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5 Beliefs That Set Pentecostals Apart from Other Christians

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The United Pentecostal Church International is a Christian religion. Some Pentecostal Protestant beliefs differ from those of other Christian denominations, with the most important involving the rejection of the idea of Trinity. The Trinity is the belief that God is comprised of three distinct beings who exist in co-exist as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are five beliefs that set Pentecostals apart from other Christians: 1. Pentecostal followers do not believe in Trinity, the idea that there are three distinct persons within one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The concept of the Trinity is central to most Christian denominations and faith groups, but not all. Instead, Pentecostal Protestant followers believe in the oneness of God, manifested as Jehovah in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ. This doctrine is called "Oneness of God" or "Jesus Only." 2. The Pentecostal Protestant faith includes the belief in faith or divine healing. They believe medicine and doctors play an important role in staying healthy, but that God is the ultimate source for all healing. Many other Christian denominations do not believe in, or practice, divine healing. 3. Pentecostal women are to practice modesty. Modesty in appearance requires women avoid wearing pants, avoid wearing jewelry and makeup, and not cut their hair. Hemlines of dresses should be below the knee while sleeves should reach past the elbow. Women should not swim with men. Pentecostal men should practice modesty with hair that does not cover the tops of their ears or reach their shirt collar. Both men and women should avoid movies, sports, and dancing. Such beliefs are not common in other Christian denominations. Latest News Update 4. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is evident when a Pentecostal Protestant begins miraculously speaking in a language unknown to the speaker. The ability to speak in tongues is not essential for salvation for Pentecostal followers, but some Christian denominations teach that speaking in tongues is experienced by everyone who has been saved. Many Pentecostal denominations believe in three types of speaking in tongues: that this is a supernatural outpouring and a sign to unbelievers; that speaking in tongues is for the strengthening of the church; and tongues is a private prayer language. 5. Pentecostal followers participate in foot washing while other Christian denominations do not. Foot washing is a ritual like Baptism and communion, and some Pentecostal churches hold an annual foot washing service on New Year's Eve.

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1 Cary W = "I find documents like this cause more division among believers, rather than to unite us in our faith in Christ.  Not all believers who practice in a Pentecostal church adhere to these strict tenants, though there may be a few who do.  Religions in general seem hell bent on making such distinctions, rules, and beliefs.  Thank God Jesus does not adhere to any such notions."
2 D. Barron = "'Denomination" in essence means "divided-nation." Sad, huh?Jesus repeatedly referred to, and deferred to His Father both in comment and prayer. Yet He told the teachers of the law, "Before Abraham was, I AM." Thus enraging the teachers, as I AM is a title reserved only for Elohim (Creator), asserting that He was indeed Creator as well as the Messiah. So, from a Oneness viewpoint, when Jesus prays to the Father, who is He praying to? When Jesus said "not my will, but yours be done", whom is Jesus subjecting His will to? When He told His disciples," I must go away, that the Comforter (Holy Spirit) may come", He was obviously separate by entity from the Spirit, though separate in function only. These bridges must be crossed in order to be dogmatic about the "Oneness" doctrine. It is a mystery still how our Creator can simultaneously be a single Creator/God/El Elyon, yet be manifested as Father, Son and Holy spirit. A mystery that we probably will not fully understand until we step off into eternity! When Jesus revealed the Trinity to the Jews of His day, they by and large could not wrap their minds around it, as they had always lived in the doctrine that God is one. They strongly rejected His assertion, as they considered His claim as polytheistic. That was a big no no for them! The God of the Israelites was, and still is a very jealous God, and did not share His glory with ANY other god. All that being said, doctrines of Oneness or Trinity aside, faith in Jesus, that He is who He said He is, and He came as a man/God to take in our stead the justice/penalty we incurred for our transgressions, is the crucial issue. Trinitarianism or Oneness doctrine does not determine our salvation or place in eternity. Faith in Jesus does!I hope some of this helps to shed light on a very controversial subject within the Christian faith.   Blessings and, Shalom!"
3 Cary W = "No where in scripture is the idea God is three distinct beings, for its entire message revolves around one true God, revealed through Jesus in the flesh, and imparted into our spirit by the Holy Spirit...."for in Him are all things, through all things and all things exist from Him, for Him and by Him.""
4 Cary W = "There is a few passages in Acts and Paul's letters that support this statement.  Regardless of our opinions, we cannot discount the references in Scripture about speaking in tongues.  Prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit takes on many different expressions, and is the only true way to pray."