By Frederick Dale Bruner
Bruner has been either thorough and reasonable, and has written a ebook that mixes scholarly learn with confident remark at the existence and challenge of the modern Church.
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A very strong eschatological note has characterized the movement from the beginning, inclined to be attributed by some to the lower socio-economic level of the Pentecostals, or the crisis character of our time, or by Pentecostals themselves to their fidelity to Holy Scripture and their love for Jesus Christ. None of these answers should be disregarded. Pentecostalism looks back on church history and sees mainly failure; it looks back to its own brief history and sees mainly success; it looks to the future and sees near consummation — and in each it sees the intimate relevance of the Spirit.
M . C . by Edinburgh H o u s e Press, 1 9 5 8 ) , p. 115. W e m a y also refer to Dr. Mackay's appreciation of Pentecostalism in his article in the Christian Century, 82 ( N o v . 24, 1 9 6 5 ) , 1439. Cf. M c G a v r a n et ai, Church Growth in Mexico, ch. " Kenneth Strachan, late director of the Latin A m e r i c a n Mission, posed the question of the growth of the "non-historical groups" o n a properly broad scale. "It would be gratifying if such growth could be claimed as the inevitable result of the truth of their message and m e t h o d s .
T h e N e w m a n Press, 1 9 5 7 ) , p. 2 9 5 ; and Kendrick, Promise, p. 4 0 . " Clark, Small Sects, p. 7 2 . Professor Warfield's discussion of the continental equivalent of the A n g l o - S a x o n holiness m o v e m e n t — the "fellowship m o v e m e n t " — illustrates this connection historically and theologically: "Smith's doctrine of the Higher Life is historically o n l y a m o d ification of the W e s l e y a n doctrine of 'Christian Perfection,' and the Evangelistic m e t h o d s e m p l o y e d by h i m and c o n v e y e d to the F e l l o w s h i p M o v e m e n t were his torically derived from Methodist practice.
A Theology of the Holy Spirit; The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness by Frederick Dale Bruner