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When was the beginning of the pentecostal religion?

Submitted: 4/22/2006
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Question: My preacher was telling me about where the apostolic/pentecostal religion started. It was in the early 1900s and was in Missiouri and/or California, but I can't remember the name of the street other than it had a z in it. If you have any books on this I would be very interested. Thank you for your time.

Answer: The apostolic/pentecostal faith began nearly 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. What you were being told about was the beginning of the modern out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. This began in Topeka, Kansas, in 1901 and became an international phenomenon in 1906 at a small mission on Azusa St. in Los Angeles. This event is sometimes called the 'Azusa St. Revival.' It is important to note that Azusa St. was not the beginning of people receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. This had been happening since the day of Pentecost. What happened at Azusa St. was a huge wave of people receiving the Spirit, far beyond what had happened in the past (so far as history records). People left Azusa St. and took their experience all over the world. Another point to note is that the restoration of the apostles' doctrine was not a part of Azusa St. That happened later, around 1914. The focus of Azusa St. was experiencing the Spirit, not doctrinal correction. It was pentecostal, but not apostolic.

An excellent book on this subject is 'Azusa St.' by Frank Bartleman, who was one of the participants in the revival. Try going to http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntk=keywords&Ntt=bartleman&action=Search&N=0&Ne=0&event=ESRCN&nav_search=1&cms=1