Pentecost power is not very welcome in majority of churches; is this part of the great falling away?
Few “pentecostal” churches as Camden Assembly of God in Campbell will allow the free working of the Holy Spirit in their services tomorrow for Pentecost Sunday, June 12th. Pastor Alan Hyatt will be welcoming manifestations of the Holy Spirit at that church during mainline service.
The practicing of “Pentecost power” during main services is restricted in the majority of churches, even those with a Pentecost doctrine. During tomorrow’s “Pentecost Sunday”, will there be displays of Holy Spirit manifestations? Probably not.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecost
Allowing displays of Pentecost power is the exception rather than the rule for many denominations even subscribing to a Pentecostal doctrine. Side-rooms or off meeting rooms yes, mainline service, no is the standard mode of operation.
Allowing the free movement of gifts during regular services is a controversial practice since “disturbances” or perhaps loud manifestations of speaking in tongues may result. Many “Christian” churches even frown upon any supernatural displays of the Holy Spirit taking place. Why would there be objections of “Holy Spirit” power?
One would need to revisit what is credited to be the birth of the Pentecostal movement by going to Los Angeles in 1906 where African-American preacher William J. Seymour preached “the baptism of the Holy Spirit”. Seymour began having bible studies and services at 214 North Bonnie Brae Street, the home of Richard and Ruth Ashberry. The services were moved to an old warehouse and converted stable at 312 Azusa Street after the foundation gave way at the Ashberry home.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azusa_Street_Revival
The spirited services caused a huge commotion as the emotional displays and loud worship came to the attention of the entire area. Seymour received severe criticism from the secular media and Christian theologians for the services being “outrageous and unorthodox”http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/199904/026_azusa.cfm
The Los Angeles Times reported “weird babel of tongues” and the disgraceful practice of intermingling the races; a fact of the times since segregation and Jim Crow laws still were roundly practiced. Seymour’s mentor Charles Parham leveled harsh criticism on Seymour for allowing a “buck ni#@er” to be in contact with a white woman. Parham described Seymour’s services as horrible, awful and shameful.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fox_Parham
This extreme negatively from Christian theologians and secular media created a climate where the displays of healing, speaking in tongues and other supernatural gifts were frowned upon and even ridiculed. There are those in the media today and even theologians that totally reject the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as displayed in Acts and outlined in 1 Corinthians. These attitudes were birthed in racism, secular ignorance and theological bigotry.
Speaking in tongues and other signs of the Holy Spirit outpouring from the scriptures are practices that many Christian organizations today are reluctant to accept and even discourage these gifts from taking place. Many Christian theologians today wrestle with these signs of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring and claim these gifts died with the passing away of Jesus’ last disciple.http://www.theology.edu/journal/volume3/spirit.htl
Looking into the historical records of what took place during the Azusa Street Revival would invalidate these claims. Although highly critical, even the secular media reported the supernatural happenings of what took place. It was authentic, documented and drew tens of thousands worldwide at the turn of the century.
It would appear that the ghosts that rejected Seymour’s original displays of the Holy Spirit’s baptism still exist today. What happened in that fly infested converted stable and warehouse is a matter of record. A poor one-eyed black preacher during the height of racial intolerance and with little education was used to launch a massive movement that numbers in the hundreds of millions worldwide today.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecostalism
Doesn’t that just sound like God?