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THE STORY OF PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENTS

 

CONTENTS

 

FOREWORD

 

 i  INTRODUCTION  

ii  The Cult of Cybele

III  HISTORY OF MONTANISM  

IV  TEACHINGS OF MONTANISM 

V  TESTS OF A PROPHET 

VII  Church History  Eusebius Pamphilius    

VIII  WAS MONTANISM A HERESY? 

IX  Montanism  by  Philip Schaff 

X   Glosalalia from first century till 19th century 

XI  REVIVAL OF NEW PROPHETIC MOVEMENT   The First Wave: The Classical Pentecostals 
BRITISH MOVEMENTS

AMERICAN MOVEMENTS

XII  REVIVAL OF NEW PROPHETIC MOVEMENT  The second Wave: The charismatic movement 

 XIII REVIVAL OF NEW PROPHETIC MOVEMENT : THIRD WAVE:The Signs and Wonders           

XIV  THE PHENOMENA OF SPIRIT POSSESSION 

 
 

THE STORY OF PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENTS

FOREWORD

I started this study on Montanus as part of the studies on early heresies.  To my surprise it turned out to be study on the development of the waves of movement of the Holy Spirit through history.  When the unexpected happens, often we are lost.  Yet who are we to judge the Holy Spirit?  How do we know whether these strange behavior of people and strange unbelievable claims of miracles are from God or from the devil. This was the problem through the ages.  In the case of Montanus, the church could not not make up its mind for a long time and finally denounced the movement.  Probably it was too soon too early.  But it came as a series of bursts in the 19th century onward.  Still the reaction is the same.  There are some who claim that it is from the Devil itself while others do feel that it is from God.  As Wesley put it, our only tests are “the Law and the Testament”.  “By their fruits you will know them”.  One thing is certain, the Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements are here to stay.  How about the third wave?  Judge for yourself.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” 1 John 4:1-2

"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. "The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people. "The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise” Isaiah 43 19-21

Prof.M.M.Ninan
Normal, IL
2017

 

 

 

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