Why Does the Assemblies of God Count Holy Spirit Baptisms?

participants-gathered-at-the-assemblies-of-god-u-s-54th-general-council-in-2011-in-phoenix-arizonaAccording to the Christian Post, while the Southern Baptist denomination and other Mainline denominations are losing members and lagging, the Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination, is booming.

As a Southern Baptist, I went to the article to discover what the Assemblies of God was doing differently than the Southern Baptist and other Mainline denominations.  I really didn’t discover anything differently.

What I discovered, however, was that the Assemblies of God not only counts water baptisms but also Holy Spirit baptisms.  I was taken aback here, to be honest.  I didn’t know churches count Holy Spirit baptisms in the same category as water baptisms.

Am I missing something here?

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9 Responses to Why Does the Assemblies of God Count Holy Spirit Baptisms?

  1. Mark Stevens says:

    It is because they believe it as a second and distinct work of grace, hence why some have the Spirit and some don’t. I preached about it a little on Pentecost Sunday if you’re interested you can read it here. For the record I don’t agree with their view on baptism in the spirit. http://theparsonspatch.com/2014/06/08/the-elephant-in-the-room-a-pentecost-sermon/

  2. I’ll ask around and let you know…

  3. Lon says:

    As a former A/G pastor and former Pentecostal I can tell you that Mark Stevens is correct.

  4. TC Robinson says:

    Mark, didn’t know that. Now your post has a bit more sting to it. 😉

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