Chilean Pentecostalism is different from worldwide Pentecostalism. This chapter describes Chile’s unique contribution.
In the beginning, there was a separation between church and mission giving a disastrous consequence to both. In the beginning, the mission was considered to be from East to West; there were problems relating to the trinity; their were problems relating to the younger churches. The growth of mission was dependent up the solution of these and other problems
When mission is directed towards the organization of the poor or when it has resulted in creating a new consciousness among the oppressed about their rights, then in India it is accused as being anti-national. We have two choices: to take seriously the subversive character of mission and face its consequence, or to carry on with activities — charitable, developmental, and others — which will not cause any tremor in the existing system of things.
It was not the aim of the early protestant missionary movement, but it was ecumenical, hence the mission of the church and the unity of the church were recognized as belonging together but not until after some tension between the two.
In order to evolve an alternate form of development which is wholistic and more humane, we need to listen to the experiences of the indigenous and tribal people — their communitarian life and their bond with the earth. But, by and large, our churches are mere spectators, incapable of responding to their needs.
Pentecostalism is efficient in supporting individuals in situations of extreme privation or family crisis. It also helps the poor by offering a mutual support network and the subjective experiences of power and dignity and of belonging to a community.
Mission discovered the church between 1919 and 1960, but the next twenty years saw the church discovering the world as the locus of its life and mission. The missionary movement was very slow in recognizing the importance of the secular world in its thinking, but thanks to great theologians such as Bonhoffer and others it became clear that the church’s nature and function needed to be rethought in relation to God’s concern for the whole world.
The religions of India should see the relevance of the new secular framework that is emerging. It is based on certain values which they all together can affirm — the values of justice, equality and participation.
A review of the history of Pentecostalism in Latin America, it’s use of mass media, it’s involvement in politics, it’s contrast with traditional Protestantism and the future of both
There is tension between the terms “Ecumenical” and “Evangelical.” These terms have become symbols of opposed positions and divisons: the former term refers to those who would transform society, the latter, those who would emphasize evangelism and personal conversion.