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.