September 18, 2008
Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Arlene Sanchez Walsh —
Spiritual Tidal Wave: The Origins and Impact of Pentecostalism

The birth of the Pentecostal movement began 100 years ago on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. We'll be taking our show on the road to cover this global gathering and revival that is reshaping Christianity, culture, and politics worldwide.


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is a professor of Church History and Ecumenics at Fuller Theological Seminary and a historian of Pentecostal tradition. He is the author of The Azusa Street Mission & Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement.

is chair of the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and author of Latino Pentecostal Identity: Evangelical Faith, Society, and Self.

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Listen to a web-exclusive interview with Arlene Sanchez Walsh and to Cecil Robeck describe the history of William Seymour, the Azusa Street mission, and the role of Los Angeles in Pentecostalism's growth and rapid spread across the globe.

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During a procession to celebrate the Azusa Street Revival of 1906, a group of Pentecostals kneel and fall down in prayer on First Street in Los Angeles.

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After growing up in the Assembly of God faith, I have seen the Pentecostal beliefs. And I don't belief that speaking in the Holy Spirit is a requirement to salvation, or the question I have is it real? I just don't see the real connection here. The doctrine is just a little out of touch with reality for me. I don't want to offend anyone by no means. Although this doctrine is beliefs of others. I just can't see how it could change the way we belief in our religion of choice.

Robert, I know the Assemblies of God well which you have grown up with. I assure you that this group does not equate "speaking in tongues" or glossolalia as a requirement for salvation. That is not to say there may be some who do not understand their doctrine and make this false claim. The doctrine of this very respected Pentecostal Movement placed in their official doctrine that the supernatural phenomenon that you address is a subsequent experience separate from salvation for the purpose of evangelism and prayer. They understand this promised experience was addressed by Jesus in Acts 1:8 when he stated, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and in Samaria and unto the ends of the world." This power was promised to the early Church in order to have power in communicating the Gospel message in the face of the intimidating Roman Empire. This experience still continues today across the world and estimates of over 800 million persons claiming the Pentecostal experience of speaking in tongues seems to be correct. See the Assemblies Official doctrine on this experience below. Hope this helps.

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (2010. Para #7)

n.a., Our 16 Fundamental Truths. March 01. 2013. Retrieved from

God does not have a problem communicating with his children, a warning to the mislead and those who are misleading innocent children of God, If you statar so called"speaking in tongues" or jibber jabbering a bunch of noise for hours and you have no idea whats going on or what you are saying then you are in nead of a exorcism.... real talk. watch who or what you follow people you and your followers are being lead to doom. And stop using religion to brainwash people and manipulate the ignorant for YOU are truly the ANITCHRIST ( and you call yourselves Pentcostals). Who came up with this word such Hogwash!!!!!