A Nostalgic Trip Down Pentecostal Lane
This filmclip is from the Academy Award winning documentary Marjoe, a film in which evangelist Marjoe Gortner exposed himself as a charlatan. This type of ultra Pentecostalism is the crap that I was raised with during the late 60s- early 70s Jesus Movement. From the looks of it, it was filmed at about 1970 – about the time my mother used to frequent these types of services and bring me along to experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Watch at your own risk – this 10 minute clip includes hyper-emotional preaching, anointed handkerchiefs, speaking in tongues, pleas for seed-faith offerings, and people slain in the spirit. This is truly a pagan freakshow, and I witnessed it all as a youngster.
Don’t worry, I have gotten over it and have no bitterness towards these experiences. You grow up, you get wise, and you move on. Funny thing is, I have a feeling that this is an example of how the early Christian church really was. I think this has more in common with the churches built by Peter and Paul than today’s insipid Sunday Morning emergent Dr Phil sermons. What else could Paul be talking about than the miraculous signs taught in 1 Corinthians 14:20-40? I wonder why today’s mainstream denominations sort of gloss over those bizarre passages which mention the more “charismatic” gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Anyway, does trip down Pentecostal Lane bring back any fond memories from De-Converts? Are there any readers who are still living on Pentecostal Lane? Share your stories.