Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Classical Pentecostals, especially western ones (e.g., North American) and global movements influenced by them, experience salvation in two-stages. The first stage is conversion and Christocentric. The second is Spirit-based charismatic experience. Classical Pentecostals (Wesleyan and Finished Work) sharply distinguish conversion and the subsequent experience of Spirit baptism; indeed, this distinction is the foundation of their doctrinal identity. Classical Pentecostals understand this two-stage soteriology within the structure of the Full Gospel, according to w…

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Studebaker, Steven, “Soteriology”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20210810

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