No need to put it in writing . . .


I remember the first time I began to visit a charismatic church of the late seventies. As I entered and sat with my friends who invited me, I remember being perplexed as to why there was no church bulletin. They basically responded, ” Oh we do not do that, we like to be free to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.”

It only took a couple of Sundays to realize how untrue that statement was. They had their set church order of service, it just so happened they did not print it out for the attendees.

Church always started with some sort of call to worship, if you really were spiritual than your service began with the blowing of a shofar. Next, the worship team would begin singing, about three quarters of the way through there would words of encouragement, prophesy, or speaking in tongues. Finally things would slow down and there would be announcements and an offering. Then a message and prayer ministry to follow up. They had their set order, they just did not want to admit to it.

Somehow the church has come to beleive that planning is the anthesis of being led by the Spirit.

Yet we read in Scripture:

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, – Galatians 4:4 NASB

Somehow God sees planning quite differently. We also are told that Jesus was:

. . . delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put [Him] to death. – Acts 2:23 NASB

I clearly remember my days of my youth growing up in my mainline church. There were many Sundays in which the order of service was not followed.

The unspoken theology was that somehow Charismatics have associated not having a bulletin as being more spiritually connected to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Not writing your plans down does not make you more spirit lead, just unwilling to admit we we may need to change our plans from time to time. And if we may need to change our plans, it may show just how poorly we can actually sense the prompting of the Holy Spirit. And who wants to put that into writing!

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