The Pentecostal Bubble, Part 2

Posted: April 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

In yesterday’s post I promised to share three elements that comprise the “Pentecostal Bubble”…that self-reinforcing cycle of beliefs and practices, the elements of which all connect and feed off each other.

Element One- Isolation

We’re water baptized, Spirit filled…and immediately begin the process of isolating ourselves from the “world”, which means all of those who aren’t water baptized and Spirit filled.  And this process becomes even more intensive as we enter ministry.  So, we stop going to a lot of places we used to go (and that’s not all bad), and we stop doing a lot of the things we used to do (and that’s not all bad), and we stopped being with a lot of the people we were with (and that’s not all bad).  Our mantra for this whole process is, “Come out from among them and be ye separate…” (2 Corinthians 6:17) Of course, we never stop to consider the context of the verse, which is that of romantic relationships between believers and unbelievers.  It’s not a call to isolation.

Granted, the intention and motivation for all this is our own protection, not isolation.  But in the end there’s really not much difference between the two.  What protects you, isolates you.  So over the course of time, the unintended effect of keeping ourselves safe is that we’re SO safe we’re no longer in touch.  All our friends are Christians, so we become isolated from the way unbelievers think and feel about important things.  All our activities are either directly connected to the Church or are centered on Christian themes, and the unintended effect of this is that we no longer know the culture.

At first blush this may sound vaguely “holy”; “I just don’t get the way these people think, bless God!” “I just don’t understand this culture at all, bless God.”  But the truth is that the culture you can’t grasp is the culture you can’t communicate with.

Stay tuned for the further two elements…

  1. The Celebration says:

    “But the truth is that the culture you can’t grasp is the culture you can’t communicate with.”
    That is a powerful statement. It’s impossible to go into all the world to preach the gospel if you can’t communicate with the world you are sent to. Thank you for your message. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

  2. Cameron says:

    Paul said, “I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view.” (I Corinthians 9:21, MSG). I think we often don’t do this for fear of what others might think of us (weak, compromising).

    It’s kind of like Herod arresting John “for Herodias’ sake,” but he wouldn’t let her kill him because “Herod feared John.” When Herod himself felt like killing John, he didn’t, because “he feared the multitude.” But then he ended up beheading John anyway “for their sakes which sat with him” at his party. (Mark 6:17-27; Matthew 14:5)

    I hope my greatest concern is what Jesus thinks.

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