I have long thought, from my own experience in a Pentecostal setting while growing up, that Pentecostals must embrace the Sovereignty of God in order for their theology and experience to make sense. While Pentecostals tend to be “Arminian” in their understanding of God’s sovereignty, I have long thought they were functionally “Calvinistic”. Pentecostal scholar David Lim (1993:245-246) confirms the Pentecostal’s high view of God’s sovereignty:
Biblical prophecy implies a sovereign God who is above all and knows all. He is greater than His creation. He commands and it shall be accomplished (e.g., Isaiah 45:18-25). Prediction and its fulfillment reveal His omniscience and omnipotence. He shapes the course of the universe, the destiny of nations, and the direction of individual lives. Yet, because He does speak to human beings through prophecy about their sin and need for repentance, about His hope in the midst of despair, or restoration, encouragement, and blessing, we see God as very near and very involved in our lives. He is both transcendent and immanent. Some say that God speaks to us only from the written Word. Although prophecy must be subject to the teaching and authority of Scripture, God has never stopped speaking to His people. He can break into the midst of any situation with His special word at anytime.
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