Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
The Pentecostal Church
Pentacostal Church membership is one of the largest among Christians in the United States. Pentecostalism is based on the early Christian event of the baptism of the twelve disciples by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentacost. Most often credited with the proliferation of the movement in the U.S. is the 1906 Azusa Street revival that took place at the Apostolic Faith Gospel Mission in Los Angeles, where Pastor William Seymour, among others, led hundreds - as many as 1,500 per day - of attendees in hours-long prayer and weeks-long preaching that lasted continually for about three years. The sustained, rigorous experience led attendees to share in what they deemed as the Holy Spirit moving through each and every person at the event, prompting many to engage in glossolalia, or speaking in tongues. Pentacostalism grew rapidly in the United States in the early 20th century, giving rise to the charismatic movement of the 1960s, where gifts of the Spirit are emphasized. Pentacostals believe the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and in the existence of the Godhead - the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Scripture is interpreted literally and adult baptism is a central rite. Christian Local maintains a comprehensive listing of such churches and organizations.