Apparently, pentacostals are getting quite the beating in the press these days. I missed it becuase, well, I don’t have much interaction with the media. But I’ve heard thru my news source, aka Randy, about this.
And, yes, we are kind of freaky. Raising hands in worship. Singing. Dancing. Laying on of hands. Absolute belief in things like spontaneous healing. Even speaking in tongues. (which I’ve never done, fyi. It’s considered to be a gift of the spirit and not everyone is given that gift. i’ve heard that in particular, those of us with no desire to experience that gift probably won’t. fortunately for me. i’ve found, just generally speaking, that it’s people like me who did not grow up pentacostal who are more prone to be a little, well, uneasy about the speaking in tongues thing. I’m cool with it, I just don’t want to do it.)
Anyway, my point here is that Pentacostals worship in a way that is unusual to people of many other religious persusasions. But, uh, so the heck what?