(Closed) I grew up in a charismatic pentecostal home, ask me anything!

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Post # 47
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@echapman:  lollllllllllllllllllllllll How old were you guys?

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Isn’t it interesting how when a homeless person is shouting out gibberish on the street, we think “Ugh, that guy is crazy and probably on drugs and definitely dangerous.”  And in some churches, when someone is NOT shouting out gibberish, they’re apparently going to burn in Hell? 

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

Thanks for sharing OP.

I know this isn’t your sect, but you said if the snake bit someone that means they have sin on them. What, if anything, is done medically to the person aflicted with the snake bite?

Post # 50
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Helper bee

When I was growing up, in Texas, the first question out of many people’s mouths was, “So, what church do you go to?”

“We don’t go to any specific church.””

“So you’re nondenominational, then?”

“Uh, maybe?”

I remember my mom once telling me to not press the issue (We didn’t go to any church at all unless my grandparents were in town and we went to Mass with them! Later, we were Unitarian Universalists.) because it was too complicated; she once told someone she was nondenominational because she didn’t follow a specific  sect of Christianity, and they assumed she was Pentecostal.

My childhood best friend wound up at a church that had split off from the Southern Baptists and called itself nondenominational, but I never saw tongues/extremely modest dress/snakes at her church. Another friend, let’s just say 13-year-old me FREAKED OUT attending her youth group and seeing tongues and collapsing on the ground the first time, and they were also “nondenominational.”  

But what does “nondenominational” mean to you guys as ex-nondenominational Christians?

Post # 54
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@jmarvellous:  To me personally, nondenominational means that a particular church are  not affiliated with a bigger well known established christian organisation that can regulate and check what is preached or what happens within the meetings. 

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jmarvellous:  I always thought “nondenominational” just meant that the pastor could do what he wanted/make up his own practices since there was no denomination to dictate how things should be done. Usually they are formed when a sect from a denomination disagrees with one tiny little practice or way of interpreting scripture.

Post # 56
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@stefanielovesjamie:  Thank you for being honest with your answers. You will never know how much your thread has helped me figure out some of the crap I’d been told was “truth”. So thanks hun,  I appreciate it. 

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

@stefanielovesjamie:  Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Now I have another one.

Given your leaving of the Christian Faith, you now call yourself Atheist. As an Atheist, do you still have a kind of spirituality? I never get to ask this question to atheist.

I grew up Catholic and has since become Pagan and to me I have been able to “look beyond” the language of specific religions and have been able to take away bigger themes and intentions behind specific words, whereas, I find people with very close, litteral ties to their fath, hold very tight to their words. I feel when I go to religious services I am able to look beyond what is being actually said and find find what they are TRYING to say. 

But as an Atheist and former Christian, even with rejecting the idea of a higher athority, do you still have a spiritual side? Or do you find yourself more corporeal?

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@stefanielovesjamie:  

@Brielle:  

 

+1 about Brielle… Keeping a shameless poise about your Christian faith is insanely hard…. major props to you!

Post # 59
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Bee Keeper

@stefanielovesjamie:  

 

This is really interesting, thanks for sharing!

 

 

 

I grew up Southern Baptist, which many people associate as very closely related to Pentecostal/Charismatic churches. This really wasn’t my experience at all, and most SBC churches I knew held the Pentecostals and charismatic congregations and teachings at a fair arms distance. That said my Darling Husband was primarily raised Church of Christ, and they are even more strict in many views than even SBC. They do not allow musical instruments, and certainly no speaking in tongues. I do know of people who speak in tongues ( or have a prayer language), but do so privately and not in a worship service setting. Also, I was raised in the Deep South ( like, as south as you can go into Louisiana and Alabama), and now that I live in Tennessee, the Appalachia region is pretty notorious for these holiness churches and snake handlers. DH  joked when we first met and he learned I was Baptist that I was “ a feet washer”. That really confused me, because that wasn’t a major influence in my home church and I never associated it with being Baptist.

 

It is just kind of amazing how regionally, things change, even within the “ same” denomination. I see more truly fundamental churches where we currently live than I did growing up. Now, Louisiana ( and south Alabama)  is also heavily Catholic, which may influence why a lot of Protestant churches aren’t as fundamental on certain issues ( drinking, for instance and appearance).

 

My personal upbringing was ( IMO) very balanced, and I am open to going to different churches or denominations… but not what you’re describing. I think that the holiness movement is way off base. I would not want to raise my children with that kind of fear, legalism and judgment. God is bigger than your haircut ( or lack of it)… I just wish people could see that and not the crazy that is most churches in America.

 

This is the very reason why finding a new home church where we live has been pretty hard. I don’t want just “ any” congregation, but I don’t want to get sucked into a regional specific hang up, or get involved in a church body that has some fringe views.

ETA: sorry this was so long 🙁

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hi this thread has been very interesting and educational. I am from east Asia where everyone and everything is so random in terms of religion and faith.

i am sorry if I sound ignorant but is Pentecostal the one that was shown in the movie ‘There will be blood’? My source for American culture is basically from media so its just easy for me to compare things with what I see in movies and tv.

I am not religious but I like spirituality and like learning about different religions and its practices. I don’t deny god/ gods but don’t actually ‘believe’ them. When I ever want to pray for the higher power, I think I pray the universe, if that makes sense. So I’m wondering,

Am I atheist or what category do I fall under?

Another question: 

How do you feel about other religions?

Post # 61
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@stefanielovesjamie:  

i also grew up in a charismatic pentacostal home/culture. we share some similarities but a lot of what you are saying is foreign to me.

For me, the biggest difference between pentacostals and other branches of christianity is that they still believe in the gifts of the holy spirit: speaking in tongues, casting out demons, healing people, etc. basically everything that happened in the book of acts. and they believe in a direct relationship with Gos through the holy spirit. 

i’ve never seen a snake in a church EVER. i didnt even know what snake handling was until i read this thread. i’ve also never encountered a pentacostal demonination where people (women) wear long skirts/can’t cut their hair. EVER. maybe that’s a very extreme branch but it’s never something that was preached in the churches ive attended. 

there IS a lot of fire and brimstone! that is def true. 

I personally still believe in God but im not part of any demonination or religion. in general im NOT a fan of organized religion. i think the biggest thing i took out of the pentacostal church is that your relationship with God is really a personal one. you don’t have to belong to a church or a community to know God or have a spiritual relationship. 

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