Baptist vs Pentecostal
Religion is a belief in nature or god, it is a socio- cultural practice which maintains a person’s views, deeds, behaviour, spirituality, morality, etc..
There are several religions that are practiced in the whole world. Every religion has its own values, ways, rituals, views, etc.. The ultimate goal of every religion is to make the soul pure, so that it can enter heaven.
Some major religions that are followed across world are : christianilty, islam, hinduism, sikhism, judaism, jainism, zoraostrianism,etc..
Religion is a wide term, under religion there are several other divisions on the basis of teachings, beliefs, regions, types of gods they worship, etc..
Likewise, chrisanity is religion based on teaching and values of jesus christ, and adherent of christanity are known as christans. The holy book of christanity is “bible”. This holy book mentions all the teaching, life lessons, and the life events of Jesus christ.
Christanity is the most populous sect in the whole world. There are nearly 31% of christians in the whole world. Within christanity there are different beliefs, and different divisions.
In christanity there are mainly five divisions: The church of the east, oriental orthodoxy, eastern orthodoxy, Roman catholicism, and protestantism.
Within all these five different groups there are further distinctive features of small groups. Every group has different types of believers, as they have different approaches towards the divinity.
The difference between baptist and pentecostal is their different approach towards divinity. Baptist and pentecostal are different groups within protestantism.
Comparison Table Between Baptist and Pentecostal (in Tabular Form)
|Parameters of Comparison||Baptist||Pentecostal|
|Prayers||Sings hymns and prays quietly.||Sings hymns and prays loudly.|
|Believe in langage||Does not believe in language.||Believes in language.|
|Connection with god||Acts as an intermediary religious authority between person and god.||Believes in directness of person and god.|
|Views for women||Does not allow women to become pastors.||Allows women to become pastors.|
|Views on life.||Believes that once saved is saved forever.||Believes one should have a sinless life even after being saved once.|
What is Baptist?
Baptist is a member of protestant christian group, who shares the basic beliefs of all protestants but who insist that immersion is the only way to get baptized and not by sprinkling or pouring water.
Baptist believes that the better way of prayers is to sing hymns and pray quietly. They also do not believe that speaking in tongues is part of christian mythology.
Baptism does not allow women to become pastor. They also restrict women being loud and women should dress up modestly.
According to baptist their major distinctive beliefs are :-
- Supremacy of “bible” in all matters of faith and practices.
- Immersion is the purest form of rites.
- There is a strict belief that church should be composed of core believers of christ.
- Independence of church, there should not be authority above church hob can interfere in working of church.
- Equality of all chrristions in premises of church.
Baptist believes that faith has been saved forever, once someone received Jesus Christ as savior. If someone is praying, then they are being saved by Jesus Christ, till their death and beyond.
According to the baptist the only access to God is through religious authority. As per bible there is no evidence of two classes.
The founder of baptism was a british pastor John Smyth. Baptism also believes in the practice of “credobaptism”, according to which baptism can only be performed by adults.
What is Pentecostal?
Members of pentecostal movement are pentecostals. It is named after jewish festival of feast “pentecost” which happened after fifty days of the death of Jesus Christ entering heaven.
It is believed that followers of pentecostal movement are waiting for the resurrection of Jesus. Pentecostal movement got its grip in the early 1900s.
Their beliefs are quite different from that of baptist views, like they have more faith in spirit and holy baptism spirit.
According to pentecostals women should not wear jewellery and makeup. They are also against watching television and listening to music. They let women become pastor.
Pentecostals sing hymns and pray loudly, they also believe in spirit language. Disciples have direct access to god.
Pentecostal beliefs a person can lose salvation if faith is not kept consistently. They believe that a person should have a sinless life even after being saved once.
Pentecostal beliefs in practical experience in life rather than theology. Their theology is totally based on the bible which is considered as ‘words of God’.
Main Differences Between Baptist and Pentecostal
- Pentecostals believe in language on contrary baptists do not believe in tongue.
- Baptist sings hymns and prays quietly on the other hand pentecostal sings and prays loudly.
- Baptists do not allow women to become pastors while pentecostals let women to be pastors.
- Baptists believed that once a person is saved they are saved for their whole life on contrary pentecostal believes that even after being saved a person should have a sinless life.
- According to baptists access to god is possible through religious authority while pentecostal beliefs that there direct connection of disciple and god.
Both baptists and pentecostals are different groups of christanity, and their approaches towards god are different. Both of them preach to be a good human being but their values are somewhat different.
Pentecostal movement came into existence in the 20th century. Baptists and pentecostals are adherents of Jesus christ. Baptists and pentecostals follow the bible as a holy book. Baptist even mentions the authority of the bible as supreme of all in any matter.