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  • Why has Pentecostalism grown so dramatically in Latin America?

    11/23/2014 7:39:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 11/23/2014 | BY DAVID MASCI
    (Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images) Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on religion in 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico. Indeed, nearly one-in-five Latin Americans now describe themselves as Protestant, and across the countries surveyed majorities of them self-identify as Pentecostal or belong to a Pentecostal denomination. Pentecostals share many beliefs with other evangelical Protestants, but they put more emphasis on the “gifts of the Holy Spirit,” such as speaking in tongues, faith healing and prophesying.With...
  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 2:24:41 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Chiesa ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In Latin America, they're pulling millions of faithful away from the Catholic Church. But the pope has only words of friendship for them. This is his way of doing ecumenism, unveiled here in two of his video messages by Sandro Magister ROME, November 19, 2014 - With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent:> Religion in Latin America. Widespread...
  • 'Snake Salvation' Pastor Andrew Hamblin Will Not Get Snakes Back Despite Grand Jury's Exoneration,

    01/31/2014 9:43:29 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 8 replies
    A grand jury in Tennessee has exonerated Pastor Andrew Hamblin, the star of the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation," but wildlife officials say that doesn't mean he will get back the 53 snakes they seized from his church last November.
  • A Charismatic Response to “The Growing Crisis Behind Brazil’s Evangelical Success Story”

    10/01/2013 9:11:13 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 3 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    A Charismatic Response to “The Growing Crisis Behind Brazil’s Evangelical Success Story” Julio Severo addresses misconceptions and missed targets on article by Brazilian Presbyterian theologian By Julio Severo In his The Gospel Coalition blog, Brazilian Calvinist theologian Augustus Nicodemus Gomes Lopes said, “When Paulo Romeiro wrote ‘Evangelicals in Crisis’ in the mid-1990s, a book that has remained a bestseller among Brazilian evangelicals, he addressed just one of the many ways in which evangelicalism had collapsed in Brazil, namely, its inability to halt the spread of prosperity theology.” (Link: http://archive.is/hjNXb) He mentions “Prosperity Theology” three times. Strangely, Liberation Theology and its Protestant...
  • Pray and Grow Rich: Neo-Pentecostalism gives Rome a run for its money

    05/16/2013 9:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 16, 2013 | Christopher Orlet
    Many Vatican-watchers interpreted the election of Pope Francis as Rome’s counter-offensive against the rise of neo-Pentecostalism in the global South. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing sect in the Latin America, where a third of the world’s Catholics live, and is giving the established Roman Church a run for its money — so to speak. The latest figures show that the numbers of Pentecostals throughout Latin America has soared since 1970 — when they represented a mere 4 percent of the population — to nearly 30 percent. In Guatemala it is estimated that four in ten are Pentecostals. Reasons for the...
  • Brazilian Pentecostals: Church Growth Endangered by Socialist Embrace

    11/07/2012 11:14:29 AM PST · by juliosevero · 3 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Pentecostals: Church Growth Endangered by Socialist Embrace By Julio Severo The Associated Press published a curious report on Brazil this week. The report said, Pentecostalism was once seen as a major threat to Brazil’s Catholic Church. Pentecostal churches, many of them founded by U.S. evangelicals, saw their membership double to more than 12 percent of the country's population over the 1990s, with about half of the congregants estimated to be former Catholics. During the 1990s, Brazil’s economy suffered from hyperinflation and other woes, and Pentecostal churches aggressively recruited in the slums and poor outskirts of Brazil’s cities by...
  • Associated Press defends Umbanda as an “Afro-Brazilian religion under threat”

    12/12/2011 5:58:36 AM PST · by juliosevero · 2 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Associated Press defends Umbanda as an “Afro-Brazilian religion under threat” By Julio Severo Lying in a pentagram is Rosa Cardoso, a woman that has practiced the Afro-Brazilian religion of Umbanda most her life and, according to the Associated Press (AP), has been “hiding her faith from the rest of the world”. Umbanda house of worship “Century-old Afro-Brazilian religion under threat”, the AP report by Juliana Barbassa, makes no mention of animal sacrifices, a practice not uncommon in the Afro-Brazilian religions. And, because her article obviously intended to portray Umbanda in a positive light as a threatened, poor religion, this omission...
  • Global Study: Growing Pentecostal Churches Have Social Mission {+Catholics} - Ecumenical Thread

