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This is, in part, a step to fulfilling God's call for His people to teach His word, In part for reaching out to others like me for support, and Largely in the Hopes that even just one person will find strength, encouragement, or enlightenment in their walk with the Lord.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Pentecostal Girl in Today's World...

This is, in part, a step to fulfilling God's call for His people to teach His word; in part for reaching out to other Apostolic Pentecostals for support, and largely in the hopes that even just one soul will find strength, encouragement, or enlightenment in their walk with the Lord.

I will do my absolute best to explain and simplify everything, because I know that not all of the world was raised in a Christian-belief atmosphere, much of it even to the point that the most basic of our teachings are completely unknown.

A Pentecostal Girl in Today's World...

Something that, as those of us who are know, is very hard to be in the 21st century.

So what is a Pentecostal, just exactly?

The answer is found in the book of Acts:

And when the day of pentecost was fully come, they [the apostles] were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house whrere they were sitting.

And appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.

ACTS 2:1-4 King James Version

So basically, this tells us that on the day of Pentecost (our namesake), all the apostles and Jesus' followers were gathered in the upper room Jesus had told them to wait in after His death and resurrection. There, they were praying and trying to find God and the promise that had been mysteriously made to them. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the entire place was filled with a loud sound, like strong wind, and God's spirit came to them on earth. This is called the Holy Ghost, a necessary part of salvation. The men lost control of themselves, and began to speak in languages they did not know. In foreign languages, each one fluently speaking about the greatness of God.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

ACTS 2:6-7 KJV

Some background on this verse: It was tax time in the land, and people came from far and wide to Jerusalem to pay their dues, enter into the marketplace, and so on and so forth. So there was a very diverse crowd here, speaking many different languages, coming from many different cultures and religions. The noise the apostles made was so loud, that the people in the streets stopped to hear, and ended up seeing these foreign Galilaeans. And every one of them could hear someone gathered in the upper room speaking his own language, and crying out all of God's great works. The crowd couldn't figure out how these foreign men, who were clearly uneducated, could speak in all these languages as if they'd been born in that nation.

Pentecostals are those who follow these verses of scripture. Sometimes tha name changes, or the church organizations are different, but the truth is that we are all pentecostals, whoever revolves their salvation on repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. What is virtually our creed can be found a few lines later:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost.


---There are a lot of arguments over baptizing in the name of "Jesus Christ" versus the name of "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit." First, we have to understand that the second option lists three names. For those who use these titles for baptism believe that each one is a different being, thus making three Gods (this is called a Trinitarian Godhead.) However, we are clearly told in the Ten Commandments from God to Moses and all the people, "Thou shalt have no other God before me." So God says there is only one. There are several places where the Bible does say "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit," but look at it this way: Your father is a father, and also a son, and perhaps a brother, or uncle. So you could ask the name of the father, brother and uncle for example, and it would be your father's one name. There isn't a different him for each title, they all name one person. So, the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit is likewise one being with one name: Jesus Christ.

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