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 Pentecostals 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.

Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

Who gets baptized and why?

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

How should baptism be done?

Most believe baptism should be by immersion.

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 Pentecostals 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.

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 Pentecostals believe Christians can become perfect and must do so before receiving the Holy Spirit. Other branches of Pentecostalism 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 spiritual gifts are available today?

Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.

What day of the week should Christians worship?

Christians worship on Sunday.

How does God's revelation come to us today?

Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.

How many books are in the Bible?

There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.

What is marriage?

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

Is sex permissible outside marriage?

No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.

When does a fetus become human?

Humanity begins at conception.

Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

Should Christians drink alcohol?

No, alcohol should be totally avoided.

Should Christians fight in wars?

Yes, Christians should fight in just wars.

Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?

No established doctrine

Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

Christians immediately go to heaven when they die.