An enlightening ABC News report on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Assemblies of God Church and the Pentecostal faith. Viewers should consider the impact of their faith on Pentecostal's daily thoughts and actions, and especially how these believers will act when under extreme pressure. Particularly interesting is Palin's belief that her much-touted pipeline is God's will (paraphrased).
To quote Wikipedia's definition of Pentecostalism:
"...Pentecostals typically believe that the Bible has definitive authority in matters of faith, adopting a more literal approach in its interpretation...Most Pentecostals believe that speaking in tongues serves three distinct functions. The first belief is that "speaking in tongues" is the "outward manifestation" or "initial evidence" of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. The second belief relates specifically to prayer and occurs on a more personal level. In this case, the person communicates to God in a language of which they have no understanding. This language may not necessarily be a language spoken on Earth, as it is a more personal worship between the individual and God. Consequently, it is usually categorized as Glossolalia. Pentecostals draw this belief from their interpretations of 1Corinthians 14:2. The third belief relates to its role inside the church community. Pentecostals believe that God can communicate to the church through the Holy Spirit. This is not limited to speaking in tongues...While speaking in tongues frequently receives emphasis in Pentecostalism, most Pentecostals also acknowledge other supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. Most acknowledge that not all Christians receive all of these gifts. A frequently cited list includes words of wisdom (the ability to provide supernatural guidance in decisions) , words of knowledge (impartation of factual information from the Spirit), faith, healing, miracle-working, prophecy (the pronouncement of a message from God, not necessarily involving knowledge of the future), distinguishing of spirits (the ability to tell evil from good spirits), tongues, and interpretation of tongues..."
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