    07/04/2011 7:02:29 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Voa news ^ | 1 July 2011 | Mike O'Sullivan
    Researchers say Pentecostals and charismatics - Catholics and others who share in Pentecostal practices - make up one-quarter of the world’s Christians, with the greatest numbers in the developing world. A new study finds the fastest-growing Pentecostal churches are tackling social problems in their communities...Professor Donald Miller of the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture said churches like this are booming around the world. He has visited many, from a Catholic charismatic congregation in India to a Pentecostal assembly in Singapore.This Catholic charismatic congregation in Brazil is part of a huge movement in the country, where...
  • Religious Tests of Campaign 2012 (Prepare to be insulted)

    07/03/2011 5:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Trends Hourly ^ | July 3, 2011 | Rev. Howard Bess
    Though the United States has a tradition of separating church and state, the 2012 presidential campaign may test the limits of that tolerance. Not only do some Republicans continue to question Barack Obama’s Christianity, but GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is a Mormon and other contenders, such as Sarah Palin, are Christian fundamentalists, as the Rev. Howard Bess explains. Many religious Americans have an ambivalent view toward the separation of church and state, wanting political figures to be religious but to leave their religion out of political encounters. The reality has been that for most of U.S. history, American politics at...
  • Assemblies of God Growing Faster than U.S. Population

    07/03/2011 8:46:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2011 | Alex Murashko
    The Assemblies of God, one of the largest Pentecostal denominations, is growing faster than the U.S. population. AG reported that its U.S. adherents increased four percent in 2010, which is several times higher than the U.S. population growth rate, which is about one percent a year. Adherents of the Assemblies of God USA have surpassed three million followers, 3,030,944 to be exact, in 2010. This is the largest annual percentage increase since 1983, according to AG records. In terms of official membership, AG reported a 2.5 percent increase, to 1.75 million members. Attendance at major worship service, water baptism, spirit...
  • Despite massacres, Christianity is on a roll worldwide

    06/20/2011 11:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Cosmic Tribune ^ | January 10, 2011
    In the past 10 days, Christian churches have been attacked in Egypt and Nigeria and improvised explosive devices have been placed on the doorsteps of Christian families in Iraq – which events, taken together, could mean a co-ordinated assault on Christians by Muslim holy warriors. …. [However] As U.S. political scientist Walter Russell Mead observed in a celebrated essay last year, Christianity is now “on its biggest roll” in its 2,000-year history. Many Christians, though, are only dimly aware of the faith’s phenomenal advance. You could call it the greatest story never told: the epilogue. “In absolute numbers of adherents...
  • Hundreds wait to get into service for Oral Roberts

    12/21/2009 12:16:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 508+ views
    AP ^ | 12/21/2009 | JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS
    TULSA, Okla. — Hundreds of people are waiting to get into the memorial service for evangelist Oral Roberts. Among the early arrivals for the afternoon service at Oral Roberts University were husband and wife Mark and Paula Sterns, alumni who flew from Dallas for the event. Mark Sterns says Roberts changed their lives forever, adding that 19 members of their families attended the university at some point. Roberts died last week in California at age 91. Roberts chartered ORU in 1963 as a place where Pentecostals could live, study and pray together. The school became the first Pentecostal university in...
  • Christian preacher refused entry to Britain under rules intended to fight extremism (Benny Hinh)

    10/04/2009 2:03:27 PM PDT · by cyst · 25 replies · 1,017+ views
    Telegraph, UK ^ | 10-3-09 | Laura Donnelly
    Thousands who travelled to see Mr Hinn perform at a London rally have been were left disappointed after officials at Stansted airport would not let him in the country. Border Agency officials turned back Mr Hinn, who landed by private jet, because he had failed to bring a valid sponsorship certificate from his church, required under rules introduced last November. The Pentecostal preacher, who was due to perform at a three day rally in a Docklands exhibition centre this weekend, flew on to Paris, and attempted – and failed – to regain entry to Britain via Luton. Thousands of evangelical...
  • Christian preacher refused entry to Britain under rules intended to fight extremism (Benny Hinn)

