"What's Wrong With Pentecostalism?"
Over the last 100+ years, the
Pentecostal Movement and its offspring, the Charismatic Renewal, have
changed Christianity in a magnitude not seen since the Protestant
Reformation. Instead of modernizing an ancient faith system, these
movements have actually been cancers that seem to threaten Christianity
at its core.
The many denominations and congregations spawned by these movements
remove the importance of the God's Grace in personal salvation, and
promote personal works and spiritual perfection as the key to Heaven, or
to abundant blessings. The Bible is reduced from a collection of works
that once helped man understand God and His principles to a mysterious
manual that must be interpreted continually by a minister with
"revelation" knowledge, as if one were reading "tarot" cards.
This often creates anxiety and low
self-esteem in the individual as the inference is made almost
continuously that they aren't good enough, or that they'll never prosper
if they don't obey the continual flow of new mandates and "revelations"
by their spiritual leader. Many completely divorce themselves of
independent thought, and become emotionally dependent on these "leaders"
-- sometimes being unable to function socially without ministerial
advice. Often, these dictatorial ministers take advantage of their
followers, "fleecing" them frequently of their hard-earned wages for
their own selfish purposes. These characteristics are not particular to
any specific Pentecostal or Charismatic denomination or congregation,
but are prevalent throughout the movement -- whether in an organized
church, or an independent "non-denominational" church.
If this was once your experience, or if you are currently in a church
such as this (and want out), you have found the right community!
Welcome to Association of Former Pentecostals!
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