Pentecostalism

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In Pentecostal churches throughout the U.S., messages in tongues on the decline

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/08/31/in-pentecostal-churches-t_n_3849102.html

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Angels and Demons

Pentecostalism is the world’s fastest growing religious movement. But in much of Africa, it’s fueling witch-hunts and the spread of HIV/AIDS

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/20/Angels_and_Demons_Africa_Malawi_witches_HIV#religionnewsblog.com

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This year’s Easter service at the Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn… [was] filled with shouting, dancing, speaking in tongues, serpent handling and fire handling…

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577309570173259662.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

[No word yet, at least that ASND could find, on whether thoseserpentswere poisonous or not.]

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Serpent-handling pastor dies from rattlesnake bite

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/serpent-handling-pastor-profiled-earlier-in-washington-post-dies-from-rattlesnake-bite/2012/05/29/gJQAJef5zU_print.html

[ASND has not doubt that thatserpentwas poisonous.]

BTW, do you know that “pastor’s” father died about twenty years ago?

Wolford’s father, also a preacher, died from a rattlesnake bite during a service in 1983.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-06-03/snake-handlers-pentecostal-tennessee/55354206/1

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Hamblin and other handlers say the Bible tells people to obey the law.  So he wears a seat belt while driving, obeys the speed limit and files his taxes on time.  But he won’t give up serpent handling, which he says is a command from God — even though Tennessee outlawed it in 1947 after five people died of serpent bites at churches in two years…  The ban is rarely enforced, unless someone dies in a church.  Because most handlers like Hamblin catch their own snakes and keep them for months at a time, they’re also running afoul of other state laws.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-06-03/snake-handlers-pentecostal-tennessee/55354206/1

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Some evangelicals are being taught to pray in circles around the things they want.

http://www.challies.com/christian-living/dont-pray-in-circles

and…

Are We Charismatics Doing Enough to Correct Abuses in Our Midst?

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/42229-are-we-charismatics-doing-enough-to-correct-abuses-in-our-midst?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

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