Pentecost the Origin of our Pentecostal Faith
October 29, 15
Reading that many Pentecostal movements are doing things that their denominations have never done is right on line with my thought process. They are moving away from structured ecclesiastical structures to Pentecostal movements that are being blessed and not so structured. Even though the structured ones are existing there is a decline in their membership and attendance. What really tripped me out the most is that what is going on in other countries and east of the north is more interesting. The authors of this book really defined the time we are in and defined movements I did not know existed. In college I wanted to be very educated but I can’t say words like other people. But I struggle with leading and trying to understand that some leaders just want to be in power. I don’t want just to be in power like they do I feel more responsible than anything I never wanted to even be a pastor. I made more money being in construction and I could hire people to lead people. And now I am thinking about why? I was baptized in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. And to a person who speak in tongues the Pentecostal experience is not without the glossaria! And how are you closer to animism when you dance in the Spirit and worship in the Spirit without the Holy Ghost experience? I hate that word animism. When we talk about the expression of the Holy Spirit in its many forms can you demean it to cultural exercises of religion? I know God deplores that assumption too! The results of being baptized with the Holy Spirit is the evidence of speaking in tongues! And instead of doubting anything just believe if it don’t happen then you are correct but if it do preach it. Intellectuals love to explain away the reality of the move of God. Is God subordinate to our intelligence or are we subordinate to his? Christianity here or around the world should always be Pentecostal. My biggest battles now are with established norms that don’t care about their social environment and I did not care either. I was just like them because I was taught that but no more. Progressive Christianity is defined by Progressive Pentecostals as Christian who claim to be inspired by the Holy Spirit and the life of Jesus and seeks to holistically address the spiritual, physical, and social nests of people in the community. I feel that I am on the track for this as a pastor I am not interested in reproducing the same thing that gave our denomination its distinctive. I am interested in transforming this idea into something that the 21st Century can learn and grow from. It’s very lonely though right now. I seem like a ship just sitting but I am encouraged. I know God did not bring me this far for nothing. I don’t want to ever go into what is established already I need inspiration for just the idea. I will follow through and follow the Spirit of Pentecostalism. I am more prepared to get back to basis like prayer and fasting. I feel that sometimes I am spoiled and lethargic and I need to be a leader in spirituality, which requires sacrifice. But I am ready to do it. I don’t thing spiritual movements just happen I think spiritual leaders get more spiritual with God and then we see results
 Donald E. Mille and Tetstuano Yamarori, Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (Berkley: University Press, 2007) , 2.