Posts Tagged ‘real presence’

Pentecostal Sacraments?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 by Dale M. Coulter

Historically Pentecostals have understood water baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and foot washing to be ordinances rather than sacraments. That is, they are rituals instituted by Christ, but not designed to mediate grace in any way.

In his new book, Pentecostal Sacraments,┬áDaniel Tomberlin seeks to challenge this idea by claiming that Pentecostal spirituality actually operates within a sacramental framework that stands in tension with the claim that such ritual practices are simply ordinances. This sacramental framework is best understood in terms of the Pentecostal (and Holiness I might add) desire to see the worship service as centered upon an encounter with God at the altar (101). Ordinances are sacramental because they are also places of encounter. Read the rest of this entry »