    <p>Thousands who travelled to see Mr Hinn perform at a London rally have been were left disappointed after officials at Stansted airport would not let him in the country.</p> <p>Border Agency officials turned back Mr Hinn, who landed by private jet, because he had failed to bring a valid sponsorship certificate from his church, required under rules introduced last November.</p>
  • Palin's Frightening Pentecostalism (Good for Laughs)

    09/15/2008 4:52:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies · 391+ views
    Islam Online ^ | 9/15/2008 | Umar Lee
    While the millions of Muslims in America are observing the month of Ramadan and concentrating on gaining as many blessings as possible in this noble month, we would be deaf, dumb, and blind not to be caught up in election fever. Every media outlet is giving non-stop coverage to the contest between the Democratic Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama and Vice-Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden and the Republican candidate John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Given the unpopularity of President George W. Bush and the Democratic leads in polls, most observers have assumed it to be...
  • Charismatic Polling Pew conducts a 10-country survey of Pentecostals.

    10/16/2006 9:05:21 AM PDT · by Valin · 37 replies · 1,194+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/16/06 | Mark Tooley
    NOW NUMBERING OVER 500 million, and probably the fastest growing religious movement in the world, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians are transforming the global religious demographic, especially in Latin America and Africa. They comprise nearly half of Brazil's population, and 25 percent of the United States is Pentecostal or Charismatic. Are these religious, social conservatives replicating in the Global South political trends that are present among Republican-oriented evangelicals in the United States? A new study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life tries to answer just this question. Pew estimated that Pentecostals and Charismatics account for about one fourth...
  • On Catholics and Pentecostals - A Historical Overview

    07/20/2006 6:45:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 434+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 20, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JULY 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the report "Catholics and Pentecostals: A Historical Overview," by Father Juan Usma Gómez, official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. *** An April 2005 meeting in Los Angeles, U.S.A., commemorated the first centenary of the Pentecostal Movement. The chronicles recount that at the beginning of the 20th century, a group of believers was expelled from the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles because of its constant insistence on the need for a spiritual revival. The search for these revivals, a practice that has been more or less widespread in Protestant...
  • Pentecostals Celebrate World's Fastest-Growing Religion

    04/24/2006 9:43:14 AM PDT · by george wythe · 32 replies · 930+ views
    The Ledger ^ | Apr 24 2006
    To those outside the movement, Pentecostals have always seemed exotic, a strange subculture with weird, even frightening, practices. How then to explain that according to the World Christian Database, it is now the second-largest and fastest-growing Christian group in the world, behind the Catholic Church, with about 580 million followers? Or that formal Episcopalians and contemplative Catholics include Pentecostal practices in their services? Or that nearly every mainline and evangelical denomination has been influenced by Pentecostal musical styles, as anyone who has been to a contemporary worship service can attest? Bishop John Howe of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida,...
  • If gay parade takes place in Moscow, about a million of believers will protest

    02/15/2006 10:00:16 AM PST · by x5452 · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 15 February 2006, 16:05
    15 February 2006, 16:05 If a gay parade takes place in Moscow, about a million of believers will go out into the streets in protest Moscow, February 15, Interfax - Bishop Sergey Ryakhovsky, leader of the Russian Pentecostals, stated the readiness of the Pentecostals, together with the Russian Orthodox Church, Moslems and Jews, to file an official request for a march in defense of morality if a gay parade takes place in Moscow. ‘In my estimation, together we can summon at least one million people’, he said to Interfax on Wednesday. Speaking about it, the bishop underlined that ‘Russia has...
  • Synergy (ECUSA-related)

