I’m a Traditional Pentecostal, Not a Cheap Grace Charismatic – John Boruff

I’ve reached a point in my walk of faith that I’m much more comfortable viewing myself as a traditional Pentecostal than as a Charismatic Christian. Traditionally, Pentecostals accept holiness and morals, whereas Charismatics tend to be antinomian, cheap grace-oriented, and “love gospel” seeker-sensitives. 

To narrow it down further, because it needs narrowing, I’m more comfortable identifying with the following types of Pentecostalism:

1. William J. Seymour / Azusa Street Revival

2. Smith Wigglesworth / Healing Ministry

3. Jack Coe / Healing Ministry

To abide in this kind of spirituality, I would like to drink the following books down my spiritual gullet:

1. Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts

2. Smith Wigglesworth’s Ever-Increasing Faith

3. Stanley Frodsham’s Smith Wigglesworth

4. Larry Martin’s The Complete Azusa Street Library

5. P. C. Nelson’s Bible Doctrines

I believe the Assemblies of God has generally apostatized from this kind of Pentecostalism. So I don’t mean I’m an “Assemblies of God man” or some adherent of a Pentecostal denomination. I think Assemblies of God has the best Pentecostal theology, but I don’t plan on ever joining the denomination, because I know it is led by Pharisees. I will always henceforth be a traditional, non-denominational Pentecostal. 

By saying that, I reject the following antinomian Charismatic ministries as defective and not approaching the holiness of Jesus:

1. Rock Church International

2. Non-Denominational Charismatic churches

3. MorningStar Ministries

4. Catch The Fire

5. Bethel Church (Redding, CA)


About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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