Pentecostal revival continues to bring renewal to many

At the turn of the century, very few believers were known as Pentecostals. The designation meant little in the church world. Today it is estimated there are over 50 million Pentecostals throughout the world.

This phenomenal growth has received attention in religious circles and in the mass media. People have expressed strong opinions on what is right and wrong in Pentecostalism. As a member of the Pentecostal movement for 62 years, I would like to express what is right in Pentecostalism.

What is the basis of such an evaluation? Is a degree of success the criterion? No, the test to determine whether a movement is of God cannot be numerical growth alone. History shows that some religions at variance with the Word of God have also multiplied. Success in itself cannot be accepted as an indication that a movement is of God.

While the growth of Pentecostalism cannot be overlooked, an appraisal of what is right about it must be made on other grounds. We must evaluate with biblical principles as our guide.

1. Pentecostals hold a high view of Scripture. The origin of the movement in a sense was spontaneous, surfacing in many parts of the world at the same time. For this reason, it is impossible to credit a strong and capable human leader as the founder of the movement. People from various theological and denominational persuasions, in their earnest seeking after God, received experiences that paralleled the events of the early days of the church as it was described in-the New Testament. New converts were constantly added. They were introduced to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; they were also introduced to the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Because early Pentecostal believers ...

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