What is a Full Gospel church?


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The Full Gospel movement is associated with Pentecostalism. According to Pentecostals, the teaching of the "full gospel" is mentioned by the apostle Paul in Romans 13:19, "I have fully proclaimed t...

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Image41 Ezekiel Kimosop Pastor, Teacher
The Full Gospel church in Kenya is a congregational charismatic/Pentecostal church with its roots in Finland. 

It came to Kenya in the late 1960s. I am not sure whether they are related to the Canadian assembly mentioned by Michael but I know that it is a vibrant church denomination which embraces the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a special emphasis on speaking in tongues. 

Among its orthodox doctrines is that if a believer commits a sexual sin he/she must be named in the assembly and expelled until he/she repents and be born again afresh. This suggests that they lean towards Arminian theological persuasion on salvation. 

They also hold some degree of exclusivism and initially refused to permit marriage between their members and those from evangelical churches but this teaching has since been abandoned in some churches. They do not ordain women as ministers. 

The main challenge confronting the Full Gospel churches is their limited biblical training of their pastors and evangelists. Their theological colleges do not have sound theological scholars because they do not recognize evangelical theologians and will not permit them to train their ministers.

Some years ago the Kenyan church split into two following some protracted leadership wrangles so that we now have the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya who claim to be the original church and the Worldwide Full Gospel Church led by a splinter group. 

The sect has a vibrant fellowship tradition and embrace liberal giving of tithes and offerings. They believe in all the miracles listed in scriptures.

key among their doctrines is their belief in the infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit and its evidence through speaking in tongues. 

They discourage church weddings for couples who came to Christ while married under traditional or civil ceremonies arguing that those who come to Christ should remain as He found them. This teaching has been controversial and has led many members to reject it such it is now optional for a couple in such circumstances to wed. 

I would consider the Full Gospel church in Kenya as biblical church.

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