In the early history of the United States, there was the Second Great Awakening, Frontier Protestantism that lasted about 50 years. When church goers “felt the spirit of God” within them, they expressed this feeling by running, barking, laughing, singing, and whatever other manner seemed to represent their emotions. This was called “falling out” or being “slain in spirit.”
The film also mentioned that many smaller, radical religious groups had gained confidence from this new Protestant growth. It carried certain traits that they felt defined their own beliefs. Their energy and freedom to express hopes and frustrations freely was one. Another trait was that many different groups, some being opposites, could still find guidance and hope through the Bible’s message. Slaves and also landowners found representation of their own situation.
This gives the impression that the Bible contradicts itself, a claim that some believe to be true. A serious study of the scriptures will prove that God’s message has been consistent throughout the history of mankind, from Genesis to Revelation.
Finally in South Korea, Korean Pentecostalism preaches the “prosperity gospel”. If one gives an offering, they are guaranteed success. To his credit, one Korean minister revealed that the “true” success lies in applying the will of God in your life and reaping the rewards of a clean conscience.
In the end, followers of Protestant faiths do not seem to be united in their beliefs. It is inherent in the denomination that a person can choose for himself the way to worship God. That also attests to the rapid growth and popularity of Protestant faiths, that people want to interpret God’s word for themselves, not necessarily to find out what God wants from