CNN released a Pew Study December 27th which declared that biblical fundamentalism is the fastest growing Christian sect world wide. It was declared that “charismatic” Christians number just over 305 million practitioners in the world who believe the Holy Spirit gifts as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12 in the Bible are still in operation.http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/27/charismatic-movement-growing-quickly-worldwide/?iref=allsearch
Pentecostalism, which is a denomination that doctrinally practices the free working gifts of the Holy Spirit, was not included in this charismatic movement. The charismatic numbers include Christian denominations defined as Roman Catholic, Orthodox and all other Protestant groups apart from the Pentecost denomination that typically did not doctrinally accept that the Holy Spirit gifts were still in operation.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecostalism
There are currently around 250 million believers of the “Pentecostal” movement, therefore adding the number of those that practice “Pentecost” as charismatics, and you have well over half a billion “Christians” that believe in the free operation of the Holy Spirit.
In Brazil where there is a heavy following of Roman Catholicism, the Pew Study reported that a whopping 34% of all people in Brazil are “charismatic believers”.
The “charismatic movement” received an enormous boost from the Roman Catholic Church around 1967 when practicing Catholics began experiencing “the working gifts of the Holy Spirit”. As with other non-Pentacostal Protestant religions of Christianity, those doing so were restricted from demonstrating their spiritual gifts and forced to practice their gifts apart from the churches they belonged.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charismatic_Movement
The nine spiritual gifts documented in 1 Corinthians 12 are the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, supernatural faith, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles, the gift of prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking diverse types of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_gifts_of_the_Holy_Spirit
There are Christian sects of Protestant followers that claim “full gospel” acceptance, but reject many if not all of the spiritual gifts that are outlined. The controversy regarding the display of these “charismatic gifts” is whether they remain in operation passed the period of when the original twelve disciples existed. Many denominations of Christianity objected to the emotionalism that the Pentecostalism would bring.
Ironically in the Pentecostal churches that doctrinally proclaim the working gifts of the Spirit, many services have banished the free demonstration of the spiritual gifts because to do so would “disrupt the service”. The unpredictability of how the gifts would manifest troubles many that prefer to “keep things on schedule”.
Nevertheless the controversial spiritual gifts have appeared in all other Christian denominations and even outside the boundries of the Catholic and Protestant religions. Many scholars and Christian believers point to the prophecy of Joel in the Old Testament which declares, “in the last days I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy”. The declaration is also repeated in the Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament.