January 07, 2014

Why I Left Pentecostalism

Though my own personal journey from the (heavily prosperity gospel influenced) Pentecostalism of my upbringing to biblical Christianity was far less dramatic, this brother's testimony resonated very deeply with me.

Theology matters. False teaching has consequences (in this life as well as the next). When a church (or theological tradition/movement in this case) routinely downplays, dilutes, or denies the gospel—the very heart of the faith—it's worth considering what else they've gotten wrong. And that's exactly what I did, eventually rejecting every single theological distinctive of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement as I embraced a more historically-grounded, biblically-faithful understanding of the Christian faith. It's been a difficult journey, but I thank God for it because my love for Christ and my faith in the gospel have only grown stronger along the way. 

If any of my Pentecostal friends or family members are reading this, know this: my rejection of your theology is not a rejection of you, nor is it a rejection of everything that you taught me. You taught me to serve Christ and to obey his Word, but, in order to do that consistently, I find that I must reject some of the other things you taught me. Though I know that you don't see it this way, I believe that I am honoring you by holding consistently to the truths that you taught me. And know this, too: I'm praying for you. I'm praying for you because God looks so much bigger and his grace seems so much sweeter from here on the other side, and I sincerely hope you'll join me someday.

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