My friend Russ has called my attention to a recent Newsweek article that provides some new insight into Palin’s religious faith. It turns out that Palin was indeed raised Pentecostal and attends the Pentecostal Juneau Christian Center when she is in Juneau. But she considers here “home church” the Church on the Rock in Wasilla, Alaska. According to a spokesperson, she “does not consider herself Pentecostal.”
The Newsweek article confirms an earlier Time interview in which she said she attends a “non-denominational Bible church.” The Church on the Rock certainly fits this description. It was founded in the home of the one its members in 2000 and seems to have grown rapidly. The doctrine of the church is clearly evangelical, but it does not seem overly dogmatic and is written in everday language, probably in attempt to attract spiritual seekers who might be turned off by an overly specific and detailed doctrinal statement.
HOWEVER, the church does seem a bit more pentecostal than more independent churches of this nature. The doctrinal statement notes: “the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.” (See my previous post).
Palin may no longer consider herself Pentecostal, but she has not strayed too far from her childhood faith.