This past week a minister I respect posted a couple of articles against Charismatic and Pentecostal teachers. This made me very sad. My personal ministry goal is to help the Charismatic church become more solid, in whatever small way I can. One of the primary ways that will happen is for Charismatic leaders to connect with other parts of the Christian Church, particularly those with a strong teaching heritage. But how can that ever happen if those teachers aren’t sympathetic and even against the 25% of the Church that is Charismatic or Pentecostal?
If you are a non-Charismatic Christian please give us the benefit of the doubt. Typically, we come from the poorer classes and have not had the educational benefits you may have had. We are often rejected by “respectable” churches and have to fend for ourselves. We are doing the best we know how to do with what we have. Having to reinvent the wheel, we sometimes go off, though just because we disagree, don’t assume you are always the one in the right. You may say, “learn from the historic church so you won’t be so flaky.” But why should we if, when we come to you for help, we are treated with coldness?
At the end of the day there are a lot of us Spirit-filled types out there, hundreds of millions, and more every year. You can ignore us and wish we’d go away, but the Church will be the worse for it.