Whats the difference between the two? I was previously going to a Methodist church but now I moved to a different place . My friend here asked me to come to his church which is pentecostal. Is this alright? Can someone explain the difference? Thanks
Both churches are Christian. Methodists are main-stream with the usual sing a few hymns, collect the money, listen to the sermon. then race for the door and shake the pastor's hand. Pentecostals are more dynamic services, practicing the gifts of the Spirit, speaking in tongues. Some Pentecostal churches believe in the Jesus Only as opposed to the Holy Trinity. The worship services in Pentecostal churches can be more active than those that fit my tastes.
If They Still Attend Their Main Service On The First Day Of The Week; There Is No Difference.
Following their doctrine of Jesus Christ; like the Catholics, makes them no different from Catholicism.
Shouting Halle Lu yeah! on the first day of the week is not being obedient to HIm to Whom they claim they believe.
YAH Said the 7Th day they come.
Yahshua said, He is the Messiah of the 7Th day.
The Apotles STILL gathered on the 7Th day....After Yahshua went back to his Father.
THE WORLD'S SYSTEM WILL NOT GIVE YOU PEACE.
THE FATHER WANT your heart on sabbath day.
IF WE LEARN TO STOP DOING WHAT WE WANT TO DO ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN UNTIL SATURDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN. OUR LIFE WILL BE BLESSED.
Genesis 2: 1,2,.
Exodus 20: 8-11.
Learn from the Apostles:
After the reserrection of the Lord:
Acts 13: 14, 27, 42, 44.
Acts 15: 21.
Acts 16: 13.
Acts 17: 2.
Find Truth. Peace be with all who seek truth,
The UPCI emerged out of the Pentecostal movement that began in Topeka, Kansas in 1901. It traces its organizational roots to October 1916, when a large group of ministers withdrew from the Assemblies of God over the doctrinal issues of the oneness of God and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.
The basic governmental structure of the UPCI is congregational with local churches being autonomous: the congregation elects its pastor and its leaders, owns its property, decides its budget, establishes its membership, and conducts all necessary business.
The central organization embraces a modified Presbyterian system in that ministers meet in sectional, district, and general conferences to elect officials and to conduct business of the organization.
The UPCI headquarters building, located in Hazelwood, Missouri, houses offices for its general officials, the Pentecostal Publishing House, and a Christian bookstore. Among its endorsed institutions are eight Bible colleges, a children's home, a residency for troubled young men, ministries to those addicted to alcohol and other drugs, a chaplaincy for prisoners, and it endorses chaplains to the military.
The doctrinal views of the UPCI reflect most of the beliefs of the Holiness-Pentecostal movement, with the exception of the "second work of grace," the historic doctrine of the Trinity, and the traditional Trinitarian formula in water baptism. It embraces the Pentecostal view that speaking in tongues is the initial sign of receiving the Holy Spirit.
The UPCI holds a fundamental view of the Bible: "The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore all doctrine, faith, hope, and all instructions for the church must be based upon and harmonize with the Bible" (Manual of the United Pentecostal Church, 19). The Bible is the Word of God, and therefore inerrant and infallible. The UPCI rejects all extra biblical revelations and writings, and views church creeds and articles of faith only as the thinking of men.
The UPCI holds that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works. Faith in Jesus is the means by which a person is justified. At the same time, a sinner must believe the gospel; he is commanded to repent of his sinful life, to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:12-17; 10:43-48; 19:1-6). Thus the various aspects of faith and obedience work together in God's grace to reconcile us to God.
Oneness of God
In distinction to the doctrine of the Trinity, the UPCI holds to a oneness view of God. It views the Trinitarian concept of God, that of God eternally existing as three distinctive persons, as inadequate and a departure from the consistent and emphatic biblical revelation of God being one.
The UPCI teaches that the one God who revealed Himself in the Old Testament as Jehovah revealed himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus Jesus Christ was and is God. In other words, Jesus is the one true God manifested in flesh, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (John 1:1-14; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9).
While fully God, Jesus was also fully man, possessing a full and true humanity. He was both God and man. Moreover, the Holy Spirit is God with us and in us. Thus God is manifested as Father in creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.
Importance of the Family Unit
The UPCI stresses and supports the family unit as God's primary institution and teaches that the church is God's redemptive fellowship for all believers.
Actual, the theology taught in most of your "mainstream" Pentecostal fellowships and denominations, such as The Assemblies of God or Pentecostal Holiness, is basically Wesleyan. These churches embrace the doctrine of the Trinity just as Wesley's Methodist churches do.
John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist movement which eventually became the Methodist Churches, laid down a foundation of theology based on sound biblical interpretation still used by many churches other then the Methodist churches today, including your mainstream Pentecostal churches. John Wesley in particular taught, and it is still an official doctrine of the United Methodist Church, that there is available to believers a "second work of Grace" separate and distinct from salvation known as "The Baptism With The Holy Spirit" which believers should seek. You don't often hear this taught in Methodist Churches, but it is still an official doctrine of the church.
The theology of modern, TRINITARIAN, Pentecostal churches such as the ones I mentioned above, simply refine this belief. We believe specifically that the Second Work mentioned by Wesley works to empower the believer to be Christ's witness on Earth. Furthermore, we believe the physical evidence of speaking or praying (perhaps quietly) in other tongues accompanies the initial receiving of this second work of Grace.
That is the major difference between Methodist and Pentecostal theology.
A couple of other minor differences;
Most, but not all, Pentecostal churches perform water baptism by full immersion (i.e. "dunking") rather than sprinkling, and do not baptize infants or children too young to understand the meaning.
Few Pentecostal churches have quite the elaborate liturgy and ceremony during the church service as the Methodist Church does. In truth, I miss that. I used to be Methodist and I wouldn't mind a bit if my current church, The Assemblies of God, adopted a little more ceremony.
So, there is certainly no problem with going to a Pentecostal Church, especially if you are used to Methodist theology.