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Full Gospel Movement Origins: 6 Things That Led to Development of Christian Denomination

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Full Gospel Movement Christians, also known as Pentecostals or Charismatic Christians, believe in two forms of baptism: one with water to bring salvation and the other with the Holy Spirit, to bestow a more wonderful spiritual experience and greater power.

Full Gospel Movement Christians believe baptism in the Holy Spirit can bring gifts that include spiritual healing and speaking in tongues. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all Christians, but they must seek it and fulfill certain conditions to obtain it. About 279 million people worldwide share Full Gospel Movement beliefs as Pentecostals and about 314 million as Charismatic Christians.

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Here are six things that led to the development of the Full Gospel Movement:

1. Pentecost: Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus Christ 10 days after his ascension on Pentecost, as described in the second chapter of the Bible' s Book of Acts. The 12 apostles beginning that day showed a supernatural fortitude in the face of danger while also receiving the miraculous powers of prophecy, healing and speaking in tongues or "charisms," that generally stopped being present in the church within 50 years of the death of the last apostle John, says Catholic Culture. Pentecostals and Charismatic Christians tend see their movement as being characterized by the same kind of spiritual power that was present in the early church's Apostolic Age, which is why some use the terms "Apostolic" or "Full Gospel" to describe their movement

2. John Wesley: The Full Gospel Movement derives directly from the teachings of English theologian John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. Wesley taught that a second work of grace exists in Christians after conversion that brings one to a higher level of salvation.

3. The Holiness Movement: Wesley's teachings regarding the second blessing helped bring about the "Holiness Movement" of the 1800s in England and North America.The Holiness Movement revivals were characterized by the reception of the second blessing and the same types of phenomena that are now part of the Full Gospel Movement.

4. Edward Irving: Popular London Presbyterian minister Edward Irving (1792-1834) suggested the possibility of a restoration of the charisms in the modern church and in 1831 led the first attempt at "charismatic renewal," says Empowered21.com. Irving's parishioners began to prophesy and speak in tongues and his disciples became known as the "Irvingites."

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5. The Keswick Higher Life Movement: American Holiness teachers such as Hannah Whitall Smith and William E. Boardman led the Keswick Higher Life movement, another predecessor to the Full Gospel Movement that flourished in England after 1875. The Keswick teachers changed the goal and content of the "second blessing" from the Wesleyan emphasis on heart purity to that of an "enduement of spiritual power for service."

6. Topeka's Bethel Bible School: The outpouring of the Spirit that occurred in minister Charles Fox Parham's Bethel Bible School in Topeka, Kansas at the midnight hour on Jan. 1, 1901 — the very moment the 20th century began — is generally accepted as the beginning of the great Pentecostal revival, repeating the experience of the early church. Around 40 students in a Bible school being taught by Parham told him they believed the church would soon have the same power the apostles and early church possessed. They prayed to receive that power. When Parham's student, Agnes Ozman asked him to lay his hands on her so she might receive the Holy Spirit, "a glory fell upon her, a halo seemed to surround her head and face and she began speaking in the Chinese language. She was unable to speak English for three days." Twelve other ministers at the school from different denominations were subsequently filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues.

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