Numerous Pentecostal groups desired the freedom to exercise worship in their own way. Therefore, this need for freedom coupled by the disparities in doctrinal beliefs and practices fueled the rapid expansion of the Pentecostals. Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the United Kingdom (UK) As mentioned earlier, Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity was initiated in the late 19th century. The UK then referred to as the Great Britain, was one of the founding locations of this movement. In its inception, the movement proclaimed themes of healing by faith and increased focus on the workmanship of the Holy Ghost. These principles were based on the notion that the modern church was lacking in the fire and power of the early church. Amongst the earliest radical evangelical experiences in the UK was the Welsh Revival of 1904. It represented the larges revival in the region during the early 20th century. This Welsh evangelical revival had repercussions all over the UK and spread globaly world including Scandinavian countries, North America and other parts of Europe. Consequently, this resulted in thousands of people speaking in tongues after being filled by the Holy Spirit. From then on, the Pentecostal fire could not be quenched in the UK. It rapidly gained popularity and spread all over the nation. Today, 4.5 million of UK’s populations have religious inclinations and more than half of these populations are evangelicals and Protestants (West, 2008: 21). This implies that Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity are on the rise in the UK. This continued upward surge in the evangelical and Pentecostal inclinations in the UK is credited to the influx of immigrants from Africa and Latin America (West, 2008: 21). Consequently, it...
Latin America was one of the beneficiaries of the out flux of the Welsh revival in the early 19th century. Like in North America, the reception and propagation of the Pentecostal movement in Latin America was also positive. Consequently, this led to the establishment of numerous churches in the region.
However, it is of crucial importance to note that this region has been predominant linked to the monolithic Roman Catholic Church. However, about 15 percent of Latin America’s populations have converted to Pentecostal Christianity. Consequently, this implies that the Pentecostal church is the fastest growing church in this region. Research shows that 8,000 Latin Americans covert to Pentecostal Christianity on a daily basis. This growth is widely experienced in Brazil and Guatemala. Venezuela’s response to the Pentecostal gospel has been a bit slow. Therefore propagation in this area has been mainly hindered by religious chauvinisms. This is because some of the natives view the evangelical religion as being a religion for the poor. This is directed towards the evangelicals’ efforts to reach out to the poor in the society by attending to both their spiritual and material needs. Therefore, this implies that evangelical Christianity offers a platform for the transformation of numerous Latin America populations as they come to the realization of religious freedom and social justice.