Saturday, June 03, 2006

Pentecost

Well tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday. My last sermon for a few weeks. Great!

We exist in a predominately African American congregation where many have been influenced greatly by the Pentecostal. Growing up in it I came away with two beliefs,
1) tongues is often used inappropriately (no interpretation and disruptive)
2) I question why tongues today.

I'm not saying it doesn't exist I just doubt its value. So I will talk. I believe I will focus on the power and equality issues. Pentecost is about God's power for all. I hope to avoid bashing TBN too much (just a bit will do).

Aissa is doing well. Tolani is good.

We will be at camp next week with 50 of our clients. It should be good. Well not much thinking lately. Baby has changed that mostly.

4 Comments:

Firstly, your two "beliefs" are not beliefs. One is an opinion and the other is a question.

I am grateful to the Almighty that I don't have to sit through your sermons as reading what you think is enough trash to last a lifetime.

God bless you.

By Blogger veritable, at 1:33 PM  

veritable,

I really have a problem with your criticism and then closing with God bless you.

If you want to voice your opinion, great, but closing with "God bless you" reeks of spiritual abuse, especially after thanking God that you don't have to sit through the "trash" that Bill thinks.

If you don't like what Bill thinks then why are you reading it?

Dwight

By Blogger Dwight, at 6:59 AM  

I was not a big fan of the comments left by the others. Seemed a little rough since you were just stating your questions or thoughts.

This may help.

The Founder: The War Cry 1885:
"The had the gift of tongues; they had the gift of healing; these were very remarkable gifts, proving that God was with them, because no man could do these things unless God was operating directly through them. These gifts were useful inasmuch as they called attention to those who possessed them, declared that hte mission of these officers was Divine. No man, therefore, can be condemned for desiring them..."

So the Founder says the gift was present to draw attention to yourself declaring that only God could do this. The same is true today.

Have you sought out the gift as commanded in 1 Corinthains 14:1? You should. It is an essential step to holiness.

Grace to you!

By Blogger primitive salvo, at 6:52 AM  

Oh, Sorry I forgot the first question about interpretation. Paul is not stating a blanket rule for the whole church here just for Corinth.

Check out verse 34-35 of 1 Corinthians 14 where he says the stuff about interpretation. Apply your Army arguements about women in ministry here.

One of the dangers we run into offten is picking and choosing which parts of 1 Cor. 14 we want to interpret literally and which ones we dismiss as Paul only talking to that church.

By Blogger primitive salvo, at 6:55 AM  

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