There is no doubt that some people miss the way things used to be. This can be with almost any aspect of church life. There is no argument that the church must change with the times, update itself, be self-reflecting and more accepting. However, nostalgia is not holding back the Pentecostal church in the twenty-first century.
What is keeping the Pentecostal church from being what God has called us to be is a lack of His presence in our midst. When the Holy Spirit is no longer welcome in our churches; leaders will fill the void with postmodern principles and man-made methods. I can only speak for myself, I am not melancholy for the past. I am hungry for a future that includes the indwelling and empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit in our churches and lives. The answer for this present world is not a postmodern church, but a Pentecostal church full of the presence of a miracle working God!
Francis Chan says, “There are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced the presence of God or His actions in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.” (Forgotten God)
Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence —