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Is there a Pentecostal denomination?

Submitted: 5/2/2006
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Question: I know that there are differnet kinds of churches that believe the same way as the Pentecostal church, such as apostolic. But is it true that the Church of God and Assemblies of God are also Pentecostal churches? If that is true, then the Pentecostal denomation would be one of the biggest Christian denominations. Thanks

Answer: Pentecostal means speaking in tongues. There are two different Church of God organizations; one is pentecostal and the other is not. The Assemblies of God is pentecostal. These groups are very, very different from apostolic, however. First of all, they do not believe that speaking in tongues is for everyone, which is why many of their members do not speak in tongues. Second, they do not believe in the Acts 2:38 plan of salvation. And third, they are trinitarian and do not believe in the Oneness of God. For this reason these groups should never be connected to the apostolic churches or counted along with them. They are as different as night and day. There is no 'Pentecostal denomination' and there never should be.