Is the Pentecostal Movement Pentecostal? Part 2 -- By: Roy L. Aldrich

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 108:430 (Apr 1951)
Article: Is the Pentecostal Movement Pentecostal? Part 2
Author: Roy L. Aldrich

Is the Pentecostal Movement Pentecostal?
Part 2

Roy L. Aldrich

(Concluded from the January-March Number, 1951)

{Editor’s note: Footnotes in the original printed edition were numbered 7–14, but in this electronic edition are numbered 1–8 respectively.}

Not Pentecostal in Doctrine

It is to be recognized with satisfaction that tongues people are fundamental in certain great common Christian doctrines. They are orthodox in their doctrines of the Scripture, the Trinity, the person of Christ and the way of salvation. There are certain doctrines peculiar to the tongues movement, however, which center about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of miraculous gifts, and it is in reference to these tenets the assertion is made that the Pentecostal movement is not Pentecostal in doctrine. Several of these doctrines will be examined in order, as set forth in the official “Statement of Principles and Fundamental Truths as Declared by the General Council of Assemblies of God.”

The promise of the Father. On this point the assertion is made by the Statement: “All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4–8; 1 Cor 12:1–31. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. Acts 10:44–46, 11:14–16, 15:7–9 .”

There are two matters to be examined in this statement.

The first is the teaching that the baptism of the Spirit is to be sought as an experience subsequent to conversion. The second has to do with the bestowment of [supernatural] gifts for service. These two doctrines will be examined in order.

Even Pentecostalists must admit that the historic Pentecost has dispensational aspects. It is childish to argue that, because “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb 13:8), therefore everything which happened in connection with Pentecost must be repeated today. Such logic would “crucify the Son of God afresh, an...

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