Last updated on: 3/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Assemblies of God (USA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Opinion in the Assemblies of God on capital punishment is mixed. However, more people associated with the Assemblies of God probably favor capital punishment for certain types of crimes such as premeditated murder than those who would oppose capital punishment without reservation. This consensus grows out of a common interpretation that the Old Testament sanctions capital punishment, and nothing in the New Testament negates maximum punishment as society’s means of dealing effectively with serious crimes…

There is room in the church for honest differences of opinion concerning the use of capital punishment. However, all believers should seek to apply biblical principles in reaching their conclusions…”

“Capital Punishment,” www.ag.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Description:

“The General Council of the Assemblies of God (USA), one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the United States, was organized in 1914 by a broad coalition of ministers who desired to work together to fulfill common objectives, such as sending missionaries and providing fellowship and accountability. Formed in the midst of the emerging worldwide Pentecostal revival, the Assemblies of God quickly took root in other countries and formed indigenous national organizations. The Assemblies of God (USA) is a constituent member of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship – one of the largest Pentecostal fellowships in the world.”

“Brief History of the Assemblies of God,” www.ag.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Mission:

“The Assemblies of God is committed to fulfilling a threefold mission. Its primary reason for being is:

1. Evangelize the lost.
2. Worship God.
3. Disciple believers.”

“Our Mission & Core Values,” www.ag.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?