I am coming home. No, I am not talking about Kansas City. I am not talking about Tulsa, either. I am talking about returning to the Pentecostal movement. Why am I coming back and why does it matter?
I have always been Pentecostal doctrinal and am very thankful for my time in Pensacola during the Brownsville Revival. That was my foundation and most of my experience in the early days of my ministry.
Along the way, I found myself in the Word of Faith movement, the prayer movement, the prophetic movement and the YWAM movement.
However, I never felt really part of the community in any of those places because I was always still the old school Pentecostal who still believe in casting out devils and preaching on repentance. I still hold to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of praying in tongues.
If you believe in these things, especially the Blessed Hope; you will not be part of the community in these places. Right or wrong, it is what it is.
My journey home
It started when I moved back to Kansas City and I wanted to be in revival meetings and because driving to Pensacola was not possible, I starting going to a lot of meetings at first Smithton Outpouring and then World Revival Church. They never really saw me as part of them but I was there for the fire of revival, not community or relationship building.
It was during this time that I was asked to be part of the launching of the International House of Prayer and I agreed because I loved praying for revival. It was also a place that I could truly be Pentecostal and not worry about offending people. This works for about 5 years but in the end, I did not buy into all eschatology and I was not really fully part of the community because I could not sign off on a few things.
This found me leaving for YWAM and being a missionary to Asia. I knew going in that Youth With A Mission had lost their way and they have become wishy washy but they enabled me to do what I was called to do to a degree. However, being boldly Pentecostal is not something that goes over well in YWAM.
In recent years, I have been loosely connected with Bethel Church in Redding but not really that closely. I can’t say that I have ever made a serious attempt at being part of the community there or building relationships there. I guess in this case, it is partly my fault.
At the end of the day, people want the blessing of the Pentecostals (miracles, signs, and wonders) but they do not want the message of Pentecostals (repentance, holiness, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit)