Agreed. Jenkins does need to be read with some caution, actually a lot of caution. I make personal remarks in the margins of the books I read, or on sticky notes that I leave taped to the pages, and I have quite a few “against-Jenkins sticky notes” in my copy of *The Next Christendom: The Coming Of Global Christianity. *
Agree fully here with your: “Mainstream Pentecostal denominations or a mainstream charismatic congregation … Assemblies of God, Foursquare Gospel, one of the Calvary Chapel congregations or a Vineyard Fellowship congregation, one would find the Bible taught as [the authority for teaching and practice. Question their accuracy and depth of understanding the Bible as you will, the Bible, not private personal revelation, is their sole authority.”__Pete
However consider this: You were talking about mainstream Pentecostal denominations and mainstream charismatic congregations **in America **, while Jenkins may well have had in mind the various Pentecostal and charismatics in the developing nations of Central and South America and Africa. In The Next Christendom he discusses the extreame positions held by some of those churches in these areas and even warns about the possiblitiy of losing definitive Christianity if the church embraces the worst of such stuff as being Christian, for example some of the African churches mix in voodoo with Christian faith and practice.
Scary stuff to be sure. (How’d ya like to have a pastor who was 20% Witch Doctor!! … comes to church with live chickens and a butcher knife etc etc :howler:
Btw Pete, have you read the book titled, Why John Shelby Spong Must Change Or Die, by the Apostle Paul.
And another book titled, Why John Shelby Spong Must Change Or Go To Eternal Hell, by God.
Regarding Jenkins being a Whiskeypalian I mean an Episcopalian … LOL … I’ll keep that fact ever in mind as I read his stuff.
Btw, here is what the Jenkins-Man looks like:
Well, its a decent haircut … decent eye glasses …
… I can beat him tying a knot in a necktie though, ha.
Pete, thanks for the suggestions regarding Pentecostal history and Vinson Synan, I’m heading over to amazon to check him out.
I think whats coming out of Africa, Central America, and South America is probably going
to be 15% a real nightmare for Christendom similair to this right here:
But I will put up with the nutty 15% ↑ in order to get the good 85% ↓ that I think is coming.
Here is an example of the good, or at least what I perceive to be the good:**
The huge Nigerian Church. The content of this sermon is very good. I hold the position that you will
appreciate a lot of this sermon content!
So all things considered … our side is moving on up … and Jenkins is just documenting it for us!
Say Pete, how would you grade (1 to 10 scale) that post up there as to flair, bang, pizzaz, variety, passion, energy, color, enterrtainment ? LOL 3? 4? 8? 9? 10?