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What is the difference between a Full Gospel and a Pentecostal church?

Discussion in 'Pentecostal/Assemblies of God' started by bdiddie4christ, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. bdiddie4christ

    bdiddie4christ the happy go luckie guy

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    I've been going to Full Gospel churches for a while now and enjoy them very much. Just never really knew the difference between them and a Pentecostal church. So yes. How are they different? :confused:
     
  2. toolmanjantzi

    toolmanjantzi Veteran

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    It has to do with being apart of the Pentacostal Assemblies or just associated with. Meaning they adhere to the general doctrines of pentacostolism, but the church is not apart of the whole body of Pentecostals.
     
  3. stormdancer0

    stormdancer0 Do not be so open-minded that your brain falls out

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    Most Full Gospels that I've met do not believe in the Trinity - there is only one God, no "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Not sure which one they believe in.
     
  4. toolmanjantzi

    toolmanjantzi Veteran

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    Then I am off a bit. Universalists like T.D. Jakes then. I went to a Gospel Centre. They beloved in the trinity.
     
  5. Bob Carabbio

    Bob Carabbio Old guy -

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    "I've been going to Full Gospel churches for a while now and enjoy them very much. Just never really knew the difference between them and a Pentecostal church. So yes. How are they different?"

    ALL "Pentecostal", and "Charismatic" churches ARE "FULL GOSPEL" by definition.

    "Full Gospel" was a generic term coined back in the early 20th century in response to the widely held orthodox "CESSATIONISM" beliefs that argued passionately that the "Gifts" and "Spiritual ministries" that characterized the Early church had been withdrawn by God, since they were no longer needed - generally related to some version of the formalization of the Biblical Canon which was supposedly "That which is Perfect" (1 Cor 13:10). Actually they just couldn't move in the gifts, and needed a theological rationalization for their inability.

    And as such, were preaching and teaching a "Partial Gospel" devoid of the presence/continuation of the miraculous as a NORMAL Component of Christian Life.

    And then the Holy Spirit began to be poured out on the visible churches in the middle of the 19th century and the Gifts, and miraculous ministries began to re-appear - the "FULL Gospel" was back.

    WITHIN the "Full Gospel" genre are all sorts of weird and wild beliefs and denominational groups, but the common denominator is the belief in CONTINUATION of the miraculous in the Visible Church in 2013.

    Because of the intermixing of Historic Pentecostals, and Charismatics these days there's not the earlier division where the Pentecostals tended to be Legalistic, and fundamentalistic in their practices, and the Charismatics were mostly Liberals, and Catholics, and tended not to be EITHER Legalistic, or Fundamentalistic at all.
     
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  6. ltwin

    ltwin Newbie

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    Full Gospel is one of the names that denotes Pentecostalism. A lot of the earliest Pentecostal churches were called "Full Gospel Tabernacles." So, really, Full Gospel is a term like "Spirit-Filled." When someone says, I'm a Spirit-filled Christian, what they are saying is that they are part of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, but for their own reasons they don't want to identify with any specific movement.

    "Full Gospel" also relates to the four-fold or foursquare gospel of Pentecostalism: Jesus saves, Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit, Jesus heals, and Jesus is the soon coming King.
     
  7. dayhiker

    dayhiker Mature veteran

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    I've pretty much view full gospel as synonymous with pentecostal. No doubt some might try to make distinctions, but I'd think that was probably mostly the way a certain churches or preachers. But its been decades since I have heard these distinctions pushed as meaning anything important.
     
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    D2wing Newbie

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    I have never been in one like that. Perhaps a regional difference. A Full Gospel generally means they believe the whole Bible is the word of God and the only true authority on earth as opposed to a church, including the gifts of the Spirit. The ones I have been in believe in the Trinity.
     
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    jannikitty "...on eagle's wings..."

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    Four Square! That's my church! And we certainly are "Full Gospel." :clap:
     
  10. Bob Carabbio

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    The largest "Oneness" (Non-Trinitarian) Denominational group is the "United Pentecostal Church International" (UPCI) and they are a national "Full Gospel"/"Pentecostal" group with some SERIOUS Lunatic fringe characteristics.
     
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    ltwin Newbie

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    Where I'm from in South Carolina, full gospel is used as a synonym for Spirit-filled churches. I suppose Oneness Pentecostals use the term, but my church uses it and we're Trinitarian.

    I've found that many Oneness Pentecostals refer to themselves as "Apostolics."
     
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    kspchemist Bible Thumper

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    It is the same way here in Kentucky.
     
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