A Reader in Pentecostal Theology: Voices from the First by Douglas Jacobsen

By Douglas Jacobsen

Pentecostalism has skilled explosive development over the last century. This reader examines the information that introduced the circulate and fueled its enlargement all over the world. A basic advent to the publication describes the historical past and theology of the early Pentecostal circulation and its value to the modern Christian international. a short biography introduces all of the sixteen influential leaders whose voices are recorded here.

Vivid and vigorous contributions are integrated from Fred Francis Bosworth, William Howard Durham, Garfield Thomas Haywood, Esek William Kenyon, Joseph Hillary King, Robert Clarence Lawson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Charles Harrison Mason, David Wesley Myland, Charles Fox Parham, William J. Seymour, Richard G. Spurling, George Floyd Taylor, Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, Andrew David Ursham, and Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter. Their works characterize the total spectrum of the early Pentecostalmovement.

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He had a public school education and then went on to attend several years of college with the goal of becoming a physician, but in matters of faith he was almost entirely self-taught. Parham was very much a believer in the Bible, but he bluntly rejected the notion that Christian “orthodoxy” should set any limits on his own interpretation of that book. He could be quite creative in his thinking and also, at times, controversial. Among his other views, Parham rejected the idea of an eternal hell as out of keeping with God’s character; he believed in divine healing; he advocated Christian care for the poor in a way that presaged some of the concerns of the Social Gospel movement; and he was a convinced racist.

Now He which established us with you in Christ and hath anointed us in God; who hath also sealed us and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Cor. ) And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of Redemption. (Eph. ) After that ye believed, ye were sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. (Eph. ) These verses clearly prove that it was the Holy Spirit promised. Behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you, but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.

Note where the 144,000 are sealed. (Rev. ) These are considered by nearly all students of the Scripture to refer to the Bride. This sealing is not accomplished by man or water baptism, or the following of certain leaders, but is accomplished by the Baptism of the Holy Ghost as recorded in Acts 2. Now He which established us with you in Christ and hath anointed us in God; who hath also sealed us and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2 Cor. ) And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of Redemption.

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