This book is a presentation of the Pentecostal position on Holy Spirit baptism. Not all those who are connected with the movement will agree with all that is in these pages, but the position taken does generally represent both the Pentecostal and Charismatic viewpoint. It probably hovers somewhere in the middle of the more extreme views taken by some on either side.
Clothed with Power is a presentation of the Pentecostal position on Holy Spirit baptism. Not all those who are connected with the movement will agree with all that is in these pages, but the position taken does generally represent both the Pentecostal and Charismatic viewpoints. It probably hovers somewhere in the middle of the more extreme views taken by some on either side.
The Pentecostal position on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and on the gifts of the Spirit, depends on establishing four things -
THE PENTECOSTAL POSITION
The remainder of this book will try to establish those propositions.
A SUPERNATURAL VIEW
You will soon realise that I endorse the world-view of the early church, which recognised supernatural experiences, accepted the reality of miracles, and believed in God’s personal involvement in human experience. I accept also that the scriptures give us an accurate presentation of the teachings and practices of the early church, and that what they did establishes the normative pattern for Christianity. As a corollary, I reject that essentially secular theology in which there is no place for miracles. When one has seen a miracle it is hard to say that they don’t happen!
I am of course aware of the arguments against seeking an absolute paradigm in the early church. There are necessarily many places where the modern church, in its practice and emphasis, must part company with the first Christians. However, I am satisfied that the same general practices and beliefs, or at least those that are revealed in scripture, and which led those first Christians to such resounding success, are equally relevant to our time. The success story of the current worldwide charismatic movement certainly supports this view. (There are today at least 50 million members in the various Pentecostal denominations, after less than 100 years of witness. To those must be added the many millions more who belong to the “neo-Pentecostal” or “charismatic” movement, which is located in the older denominations.)
A ROSE BY MANY NAMES
This study adopts the position that the following and other similar terms are all more or less synonymous:
They all refer basically to the same experience: that “clothing with power from on high”, which every Christian should receive subsequent to his or her conversion to Christ.
This book is now also available as an ebook from Smashwords Clothed with Power - Ebook version
All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work. (2Ti 3:16-17)
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