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Eat the Meat, Spit Out the Bones

There is a great divide within the church when it comes to the things of the Holy Spirit. Most Christians fall into either the Evangelical camp or the Pentecostal camp.


If we imagine the imbrace of the Holy spirit in church life as a roast chicken, Evangelicals take a bite of the drumstick and upon hitting a bone, delcare that the whole thing must be bones and walk away completely.


On the other hand, Pentecostals take a bit of the bird, and upon finding meat decide that the whole bird must be good for consumption so they indescriminantly swallow everything bones and all.


This results in a situation where Evangelicals walk away spiritually starved for lack of spiritual meat, and Pentecostals go about life with indigestion due to the splintering bones they swallowed.


It is a classic flaw in human nature to want to make sweeping generalizations, and that is where both groups have swerved to the right and the left. It takes effort, it takes discernment to approach the bird and decipher the meat from the bones. But that is what scripture calls us to do:


"But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." -- Hebrews 5:14


Herein lies the key to a well-nourished and healthy spiritual walk.

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