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There seems to be so many different churches. How do you choose a Pentecostal church to go too or Does God choose you to attend a Pentecostal church? Is it be invitation of someone who already attends there? There's so many churches I don't know where I would be welcome to attend or even what the differences are as aren't they all called Christian?

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #1 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 02:07:24 »


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There seems to be so many different churches. How do you choose a Pentecostal church to go too or Does God choose you to attend a Pentecostal church? Is it be invitation of someone who already attends there? There's so many churches I don't know where I would be welcome to attend or even what the differences are as aren't they all called Christian?

ouch no ...I had so many problems with Pentecostals...

..... AND, I ended up in a Pentecostal church lol!

so I know God wanted me there.

Avoid "oneness pentecostalism"  for sure....


I can tell you a little about my church.

I go to a Foursquare Church (Foursquare Gospel found its origin in the Assemblies of God and they are awesome people of course!)

Foursquare is Evangelical and Pentecostal Church. I love it here.

You do not have to speak in tongues. They do not officially teach Arminianism or Calvinism here, so that is good! (My pastor seems to have mixed.)

We are charismatic and we use music a lot when we worship and praise the lord. 

What do you want to know more about Pentecostals?  I can tell you. They love Jesus a lot.  ::smile::

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #2 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 06:16:33 »
 ::smile:: thank you for replying.
What does it mean to be charismatic Pentecostal? not sure what calvianism or alminianism is either? or speaking in tongues?
 what is oneness Pentecostal?
thanks for your patience too!

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #3 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 07:22:54 »
What does it mean to be charismatic Pentecostal?

'Charismatic' and 'Pentecostal' are basically the same thing, except that Classic Pentecostalism seemed more preoccupied with tongues to the lack of the rest of the "charismatic" gifts of the Spirit (see 1 Cor 12) Neo-Pentecostalism embraced more healing and words of prophecy and knowledge.

Another difference between Pentecostalism and Charismatics is where the people come from.  Classic Pentecostalism left more traditional evangelical denominations such as Free Methodist and Nazarene.  It was definitely Wesleyan/Arminian in doctrine. In fact, with the exception of the gifts of the Spirit you will find very little doctrinal difference between an Assembly of God congregation and a Church of the Nazarene.

Charismatics often stayed within their own denominational settings so you have Catholic Charismatics, Presbyterian Charismatics, etc. And their doctrines are usually rooted in their home denomination's doctrinal stance.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #4 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 07:27:12 »
not sure what calvianism or alminianism is either?

There are multiple threads discussing the differences and which is right. For more info I encourage you to look those up.

But in a nutshell, Calvin and Arminius argued over the difference between God's sovereignty and fore-knowledge as opposed to personal free will. Did God choose us before the world began or do we choose Him? Calvin said it was all God and we had no choice in the matter and Arminius said it was all our own choice.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #5 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 07:31:29 »
or speaking in tongues?

That is the heart of classic Pentecostalism.  In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit is poured out on Our Lord's followers on the Jewish Feast day of Shavuot (Pentecost) which means "weeks" or "fifty."

They are given a supernatural ability to speak in languages they do not know. In 1 Corinthians 12-14 we find that some also speak in languages not known to any humans.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #6 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 07:36:42 »
what is oneness Pentecostal?

That is a loaded question.  Oneness refers to the idea that God is One. (absolutely true and biblical) but in trying to understand that fact they deny there is a tri-unity or "trinity." Instead they are called "modalists" meaning the One God sometimes shows up as Father, sometimes as the Son and other times as the "Holy Ghost." These various modes are like one person changing hats. When you see Jesus praying in the gospels, He is praying to Himself.

They believe that baptism is salvic and must happen ONLY in the name of Jesus. Baptizing according to Matt 28 (Father Son and Spirit) is invalid and will send you to hell.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #7 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 22:36:38 »
what is oneness Pentecostal?

