|My sister-in-law leading worship at a rally at Raley Field, Sacramento|
Pentecostal without Apology!
When I was in Bible College I took a class called “Homileties, the science of preaching.” (We called it Homo 1, much to our professor’s displeasure.) In this class we were taught to begin all sermons with a “provocative statement” that captures the attention of our listeners. (My dad, coming from the oil fields instead of Seminary, said it this way, “Son, if you don’t strike oil in 20 minutes, stop boring!) But it’s the same idea.
So, here is my provocative statement: I believe it is better to be a Pentecostal Christian, than any other kind of Christian! I don’t mean to offend any sensitive souls here but I honestly believe being a Pentecostal Christian is better than being anything else. If I didn’t think so, then I’d be a Methodist, or maybe a Southern Baptist. But, I am a Pentecostal, because I honestly believe it’s the best kind of Christian to be! So there!
I have personally experienced the Heavenly gift the Bible calls the “baptism of the Holy Ghost”, and I like it. Like Paul, I too speak in tongues every day (1 Corinthians 14:18), and I like doing it. I’m addicted to “a daily dose of the Ghost” and I don’t mind admitting it. Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry and sometimes I do both at the same time and I like it that way! I like what Gary Johnson said, “If a mosquito bites me, I want him to fly away singing, ‘There’s Power in the Blood!” I am a Pentecostal Christian and I like what I am and I don’t intend to apologize to anyone for it. So there!
I’m not going to apologize for wanting to see, feel, and know more about my God! King David said in Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord is good…” Try it and you’ll like it! If you will try Salvation, you’ll like it! And after that: if you’ll try the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you’ll like it too! If you’ll try the Gifts of the Spirit, you’ll like them! If you’ll try the Fruits of the Spirit, you’ll like them! If you’ll try the Demonstrations of the Spirit’s power, you’ll like them too!
The Pentecostal experience is designed to increase our capacity to love God more and serve God better! That’s what it’s for! If it doesn’t make us better, than what good is it? It is loving Jesus more, and serving Jesus better, that validates our Pentecostal experience. That’s what being a Pentecostal Christian is all about. That’s what it means to be Pentecostal without apology!