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4 Beliefs That Set the Full Gospel Movement Apart From Other Christians

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 03:39 PM

The Full Gospel Movement is associated with Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianity. All of these names can be used interchangeably, although the Full Gospel Movement is often associated with the Full Gospel Baptist Church as well.

This Christian movement is very well known for a revival culture and energizing services. It is an offshoot from the Assemblies of God. Due to ideological differences, it separated from Assemblies of God in 1956 and developed independently from that point forward.

Here are four beliefs that arose during that evolution that distinguish it from other Christian faiths:

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1. Belief in Modern Miracles:

Other Christians view the miracles in the Bible as being limited to that time period when God was most forceful in proving his influence. In the Full Gospel Movement, these miracles still occur and include spiritual healing and speaking in tongues, along with other specific events noted by Church leadership.

The emphasis is on Jesus being "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) and with that, faith that God acts in the world today the same way as in ancient times.

2. The 'Second Blessing:'

Salvation is normally viewed as an egalitarian long-term but one-step process for Christians. In the Full Gospel Church, another level of salvation is recognized. It is called the 'second blessing' and those baptized in the Full Gospel Church make it their foremost goal.

According to the church's website, the first blessing, secured through baptism, is merely the forgiveness of past sins. Reaching second blessing is a state of 'sinless perfection' that takes tremendous work to accomplish. It depends on a spirit-filled life where the Holy Ghost remains the primary influence to a will submissive to God.

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3. Embracing Spiritual Healing:


Spiritual healing arises from the belief in miracles. Prayer is considered an essential step in overcoming disease. Energetic services where people seemingly recover from disability or sickness immediately are flagships of Full Gospel and Pentecostal services.

However, according to BBC, there has been controversy as some churches encouraged people to bypass modern medical intervention and rely solely on faith healing and prayer. It should be emphasized, though, that is not the usual belief of most Full Gospel churches.

4. High-Energy Hands-On Approach to Worship:


Faith goes beyond rituals and dogma, and extends into action and full involvement in religious services. Being vocally and physically expressive during church is a large part of Pentecostal practices as parishioners believe the Holy Spirit moves them to that level of emotion, according to BBC.

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