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 a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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