Pentecostals

 

 

10. I have recently joined an Evangelical Church, but I have noticed that there are great differences between you and the pastor of the Evangelical Church I attend (it is a Pentecostal Church). Why, even though you all believe that you are guided by the Holy Spirit, do you have different opinions about things such as predestination, which are important?

 

 

Because among us, who are Pentecostals, even though we all underline the guide of the Holy Spirit (and we do a right thing in underlining it), not all those who preach and teach the Word of God understand certain things which are written in the Bible, therefore those who don’t understand them don’t teach them correctly either. To use a biblical expression, on some topics they do not divide the Word of God rightly as they ought to, as Paul commands Timothy saying: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (1 Timothy 2:15 – NKJV).

Predestination, for instance, is one of the Biblical doctrines that many Pentecostal ministers have not understood; that’s why you have noticed that my teaching on predestination is different from theirs.

Perhaps you will say, ‘How can they understand certain things differently, when we all have the same Spirit, who guides us into the truth?’ This happens because, even though the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth and so He wants us to understand the Biblical doctrines correctly, not all of us want to follow the Spirit completely. In other words, some prefer to follow the guide of the Holy Spirit only on certain topics, while on other things they lean on their own understanding, which is wrong because the Scripture commands us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5,7; Romans 12:16), and consequently their behaviour has harmful effects on their hearers. However, some who once taught certain false doctrines have come to their senses and they now think and teach correctly.

 

 

 

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