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Baptists, Pentecostals seek common ground
Word and Way ^ | December 20, 2011 | Bob Allen

Posted on 12/21/2011 9:01:24 AM PST by Cronos

Leaders of two large Christian traditions held preliminary conversations Dec. 13-15 to lay groundwork for ecumenical dialogue between Baptists and Pentecostals around the world.

Delegations from the Baptist World Alliance and Pentecostal World Fellowship set guidelines for anticipated multi-year meetings to pursue closer ties between two groups

..Pentecostals are members of Protestant denominations or independent churches that hold the teaching that all Christians should seek a post-conversion religious experience called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They believe that people who experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit may receive one or more spiritual gifts, including the abilities to prophesy or utter messages from God, practice physical healing or speak in tongues.

..That includes some Baptists, but in general the denomination teaches that miracles described in the New Testament ceased with the apostles and there is no need for a “second blessing” beyond salvation.

..The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide with 56 member organizations. It sponsors a triennial meeting first held in 1947 and in 1961 named the Pentecostal World Conference.

The Baptist World Alliance has 221 member organizations with 176,000 churches and a combined membership of 41.6 million. That doesn’t include the largest Baptist group, the Southern Baptist Convention, which left the BWA in 2004 over theological differences with some of the more liberal Baptist member bodies in Europe and the United States

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TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Ecumenism; Evangelical Christian
KEYWORDS: baptist; pentecostal
note -- this does not include the SBC
1 posted on 12/21/2011 9:01:28 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Former Fetus; Bockscar; Graybeard58; JLLH; Outlaw Woman; StarCMC; AZ .44 MAG; prairiebreeze; ...


2 posted on 12/21/2011 1:47:04 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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ping on pentecostal-baptist

3 posted on 12/21/2011 3:39:33 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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To: Cronos

I am SBC, my brother-in-law is pentecostal......we have agreed to disagree on a lot of things. We are both saved, which is the important point.

4 posted on 12/21/2011 7:10:26 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Go Steelers (what's the baseball team called again?))
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
We are both saved,

Are you sure your brother-in-law doesn't think he's saved because he believed? And therefore, his salvation rests on something he has done rather than on what Christ has done?

He most likely believes that he is saved because he was smart enough to recognize the truth of the gospel and then, he believed it.

5 posted on 12/22/2011 6:03:36 AM PST by good1
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