That is a loaded question.  Oneness refers to the idea that God is One. (absolutely true and biblical) but in trying to understand that fact they deny there is a tri-unity or "trinity." Instead they are called "modalists" meaning the One God sometimes shows up as Father, sometimes as the Son and other times as the "Holy Ghost." These various modes are like one person changing hats. When you see Jesus praying in the gospels, He is praying to Himself.

They believe that baptism is salvic and must happen ONLY in the name of Jesus. Baptizing according to Matt 28 (Father Son and Spirit) is invalid and will send you to hell.

Thank you, Dave. You saved me from answering all of that lol.

oneness Pentecostals are so weird. They deny trinity AND if you do not speak in tongues then they say you're not saved yet. what a cult!

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #8 on: Mon Feb 25, 2013 - 22:48:08 »
::smile:: thank you for replying.
What does it mean to be charismatic Pentecostal? not sure what calvianism or alminianism is either? or speaking in tongues?
 what is oneness Pentecostal?
thanks for your patience too!


This may help you know more about being a Pentecostal!  ::smile::

Gifts of the Holy Spirit - What the Bible teaches Small | Large



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This is Pastor Cere Muscarella from the Foursquare Church. 

Sermons about The Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit - Part 1:

http://www.life4square.com/audiomsg/outbox02.mp3

The Holy Spirit for All! - Part 2:

http://www.life4square.com/audiomsg/outbox03.mp3

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #9 on: Mon Jul 08, 2013 - 20:46:22 »
There seems to be so many different churches. How do you choose a Pentecostal church to go too or Does God choose you to attend a Pentecostal church? Is it be invitation of someone who already attends there? There's so many churches I don't know where I would be welcome to attend or even what the differences are as aren't they all called Christian?
Since you are not nominally assigned a home parrish based upon your residence in the end you will only know after you have visited. You can Google or ask on sites like this one about a specific denomination to see if it is  outlying from mainstream trinitarian Pentecostalism , however ever religious organization and major church leader will have somebody with a website dedicated to saying why they are wrong dedicated to them.

Some local congregations and denominations are more ethnically based then others. Others have a different ratio of young to hold and different emphasis of manifestations of the Holy Spirit working

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #10 on: Mon Aug 05, 2013 - 02:28:43 »
I have heard messages from God to Modern day Prophets. And In the messages, it says "Seek a Pentecostal or full Evangelist congregation" So I'm thinking God stands behind these churches 100%

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #11 on: Mon Aug 05, 2013 - 02:45:00 »
I have heard messages from God to Modern day Prophets. And In the messages, it says "Seek a Pentecostal or full Evangelist congregation" So I'm thinking God stands behind these churches 100%

I think that there are always two forces at work when you chose a church.
The first force is coming from you. Do you feel at home in that church and do you feel warmth towards the teaching and congregation.
The second force is coming from God. God may want you in a specific congregation because they need you.

That's why I think it is always good to visit some churches and talk to the people there. Let them know you are a guest.
The way people respond to you often shows more identity, than the sermon.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #12 on: Mon Aug 05, 2013 - 02:57:34 »
Absolutely, Well put. You will definitely get the feein inside whether you think its right or not. And ask Jesus himself in prayer. You'll feel it
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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #13 on: Sat Aug 10, 2013 - 21:20:25 »
I have heard messages from God to Modern day Prophets. And In the messages, it says "Seek a Pentecostal or full Evangelist congregation" So I'm thinking God stands behind these churches 100%

You're right. Pray about it and ask God if he wants you to be there.

All Holiness and Full Gospel churches are great homes in my opinion, but I'd say stay away from the UPC "oneness Pentecostals" because of few false doctrines.

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Re: How do you know if God wants someone in a Pentecostal church or not?
« Reply #14 on: Mon Aug 12, 2013 - 05:19:20 »
Given a choice between a pentecostal and a cessationist congregation, I would take the pentecostal. Cessationism is a false doctrine.