Free Holiness

Posted by Charles Page in Facebook's Pentecostal Theology Group View the Original Post

When I was growing up we used the term “Free Holiness” to describe Pentecostals who seemed extreme. I never knew exactly what a “Free Holiness” was. Any help here?

What do the words free and holiness mean in this description?

Wayne A. Channer [05/24/2015 7:37 PM]
I believe that refers to A wesleyian doctrine of Sanctification and the Arminian theology of free will?? Perhaps they’re just highlighting that fact. We use to call that “Pentecostal Holiness”. That would cover a whole lot of pentecostal churches: Church of God (Clev TN) and Church of God of Prophecy, Int’l Holiness Pentecostal Church and Church of God in Christ.

Charles Page [05/24/2015 8:01 PM]
I believe the meaning for us was a Pentecostal church that was non-denominational, independent and perhaps oneness!

W. Wayne Pugh [06/02/2015 10:36 PM]
All of the Free Holiness Churches I have ever known were Independant Trinitarian and not Oneness.

John Earp [06/11/2015 10:52 AM]
In my experience, Free Holiness churches are congregational in government and hold to rather old-line Holiness standards in personal convictions.

Charles Page [06/11/2015 11:41 AM]
When I originally posted this it carried a negative connotation for me from my upbringing. “Free Holiness” meant an independent spirit that drew people away from our overly organized denominational stance. Often FH were united Pentecostals or Jesus only people.

I agree with John Earp and stand corrected.


  • Reply September 23, 2019

    Robert Donnelly Jr.

    I am from north alabama and free holiness churches are pretty popular here. Free holiness churches are trinatarian pentecostals. From my understanding their doctrine is as follows . They believe you are not saved until you speak in toungues. Also once you have received the Holy Ghost ( speaking in toungues) if you ever backslide they will never take you back. They say you are on your way to hell if you backslide and can not come back to God. I believe they base this on Hebrews 10:26-29.

    I am a church of god minister. We sometimes receive people who the free holiness church has rejected. We

    believe you are saved by faith. We do also believe in speaking in toungues but we dont teach that it is required for salvation. We do believe you can come back to God if you backslide which is why people who used to be free holiness come to us because we tell them there is still hope.

  • Reply September 23, 2019

    Robert Donnelly Jr.

    Here is a link to their statement of faith. Now the free holiness churches of north Alabama have pretty extreme beliefs but the other church who call themselves free holiness in other parts of the us may or may not be the same.

  • Reply February 29, 2020


    Ok please let me answer all the question i seen. Wayne A. Channer and Charles page.
    I know this man in this picture i know trenton free holiness church.

    I am free holiness,

    Free holiness means,

    Free from sin,

    We believe in living free from sin. Yes we make mistake we believe and FYI @Robert Donnelly we don’t kick no one out if they sin nor shun them. We justs believe in a one time salvation . We don’t up hold sin at all,

    Why we believe in one time salvation?
    Jesus died once on the cross for our sins..
    not 1 million times,

    Sin is a willing act .
    If I know im going to slap you in the face and do it its sin,
    If im stretching and didnt mean to smack you in the face = no sin.

    We don’t reject no one FYI again. just no sense in them making an effort of trying to receive the Holy if they have giving up.

  • Robert L. Jared
    Reply February 29, 2020

    Robert L. Jared

    Ultra conservative in the Holiess movement, their church government is made up of an association, loosely held together, tend to be trinitarian, pentecostal, and congregationaly independent.

  • Don Watson
    Reply February 29, 2020

    Don Watson

    Traditionally, No formal organization, but led by patriarchs. noted for strict standards. Good people. DEW

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 29, 2020

      Troy Day

      you mean like in the NT or what?

    • Don Watson
      Reply February 29, 2020

      Don Watson

      Troy Day I think that is what they believe. Others may not. I was only giving a description in response to your question. there may be more information somewhere online; Wikipedia, for example. DEW

    • Don Watson
      Reply February 29, 2020

      Don Watson

      Here is a website you might find interesting. . DEW

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 29, 2020

      Troy Day

      Don Watson no Not really Seen it before but it does not explain my questions from OP as per the NT paradigm

  • Dan Brent
    Reply March 1, 2020

    Dan Brent

    All the independent holiness churches in my area are non-trinitarian.

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