Talking Christianity

This blog has a sister blog, Talking Christianity.

Why Talking Christianity?

Why the sister blog to this blog, Talking Pentecostalism? I've got two big reasons and a dozen smaller less significant ones. I'll spare you the micro and go big picture:

1. Providing more positively and broadly for my Pentecostal readers. 

Talking Christianity has a broader focus, but is still related to my original blog. I want to map a trajectory for forward growth for my audience. I want to provide in time something of a more staple diet for my readers to move on to, either because their interest in the topic of Pentecostalism has been exhausted, or because they want to see what I believe about the full spectrum of topics relevant to current Evangelical discussion and thinking. I want to provide a full diet with diversity and richness as well as breadth. The goals of Talking Pentecostalism is to narrow for that.

What if somebody 'converts' from Pentecostalism as I did? They can't read my apologetic and critique forever, which can tend to have more of a negatively constructive approach; they need to 'move on' to the positively constructive stuff I want to supplement with Talking Christianity.

2. Symbolising the division that Pentecostalism creates within Evangelicalism. 

Pentecostalism creates inevitable disunity in Christianity. Although Pentecostalism is part of the family tree of Christianity, I do see it as being a sick and suffering branch. Akin to the situation that would warrant Paul writing the sort of letter of which the Corinthians, Galatians or Colossians were recipients.

I don't put Pentecostalism in the category of something like Catholicism or Eastern Orthoxody. These I believe to be corrupt forms of Christianity - these religions are more than sick. They are both false spirituality and dead religiosity, because their beliefs and practices amount to idolatry. I also don't put Pentecostalism in the category of a cult, such as Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses. These are not sects that came from Christianity, but were wild derivatives from the very start; they did not ever have a true origin within the family of Christianity, but were separate adaptations from the beginning, similar to Islam. Like a cancerous cell that begins multiplying within the body.

But Pentecostalism sits firmly within the family of Protestant Evangelicalism. Many Pentecostals share much in principle with Reformed theology and share a vast array of agreement with Calvin (from my reading of the Institutes anyway). But like shifting techtonic plates, there has been an enormous movement away from some core emphases that New Testament Christianity centres on; and of course, there have been some huge additions.

All of these issues warrant serious concern and would be why by my assessment Pentecostalism is in league with the gross immaturity and worldliness of the Corinthians. There needs to be a degree of disassociation by Evangelicals generally with Pentecostals. It's in these situations that the Bible calls for disunity. I've described the sort of Biblical position behind this logic here: Where to draw the line.