Pentecost Sunday

Pastor Stan’s Musing

“Pentecost Sunday 2020”

May 31, 2020

Acts 2 The Voice  When the holy day of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover, they were gathered together in one place.  Picture yourself among the disciples:

A sound roars from the sky without warning, the roar of a violent wind, and the whole house where you are gathered reverberates with the sound. Then a flame appears, dividing into smaller flames and spreading from one person to the next. 4 All the people present are filled with the Holy Spirit and begin speaking in languages they’ve never spoken, as the Spirit empowers them.

The Grand Entry of God into His Creation signals a second sign that the Devil has been defeated.  Jesus prophesied in John 14:15-17, “If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you. 16 I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you. 17 The world does not recognize the Spirit of truth, because it does not know the Spirit and is unable to receive Him. But you do know the Spirit because He lives with you, and He will dwell in you.”  Another term for Helper or Comforter is Paraclete, the one who is “called to one’s side” or “Intercessor” or our “Legal Counselor.”  Our Wesleyan theological heritage uses the term ‘witness of the Spirit.’  My relatives used to say, “You know that you know.”  It is the warm heart experience that John Wesley felt as he confessed “He died even for me!”

Pentecost Sunday has the opportunity to create tensions among Pentecostal congregations.  How?  The greatest issue is tongues speaking as a sure sign of reception.  Mount Holly PHC once had a lady from the mill village attend church.  Soon she accepted Jesus, prayed through to sanctification and then went to the altar for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  One night the folks gathered around her with many various instructions of the means to receive.  She didn’t receive the Spirit on that night and was told that she had sin in her life.  Question: she experienced Sanctification, why the sin question?  Her response was leaving that night and never returning.  Pentecostals have a graveyard of wounded, confused folks, who never received ‘tongues.’  The common lingo centers on tongues or power (dunamis).  Have we considered becoming victorious by the renewing of our mind, the fruits of the Spirit revealing a changed person, and a love for God and His Creation never experienced before?

I have heard the stories of older Pentecostals with no tongues and seen the tears in their eyes.  Why?  You are a ‘second rate Pentecostal,’ told by tongues speakers.   Let us begin today to seek being perfected in love and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our daily life!  What good are tongues and power without God’s love perfecting us to regain the Image of God?

I am not denying our position on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet I am appealing for the saints to become exhorters and speak always in love.  The Church will become victorious over Satan and his minions, if we focus on real life changes!  I see no second rate Pentecostals.  I see blood bought people, who have come face to face with the Redeemer of Creation.  Let us link arms and march forward into these final days with a united heart.  Pastor Stan