Pentecostalism: New Outpouring or Ancient Heresy? – The Pagan Worship of Baal and Dionysus and Modern Pentecostalism

Two things took place on the heels of one another — that changed drastically the complexion of the entire movement. First, by preaching his "full gospel" — Bennett was able to revive the urban church and make it a growing prosperous church.   Second, Time Magazine found out about it — and it was suddenly a national movement.

Up to this point, Pentecostalism had been a "fundamentalist" religion.    I.e., Pentecostalists stood firmly for the plenary, verbal inspiration of Scripture — in spite of the fact that they also allowed for a good deal of extra-Biblical revelation as well.   Suddenly, doctrine became far less important (or at least much more fluid)….   A new term, "Charismatic," took over.

Then, in 1964, came the ‘Duquesne weekend.’   Some Roman Catholics had contacted an Episcopal priest for advice on having a retreat.   He referred them to a charismatic lay couple. A retreat was planned….   In addition to taking along their Bibles, the group also took along two other books — David Wilkerson’s The Cross and the Switchblade and Sherrill’s They Spoke in Other Tongues.   And so, Pentecostalism invaded the Roman Church.

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Ralph Martin took the ‘Full Gospel’ to various Romanist churches and campuses, and it simply branched out from there.   What had been a  "come out" movement, was now being characterized by a "come in" attitude.   Neo-Pentecostalism’s lack of emphasis on any kind of doctrinal distinctions at all — other than an insistence salvation is at least two steps (baptism in water and baptism in the Holy Spirit) — has made it one of the slipperiest heresies in Church History.

Pentecostalism is the exact opposite of the Reformed Faith.   There can never be a marriage of the two, because they are diametrically opposed to one another.   While the Reformers and their modern followers maintain that Scripture and it alone is sufficient for all faith and practice, we are assured by Pentecostalists that "new" revelations are necessary — to be truly spiritual.   The Reformed faith informs us that Christian maturity is the result of God conforming us to the image of the Second Person of the Godhead; but Pentecostalism claims instant spirituality that is evidenced by nonsense-syllables, oracles and "miraculous" healings.

Pentecostalists make the interesting claim that they alone have a lively faith — because that faith is evidenced by "movement."   I was even informed recently that the reason the High Priest wore bells on his robe, was so that the people could hear him "dancing before the Lord."  In point of fact, a good bit of dancing actually did take place in the Old Testament — but it was around a golden calf (Exodus 32:1-6)!

When I was a youngster, I once watched my grandmother killing chickens.   She chopped their heads off, and the bodies flopped all over the barnyard — even to the point of frightening me.   Now there was plenty of "movement" in those chicken bodies.   But I can assure anyone that there was not a bit of life.

Life is characterized by movement.   That much is true.   But it is also characterized by growth and reproduction.   The Christian life, also, should be characterized by growth.   It is an unfortunate fact that most Pentecostalists end up "stunted" — because they have become enamored with an experience of some kind.   Whether even that experience is Christian, I leave to the reader to decide after carefully studying this booklet.

Doctor Lee has shown decisively that the so-called "baptism of the Holy Spirit" [of Pentecostalism] is actually a frenzy that was common in the Greek mystery-religions — and the religions from which they, in turn, had sprung.   For those interested in pursuing the subject further, to see what has become of the doctrinal portions of those religions — I would recommend Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons.

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