ATP: What do Pentecostal and Jehovah Witness Churches Believe?
Do understand that I am generalizing here, seeking to lay hold of what comes across rather than what may be found in exhaustive doctrinal statements. Many churches today are far from what their founding father’s proposed. Pastor Bruce
Pentecostal – There are many types of Pentecostal churches throughout the world, each with its own emphasis. However, what all Pentecostal churches have in common is their position on “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Pentecostal churches believe there is a definite second work of grace after salvation which is evidenced by the “speaking in tongues.” This “baptism” empowers believers to live above sin and witness with boldness that hitherto was not present. A believer has not yet arrived until they have received “the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Often times tongues becomes the focus because it is the evidence. Many Pentecostal churches are Arminian in theology holding to the doctrinal position that a person can lose his/her salvation.
*Jehovah Witness – Jehovah Witness doctrine was founded by Charles Taze Russell. He was 18-years old when he began a Bible study that focused on the second coming of Jesus, as well as the chronology of the Bible. Jehovah Witness doctrine teaches God is a single being, not a Trinity. He is not all-knowing or present everywhere. First, God created Michael the Archangel, through whom God later created all "other things," such as the earth, the universe, and all mankind. When it was time for the birth of a savior, Michael became a man, in the form of Jesus Christ. He was without sin and kept every law of God. According to Jehovah's Witness theology, Jesus was put to death on a "torture stake." It is here that He bore the sins of all mankind (except for Adam). Later, Jesus rose from death in spirit, but did not rise in physical form. Jehovah's Witnesses who faithfully abide by God's organization on earth (the WBTS – Watchtower Bible and Track Society) will be spared from eternal annihilation. They will live forever on Paradise Earth. Heaven is a special place that is reserved for a distinct group of 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, who have been deemed "born again" by the WBTS and are allowed to take annual communion. True followers are then asked to maintain a modest appearance and demeanor, refusing to vote in government elections, salute the American flag, join the U.S. armed forces, or celebrate birthdays and Christmas. Each member is required to fulfill a schedule of public canvassing in order to distribute WBTS literature and collect donations for WBTS headquarters in New York. If a Jehovah's Witness leaves the organization, he is shunned in all ways. Outside the WBTS organization, "Christendom" is considered "demonic." Christianity is deemed "apostate," filled with pastors who are antichrists, in churches run by Satan, who support the earthly governments.
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Orthodox and fundamental Christians consider JW’s, Mormon's and the like “cults.” Cults are those church systems who do not believe Jesus Christ is God or equal with God. Although there are many, this is the main distinguishing characteristic. Most JW's and Mormon’s are moral people with a sincere love for God (they just have the wrong Jesus – which is a devastating and damning error).
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