When researchers from the University of Pennsylvania studied the phenomenon of speaking in tongues, they found that it actually produced a feeling of peace and well-being in people who engaged in the behavior.
And The New York Times reported in 2006 that a study of Christians in England suggested that those who spoke in tongues "were more emotionally stable than those who did not."7. Yes, Sarah Palin has attended a Pentecostal church, and so has former Attorney General John Ashcroft.
But today a huge percentage of American Pentecostals belong to the middle class, and in developing countries wealthy Pentecostals are funding ambitious missionary projects.
There are Pentecostal Anglicans, Pentecostal Methodists, Pentecostal Baptists and huge numbers of Pentecostal Catholics.If you happen to tune into the Oxygen network's Preachers of L. or National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation, you might be tempted to believe all Pentecostals are either money-grubbing charlatans or misguided rural bumpkins. Yet when I use the word Pentecostal to describe myself I get some funny looks. I don't wear that label on my sleeve, but I'm not ashamed to admit to anyone that I'm a Christian who believes in the power of the Holy Spirit.A., the prosperity gospel is not a hit among a majority of Pentecostals. Americans became intrigued with the oddity of religious snake handling because of National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation show.
In fact, one of the nation's most prominent Pentecostal preachers, T. Jakes of Dallas, rebuked the stars of the reality show and told his congregation to "pull the plug" on it. But remember that there are only about 125 churches in this country that belong to this strange sect, and the congregations are tiny.You can customize a set of personalized criteria: location, education, age, etc to find your match.