Just wondering why there are so many non-Pentecostals that seem to post or comment in this group? Isn’t there a theology group on fb somewhere for them? So many of these conversations go down rabbit holes of silliness because someone who obviously doesn’t believe in the literal interpretation of scripture posts something that shows they have no interest in the truth, or arriving at a better understanding of the truth. I don’t fault those who chime in and try to correct them. I merely wonder why a non-Pentecostal would want to hang out in a place where they are constantly antagonistic? The name of the group is not Pentecostal Polemics or Pentecostal Apologetics, but much effort is spent in both endeavors. Thoughts?
John Kissinger [12/03/2015 6:36 AM]
Good point Mike Albright But not really true non-Pentecostals. More of charismatics, bapticostal and backsliden Pentecostals
Nick Schultz [12/03/2015 7:35 PM]
Mike, I can appreciate that. I am not Pentecostal. I belong to a small Lutheran association that is conservative, confessional, and congregational known as the AFLC.
I am mostly here to learn about Pentecostalism since I am not very familiar with it. I knew that Pentecostals typically have a high view of scripture as do I. I disagree with a few Pentecostal interpretations and practices that I have seen on here but mostly, I enjoy reading through what people have to say.
John Kissinger [12/03/2015 7:59 PM]
Henry Volk is our resident Pentecostal Lutheran here 🙂
Bishop Tony Comer [12/03/2015 8:32 PM]
RATHER THAN SEND THEM AWAY…aren’t we supposed to be ready to [answer] them?! In so doing, we might be able to cast a light into some confusion or misunderstanding?…(just refuse to debate-there are seldom any ‘winners’ as a result of a debate)
Nelson Banuchi [12/03/2015 10:39 PM]
In answer to the OP: maybe it’s because the Pentecostals are too busing fulfilling the Great Commission?
David Smith [12/03/2015 10:51 PM]
They aren’t looking for answers, they simply want to be divisive. It has been this way sine the first century.
Bishop Tony Comer [12/04/2015 1:24 AM]
1 PETER 3:15…
Henry Volk [12/04/2015 4:44 AM]
I’m a backslider
Shawn Herles [12/04/2015 11:09 PM]
It does seem strange, and it is frustrating, I agree.
John Ruffle [12/05/2015 12:45 AM]
I think “we” should be happy our brother’s and sisters if a variety of stripes stop by. Pentickstalist has a role to play in Christian unity. But I totally agree with our Albright Scholar (!) here that it is a THEOLOGY group, NOT polemics or apologetics. Indeed tgat mis-use of the group bothers me too, and gas ked me several times on just getting our and skimming the door. I may not be a very learned one, but I consider myself a theologian, and have considerable experience within penticostalism even though I now serve and worship within the Roman Catholic sphere.
Some folks post -of their own admission- to be provocative and to stir up controversy, as if they have nothing better to do. That is plain wrong. Everything we do we should seek to ‘ve guided by the spirit of Christ. I don’t come in here telling people they should all be Catholic. I don’t expect others to be here to try to convince others that the Holy Trinity is not biblical. That’s a throw back to the old on-line Delphi and CompuServe forums in the early 1990s when the Net was young. Come in guys, lets please grow up. If you have an axe to grind, then grind it by all means. But don’t do it here.
David Lewayne Porter [12/05/2015 8:55 AM]
As far as debate and then the literal interpretation and practices of scripture;
The following shows both;
Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Delivery of the gospel with signs following
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Or do we just choose to throw out the entire book of Acts which is how the Church was built and what enabled Her to not only survive persecution but flourish. We are not just supposed to walk away from tough topics and situations.
Mike Albright [12/05/2015 9:08 AM]
Verse 9 (Acts 19) of David Lewayne Porter’s post is to be noted. Paul didn’t continue to try to convince those who had hardened their hearts, didn’t believe, and spoke evil of them. I posted this initial question because I see so many posts and comments from people who are exactly like those who Paul seperated from. I was just wondering why people who have made this type of decision for their lives continue to post here and hang out with Pentecostals? What is their motivation?
David Lewayne Porter [12/05/2015 10:10 AM]
Mike Albright I understand, I agree to an extent.
That is why I posted what I did.
I truly don’t mind why they are here or why they do what they do.
It has a purpose and it also helps as iron sharpens iron (sparks, heat, friction).
Paul put it this way;
Phil 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Yvonne Allison Grigg [12/06/2015 11:39 AM]
I HAVE HAD MANY DISPARAGING REMARKS MADE TO ME ABOUT MY PENACOSTAL FAITH IF YOU WILL . BUT IN THINKING OF A REPLY I REFUSE TO CAST MY PEARLS BEFORE SWINE OF COURSE I WAS TAKEN TO TASK WITH THAT REMARK BUT IF GOD BE FOR ME WHO CAN BE AGAINST ME NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SAHALL PROSPER