However, the story is not holistic per se because of some unpleasant observations being witnessed in the teachings and practices of the churches.
This is to avoid generalization which is observed in many earlier works on Pentecostal churches. Ruth Marshall said “Pentecostal” which refers to a “specific set of doctrinal tenets and rituals ignores the heterogeneity of this movement”.
Many western scholars focus on historical continuity of Pentecostalism with the US American Azusa Street Revival or adherence to a doctrine of “initial evidence”.
According to him such churches include older AIC called ‘prophet healing’ churches by Turner, mission-related Pentecostal churches and newer African founded Pentecostal Churches, Fellowships and Ministries In fact, the above definition may even be offensive to the mainline churches because they claim that the promise of the Holy Spirit which is one of the features of Pentecostalism was a promise of Jesus Christ to every believer.
Ayegboyin has this to say on Pentecostalism that “a general term used to describe the groups and sects which have traditionally placed emphasis on the speaking and receiving of certain gifts of the Spirit, such as, speaking in tongues, prophesying and healing as a sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The study of Pentecostal Churches is regarded as the third phase in the history of Christianity in Nigeria.
The existence of the Churches in this category is a challenge to the existence of Mainline and African Independent Churches.
Some of these Churches are: Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deeper Life Christian Church, Living Faith Church, New Testament Church, Rhema Church etc .
It is observed that many of them have contributed significantly to the needed religious, political and socio-economic infrastructure for Sustainable Development of Nigeria in the 21 Century.
For instance, the establishment of Private universities, hospitals, banks, campaign against AIDS/HIV, scholarships, road maintenance and rehabilitation of drug addicts.
However, the story of the Churches are not only “Holistic”, there are abounding “negative” findings that are inimical to the growth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.