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Acts 2:4; Acts 10:45-46; Acts 19:6; Acts 2:2-4; Acts 2:38
The preceding comments have been about the Pentecostal movement as a whole, but this thesis is concerned primarily with its third stream, the Oneness Pentecostal movement, that deserves attention in its own right. As Walter J. Hollenweger in The Pentecostals observes, there is "also a not inconsiderable group of Pentecostals for whom the only valid baptism is that carried out 'in the name of Jesus. According to Hollenweger, the dispute regarding the correct formula of baptism-a dispute between Trinitarian Pentecostals who baptize in the titles of the Trinity following Matthew 28:19 and the Oneness Pentecostals who baptize in Jesus' name following Acts 2:38 and similar passages-has not yet been resolved.9 These two statements, "a not inconsiderable group" and "has not yet been resolved," show the need for this study.
These various competing voices lend credence to Bernard's statement about the importance of the Pentecostal movement. A major debate in the movement's history was the Jesus Name Controversy of 1913-1916 that culminated in the division of the movement.
Buford, Paul, "The Jesus Name Controversy-A Doctrinal Development in the Pentecostal Movement of the Twentieth Century" (2003). Master of Art Theology Thesis. 94.
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