|FAQ ID # 5228|
|Last Update : 2007/04/10
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|Question / Issue|
|I came out of a Pentecostal background. I see the error in a lot of their teaching. My sister is caught up in it now to an extreme. How do I approach her to let her know of the error in their teaching?|
|Answer / Solution|
|It's been said - "The rivers of truth flow within the banks of love." Like Paul reminded Timothy, we want to "Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching." - 2 Tim 4:2 Prayerfully guide her through the Scriptures as the Lord leads.
Here are some thoughts on possible issues you may encounter:
Paul teaches much on the subject of corporate worship and the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Much of what our Pentecostal brothers and sisters believe and practice is a difference in HOW the Holy Spirit works in and through the church. One of the key truths is that "God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the other churches." - 1 Cor 14:33 If there is chaos and confusion, the Holy Spirit is NOT involved.
Much of what Paul addresses concerning these matters is found in his first letter to the believers in Corinth, chapters 12, 13, and 14. His emphasis is on orderly worship while exercising the spiritual gifts of service, with love as the greatest of them all... "These are three things that will endure - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love." - 1 Cor 14:13
This is a good perspective to maintain..."In the essentials - unity. In the non-essentials - liberty. In all things - love." - St. Augustine
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