November 04, 2014

Are Pentecostals Evangelical?

The nature of evangelicalism (that is, what evangelicalism is and who the true evangelicals are) is a hotly contested issue.

In this post on ex-evangelical David Gushee's recent affirmation of homosexual behavior, Denny Burk defines an evangelical as one who "believe[s] that the Bible is the norm that is not normed by any other norm."

This prompted me to wonder, "Are Pentecostals and other charismatics truly evangelical?" For many within the movement, experience trumps Scripture. If Burk is right, then a significant portion of the charismatic movement has been ruled outside the bounds of evangelical orthodoxy. 

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