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Denominationalism and pentecostalism in evangelism: factors that mutilate Christian image

Ngozi Manly Amaechi, Joshua Onwuliri

Abstract


Christians are expected to follow and adhere to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It is this form of life that gives a Christian the image of Christ which means that the person is a Christian. But diversity of denominations and the spate of Pentecostalism which emanate over the years against Jesus' instruction of being one, has mutilated Christian imageEvangelism is regarded as converting non-Christians to Christianity. It is the preaching of the gospel or the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine or set of belief to others with the intention of converting others to Christian faith. Preaching the word of God as it is done by some denominations cast a spell on Christianity as some of denominations do not follow Jesus' instruction laid down in the Scripture. Pentecostalism on its own may be a challenge sequel to the way some denominations see it. Jesus in John 17:21 says that the Church may be one even as he and the father are one. Denominationalism has defocus this prayer as it is referred to anything distinguishes by a name. Such names do not give room for a good understanding of Christianity as each denomination comes up with her own set of belief. This paper therefore, examines denominationalism and Pentecostalism in Evangelism, as they affect the image of Christianity. The work will center on Christianity alone as no other Religion will be considered.Historical aspect of research is adopted in the work.




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