Finally, a balanced sermon on the Holy Spirit. It may surprise you. Enjoy this vid by Shane Idleman. Remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the video.
I’ve spent lots of time in Baptist AND charismatic churches. I left the charismatic movement because of the pseudo holy spirit of kundalini that was brought into many churches (Hinduism). One day Lord willing, I’ll talk about what it took to bring me out of a movement I had been in for most of my Christian life. It’s great to hear a sermon about the power of the Holy Spirit that’s based in truth and discernment. Now, I go to a Baptist church but I still believe in the gifts and power of the Spirit. I believe my Pastor does too. I’ve even had people lay hands on me for prayer.
The reason I believe the terms “baptized in the Holy Spirit” and “fire” are scary to some is because people think of the crazy stuff that’s going on in the emergent church. These terms were NEVER mean’t to correlate to so called “men of God” knocking people to the floor and Christians barking like dogs. The baptism of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with holy laughter, seeking angels, and gold dust. I spent a good bit of time in that camp and it took God shaking me up to get me out of that. It was a very scary time in my life. I experienced some junk. But on the other extreme you have those that believe the gifts have ceased. After I left the radical side of the charismatic movement, I was terrified of even the music I heard in the movement. I ran to theology and later into major legalism. Legalism felt safer than the demonic disorder I had experienced in the emergent church. But legalism is just as dangerous and it kills relationship. So I completely get this message. I’ve been to both extremes but the Bible challenged both and God called me to balance.
I’m still trying to sort real faith and real movements of the Spirit verses the weird stuff I experienced for years. I’m still healing and learning to hear God’s voice. Discernment, Truth, and God’s power are supposed to go together. I like what Brother Shane says about the circus vs. the cemetary. Lol…animals verses zombies. Sorry, had to go there. Oh Lord, bring us the balance found in your word. Baptism is all about identity. It’s not what we see on “Christian” t.v. So you may be surprised by this message. I did an indepth study on Acts through Bob Jones University which is a conservative Baptist church. It lines up with what Brother Shane is preaching. Anywho, I’ve said enough. Be blessed!
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover