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The Pentecostal Assemblies of The World, Inc. (or P.A.W.)

is one of the world’s largest Apostolic (Oneness) Pentecostal Christian denominations, and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The P.A.W. adheres to the non-trinitarian theology of Oneness. While it began in 1906 with Trinitarian beliefs, it was re-organized in 1916 as Oneness Pentecostal, thus making it the oldest organization of this type.

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 God The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit
(Oneness)
 

Oneness Pentecostalism (also known as Apostolic, Jesus’ Name Pentecostalism, or Jesus Only movement) is a movement within the Christian family of churches known as Pentecostalism. It derives its distinctive name from its teaching on the Godhead, which is popularly referred to as the “Oneness doctrine,” a form of Modalistic Monarchianism. This doctrine states that there is one God, a singular divine Spirit, who manifests himself in many ways, including as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

This stands in sharp contrast to the doctrine of three distinct and eternal persons posited by Trinitarian theology. Oneness believers baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, rather than using the Trinitarian formula, of baptizing “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Oneness believers state that Jesus is the one name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and so should perform all religious activities in that one name.

 

Besides their beliefs about the Godhead, Oneness Pentecostals differ significantly from most other Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians in matters of soteriology. Whereas most Pentecostals and evangelicals believe that only faith in Jesus Christ is the essential element for salvation, Oneness Pentecostalism defines salvation as saved by grace through faith and “true” faith leads to repentance, full-submersion water baptism (in the name of Jesus Christ) and baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Many also tend to emphasize strict “holiness standards” in dress, grooming and other areas of personal conduct that are not necessarily shared by other Pentecostal groups, at least not to the degree that is generally found in some Oneness churches who also say holiness is to be set apart to God.