"There are people out there, sitting in the pews of denominal churches who are lost because they don't know the truth! We ain't a denomination, a denomination's just part of the whole. We got the the whole truth! I thank God for the revelation of who He is! I thank God I received the infilling of the Holy Ghost at a Pentecostal altar --"
*record scratch* Okay, stop right there. Hol' up, preacher. You said we ain't a denomination, but a breath later you described the type of altar at which you got the Holy Ghost as a distinctly Pentecostal one. Since when did Pentecostal (or Apostolic, in staying with accordance to the title of this blog) become synonymous with "non-denominational"?
Let's face it. We don't hold to a nebulous cloud of nondescript beliefs. If we're proud to be one God Apostolic tongue talking holy rollin born again believers in the liberating power of Jesus' na-ame, then let's have the guts to admit we belong to a denomination. A distinct part of the "easy believism"-saturated whole of mainstream Christianity.
C'mon, we can't have it both ways. We can't sing "I'm a Pentecostal" while at the same time pretend that it's somehow unlike delineating oneself as Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian or Episcopalian. We can't hold to Apostolic "distinction" and "identity" and "heritage" and then cover our ears while saying "la-la-la-la-la" (not an imitation of speaking in tongues, by the way) when it comes to the D word.
And speaking of words, and being a word nerd, I can't resist pointing out the homiletic misuse of the word "denominal." According to Merriam-Webster:
denominal adj. - Derived from a noun.
For example, Google is a proper noun. If one were then to say, "I googled the definition of denominal," the word 'googled' would be described as a denominal verb. In other words, a verb derived from a noun. Or in other words, nothing to do with denominations.