    02/09/2006 4:22:46 PM PST · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 314+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 2/09/2005 | Christopher Johnson
    Daniel Stoddart sends this along.  Seems that Episcopal churches aren't the only ones draining members: Carlton Pearson, a high-profile pastor who lost 90 percent of his church’s 5,000 members after publicly teaching that everyone will eventually be saved, held the final service in his church building on New Year’s Eve.Higher Dimensions, founded by Pearson in 1981, was one of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s largest and most prosperous churches. Its high-energy, sharply dressed pastor appeared regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and at national conferences, wrote several books, and hosted an annual Azusa Street conference that drew national figures such as T. D....
  • Happy clappy Christmas

    12/22/2005 4:23:09 PM PST · by Dundee · 3 replies · 318+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 23, 2005 | Jill Rowbotham
    Happy clappy Christmas Swelling congregations have given two churches more to sing about on Sundays, mostly due to good old-fashioned recruiting drives, writes Jill Rowbotham OF the millions who will flock to church this Christmas, none have better cause to celebrate than the Pentecostals and the evangelicals, because they have the numbers - as well as the Lord - on their side. The growth rates in these two faith traditions are the envy of the rest. Pentecostals, the so-called happy clappers, take their name from the Jewish festival, the Pentecost, during which the earliest Christians were endowed with the gifts...
  • A subgroup of the conservative denomination sees homosexuality, faith as mutually inclusive

    02/28/2005 2:35:59 PM PST · by siunevada · 3 replies · 183+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | February 26, 2005 | Lawn Griffiths
    As a Pentecostal pastor and gay, the Rev. Douglas Clanton doesn’t blink when he says, "We absolutely believe the Bible is inerrant." He sees no conflict with that statement and being gay. "They say it like saying you are Republican and gay, which I happen to be also," said Clanton, who is pastor of the Reconciling Pentecostal Assembly in Scottsdale and the co-founder of Reconciling Pentecostals International (www.rpifellowship.com), which recently held its fourth annual conference in Scottsdale. Some suggest to the 41-yearold minister that it’s an oxymoron to declare oneself a "Pentecostal homosexual" given the 100-year-old conservative "Holiness" movement’s uncompromising...
  • The global future of contract and trust

    01/15/2005 5:21:24 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 165+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 14, 2005 | Christopher Chantrill
    If a global society forms during the Twenty-first Century, will it necessarily be a contract society, built upon reciprocal trade and agreement, as many people think? Or could it be constructed upon other principles, for instance the left’s dream of universal sharing, nonviolence, peace, and justice, or the Isalmists’ dream of the world converted to Islam by the will of God and His holy warriors? Or will it be a global bureaucracy, a United Nations writ large, the centralized rule of the international experts? When Sir Henry Maine wrote his famous dictum in Ancient Law that the movement of progressive...
  • Black Pentecostals oppose GOP

    12/01/2004 6:53:32 AM PST · by ZGuy · 109 replies · 5,293+ views
    Journal Gazette ^ | 11/27/04 | Woody Baird
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Like other evangelical Christians, leaders of the Church of God in Christ want to limit abortion and bar same-sex marriage. But that doesn’t mean the predominantly black Pentecostal denomination considers itself part of the “religious right” or supporters of the Republican Party. “I’ve seen the tone of the religious right,” said G.E. Patterson, the church’s presiding bishop. “It seemingly was born out of the fact that African-Americans were making too many gains.” Patterson’s church, often referred to simply as COGIC, reports having more than 6 million members across the United States and in 57 countries. While COGIC...
  • Man shot in (Pentecostal) church; Bombs found; pig farms attacked by Muslims. INDONESIA

    11/01/2004 4:47:16 PM PST · by miltonim · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Open Doors UK ^ | 10/28/2004 | Compass/Voice of the Martyrs
    Man shot in church Bombs found; pig farms attacked by Muslims. Christians in the Poso area of Indonesia have experienced renewed violence in recent weeks. This violence comes only a few months after many of the troops were withdrawn from the area, believing it was secure. Intermittent attacks by violent Islamists have threatened to re-ignite the tensions between Christians and Muslims. More than ten gunmen raided the village of Mauro on the night of 13 October. Going house-to-house, the gunmen would shout for help and wait for the occupants to come out. When the villagers would not come out, the...