I love my family at LPC and I love what LPC is all about. I enjoy occasionally visiting the traditional church as well; it’s like hanging out with a familiar old friend who you have not seen in a while. But sometimes I do question the things I see in a traditional Pentecostal service. I have to watch out for the differences between a genuine call for spiritual growth and a manipulation by a charismatic leader who seeks to exert his own idea of what a Christian walk really is. I have witnessed and been victimized by this type of manipulation before, and even thought it may have been born out of a sincere desire by that leader to see results, it is not right. I’m writing today simply to share my heart. I wouldn’t mention names because few people would have a clue who or what I was talking about anyway, but this manipulation was the reason I never returned as a camper/student to the state youth camp of my church’s denomination. I did go back numerous times as a counselor and as a worker.
I love my church, and I have a very big place in my heart for my church’s denomination, the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). However, I have come to loathe the political machinery of church denominations, particularly those of such a strong centralized system. One of the things that has been great about living in South Florida for over 20 years is that I have been able to be in a church (HCOG/LPC) and under pastors (JT and TJ) who have been far enough physically and emotionally from the machinery of the political structure that the they (the church and pastors) were never part of the buddy system which effects and infects centralized governance.
If any of this makes absolutely no since to you, #1 be glad, #2 disregard. I will be working today so I am sorry that I won’t be able to join you at LPC, but I miss you fellas. See you next week!