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
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?
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
"Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge....you
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)
That’s right, just listen to them. You can tell
a false teacher by his fruits.
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