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The question then is: How may a man receive this great blessing of full deliverance through Christ? Acts 2:38-39 tells us: [quotation]. . This is a wonderful truth! Men do not have to join any particular church, nor subscribe to any creed of man, but can be saved eternally by simply repenting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ; and then they can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with signs following, as in the days of the Apostles. He said the three steps of Acts 2:38—repentance, water baptism, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost—were God’s standard of salvation.

Conclusions Despite his short Pentecostal ministry of five years, William Durham was a powerful, unusually anointed preacher who exerted tremendous and lasting influence within the developing Pentecostal movement. The Finished Work doctrine was not unique to him, of course. In a general sense it was characteristic of mainline Protestant theology. A century before, most Methodists had abandoned the idea of sanctification as a second work of grace, and some non-Pentecostal contemporaries of Durham in the Holiness movement had formulated essentially the same doctrine in their own context.

After a few months, Durham returned to Chicago, leaving his new Los Angeles mission in their hands. 46 The Finished Work Controversy The Finished Work message spread rapidly through revival services and also through a periodical that Durham published called the Pentecostal Testimony. Durham’s preaching was powerful, and his message inspired great faith. 48 The major leaders of the Pentecostal movement at the time all opposed Durham, however, including Parham, Seymour, Cashwell, Mason, and Tomlinson.

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