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How to define your Christian beliefs

If you put some serious thought into it, trying to define and describe to others what you believe about the Bible can be difficult. Not because you don’t know or aren’t sure, but because the use of the wrong descriptive word will pigeon-hole you into a certain category. For example, there are a great many Christians who profess to being an Evangelical Christian. While that is all well and good, most Evangelical Christians believe that the Gifts of the Spirit, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, ended with the death of the last Apostle. So, by default, saying you are an Evangelical Christian means that you don’t believe in the gift of miracles, or the gift of healing, or the other manifestation gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12.

Saying you are a Pentecostal Christian does much the same. It connotes a certain type of believing, a certain set of beliefs indicative of that organization; and not just biblical beliefs. Not at all bad, it’s just a matter of being typecast.

Charismatic Christianity, while comprising over 300,000,000 believers worldwide, seems to be a sort movement which many of its adherents profess while remaining in various alleged, or so-called denominations. Many Catholics profess an affiliation with the Charismatic Movement. As a person who grew up in the Catholic Church, I attended Catholic schools for many years. I attended daily mass as an alter boy and had one foot in the Catholic priesthood before having a supernatural encounter with the Lord revealing to me that He had no part of it.

I was saved through an Assembly of God church and fully believe in the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. I believe in the Holy Spirit baptism, a separate immersive water baptism for the remission of sins, the Trinity, and everything else the Bible says. And while I share similar beliefs with the Assembly of God church, they too have their problems, much like the Word of Faith movement. While I have no particular problem with the Word of Faith movement, I have no personal interest in their focus on prosperity and material blessings to the degree that some inside the movement profess. Nothing wrong with them, just not interested.  

I prefer the idea of biblical Christianity which encompasses many things; Holy Spirit baptism, water baptism, healing, miracles, all of the manifestation gifts, separation from the world, understanding the person of the Holy Spirit, recognizing the reality of the Devil and demons, and above all doing what Jesus did.

And these signs shall follow them that believe: in My name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues; 18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly think, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.Mark 16:17-18

Gregg F. Swift, J.D.