Concerning the Holy Spirit :
No doubt, If You are from the south,You have heard some type of sermon,or talk about the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit).In most cases when one hears the word ,Holy Ghost,they automatically connect it with,speaking in tongues.Some actually believe the tongues are the Holy Ghost,and not a gift in itself,and salvation is always coupled with speaking in tongues.They do not separate the two.There are actually more than one gift of the Spirit,which can be found in 1 Corinthians 12;8-10,but for some reason tongues is the most coveted.
Some of My Friends,and Family ,have asked why I left the charismatic church.It wasn’t something I decided overnight.It was actually over a period of years,and sleepless nights,of long prayer and study.
This is not a debate about the gifts of the Spirit,I do not want to tell people how,and what to believe about the Holy Spirit,but after years of mental”spiritual”abuse,I had to choose,and here is My story.
As far back as I can remember,My family attended some type of
charismatic church.I was familiar to the typical worship in the charismatic denomination.I didn’t always understand,but thought this was the normal way of worship in every denomination,remember I was but a young impressionable child.
As I grew older,I started hearing things from the pulpit that seemed
strange,but dare not question the authority of the one delivering the
message,because that was just the way it was.We were rarely
encouraged to follow along in the Bible as the speaker would deliver
his spirited sermon.Because His (the speakers)word was all we
needed to hear,and believe.Here were some of the things that I heard that just struck me strange.
The message of salvation:
We would hear the normal things that most would consider the way to
be saved.Using Ephesians 2;8,9,John 3:16,Acts 2,and Romans
10.All the while maintain that salvation was by grace and not of
works,after receiving salvation,however there was either a but,or a
now. Let Me explain.
After accepting Jesus and repentance,there was always a now.You now have to be sanctified.This required the person to go to an altar,to beg and plead,sometimes for hours, that God would somehow sanctify them,all the while not realizing the scripture tells us that We are justified by the blood of Christ.Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.Romans 5:9
This sanctification prayer somehow supernaturally made You cleaner
than what the blood of Christ did.This to my knowledge is still going on in these churches today.This is not scriptural,but is an internal doctrine teaching.
Seeking for the Holy Ghost:
After sanctification,now,we were then required to seek for the Holy
Ghost,which would be evidenced by speaking in an unknown
tongue.This is where My problem actually began.This is not a biblical
teaching,nor is it biblical requirement.I cannot tell You how many times I have heard someone quote,”the evidence of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.”To this day I have never found this phrase to be in the pages of the New Testament,no where.It was required however if You were to be accepted as a christian and a member of the “church.”
I also was told that if someone doesn’t speak in tongues ,they are not
saved,nor do they possess the Holy Spirit.Which is another non
biblical teaching.Ephesians 1:13 says,In whom ye also trusted, after
that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
This is where I really ran into a problem with that teaching.How can I
be sealed by the Holy Spirit(Ghost)after I got saved ,if I don’t possess it
As I said earlier I do not debate with My friends and family about the
gifts of the Holy Spirit,but I will argue this point.
So please,stop telling people they have to speak in tongues to prove they have the Holy Spirit,it is not biblical,and it is a hateful thing to judge someones free salvation.
Also ,I was made to feel ashamed,or somehow inferior,and often pressured to seek for the Holy Ghost,just to speak in tongues.
This undue pressure is why many who were “raised’ in the charismatic
churches are leaving. I have talked to some that say that they were
ridiculed,and told that they weren’t saved.
Adding to the saving grace negates saving grace.It is a free gift,and not
of any kind of works.
So now You know why I left the charismatic denomination.
As I have repeatedly stated,I can’t and will not ,tell people how to worship or praise,and this is not meant to ridicule or try to embarrass anyone who believe this way.This is just my story.