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Offline caspershadow

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Different governing body the only difference?
« on: Mon Dec 20, 2010 - 18:19:33 »
Hi all.  I myself believe in the gifts of the spirit and my wife has received what you guys would call the baptism of the spirit.  With that said we have never joined a Pentecostal church because they all say that everyone should receive the baptism of the spirit.  I think when we are saved by God that he gives us the Holy Spirit and that he does empower certain people with the spirit to do certain things.  Maybe some get the anointing so they can preach, heal, and do something only a person lead by the spirit could do.  Thats just a short history of what I have observed.

I have been to both churches to worship before, Assembly of God, and Church of God (cleveland tenn).  I really do not see any difference between the two.  It looks like from both churches websites that the doctrines appear identical.  If I am incorrect let me know.  The only real differences that I see is that both churches have separate governing bodies. 

What am I missing.  I just know there has to be more differences than I have found.  I think both are good Pentecostal churches.   I have friends and family in both and can attest to that.





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Re: Different governing body the only difference?
« Reply #1 on: Sat Dec 25, 2010 - 19:17:36 »
This is from the Assemblies of God website:

Do Christians receive the Holy Spirit when they are saved? If so, how is this experience different from the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Yes, when persons accept Christ, the Holy Spirit begins a great work in their lives. The Spirit convicts them of sin, convinces them of righteousness, and dwells within them (John 6:44; 14:17; Roman 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13). No one becomes a Christian without this gracious work of the Holy Spirit.

However, there is an additional and distinct ministry of the Holy Spirit called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism is an empowering gift from God the Father that is promised to every believer (Matthew 3:11; Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 2:33, 38). It helps the Christian to live a holy life and also brings a new devotional attachment to Jesus Christ, making Him very real and precious. The primary purpose of the Baptism is to give greater power for witnessing (Acts 1:8). Other benefits include a greater joy in spiritual service, and a heightened sense of one's mission to the world.

I hope it answers one part of your question.

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Re: Different governing body the only difference?
« Reply #2 on: Sat Dec 25, 2010 - 19:25:52 »
One other thing caspershadow. When I am asked about being a pentecostal I try and make ii clear that there can be a huge difference in pentecostal churches. Saying you belong to a pentecostal church is like saying you are going to college. It tells you something but not everything.

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Re: Different governing body the only difference?
« Reply #3 on: Tue Nov 01, 2011 - 07:20:50 »
The AG I am familiar with, attending one for a few years as a kid and my wife was AG up until we married.

Looking at the doctrine page from CoG (cleveland tn) I see they are not as well defined on some specifics.

They do not define complete autonomy of congregations (AG does). In fact there was little on church government.

Their end time stance is pre-mil.(could be pre-trib or post-trib)  AG is adamantly pre-trib.

CoG started in 1886 making them about 15 years older than AG (which at that time was also part of the COGIC) It also means they predate the outporing of the HS and Azuza Street revival by about 15 years.

The CoG history seems to be more from Baptist stock than Wesleyan Methodist (AG is firmly Wesleyan)

There was no mention of reform theology (Calvinism) but coming from the Baptists they may be OSAS. (one of the points of Calvinism) AG is vehemently Arminian/ Wesleyan.

I do know that the "ethos" of every AG is different, and I would assume that CoG is the same. So you would find significant differences from congregation to congregation.  Since some of the issues here are not addressed in a comprehensive way, you may even find some doctrinal differences from congregation to congregation.

Other similar denominations:

Calvary Ministries International
Pentecostal Holiness Church
Full Gospel Assembly
Church of God In Christ (COGIC)