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Question Assembly of God vs. Baptist

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I attend a Baptist church and have also recently been attending an Assembly of God church on sunday nights. I am curious, what are the specific belief differences between the Assembly of God and Baptist denominations? I know one difference is that the Assemblies of God practices speaking in tongues, and Baptists usually do not. What is the reason behind this difference? I've noticed that the worship in the Assembly of God church tends to be more open and expressive, and people tend to move around a lot more (ex. arm waving and swinging, jumping up and down, etc.) vs. my Baptist church. There are also frequent times during the Assembly of God worship service where the members will be talking, almost constantly, kind of like praying in a desperate sort of tone. I'm curious if this is a common practice and was wondering if someone could explain this specific practice. Do most Assembly of God churches worship like this or is this church unique?

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As a general rule the teachings of the AOG is legalistic bondage. It has been a while since I had any dealings with them but IIRC they teach perfectionism and entire sanctification. They teach that a person can be without sin in this life. I wouldn't reccomend attending any of their churches.
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The Assembly of God, is also known as the Church of God. Leastwise here in the South. What you have seen is pretty universal among those churches. They practice the gift of "Speaking in Tongues." They believe that not only are you baptized per se, but that each believer is Baptized in the Holy Spirit and with fire. They used to teach "modest dress" among women, but that is slowly disappearing. Let me say that they are a very "spiritual" type of church. And their doctrine is biblicly based. They are an emotional church also. Unless I'm mistaken, and if I am someone please correct me, the same sort of service can be seen in the Pentecostal Holiness churches. If you have never been exposed to this type of service, speaking in tongues, being hit in the head with the Bible for healing, then it will seen strange. My ex Brother-in-law is Church Of God, and from talking to him, they also deny predestination and election. So in some ways, they are very different from most Baptists.

There is nothing wrong with speaking in tongues. This is a gift from the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:10) Baptists typicly do practice this, while Church Of God do. Why? I don't know. But it pretty typical in those churches. Search the web for specific denominational beliefs.

Like I said, if you've never been around it, it may seem strange, but the order of the service is not important as the content of the service. Watch what is preached and compare. Since I've been exposed to it, my younger Brother and brother-in-law share this belief, I know what to expect. I'll not speak bad about it either. But I will say this, it's not for me.

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Im AOG. If anyone wants to know anything Im happy to help.

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Originally Posted by DeaconDean
The Assembly of God, is also known as the Church of God. Leastwise here in the South.
Hi Dean

As far as I know Assemblies of God and the Church of God are different groups.
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Originally Posted by MoreThanAConqueror8
Hello

I attend a Baptist church and have also recently been attending an Assembly of God church on sunday nights. I am curious, what are the specific belief differences between the Assembly of God and Baptist denominations? I know one difference is that the Assemblies of God practices speaking in tongues, and Baptists usually do not. What is the reason behind this difference? I've noticed that the worship in the Assembly of God church tends to be more open and expressive, and people tend to move around a lot more (ex. arm waving and swinging, jumping up and down, etc.) vs. my Baptist church. There are also frequent times during the Assembly of God worship service where the members will be talking, almost constantly, kind of like praying in a desperate sort of tone. I'm curious if this is a common practice and was wondering if someone could explain this specific practice. Do most Assembly of God churches worship like this or is this church unique?

Thanks
I was baptized in the AoG and I also went to their primary Bible College for awhile, so this question is right up my alley. They are not the same as the Church of God as has been asserted.

Worship in the AoG is more experience oriented whereas worship in the Baptist church is more scripture oriented and thus more reserved because emotional driven worship can be misleading. Also Baptist's stress an orderly service so if everybody is jumping around and speaking in tongues or just plain speaking out of place order begins to disintegrate.

The primary teaching of the AoG is their doctrine of being "baptized with the Holy Spirit." They maintain that each Christian every Christian will eventually recieve this gift from God. Which is contrary to the scripture which reveals that the Lord apportions this gift to whomever he wills and that some will explicitly not receive this gift. Their argument against this is weak and I believe doesn't deal with the text very well. These factors led to my leaving the AoG to the Baptist Church whom I came to believe, through the reading of Scripture, that the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention are the most scriptural. I would always debate my theology profs at Central Bible College (their main school) and they would never give me a coherent argument that really dealt with the text.

The reason why Baptist's tend to not to emphasize speaking in tongues is mostly cultural. In 1901 when there begand a resurgence in speaking in tongues on a large scale, most churches condemned this as a demonic work. Especially since the Holy Spirit since the apostolic age seems to have stopped giving this gift to his people. I mean, it was a rare thing indeed after the apostles died. There are also some who maintain whats called "cessationism," which teaches that the "sign" gifts have stopped because, "the perfect," or the Bible has come thus ending the gifts of prophecy or tongues. I am not a cessationist but I think the gift is not as prominent as it was in the first century nor is it as the AG says.

Hope that helps clarify some things.

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Originally Posted by The Lord's Envoy
The primary teaching of the AoG is their doctrine of being "baptized with the Holy Spirit."
Hi there

Thats not the primary teaching of AOG. AOG's primary teaching is personal salvation in Jesus Christ.

The Biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit we have no problem with
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Thats not the primary teaching of AOG. AOG's primary teaching is personal salvation in Jesus Christ.
Semantics. You know what I mean.
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Originally Posted by The Lord's Envoy
Semantics. You know what I mean.


Its a wee bit of a difference. The AOG has teachings on the Holy Spirit but these are not its primary.

For anyone interested you can find the AOG statement of faith here:

http://www.aog.org.uk/church_interest.asp

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I was saved and baptized in Church of God, which was looked upon as a sister church to the AoG. Both the AoG and most baptist churches practice church autonomy, and both are very missions oriented.

As any baptist knows, you'll never find two baptist churches that are the same. Ever. In any convention or fellowship.

But within those associations, the churches will run the gamut from old school, sit on your hands, three hymns and you're out, KJV Calvinists to arm waving, worship singing, evangelical, tongue speaking (although this is rare) Free will holy rolers.

IIRC, the AoG doesn't believe in instant sanctification. The CoG used to, but they're slowly changing.
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