Let’s see here. Today I went to church, then came home and had lunch. I read more of Huckleberry Finn for homework, then read my Bible. Although I’m doing an inductive Bible study on Philippians right now, I decided to read up on 1 Corinthians 14 today as well. Last Tuesday, I was over at Jake’s house after youth, and basically out of nowhere, the topic of speaking in tongues came up. They were all looking to me for answers, though, since I’m Pentecostal, but I really didn’t have many answers for them. I haven’t studied up on it enough to really form an educated opinion on it. So I read 1 Cor. 14 today, in both the New Living Translation – so I can get a rough understanding of what Paul is trying to say – and the New American Standard Bible – since it’s one of the most accurately translated versions – to get a clearer understanding.
I’m not going to get into a lot of detail, just because I’m no theologian, but Paul definitely marks it as a spiritual gift. He desired that the Corinthian church speak in tongues, but moreso he wanted them to prophesy – give a message from God to the church. In fact, he demotes speaking in tongues as one of the less important spiritual gifts. This puts the question in my mind as to why the Pentecostal church seems to place such a high emphasis on it, but I’m not even going…Continue Reading
This entry is actually a response to the comment left by Derek in the previous entry. I started to reply, but it started to get pretty long, so I decided to put it into a separate post instead to make up for my lack of content. Try to follow my logical progression and you should understand my dilemma.
Yeah, see that’s the problem I’ve been having with it. Now this pastor wasn’t smacking people’s foreheads, but rather anointing people with oil – a Scriptural procedure – and then laying hands on them. But I definitely know that our church believes in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at conversion. That’s why, to my knowledge, it has to do with speaking in tongues instead. I think it may simply be a term that they like throwing around, a term describing the point at which the Holy Spirit gives us tongues to speak.
That’s where a little more confusion comes in for me, simply because I don’t know theology well enough. There is likely someone who can explain this for me, but it’s basically a matter of the spiritual gifts. The Bible states that the Spirit gives people spiritual gifts to use:
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of…Continue Reading
I am, again, not quite sure what to write today. Experiencing the effects of one less hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time is never fun. But I went to church today and experienced something that I’m quite confused about. There was a guest speaker there with the last name Bombay (I forget what his first name was) who spoke about a bunch of different stuff, mostly about getting back the “resurrection power” that Pentecostals seem to have lost. At the end, a bunch of people came to the altar to receive baptism of the Holy Spirit. But the problem is that I have no clue what that really is. I mean, I’m a Pentecostal by upbringing, but up until a couple years ago I had never heard that term. A couple people were shaking or falling back when the pastor laid his hands on them, and I was just sitting there taking it in. I don’t know what to think about the subject.
On the one hand, if it’s real, I don’t want to doubt God and miss out on it. If God is doing this, then I’m all for it. On the other hand, if this is due to some strange mystical thing, I’m not sure I want to be a part of it. I’ve read some pretty strong opinions against this sort of thing, but I also don’t see much evidence of it in the Bible. I’ve read about speaking in tongues, yes, but not about…Continue Reading