Pentecostals seeking to reclaim pacifism


"Did you know that Pentecostal denominations have not always been militaristic?"

That's a question posed on Jay Beaman's Pentecostal and Holiness Pacifism website, a site "dedicated to the history of Pentecostal and Holiness Pacifism and related topics."Jay Beaman's Pentecostalism and Holiness Pacifism Site

Beaman's site claims that between 5-10% of all conscientious objectors in the United States during World War I were "Pentecostals or

 

Holiness at a time when the pentecostalist movement was only about ten years old.

Though still growing, the site offers some interesting information: popular TV evangelist Rex Humbard's father was a pacifist; a number of historians are working on research to correct what Beaman calls their "mutilated history" noting that  "... the initial impulses gained from the Holiness movement, pacifism, women in leadership, interracial worship, identification with the poor including a critique of capitalism and ecumenism... were lost by later generations of Pentecostals."