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The Azusa Street revival of 1906 to 1909 Essay

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Discipline Self Improvement
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The Azusa Street revival of 1906 to 1909 has been an event that popularised the practice of charismatic worship first in the United States and finally across the Christian world. However, representations of the revival in the first years of the 20th century have been still biased, and distorted the events which occurred. Ancient believers depicted the revival as an eschatological story where the energy of God came down to earth and also revolutionised the church, particularly with the gift of tongues. Pentecostal historians later mythologised Azusa Street representing the revival as the birthplace of Pentecostalism. On the flip side, conservatives depicted the events of this revival as unbiblical and wicked, while royal critics portrayed the resurrection as a phenomenon that was absurd and defied human logic. Following the civil war, protestant churches began to ignore the importance of emotional expression in worship. According to historian Thomas Nicole, American churches changed into ‘dignified, rational, middle course congregations’ which limited emotional expression. By comparison, various fringe groups fought with the cold formalism which had grown in Western Christianity as they thought that the energy of the Holy Spirit would soon move in charismatic power as prophesied in Joel 2:28-32. By 1906, great anticipation had built up in such groups located in Los Angeles as Menzies clarifies that many congregations held prayer meetings which cried for ‘˜a Pentecost’ at Los Angeles’. It looks like ministers began to represent Los Angeles as the centre, from that a magnetic outpouring would inevitably happen. Frank Bartleman for example reported that the people of Los Angeles would shortly find themselves ‘˜in the throes of some mighty...

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