Friday, March 06, 2009

Pentecostalism didn't really begin at Azuza Street in 1906...

Lex Loizides continues his church history blog.... The Pentecostal Power of the Puritan Movement
"The central role of the power of the Holy Spirit was a key factor to the growth of the Evangelical Churches of the Puritan era. This shouldn’t surprise us when we consider that Paul himself said, ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.’ (1 Cor 2:4-5 NIV)
The power of the working of the Holy Spirit has always been God’s means of authenticating His gospel to the hearts of those who hear. What is truly amazing for anyone who examines the statements of those who witnessed the immense popularity of the ‘new’ puritan movement is the similarity of the scenes with – wait for it – early Salvationism, or early Pentecostalism...."
I appreciate that to some degree it really depends what is meant by pentecostalism or charismatcism or continuationism etc. Among the many things appreciate about the Puritans (as you'd expect from The Valley of Vision) is that they were deeply concerned about the Word, the Spirit and the the gospel effecting their affections.

A biblical vision of the Spirit's work from 1 Cor 2 and 12-14 is nothing to be afraid of - it's gospel-centred, heart-changing and church-building.


  1. Thanks for this post! Lex has a really good blog.

  2. I guess the only thing to be wary of here is that we all like to see ourselves in our heroes. So, I love Edwards for his affections teaching but there's no escaping that he wasn't a continuationist about the gifts... which is fine cos we're all right in places, wrong in place and massively able to learn from one another.

  3. I believe if Edwards were alive today he would be a continuationist. Since the early 80's I've seen many cecessionist change their minds.