Pentecostalism, a lively evangelical Christian movement that took off a century ago in Los Angeles, is one of the world’s fastest-growing sects, with dedicated followings in places as far-flung as Brazil, Kenya and South Korea.
Pentecostalism is Christianity’s fastest-growing Branch. Many are drawn to the faith’s spirited style of worship.
Speaking in tongues only one striking aspect of Christian denomination There’s nothing like it. Thinking back to their first time, some become giddy. Others exchange glances and grins, breathe a sigh or become teary-eyed. When the Holy Spirit takes hold, each one agrees, there’s no high in the world to match it. “It’s just like joy, unspeakable joy,” one believer says. “You can’t describe in words how great it feels.” “Like a well of living water springing up,” the pastor adds. “It’s a phenomenal experience . . . that’s undeniable when it happens.” Modern Pentecostalism, now accepted as one of
Religious movement spread from Los Angeles worldwide Blacks and whites, men and women spilled into the streets outside a small home near downtown Los Angeles, danc ing, shouting and praising God by speaking in tongues. On those wondrous nights in April 1906, modern Pentecostalism was born. A century later, the religious movement born in the Azusa Street Revival is reshaping Christianity worldwide, reaching up to a half-billion people with a Pentecostal-charismatic experience that has crossed over to mainline Protestant and Catholic churches. In this country, from the success of evangelical megastars such as Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Rev. Joel
(AP) – The birth of Christianity as a world religion can be dated from an event that took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. His apostles, gathered in Jerusalem at a time when the city was filled with foreign visitors, were inspired by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel in languages that could be understood by the visitors. That day is celebrated every year as Pentecost, a name that now identifies those Christians who continue to speak in strange tongues. The modern Pentecostal movement, which began at a revival on Azuza Street in Los Angeles, marks its centennial this
Buoyed by its commitment to worship, Pentecostalism is the world’s fastest-growing Christian movement. LOS ANGELES – “Did they say we can’t shout in here?” the visiting preacher teases. Why, back home in Nigeria, he tells them, the saints aren’t shy. They’re bold when they worship. They’re not quiet and pious like the people tonight. The shy “saints” he exhorts are 150 Pentecostals in Los Angeles. They are black, white, Asian and American Indian, all of them joined in a spiritual experience very different from mainstream Protestant services. The preacher is not talking mere preaching and praying. In a church near
ON THE LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY, Nigeria – For many, this highway leads to the future of the Christian faith, and at 9 p.m. on a Friday night, traffic is heavier than a Los Angeles rush hour. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, from street vendors to computer consultants, sit through the exhaust and the squealing horns to reach evangelical campgrounds with churches as large as airplane hangers. The names are as spectacular as the hopes they sell: Mountain of Fire and Miracles, Deeper Life, and the largest and oldest, the 5,000-hectare, or 12,000-acre, Redemption Camp. The worshipers are drawn by a program
Annual Meeting Brings 7,000 To D.C. for Fellowship, Praise Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2002 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38318-2002Aug2.html By Caryle Murphy Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, August 3, 2002; Page B09 The spreading appeal of Pentecostalism was evident this week as about 7,000 members of one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the United States gathered at the Washington Convention Center for their annual convention. The eight-day conference, which concludes today, drew members of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World for fellowship and worship. The denomination’s leaders also decided at the convention to accept women in the highest position below that of bishop.