Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic

Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic 35 Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic Mark D. McLean* I To begin with, is there a Pentecostal theology? In one sense, the answer is "NO!" (William Menzies)' I I remember attending a charismatic meeting during the early 1970s in Southern California at which Dennis Bennett was the featured speaker. In his attempt to allay the fears of his audience that his charismatic message was some sort of spiritual elitism of recent innovation, he used the metaphor of two carpenters working on similar projects. Both have exactly the same tools at their disposal. One proceeds to build a piece of furniture using a drill, dowels, and glue. The other carpenter takes out a hammer and nails and quickly finishes the project while the former carpenter slowly labors on. He then assured the audience that we all have had the hammer and nails there all the time. Pentecostals do not possess something which non- Pentecostals do not have, but rather, they have learned to use this tool which is available to all, and is, indeed, something that all Christians possess. It simply needs to be recognized.2 Dr. Menzies makes much the same point by insisting that there is no Pentecostal theology http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pneuma Brill

Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic

Pneuma, Volume 6 (1): 35 – Jan 1, 1984

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© 1984 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0272-0965
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1570-0747
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35 Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic Mark D. McLean* I To begin with, is there a Pentecostal theology? In one sense, the answer is "NO!" (William Menzies)' I I remember attending a charismatic meeting during the early 1970s in Southern California at which Dennis Bennett was the featured speaker. In his attempt to allay the fears of his audience that his charismatic message was some sort of spiritual elitism of recent innovation, he used the metaphor of two carpenters working on similar projects. Both have exactly the same tools at their disposal. One proceeds to build a piece of furniture using a drill, dowels, and glue. The other carpenter takes out a hammer and nails and quickly finishes the project while the former carpenter slowly labors on. He then assured the audience that we all have had the hammer and nails there all the time. Pentecostals do not possess something which non- Pentecostals do not have, but rather, they have learned to use this tool which is available to all, and is, indeed, something that all Christians possess. It simply needs to be recognized.2 Dr. Menzies makes much the same point by insisting that there is no Pentecostal theology

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