Or “How a Nice Dutch Reformed Girl Ended up Charismatic.”
My childhood church experience was limited to the Reformed Church. When I left home to attend college, I only attended church when I was home visiting mom and dad. By the middle of my second year in college, feeling very lost, I felt like God was drawing me back to Himself.
My first step was to look for a church. There weren’t any Reformed Churches in town, so I tried the Methodist Church. I don’t know why I picked the 8 a.m. service, but there was just me and about a dozen senior citizens there. Awkward!
Next, I attended the Baptist church. Seemingly unrelated to whatever the message was, I remember feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit drawing me.
Then I began attending the campus ministry. My issue with the campus ministry was that most of the kids who went there were just kind of weird. I wasn’t thrilled about hanging out with them.
I was reading my Bible and struggling, wondering whether God would have anything to do with me.
One night a bunch of kids from the college group were going to “revival” meetings at the local Assembly of God church, so I tagged along. This first visit to a charismatic church was certainly an eye-opener for me.
That night was pivotal in many ways. I encountered Jesus in a way that was life-changing for me. I was introduced to the charismatic realm. And I met the man who would eventually be my husband.
I began attending bible studies with a group of young adults that met several times a week to listen to Kenneth Copeland. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a book about the Holy Spirit by Dennis Bennett.
I came to believe that an additional experience beyond salvation of being filled with the Holy Spirit made sense scripturallyAt the time, I felt like it drew me closer to the Lord.
Since then, my husband and I have experienced almost every possible aspect of charismatic church, the good, the bad, and the ugly. My husband will no longer wear the label of charismatic because of what it represents to him. Like the term christian, I agree that it has a lot of baggage.
The definition of charismatic is “the belief that supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit are available to and experienced by Christians today.”
We still believe this. Perhaps we will adopt robbymac’s terminology of post-charismatic, but not post-Spirit.