Criticisms of Pentecostalism
Movement has affected the whole of Christianity in a way not seen since
the Protestant Reformation. Though many admire how it energizes its
followers, many theologians and ministers are shocked at how much of
traditional Christian doctrine many of these denominations and churches
either completely ignore, misinterpret, or mangle into ideologies similar
to the ancient heresies of the past. Many have called certain tenets of
this movement heretical, and explain why.
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Criticisms of General
Pentecostal Error* An article -- nearly 60 years old -- discussing the
errors of traditional Pentecostal practices supposedly based in the Bible.
The article is a bit dated, but much of what it states continues to be
practiced in many Assemblies of God and Apostolic Pentecostal churches --
and is still relevant today.
Pentecostalism -- In the
Light of the World* A brilliant speech that uses careful scriptural
analysis to disprove many Pentecostal "doctrines."
What's All This
About Tongues?* An informative look at the issue of "speaking in
tongues" from a biblical perspective.
Pentecostals* An interesting article in that it points out the
Pentecost faiths' lack of traditional Christian doctrine. It was written
by Roman Catholics after an interfaith "dialogue" the RCC created to learn
more about differing Christian faiths.
Spiritual Manifestations and the Gift of Tongues* An interesting essay
that suggests that "tongues" do have a supernatural source, but not one of
Heavenly origins! Includes historical tidbits about small isolated
occurrences of "tongues" during the early 19th Century.
An "outline" describing Pentecostalism as part of a "Neo-Montanistic"
heresy. Complete with excerpts from early 20th Century commentators on the
then-emerging movement. Quite informative, save a small error mentioning
20th Century Tongues . . . Faith
or Fake?* A website debunking many Pentecostal practices, complete
with audio clips of a few Televangelists.
Criticisms of the
Whither the Charismatic Movement?*
An article outlining the progression of the Charismatic Movement,
traditional Christianity's reluctance to criticize it, and it's latest
scourge, the "Third Wave" movement.
Where is the Charismatic Movement Headed?*
An article exposing some of the movement's most popular leaders.
Transcripts from a brilliant series of sermons that later became the basis
of a book of the same title by John F. MacArthur, Jr.. Easy to read,
blunt, and occasionally humorous, this series shines light on many
Charismatic errors. He shows how "feelings" and "emotions" reign supreme
in a movement that often discounts the relevance of the Bible -- sometimes
overtly. These are a MUST READ!
Part I- Are Experiences a Valid Source of
Part II - Does God Still Give Revelation
Part III - Does God Still Give Prophecies?
Part IV - Proper Biblical Interpretations
Part V - Does God Do Miracles Today?
Part VI - The Third Wave, with all of its
Part VII - How do the Spiritual Gifts Operate
Part VIII - What was Happening in the Early
Part IX - Does God Still Heal?
Part X - Speaking in Tongues
Part XI - What is True Spirituality
Part XII - Does God Promise Health and
Wealth? (Part One)
Part XIII - Does God Promise Health and
Wealth? (Part Two)
Part XIV - New Revelation
The Charismatic Movement: Bringing a Balance
to Opposing Views* An essay
that interestingly offers tepid praise for rejuvenating Christianity, but
expresses deep concern over glaring errors that afflict the core of the
Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.
An article critical of many of the claims of this movement, and of its
brand of ecumenical unity that it seeks to spread over Christianity.
. . . The False Teachings of the
An essay dispelling many myths of this movement. It is
written from a "Reformed" point of view.
The Montanist Heresy*
An Orthodox essayist compares the modern Charismatic movement to an
ancient Catholic heresy in which the words or "prophecies" of their
ministers were of equal or greater value than the Bible or the words of
Answering "Counterfeit" Revival Leader, Rev.
A web article criticizing the revival claims of
the above minister during the multi-year "revival" held at his church in
I Was a Flaky Preacher
an online book by a former Charismatic preacher who exposes Charismatic
errors in Christianity and in the Bible. There is ordering information
for purchase, but entire book is online on that site.
Criticisms of Oneness
The Other Pentecostals*
"Charisma Magazine's" famous article outlining
the unusual belief system of Oneness Pentecostals, complete with comments
by some officials within the most populous denomination, the UPCI.
A list of articles of this faith by the
Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM).
The Gospel According to Oneness
Pentecostalism* A personal
experience and criticism of this movement at large.
A profile of this sect by the "Watchman Expositor." Covers many
doctrinal errors within this faith.
The Oneness Pentecostal View of Salvation*
An article outlining the errant doctrines of this faith;
particularly their "Jesus Name" baptism, necessity of tongues, and the
Victorian-era dress code of many of their local assemblies.
Modalism and Church History*
Compares Oneness doctrines to ancient Catholic
Oneness Pentecostalism and the Trinity*
Another article exploring claims of this sect, especially their
anti-Trinitarian view of the Godhead.
An Examination and Refutation of the Denial of
the Trinity by Oneness Pentecostalism*
Another article exploring the same issue as the last.
Sharing Your Faith With a Oneness
Pentecostal* Part I,
Two articles by the Christian Research Journal
explaining how traditional Christians and Pentecostals can answer the
Oneness Pentecostal heresies.
Anatomy of a
service Originally posted
on a message forum, man recounts how a typical Apostolic service would
play out in his church.
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