For one thing, Catholics are Liturgical and Pentacostals are halter skeeter in their worship service....you never know whats about to happen. Catholics are also universal at recognizing a central Church authority. Pentacostals, along with most Protestants, recognize no church authority of any kind. All of scripture and theology is open to your own individual interpretation, which can turn out to be a bad thing with little or no formal education on the matter. The list can go on and on.
I can speak on both. As a young teen I attended an Assembly of God church. Now a converted Catholic.
Catholicism is calm but ritualistic
Pentecostalism is emotional charged and sporadic
Catholicism is founded on traditions
Pentecostalism is founded on fanaticism
Catholics adhere to the 7 sacraments of the church, attending mass and confessions regularly, they believe Mary is an intercessor between man and God and they baptize babies.
Pentecostals believe you have to be perfect and you can be saved and lost and saved and lost. They believe you can be baptized over and over again if necessary. The biggest thing that sets Pentecostals apart from all other faiths is they believe in crazy things such as talking in unknown (non-human) languages as form of worship, the dance around like crazy people claiming the Holy Spirit is making them do that and they believe in performing miracles.
I am Pentacostal, and my aunt and uncle are Catholic. I don't know a whole lot about Catholism, but a little. We both value prayer. Catholics are very traditional whereas Pentacostals are seen as radical and strange to many. As Assembly of God specifically:
WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God?revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.
WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin?ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (accepting Christ's offer of forgiveness for sin). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances?(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of ones sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.
WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ?Speaking in Tongues,? as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers?the Church.
WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...in The Blessed Hope?When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'
Augustine is totally wrong; he said, "All of scripture and theology is open to your own individual interpretation"
That is NOT what we believe. In fact there is a verse that says no scripture of prophecy is of any private interpretation, and we strongly believe that verse.
I am a Pentecostal, and the ones I associate with do not subscribe to the Trintiy doctrine; there is no verse that says "God in three persons," the Bible declares that God is one, and that is not open to individual interpretation. We are strict monotheists. Colossians 2:910. We also believe Peter correctly understood the instructions of Jesus and correctly told us to be baptized in the name of Jesus in Acts 2:38 and also in Acts 10. Also Jesus said everyone must repent, and Peter also preached that, and repentance is not just saying God forgive me, it involves a conscious attempt to live the way Jesus told us to. He told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more." That's what Jesus said.
We believe everything in Acts can still happen today. The Holy Spirit is very real, and it can change your life and deliver you from drug addiction, alcoholism, and other things.
Pentecostal can also mean "pertaining to Pentecost".
Pentecostalism is a movement within Evangelical Christianity that places special emphasis on the direct personal experience of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as shown in the Biblical account of the Day of Pentecost. Pentecostalism is similar to the Charismatic movement, but developed earlier and separated from the mainstream church. Charismatic Christians, at least in the early days of the movement, tended to remain in their respective denominations
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As a Christian ecclesiastical term, Catholic - from the Greek adjective S'S'sg "general" or "universal" - is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as follows:
~Church, (originally) whole body of Christians; ~, belonging to or in accord with (a) this, (b) the church before separation into Greek or Eastern and Latin or Western, (c) the Latin Church after that separation, (d) the part of the Latin Church that remained under the Roman obedience after the Reformation, (e) any church (as the Anglican) claiming continuity with (b)."
Leaving aside the historical meanings indicated under (b) and (c) above, the Oxford English Dictionary thus associates present-day Catholicism with:
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