So I went to a pentecostal church here in Tulcea this morning with my sister in law. My Romanian is still very, VERY, limited so I understood pretty much nothing. The services here are much different than what we experience back home, there is a lot of standing, sitting kneeling & praying, then singing. The several different men got up and spoke, reading scripture [i think], then more down on the knees and praying.
I didn't know if people were "speaking in tongues" or just praying out loud in Romanian. I didn't feel God's presence, and I couldn't help but wonder if it was because I didn't understand anything being said, or if it's something else. Kinda made me wonder.
I know that most of what goes on in the mainstream churches in the U.S. is heretical and un-biblical, so it made me wonder if some of the 'charismatic' move has moved on over here too. I believe in God, His son Jesus, the crucifixion, resurrection, etc. However, I don't necessarily believe in the whole slain in the spirit & speaking in tongues, 'holy laughter', etc. that runs rampant these days. Most of that seems demonic, not righteous and holy. BUT, I do believe that a fraction, a very small fraction of it is real.
I think mainly I've just seen the Word so twisted and convoluted in "churches" - that it has left a really bad, bitter taste in my mouth. I try to not judge and not be bitter, not be so cynical about it, but I guess the whole fool me once: shame on you, fool me twice: shame on me, kinda fits the bill here. I've been fooled one too many times by charlatans and false teachers, and propho-liars! I can count on 1, ONE, hand how many TRUE men/women of God that I know, who are teachers/preachers.
Anyway, so do you think it comes down to understanding what is being said in order to feel God's presence, or is it like most everything else in churches these days - a big show that induces psychosomatic sensations, i.e. the power of suggestion?