1-3.

Today there is a movement, it is the Pentecostal movement.  It is powerful.  One close friend of mine had his wife and her family drug in through gifts from this type of religion.  These people keep their members by grabbing every free moment of their time and brain washing them into their beliefs.  We need to always be ready, strong beliefs such as these can even tear marriages apart saying that you ought not be married to a sinner which is wrong (I Corinthians 7:10-11).  This Religion is wrong so be ready to use the Gospel against it.

Some Quotes to keep in mind from Modern Day Pentecostals

Pat Robertson:
"God spoke through a word of prophecy in May 1968, and said, ‘I have chosen you to usher in the coming of My Son.’" (Sermon on Satellite Network Seminar, Word of Faith Outreach Center, Dallas, TX, Dec. 9-12, 1984, as cited in "The Freedom Writer," 1986) Robertson also announced then that the Christian Broadcasting Network will provide worldwide coverage of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. (Sermon on Satellite Network Seminar, Word of Faith Outreach Center, Dallas, TX, Dec. 9-12, 1984, as cited in "The Freedom Writer," 1986) One formal declaration boldly documents the Evangelical and Catholic commitment to work together to evangelize and bring about social reform in the world. The Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium has, in effect, laid the groundwork for Evangelicals to set aside their distinctive doctrines and unite with the Catholic Church and other religions which are coming together by 2000 A.D. (Living Truth Ministries, 1708 Patterson Rd., Austin, TX 78733) 

Benny Hinn:
In a fund-raising telethon this week (July 1997) for TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), Benny Hinn said "Jesus is coming again within the next two years."

"Are you ready for some real revelation are god" (Benny Hinn, Our Position In Christ, tape # AO31190-1) Benny Hinn claims to actually be a channel for God--that God enters him and takes over his mind and tongue to the point where he is unaware of what he has said. After his sermon on December 31, 1989, at Orlando Christian Center, during which he gave several future prophecies, Hinn expressed that he was drunk--presumably on the Holy Spirit--and asked someone to tell him what he had just said. (Biblical Discernment Ministries - 5/92) Benny Hinn said: (1) Never, ever, ever go to the Lord and say, 'If it be thy will'; (2) No Christian should ever be sick; (3) We Christians possess 'power in our mouths' to heal or kill just as witches possess it; (4) Job tapped into the negative side of the faith force by a negative confession; (5) Christ 'became one with the nature of Satan' and was 'born again' in hell; (6) Christ would have sinned without the Holy Spirit and would have remained in the grave 'if the Holy Ghost had changed His mind about raising Him from the dead' (7) We are 'little gods' and even part of God with all the power of God; and (8) We are 'little messiahs,' everything that Jesus ever was. (The Berean Call, 1992 Media Spotlight Special Report, Feb 94) Benny Hinn says that Christians confessing they are a sinner saved by grace only insult God with such garbage (The Toronto Blessing, Stephen Sizer, 1990) Christians are Little Messiah's and little gods on the earth. Thus [Encouraging the audience]...say I am a God-man....This spirit-man within me is a God-man... say I'm born of heaven-a God-man. I'm a God man. I am a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being. Say it! Say it! Who's a super being? I walk in the realm of the supernatural. Say it!...You want to prosper? Money will be falling on you from left, right and centre. God will begin to prosper you, for money always follows righteousness....Say after me, everything I ever want is in me already. (Benny Hinn, TBN, 1990) Do you know that every unbeliever is filled with a demon spirit? (Good Morning Holy Spirit, (Benny Hinn, Word, 1991) p.146) 

Oral Roberts:
It is a compete contradiction that God’s "miracle healer" (Oral) would found a major medical centre! Think about it! Notorious for miraculous trinkets and gimmicks! Oral Roberts, you may recall, is the man who claimed that Jesus told him God had chosen him to find an effective treatment for cancer. In a lengthy appeal, Roberts avowed that the Lord told him, "I would not have had you and your partners build the 20-story research tower unless I was going to give you a plan that will attack cancer." Roberts then said that Jesus instructed him to tell his partners that "this is not Oral Roberts asking [for the money] but their Lord." The project was completed, but has since been "shut down and sold to a group of investors for commercial development." And no cure for cancer was found. (Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity In Crisis, 1993, pg. 31 citing Russell Chandler, "Talked with Jesus, Evangelist Says", The Los Angeles Times, 3 February 1983, p3,16 and Clark Morphew, "What's to become of Oral Roberts 'City Of Faith?'" St. Paul Pioneer Press, 27 June 1992; reprinted in The Christian News (20 July 1992, p2) Prosperity teachers are so committed to presenting a Jesus who wears a Rolex that they are willing to do whatever it takes to sell this myth to their parishioners. Oral Roberts, for example, wrote a book titled "How I Learned Jesus Was Not Poor." (Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity In Crisis, 1993, pg. 187) On January 4, 1987, Roberts launched his most notable campaign to date. Roberts told his followers that if he did not raise a total of 8 million dollars by March, God was going to take his life ... Comparing himself to the apostle Paul, Roberts begged not to let Satan defeat him. "God" he says, "clearly told me he needs me here on earth. And here's why -- because of all the ministries, this ministry is the only one God has on this earth that owns a medical school." ... Some time later, Oral's son, Richard, took pen in hand to warn of his father's impending doom. Without "the additional $4,500.000." explains Richard, "God will not extend Dad's life" He then pleads, "Partner, we cannot let this man of God die. There is no reason for him to die." ... After sternnly warning, "if you neglect to pay attention ... then Satan will take advantage and hit you with bad things and you will wish that 1985 had never come, " Roberts closed his letter with a hard sell. Sending a seed-faith gift will not only enable you to "stop Satan in his hate to bring you down," it will also "help you get your hundredfold return." Roberts raised the money and did not die. (Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity In Crisis, 1993, pg. 196-198) Oral Roberts used 3 John 2: "I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." to say to his wife, "Evelyn, now this means that we're supposed to prosper" (as Christians). Roberts goes on to recount how, after discovering this verse, God gave him a brand-new Buick. ... Evelyn enthusiastically agreed with Oral that to prosper "is God's highest wish for us." (Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity In Crisis, 1993, pg. 223 citing Roberts, "A Daily Guide to Miracles" (Tulsa, OK: Pinoak Press, 1975, p36-38 passim.) 

That’s right, just listen to them.  You can tell a false teacher by his fruits. 

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