Since the Pentecostal church views itself as an authentic renewal movement, Pentecostals cannot afford to be ignorant or dismissive of church history, and must correlate past events and trends which support the Pentecostal theory. Pentecostalism is non-reducible to glossolalia; it includes prayer and missions, which stem from a consistent witness through church history. As Pentecostalism was developed within the modern era, three periods of church history with which the Pentecostal church must dialogue are the apostolic era, patristic era, and medieval era. The apostolic era first to second century was undeniably charismatic. The continuity of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament to the New was demonstrated by the miraculous events inaugurated by Jesus and demonstrated by the apostolic community. The texts of the New Testament affirm a charismatic discipleship community following a charismatic Jesus.
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Development of doctrine is a term used by John Henry Newman and other theologians influenced by him to describe the way Catholic teaching has become more detailed and explicit over the centuries, while later statements of doctrine remain consistent with earlier statements. Newman used the idea of development of doctrine to defend Catholic teaching from attacks by some Anglicans and other Protestants , who saw certain elements in Catholic teaching as corruptions or innovations. He relied on an extensive study of early Church Fathers in tracing the elaboration or development of doctrine which he argued was in some way implicitly present in the Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture and Tradition which was present from the beginnings of the Church. He argued that various Catholic doctrines not accepted by Protestants such as devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary , or Purgatory had a developmental history analogous to doctrines that were accepted by Protestants such as the Trinity or the divinity and humanity of Christ.
Born in obscurity, Pentecostalism is now one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world. Within ten years of its existence, Pentecostalism spread to 50 different countries and has presently grown to around million adherents Anderson, To the Ends 2. This makes Pentecostalism Historically, Pentecostals have attributed their incredible growth to the work of the Holy Spirit, and specifically, to their experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.