Third Wave

What was the Third Wave?

The “Third Wave” movement is a fresh expression of Pentecostal Christianity. The “First Wave,” according to C. Peter Wagner (see below), who coined the term, was the birth of the modern Pentecostal movement under Charles Parham, W.J. Seymour, and the Azusa St. Revival. The “Second Wave” was the charismatic movement of the 1960’s, which saw Pentecostal experiences occur in non-Pentecostal churches. The “Third Wave” refers to non-Pentecostal Christians who believe in the miraculous gifts and works of God, yet don’t regard baptism of the Holy Spirit as a second work of grace. Perhaps the most well-known group ascribing to the “Third Wave” is the Vineyard movement.

C. Peter Wagner

C. Peter Wagner is a former professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is well-known for books on spiritual warfare, including Confronting the Powers and Engaging the Enemy. He advocates strategic engagement in spiritual warfare, including confronting territorial demons and calling demons by their name. He is also known for advocating the destruction of the statues of Catholic saints, which he teaches are idols representing spiritual darkness.

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