My best recommendation (if you are still attending these churches) is to leave them as I've done. They are too caught up in petty man-made doctrines. Where clothes this way, hair must be long, to television, no radio (except when listening to a preacher), and other man-made ethics. Then there's the constant running up and down the isle, laughing or yelling out loud, and other emotionally based dogma. Paul states that Church services should be orderly, and not with massive confusion or sensational episodes (such as holy laughter or holy crying).
Originally Posted by Beck
They accuse other Protestant Churches of being too dead for not talking in tongues, dancing with snakes, or rolling on the floor. They also accuse the Catholic Churches and the Greek Orthodox Churches of being dead, emotionless, or dead for not possessing THEIR idea of what it means to have the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has one purpose, and that's repentance. This isn't manifested by gifts for others to see, as it was during the first century. The Holy Spirit is manifested by us listening to his instruction. But you've got to believe in your heart and trust in the Lord that He speaks to you by "INSPIRING" you to do what it right. Righteousness involves graces that you've mentioned; feeding and clothing the poor, taking care of others as you would yourself, and loving your neighbor as you would yourself. If someone possesses these attributes of the Holy Spirit, then chances are, they are being led by the Spirit. But the Spirit also convicts us of sin when we do sin, and makes us feel guilty so that we may turn to Christ for forgiveness, and repent. Of course when we refuse to listen to His instruction, and repent of our sins, then the Spirit may depart that person, and the lost soul ends up being "doubly dead" (Jude).
At any rate, don't get caught up in their disorderly conduct. I've been there, and done that, and I'm very glad that I left them. I'm not saying that they are bad people; we are all bad in one way or another. But to be "in your face" about it, and then propose that those are signs of possessing the Holy Spirit, is in essence, a bold evil without any remorse. Not to mention it is a complete mockery of God.
Personally, I think it's just the human factor yearning for something miraculous because we as human beings do not believe with our heart, but with our eyes; we rely on what we see. Talking in tongues is something they choose to believe, and yes, even with tears as I did. I knew I wasn't talking in tongues, but it felt good to believe that I was participating in manifestations of the Holy Spirit. My favorite minister from the First UPC was a man in Gainesville Florida, by the name of Jeff Arnold. His sermons are powerful, but I soon realized that going to Church to listen to a good sermon is no different than wanting to listen to a good song on the radio. But when I saw the rather luxurious car he drove, I knew that this wasn't a man of God.
Anyways, I highly recommend avoiding them. All we can do is pray for them, and for us as well.
Israel is more than just a race; it is more than just a nation; it is the people of God, from faith, by faith, and only faith. Those who assemble in the name of Christ Jesus, embrance Israel because they are Israel