Original Research - Special Collection: Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619) - Important missiological perspectives

Dordt and Pentecostal traditions: African ‘Spiritual’ Churches in South Africa today

Henry Mbaya
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 53, No 3 | a2469 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v53i3.2469 | © 2019 Henry Mbaya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2019 | Published: 30 September 2019

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Henry Mbaya, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


This article explores the possible link between the teachings of the Canons of Dordt in the Netherlands (1618–1619) and those of the Pentecostal and African Spiritual Churches in South Africa today. This article tries to identify some common features as well as points of divergence between the two traditions, particularly with regard to the role of Scripture, divine sovereignty, and human responsibility in salvation. Secondly, this study highlights the views on the role of the Holy Spirit in election and salvation in relation to divine grace.


African Traditions; Arminians; Canons; Christian; Doctrine; Dordt Synod; Dordrecht; Dutch; Pentecostalism; Reformed Faith; Salvation; Scripture.


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