No, sorry..not doing Happy Halloween today. So, instead of Halloween, let's do the 490th anniversary of the Reformation. Yes, it's Reformation Day.
I want to do a very different aspect of it as most blogs that cover this do the regular Reformational theology. But being Pentecostal in my views, I want to encourage fellow Pentecostals and Charismatics to lean over to the Reformational side a little more in order to give a good balance to your already fairly good belief system (minus that false holiness stuff with some of you and occultism with you Third Wave Charismatics). Here is my take on where various Pentecostals/Charismatics are in relation to Reformation theology:
Slightly Over on the Reformational Side (surprise, surprise)
Word of Faith
Over on the Arminian Side - at Times a Touch Of Reformationalism
Traditional Pentecostal denominations (i.e. AG, 4Square)
Way Over on Arminian Side-[Extreme]Holiness
Here is my suggestion. My wish is for Pentecostals and Charismatics to adopt some of the Reformational ideas such keeping the focus on what Jesus did at the cross. Pentecostals used to do this but many are getting into psycho-babble and self-esteem and even emergent and seeker-sensitive stuff. As for sin, I believe the Reformers had the right idea in an understanding that sin is who you are, not what you do. What you do comes out of who you are. Sadly, the homosexual/lesbian/transgendered community understands this theological concept better than most Christians. We could help more people if we accept this view of sin because then we wouldn't try to change them without conversion first.
As for you Sovereign Grace folks, my hope for you is to study classic Pentecostalism and "Hayford" (as in Jack) neo-Pentecostalism to get you more over to the Pentecostal/Charismatic side. I want to see more healing and more prophecy and Words of knowledge and wisdom in your churches. Oh and tongues and interpretation of tongues too. Don't be afraid of this stuff as it is in the Bible. Check out I Cor. 14 especially. Go for it!
I hope I haven't upset my purely non-Pentecostal/Charismatic readers too much.
I don't write too much of my personal life, especially after reading a recent post from Dan Edelen's blog, Cerulean Sanctum about what has happened to some bloggers who spilled too much info about themselves. But here is what I go through every year at this time. It's hell week for me because I have a black cat and I have to keep him in for two days -the day before and the day of Halloween. Out here people steal black cats just before Halloween. In fact, our city's shelter won't even allow anyone to adopt a black cat two weeks leading up to Halloween. My cat's going nuts running around the condo like a crazy guy. Poor thing. Tomorrow is relief day because he can go out all day if he wants to. Hopefully the furniture will survive his scratching jag tonight.
I am hosting the Christian Carnival next week so stay tuned for next Wednesday.
Hope you like the new blog look...the old one was really cluttered....blech.
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