I have come to realise that we have gradually started replacing Christian “Rituals” with some fancy “non-Gospelized Rituals” all in the name of Pentecostalism.
We are gradually making Pentecostalism a RELIGION of its own. Each branch of Pentecostal Church is gradually becoming a law unto itself.
Pentecostalism is supposed to be rooted in Christianity, but it seems from all indication that there is now a clear difference between Christianism and Pentecostalism and “Godism”.
These three ‘isms’ are fighting against each other on a daily basis, trying to spearhead their teachings unto their followers.
According to this month’s SynchroBlog, “…… it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Christianity is continually dividing these days. Huge chasms have formed between conservative and liberal camps.
Theological positions are becoming more solidly entrenched. Differing views on Biblical interpretation are separating us, creating walls that separate us from living in community together. Churches are splitting. Organizations are finding themselves in the middle of the fray, unsure how to proceed because of the cost of landing on one side or the other.”
Thus the Synchroblog this month is centered on Bridging the Divides and ideas and perspectives on ways to heal these divisions in the church.
In Genesis, we are made to know that God created the Earth and other things around it. Thus God is the Chief Creator. We also understand that Jesus Christ is the ONLY son of God, born to the World to save the World. We also are made to understand that The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the final Genetic makeup of the Trinity – God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit.
Now many people worship and Follow God as their maker and who they rely on, while others follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ whom God sent to the Earth to bring back His lost sons and daughters.
When Jesus was on the Earth, the people who worship God saw His works and His deeds, many believed in Him and followed Him, while many did not believe in Him, but followed Him. When He was crucified, and after His resurrection, He ascended into Heaven and left the Holy Spirit in charge of all things.
Now this did not take Jesus Christ off the picture because He taught His disciples how to pray and tied all Prayers to His Father (God) through Him (Matthew 6:8-14). This means that before you can take your prayers to God, it must be certified through Jesus Christ.
This was done to bring accountability to the Body of Christ. It does not matter what side of the “isms” you find yourself at, as far as you have professed to be a Christian, the onus is on you to champion your cause through Jesus Christ, because according to His words, “I and My Father are One” (John 10:30).
Pentecostalism and Division in Churches
In the early Christian faith, many people were of the divisive mind, each one trying to form their own dogma based on who taught or by whose teachings they became Christians; this prompted Paul to write to the Churches in 1 Corinthians 1:12 and also in 1 Corinthians 3:3-6 to avoid carnality and choosing who to be under.
This division in the Church was mended because the people involved listened to the voice of reason and obeyed God. Unlike in this age of “personal knowledge of God”, many people have taken for granted that God is a Spirit and those that seek and worship Him must do so in Truth and in Spirit (John 4:24); we have taken for granted that God can always take away the life which He has given us.
We have become too familiar with God that there is no more respect for His divinity, because we know that no matter what we do, once we go to God in prayer and channel our Prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, God is just that He will hear and forgive us. Isaiah 59:1.
Pentecostalism, Branching out and Audience
It is now becoming a norm that once someone is not happy about what is being taught in his Church and he feels he has ‘soaked in’ enough sermon, and can preach to an assumed large audience, he starts hearing “his” voices and decides to “BRANCH OUT” and open up his own edifice.
Now quelling the divisions or Branching outs in the Churches today should also take the same shape as Paul did. What are the main reasons that most people are eager to branch out and start their own Churches?
Could it be said that it’s all about finances or just a way of showing that they have come this far? Or would it be because many people have not yet understood what Jesus Christ meant for us to be humble?
If the foundation of your faith is faulty, no matter what you do or how many Churches you branch out from and start, you will always crash. So it’s time to go back to the drawing board and relearn how and what it takes to be called a Christian – one who follows the footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Bible says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what exactly the Bible is saying in this verse?
Pentecostalism and Questions
- When last did you teach your Children about the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem?
- When last did you teach your Children the TRUE meaning of Easter?
- When last did you teach your Children about the TRUE meaning of the Accession Day of Jesus Christ?
- When last did you teach your Children the TRUE meaning of Christmas?
- When last did you teach your Children the TRUTH about God and the Bible, and not just the Dogma of your Church?
Listen, Your Church Dogma will change someday, but the Word of God Almighty will never change.
Your Church may decide to change their Constitution and ways of ministering or preaching to enable them accommodate the environment they are in, but the Word of God will never change to accommodate any environment it finds itself, rather the environment will lean on the Word of God as written in the Bible to change their ways.
If in all, we do not get the foundation right, our Generation and even the Generations yet unborn will continually make and live in the same mistake we have instituted. The time to repent is Now.
This post – The “non-Gospelized Rituals” of Pentecostalism, is written as part of the April 2014 Synchroblog: Bridging the Divides, ideas and perspectives on ways to heal the divisions in the Church.
A full list of participating blogs/websites for this month could be seen below:
- The Virtual Abbess – Abi and April’s Synchroblog – Bridging the Divides
- Caris Adel - Emotional Pacifism: Laying Down My Weapons
- Ty Grigg – Speak Truth
- Jon Huckins – Gay Marriage, World Vision, and a Unified Church?
- Mark Votava – Faith Presence in the Parish
- Mary at Lifeinthedport – let us meet in the borderlands
- Michael Donahoe – Healing Divisions in the Body of Christ
- Jeremy Myers – Unity vs. Uniformity in the Church
- Juliet at Still Learning – A Catholics Love Letter to Evangelical Women
- Dago at Scripture Insights – Jesus the Divider
- Glenn Hager – The Lowest Common Denominator
- Sarah Quezada - Standing on Church Bridges
- Doug Webster – Truth Is Not a Process, Belief Is
- Michelle Van Loon – Bridging the Divide
- Happy at Simple Felicity – are we there yet?
- Travis Klassen – The Church: Coming, Going, or Being
- Bec Cranford - Biblical Interpretation and Inerrancy: Moving beyond myopia to a grander vision of unity
- Teresa Pasquale – Bridging the Divide: Translating Between Dialects, Culture Contexts, and Heart Stirring
- Miguel Labrador – I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…
- Paul Meier – Healing the Divides Begins Within
- Liz Dyer – You Can’t Get There From Here
- K.W. Leslie – Humility
- Kathy Escobar – 10 ways we can build bridges instead of bomb them
- Loveday Anyim – The “non-Gospelized Rituals” of Pentacostalism
- Caedmon Michael – Bridging the Divides
- Carly Gelsinger – “Church Shopping” at the Wrong “Mall”: A Story of Easter Sundays
- Mallory Pickering – A Splintered People
- Pastor Edwin Fedex – Tearing Down Fences and Building Sidewalks
- Jen Baros – Bridging the Divides: How to Heal
- Burning Religion – The Impossible Space Between Us
- Bronwyn Lea – When My Children Squabble
- Christine Sine – Unified by Love Not Doctrine
- Todi Adu – Bridging the Divides and Split in the Church