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Churches of God
Churches of God are made up of about 15 religious groups in the United States, each using
the title Churches of God. Still, they differ in their beliefs. Almost all of these churches
have their early beginnings rooted in the Pentecostal, Holiness, or Adventist movements.
The most prominant of the churches is the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. The church
was founded in 1886 and is known as one of the first Pentecostal churches. Another prominant church
is the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. Established around 1880, the church has become one of
the largest Holiness churches. The Holiness Movement places an emphasis on sanctification and the
literal interpretation of the Bible.
In the United States, there are aroung 30 notable Pentecostal denominations. A large number of other
small churches identify themselves with Pentecostal beliefs but do not call themselves Pentecostal
churches. A closely related charismatic movement began during the 1960's when many
Protestants and Roman Catholics claimed to have experienced spiritual baptism.
Churches of Godaccepted the pentecostal doctrine about spiritual baptism in 1907.
Other Pentecostal churches with Holiness origins include the Church of God in Christ and the
International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Data for this article was researched from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
and work by Charles H. Lippy, Ph.D., Leroy A. Martin