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Pentecostal churches


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Believe that the Pentecost experience remains accessible. Consequently they stress baptism in the Spirit, which they distinguish from conversion or water baptism. This conveys power to practise the gifts of the Spirit: speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, exorcism. The largest British churches are the assemblies of God (formed in the United States in 1914), the Apostolic Faith Church, the Elim churches, and the New Testament Church of God, with its strength among West Indian communities. Their worship is spontaneous, with emphasis on extempore prayer, believers' baptism, and the Lord's supper.

Subjects: British History.


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