Don’t send it on down!

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!


  • Stephen
    May 26, 2016 - 4:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, somebody needs to relax. This song wasn’t designed to be theological, it is simply saying “We want more of the Holy Ghost!” And by that they simple sang “Send it on down, send it on down, let the Holy Ghost come on down!” Read the verse: “Lord we’re your children, and we are asking, for You to send your fire! Our hearts are hungry, our spirits are thirsty… We need to feel the power! Just like the prophet, said it would be, In the last days an outpouring we’d see. Yes, we are waiting…Anticipating, Lord, won’t You send the Holy Ghost now?”

    That’s enough to make this Old Pentecostal SHOUT….Send it on Down!!! The “IT” in the song is not the Holy Spirit, the “IT” is the experience of being in the presence of the Holy Ghost. Insert SHOUT here!!!

    Lighten up dude, there is much more to be concerned with than this old song, talk about a waste of time and print.

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    • William R. Sport
      May 27, 2016 - 7:37 pm

      Well put! There is not enough emphasis put on having a very personal & intimate relationship with God the Father; God the Son & God the Holy Spirit! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! I’ve been so very blessed that God not only called me out the darkness; He’s given me a very special touch. Deeply, warmly, affectionately. He’s given me a profound prayer life as well. There have been times that I’ve prayed the whole day!
      I’ve experienced His chastisement because His Way is better than my choice.

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  • Stephen
    May 26, 2016 - 4:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, somebody needs to relax. This song wasn’t designed to be theological, it is simply saying “We want more of the Holy Ghost!” And by that they simple sang “Send it on down, send it on down, let the Holy Ghost come on down!” Read the verse: “Lord we’re your children, and we are asking, for You to send your fire! Our hearts are hungry, our spirits are thirsty… We need to feel the power! Just like the prophet, said it would be, In the last days an outpouring we’d see. Yes, we are waiting…Anticipating, Lord, won’t You send the Holy Ghost now?”

    That’s enough to make this Old Pentecostal SHOUT….Send it on Down!!! The “IT” in the song is not the Holy Spirit, the “IT” is the experience of being in the presence of the Holy Ghost. Insert SHOUT here!!!

    Lighten up dude, there is much more to be concerned with than this old song, talk about a waste of time and print.

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    • William R. Sport
      May 27, 2016 - 7:37 pm

      Well put! There is not enough emphasis put on having a very personal & intimate relationship with God the Father; God the Son & God the Holy Spirit! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! I’ve been so very blessed that God not only called me out the darkness; He’s given me a very special touch. Deeply, warmly, affectionately. He’s given me a profound prayer life as well. There have been times that I’ve prayed the whole day!
      I’ve experienced His chastisement because His Way is better than my choice.

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