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Religions 2018, 9(2), 60; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020060

George Jeffreys: Pentecostal and Contemporary Implications

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Emeritus Professor of Theology, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Wrexham LL11 2AW, UK
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Honorary Professor of Pentecostal Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, Chester University, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK
Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 1 February 2018 / Accepted: 2 February 2018 / Published: 15 February 2018
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The life and work of the Welsh evangelist George Jeffreys resulted in the planting of two denominations in the UK between 1915 and 1962, when he died. The Elim churches continue to this day to be one of the larger classical Pentecostal denominations in the UK, while the Bible Pattern Fellowship dispersed on Jeffreys’ death. The disputes that led to Jeffreys’ departure from Elim were said to have arisen from his adherence to British Israel doctrine, though his supporters believed they arose from his championing of local church ownership and democracy. This paper considers sociological and other reasons for Jeffreys’ remarkable success in the interwar years and his eventual departure from a denomination he founded. It concludes by reflecting on topics (such as the importance of debate and law) that have relevance for contemporary Pentecostalism. View Full-Text
Keywords: George Jeffreys; Elim; British Israel; schism; Pentecostalism; revivalism; 1930s George Jeffreys; Elim; British Israel; schism; Pentecostalism; revivalism; 1930s
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