Is Nostalgia Hindering the Pentecosal Church? 2

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)

Isa 64:1
Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence —

Reaching Today’s Culture 0

“Churches are perfectly equipped to reach a world that no longer exists.”

I received an email recently that had this quote in bold quotations. The question being, is the church equipped to reach today’s culture? My response to that email is, if the people of God are indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit then they are equipped to not only reach the culture, but to turn the world upside down for Jesus.

It is postmodern stinking thinking and a statement like the one above that fuels the fires that says most churches are too out-of-date to deal with today’s culture. The Holy Spirit does not need updating. The Holy Spirit is not out-of-date. The Holy Spirit transcends every demographic, and every culture.

In fact, most of the postmodern churches of today are surely not equipped to reach the culture with the true Word of God nor with the life changing, transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit We Need Thee!

John 16:8
8 When He comes, He will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.

What Language Does God Speak? 2

With so much discussion going on in the church world about being culturally relevant and how Scripture should be interpreted and presented to the culture, the one question that should be asked is, “What language does God speak?”

I have the wonderful privilege to pastor a church that is incredibility diverse. There are many in our congregation where English is a second language. With Africans, Koreans, Japanese, Endo-Fijians, Fijians, Samoans, Filipinos, Caribbean, Germans, Romanians, East Indians, Hispanic and then a mixture of Anglos from all over the United States; how is it possible to understand and be culturally relevant to this group? Yet, they return every week to be with each other in an environment that is full of love and the supernatural power of God; in spite of the funny talking Texan who preaches to them every week..

How quickly we forget Who it is we serve and call our God. What language does God speak? God speaks God! There are not thousands of cultures that need individual relevance, because God sees all things, knows all things, is all things, and is able to transcend all things. True objectivity is God Himself, who is able to speak all languages and Cross every culture!