During the late 19th and early 20th-century, a period of time often referred to as the Third Great Awakening (Ferre`, 1988), a movement known as the Social Gospel infiltrated the religious front. Preceded by the influence of Charles Darwin and operating with the edgy thinking of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, American culture was rife with a progressive appeal. As the Social Gospel permeated poverty-stricken streets, the modern Pentecostal movement was developing as well. However, then as of now, many Pentecostals have steered clear of the teachings and doctrines of a Social Gospel. However, closer examination will reveal that there are some beneficial aspects stemming from the Social Gospel that would not only assist the evangelistic effort of the Pentecostal church, but also, fulfill Biblical mandates.
The Social Gospel
Opinions are divided among historians and students of religion as to the origin and development of the Social…
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