Transitioning away from Pentecostalism

The Azusa Street Mission where global Pentecostalism is said to have originated (in part). While I would consider Azusa Street to be part of my own heritage as a Christian—as well as Aldersgate—I am no longer a Pentecostal, though I remain influenced by mature forms of Pentecostal theology.

The Azusa Street Mission where global Pentecostalism is said to have originated (in part). While I would consider Azusa Street to be part of my own heritage as a Christian—as well as Aldersgate—I am no longer a Pentecostal, though I remain influenced by mature forms of Pentecostal theology.

Today I shared a very honest and insightful article titled "Pentecostalism and Spiritual Abuse" written by Carly Gelsinger. Someone noticed in a comment I left that I had been raised Pentecostal, but that I was no longer part of that tradition.* This person asked if I had written anything on my transition away from Pentecostalism. I replied that I had written a bit here and there (mostly on my old biblioblog) and that I would collect those entries. I will leave them here for anyone else who may be interested: 

Walk On: A Guide to Exiting from Oneness Pentecostalism (seven part series where I "talk through" what it means to leave Oneness Pentecostalism, the most cultic form of Pentecostalism I know)

Why I Left Oneness Pentecostalism (a brief rational)

Yes, I Left. No, It Is Not Sad: Oneness Pentecostals and I in Context (a response to some criticisms)

A Critique of Speaking in Tongues: Pt. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (a seven part series from 2009 examining the narrative function on "speaking in tongues" in the Book of Acts)

Why I Denounced the Doctrine of "Initial Evidence" (a brief summary of my problem with Pentecostalism's most unique doctrine)

Pentecostal and not Pentecostal (an acknowledgment of Pentecostalism's continued influence)

There are other entries on the topic as well as a few by former co-bloggers (so, make sure to check the name of the author) that can be found here. Lastly, Tyler Tully interviewed me in 2013 when I was dabbling in Anabaptism (a short lived, but worthwhile experiment). In this (someone ironically titled in retrospect) interview I talk a bit about my days in Pentecostalism: "I once was raised...but now I've found..." 

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* Technically, Oneness Pentecostalism. Though I respect and draw from the broader Pentecostal tradition to this day I have almost nothing positive to say about Oneness Pentecostalism, which in my view takes the worst of Pentecostal dogma and abuse to its extreme.