If you have been in an old Pentecostal church, you have heard the old song, “Send it on down.” I have to admit that I have a major theological problem with this hymnal. I do not know wrote it but every Pentecostal church need to rip it right out of their books.
Here is the old people choir better known as the Gaithers singing,
I can not stand this song. It is completely disrespectful to the power of the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Holy Spirit and the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not “it.” The Holy Spirit is the active Person on the earth healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out devil. It is not some mystical “it.”
This is not biblical Pneumatology and for sure, is not moving towards a Pentecostal Pneumatology. It shows how little early Pentecostal actually knew about the Holy Spirit. It was not God (Father) or Jesus so we just called “it.” There is nothing biblical about this whatsoever.
Let me say this very clearly: bad Pneumatology is worse than a lack of Pneumatology. To think that classic Pentecostal actually had the doctrines to call the Holy Spirit an “it” is somewhat mind blogging.
Having a prophetic Pneumatology
I know people don’t like using that word. It is the study of the Holy Spirit. Pentecostal get uneasy talking about miracles these days. We are too busy trying to be respected by the Baptist pastors in town. Guess what? Is your desire for respect among pastors more important than miracles in your ministry? If it is, you have a full grown giant in your land.
I remember being in meetings with Jill Austin before she passed away and she use to ask people, “How hot will you let Holy Spirit burn on you?” This was Jill’s way of saying how much of the Holy Spirit do you want? If you want the Acts 2 experience, what will you actually do with it?
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
We can’t “call down heaven.”
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer. We are His temple. He dwells in us. How can He come down when He has been down here since Acts 2? There is nothing biblical about calling down the Holy Spirit or asking “heaven to fall.” This is just bad theology that Pentecostal keep repeating from one camp meeting to another. It does not work out biblical, no matter how well it preaches.
Can we please get some biblical Pneumatology and Do not “send it on down” anymore!