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Pentecostal worship gives free reign to “gifts of the Spirit” such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and faith healing. And its preachers know how to put on a good show. U.S. president Abraham Lincoln once remarked that, when he sees a man preach, he likes “to see him act as if he were fighting bees.”27 Pentecostalism is replete with bee-fighting preachers.
Like fundamentalism, with which it is often confused, Pentecostalism is a twentieth-century invention. Unlike fundamentalism, which accents doctrine, Pentecostalism accents experience, insisting (over fundamentalists’ fierce objections) that the miracles swirling around the early church in the book of Acts are still available to people of faith. Pentecostals also allow for direct communications from God that make fundamentalists and other scions of biblical authority queasy.
The distinguishing marks of Pentecostalism appeared around the globe—in Wales, Korea, and India—during the first few years of the twentieth century and popped up in Kansas in 1900. But Pentecostalism’s origins are typically traced to April 1906 and a small black church on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. At a series of interracial revivals led by a one-eyed black Holiness preacher named William Joseph Seymour (1870–1922), Christians began to pray, sing, and speak in languages they did not recognize. Many believed that the “gifts of the Spirit” they witnessed at Azusa Street were signs that they were living in the “last days” when God had promised to “pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17, RSV)—a belief made compelling when San Francisco’s Great Earthquake erupted in the midst of the bedlam. The Azusa Street revival, as it is now called, went on to exhibit for years the sort of sacred power that the Yoruba refer to as ashe. Thanks in part to articles in the Los Angeles Times denouncing the goings-on as a “Weird Babel of Tongues,” people visited from across the United States and around the world, and, when they went home, they took this new form of Christian worship with them.
Pentecostalism produced denominations such as the Assemblies of God (est. 1914) and “Sister Aimee” Semple McPherson’s International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (est. 1927). It found institutional expression in Oklahoma-based Oral Roberts University (est. 1965) and in the U.S. television ministries of Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and Pat Robertson. Its spirit also animates many nondenominational congregations and the Charismatic Movement that energized Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans after World War II.
Today over a quarter of the world’s Christians (roughly 600 million souls) are Pentecostals or Charismatics—not bad for a tradition that wasn’t even on the map at the start of the twentieth century.29 Roughly half of Brazil’s Christians are Pentecostals or Charismatics.30 Pentecostalism is also popular in the United States, and in Guatemala, where two presidents have been Pentecostals. Other pockets of Pentecostal strength include Nigeria, the Philippines, China, Chile, Ghana, South Africa, and South Korea.
순복음교회 조용기 원로목사의 ' 일본 지진 ' 발언 논란이 확산되고 있다 . 조용기 목사는 지난 12 일 개신교계 언론과의 인터뷰에서 일본 지진과 관련 , " 일본 국민이 신앙적으로 볼 때는 너무나 하나님을 멀리하고 우상숭배 , 무신론 , 물질주의로 나가기 때문에 하나님의 경고가 아닌가 하는 생각이 든다 " 는 발언으로 비판을 받고 있다 . 조용기 목사는 이어 " 아울러 우리 한국은 일본을 봐서 물리적인 지진보다 거룩한 영적 지진이 일어나야 될 때에 와 있다고 생각한다 " 고 말했다 . 이에 대해 순복음교회측은 이날 " 조용기 목사님이 지진 피해에 대한 안타까움을 표시하기 위해 말한 것이 의도가 잘못 전달된 것 같다 ." 고 해명했다 .