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I regret that I can't speak specifically to Pentacostalism, which uses as one of its fundamental verses the experiences of the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts (Acts 2:1-4), which appears to be more of an external experience than an internal (feelings) experience. But let's examine a couple of Biblical verses. When the Lord shall have washed away the ...


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First a point of clarifications: In the widest sense, pentecostalism is the belief that there is a second, post-regeneration experience called the baptism with the Holy Ghost usually through the laying on of hands, which is externally manifested often with speaking in tongues (but this is not a universal belief). Charismatic Christianity believes in the ...


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Cessationists do not say that demonic possession has ceased. (Some events referred to by OP are claimed to be a manifestation of demonic possession.) Cessationists say that the gifts of tongues and miracles have ceased. Cessationists do not deny that the gifts of tongues and miracles can be mimicked. Cessationists do not deny that demonic possession can ...


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What are the origins and history of shaking, trembling, jerking, contorting, collapsing, fainting and similar manifestations in Christianity? The origins are definitely not of biblical origin. The closest we can see something even remotely similar in the Scriptures would be something would be individual falling to the ground trembling before the Lord. But ...


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The Bible informs us of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, at Pentecost, after Jesus’ death, resurrection and return to heaven. However, there is no mention of the recipients shaking, trembling, jerking, contorting, collapsing, fainting or falling about. This supernatural event is described in Acts chapter 2 when the Holy Spirit was “poured ...


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The essential difference between the Old and New Testaments can be summarized in the question, "Who dies for my sins?" In the Old Testament, people were responsible for paying the penalties for their sins; in the New Testament, Jesus paid that penalty for everyone else. Though it initially appears God was unjust in the deaths of men, women, children in ...


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What are the oldest records of “gold teeth” miracles in Church History? This whole question seems better suited on Skeptics Stack Exchange than here. This idea of a Golden Teeth Miracles seems to have genuinely commenced sometime in the 1990’s. Some claim it started sometime in the late 1800’s According to church growth expert C. Peter Wagner, miracles like ...


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Yes. I can recall two instances in my own life as a Baptist. Returning from Christmas caroling cold and tired, before I lay down for a nap, I asked God in prayer if He had anything for me to do. Twenty minutes later I awoke, refreshed. I heard a voice say, "Help!" I asked, "Who?" Then I heard the name of a friend spoken. I called her on ...


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Are there any accounts of “words of knowledge” taking place outside of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations? The short answer is yes. In Christianity, the word of knowledge is a spiritual gift listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8. It has been associated with the ability to teach the faith, but also with forms of revelation similar to prophecy. It is closely ...


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Is there a biblical basis for Holy laughter? The short answer seems to be yes! There seems to be a time for everything according to the Holy Book, at least Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says so: A Time for Everything 3 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest....


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