Communities of Evangelical Christians-Baptists and Pentecostals in an artificial religious association (1970s)

Journal Title: Eminak - Year 2017, Vol 1, Issue 3

Abstract

The peculiarities of relationships of Evangelical Christians-Baptists and Pentecostal in the united communities in Ukraine during 1970s are revealed in the article on the base of the archival materials. The dynamics of the number of societies and members of the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists for the indicated time is shown here. The processes that took place in the united communities reflected the consequences of the state’s gross interference in church affairs. It proves the determining influence of the state on the internal affairs of the church and on the interconfessional communication of that time. Most exacerbation of interfaith relations in the societies of Evangelical Christians-Baptists occurred in 1976-1977.The main causes of interconfessional disputes and the nature of their spread are explained in the article. The author defines the goals that were pursued by both denominations within the union and by the Soviet authorities that initiated it. Pentecostals aspired to embody their particulars of worship and above all to pray «speaking in tongues». They often resented a contemptuous attitude or infringement on the part of church leaders from Evangelical Christians-Baptists. Pentecostals have sought to create their own department in the All-Union Council of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, and increase representation in the governing regional, national and union institutions of the church. Evangelical Christians-Baptists feared the influence of Pentecostal ideas in their communities. Registration autonomous societies of Christians of Evangelical Faith and their efforts to create their own leadership centre caused deterioration of relations between the two faiths in union communities. Evangelical Christians-Baptists and Pentecostals did not want to strengthen the union that did not meet their needs and has been advantageous only to the Soviet regime.

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Olga Shvets

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Olga Shvets (2017). Communities of Evangelical Christians-Baptists and Pentecostals in an artificial religious association (1970s). Eminak, 1(3), 36-40. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-280949