EXPERIENCING THE HOLY SPIRIT
The 'otherworldliness' of events in the Church's
Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement.
I know that even the heading and its description above may ‘rattle’
some readers. I admit that I had trouble with it in my early days as a
churchgoing Christian, let alone when I was an atheist. I had seen this stuff
on TV. All that falling over etc. Even as a Christian, I just guessed
it was some hysteria sort of thing, i.e. people being emotionally
overwhelmed to the point of collapse. And other stuff, like miraculous
healing and further ‘gifts of the Spirit’ ... mmm ... I had trouble believing any of that was genuine either!
ever the pragmatist, and always inquisitive, I decided to attend some
of those relevant services, firstly within Pentecostal churches. I had taken time out from my
own traditional/ mainline Protestant church to visit
recommended to me by a work colleague. I was faced with stuff that, if it
was real, took me back to what I had read in the Bible about first
century spiritual events in the early Christian Church. AND, me being
me, Mr Analytical, I knew I had to check it out properly. If it was indeed the ‘real deal’, then I had to
get in touch with it. Yes, I wanted to actually witness the Holy Spirit
in action, if at all possible. I was not disappointed. I
actually witnessed occurrences, relative to the Spirit, that set
off a chain reaction of questions in my mind.
Shortly after that exposure, and we are talking about 28 years ago, my own Protestant church offered a multi week course, that finished
with a so-called “anointing of the Spirit”. There was a plan for our church to actually enter the ‘Charismatic’ movement. Talk about the timing being
right! From my point of view, the rest is history.
And no, that falling
over stuff is not caused by hysteria. I found clear evidence along the way that
categorically ruled that out. I have highlighted that evidence I discovered in the following article within this section of the website.
So ... again ... please read on with an open mind!
2. EXPERIENCING THE SPIRIT'S PRESENCE
stuff – these gifts of the Spirit being applied, the sensation of just being ‘anointed’ by the Spirit – can be so incredible to witness
and even more so to experience. From my point of view, it can occasionally
take us even beyond
the boundaries of our imagination as to what might be possible.
own brain wiring ensures that I can only accept what knowledge, experience and
reason bears out. I am not a dreamer. I am a thinker! My private life
and past career testifies to that (see the Home Page for the who’s, how’s and why’s of this website). And even so, I am totally confident that these events can only be spiritually based! As such, I mean that I cannot even
imagine any other cause. And boy have I tried hard to look for another
answer! Faith that cannot stand up to constant challenge is not much
use to anyone after all.
I can say here, at this point, is wait until you face these
experiences. If you are open and ready, and you attend these types of
services, then you will more than likely receive solid evidence of
God’s presence there.
course you may not see, let us say, powerful healing miracles at
very first Pentecostal/ Charismatic
service you attend. But attendance should
at least give
regular exposure to occurrences, which are not logically explainable;
supernatural events that
were treated as matter of fact in the early Church and recorded in the
Bible as such. The gifts themselves including those healing miracles and advice from God spoken through gifted Christians, and how they all manifest themselves,
are explained in another article in this website section.
I fully realise how questionable this stuff may look to you ... it did
to me once ... but please bear with me as you read the following
A close relationship with a
particular community of faith, in the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement, over some time will allow you to see
purpose within the lives of individuals in the group, and the group as
Of course this happens even in churches outside the movement, but it can be
I am confident to say that if the
Spirit is using a particular group of people in the movement, to
instruct and improve others within their community of faith, then you will commonly
these types of events.
Continue to the next article, “Is this Spirit stuff real?”.