This article will explore the relationship between Pentecostals and the broader cultures we inhabit. It will acknowledge that, like all religion, Pentecostalism can tend to create a culture within itself (a “Pentecostal culture”), which at times effects a withdrawal of its adherents from the surrounding world. This necessitates a conscious decision, first to navigate away from that tendency where it exists, and then to define a positive role for Pentecostalism within culture, viz., the transformation of civilization (a “Pentecost of culture”). Thereby the article proposes a more extensive definition of the baptism of the Spirit, looks at how God is already impacting cultures through the contemporary Kingdom-transformation movements of neo-Pentecostalism, and finally, highlights and promotes the specific culturally-transformative contributions already within the essence of Pentecostalism—the ability to change paradigms, the manifestation of supernatural power, and the ecumenical modeling of unity.
Sala, Dimitri OFM
"Pentecostal Culture, or Pentecost of Culture?: Transformation, Paradigms, Power, Unity,"
Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology: Vol. 6
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalshowcase.oru.edu/spiritus/vol6/iss1/9
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