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Sandinista Perceptions Of Evangelicals

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Links between Nicaraguan Evangelical organisations and their U.S. counterparts meant that religious leaders often travelled to North America on church business. This chapter explores Sandinista exasperation with Nicaraguan Pentecostal apoliticism. It also explores briefly the theological basis underpinning it. Understanding the various eschatological positions within Christianity is complex and time-consuming, made all the more difficult by the various ways in which eschatology is categorised. Classical Pentecostalism (i.e. the vast majority of Nicaraguan Pentecostals in the 1980s) was, until fairly recently, premillennialist. This view was popularised within revivalist Evangelicalism (from where Pentecostalism originates) by the likes of D.L. Moody and R.A. Torrey. The chapter finally explains the nature of premillennialism. Within premillennialism there are several views centring upon an understanding of the nature and timing of the Great Tribulation. The most common is pretribulationism, a position which proposes a two-stage parousia and which has strongly influenced classical Pentecostalism.

Keywords: church business; classical Pentecostalism; eschatology; Great Tribulation; Nicaraguan Evangelical organisations; Nicaraguan Pentecostal apoliticism; North America; premillennialism; revivalist Evangelicalism; Sandinista exasperation



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