Denomination Differences

Pentecostal Beliefs

How does one get saved?

Most believe sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you. Oneness Pentacostals believe you must also be baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit.

Who gets saved?

Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.

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Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

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Who gets baptized and why?

Most believe saved people get baptized by immersion as a public demonstration of their new lives.

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When does one receive the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is received at the moment of salvation, but being filled with, or baptized in, the Holy Spirit happens later.

What is the trinity?

Most believe God exists as one god in a Trinity—three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. Oneness Pentacostals believe Modalism: that God has no distinct persons and just manifests Himself in different ways.

What is the human nature?

Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.

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Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?

No, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.

Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?

No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.

Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?

Holiness Pentacostals believe Christians can become perfect and must do so before receiving the Holy Spirit. Other branches of Pentacostalism reject Christian perfection.

Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?

No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.

Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?

No, the dead cannot be baptized.

What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?

Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.

Did Mary ever sin?

Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.

What day of the week should Christians worship?

Christians worship on Sunday.

What is marriage?

Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.

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Is sex permissible outside marriage?

No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.

When does a fetus become human?

Humanity begins at conception.

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Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

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Should Christians drink alcohol?

No, alcohol should be totally avoided.

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Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

Christians immediately go to heaven when they die.