is it just an off the wall sect though? I mean, those compassionate, conservative christians we have in washinton seem to be just as wierd, and maybe
I don't know. this could be just a misrepresentation of christian camp, it is election time. but I was a member of a pentecostal church in the
80's. started off just fine, then came the name it and claim it theories......remember one of the temptations of jesus dealt with wealth also....and
alot bit on to it. I had something like this running through my mind....
you commit all your resources to God (or the voice who was telling me this...might not of actually been God.) and then, you let me lead you as to how
you spend the money. I will lead you to other's of like mind who have what you need, the money will stay in the family, and well, more will be
added. soon, you will have any mansion you like, and as he's saying this, I find myself walking past a really nice mansion...
I am not lying about this, this actually happened in the 80's.....and it does seem that the little voice in my head was running the same proposition
across alot of others.....and they bit. the span between the haves and the have nots has widened considerably....and the haves have put thier
spokesmen leader within the government...namely those conservative christians which I hesitate to call republicans...but they call themselves that and
ran on their ticket!!
soon after the name it and claim its came, there was suddenly this sudden thirst for power within the church....another temptation of chirst by the
way. all of a sudden the men were doing all they could to knock those who they say as standing in thier way to the prize (our pastor was quite
elderly, of course he would have to be replace soon!!) down a few notches. they're was also this great quest for spiritual power, power to heal,
well, that's when I had the dream of the wolf in sheep's clothing, one of the men actually turned into a wolf in my dream...that's when I pulled
back from the church. my husband pulled back at the same time....I didn't find out till a decade or so later why....someone proposed wife swapping
to him....I kind of wonder if this wasn't some kind of test to see how submissive the wives were or something...that also became a big thing around
that time also.
this is just my personal experience of one church back in the 80's. I don't know how representative it is of all the other pentecostal churches,
and well, doubt if it is representative to many of the other demoninations...
but it does seem that the thirst for power and wealth took hold...