Tuesday, November 17, 2009

#95- Using "apostolic" and/or "pentecostal" as adjectives to decribe arbitrary nouns

 Housekeeping note:  First, expect to see posts from a 4th blogger on the site...Kyle Brown. I don't know much about him but know that he will be a valuable voice within this community complete with snarky commentary on anything you may witness at your local church culture..

to the post...

The following is quoted directly from a friend ...

Using the words "apostolic" and/or "pentecostal" as adjectives to decribe arbitrary nouns as if declaring something "apostolic/pentecostal" increases the overall value of that thing.
For example...Apostolic worship, Pentecostal singing, or We're going to to to the restaurant to eat "apostolic pentecostal" style....
Apostolic pepsi
Apostolic clothing
Apostolic pentecostal marriage

Also:  sometimes words like "charasmatic", "baptist", "secular",  is used as an adjective to decrease the value of a noun.
For example a preacher may, when trying to probe for a clap or amen, say....  I know i'm not in a "Baptist" service tonight!
Or, someone describing someone's look may say... She dresses like she's "Charasmatic", she needs to get a more "apostolic" wardrobe...

I am completely on board with this one...essentially the terms "Apostolic" or "Pentecostal" are becoming trump cards to maintain a mysterious kind of  superiority over other kinds of competing mechanisms, be it contrasting old fashion Apostolic preaching with  the dullness of a methodist lecture, an Apostolic hair style with a kind of secular looking hair style, or even contrasting Apostolic mountain climbing with secular mountain climbing (see picture)....

If you ever want to win an argument...simply talk down to the opposing argument as being "Charismatic" and maintaining that your argument is the "Apostolic way"...which really means that if Paul were here to do, he would be supporting you in an argument over the other argument, no matter how much actual scripture is mentioned....


  1. Sorry everyone but I can't resist. . .
    "Apostolic Hooker Boots!"

  2. Hahahaha... though actually Pentecostal Hooker Boots are less sinful. :P

  3. Amen, Amen and Amen.

    Nothing but spiritual pride built at an altar of good intentions.

  4. But what if you wear them with Pentecostal fishnet hose? he he he

  5. A good old-fashioned Apostolic altar.

  6. How many of you cut your teeth on Pentecostal pews? (The wood is specially anointed.)

  7. Apostolic Cheeseburger! A big slice of cheese to cover up the over-abundance of condiments, with a small piece of ground beef.

  8. WM Greer turns to LH Hardwick some years ago before the 1992 schism at a Houston General conference and says: It's sad that we have come to a place where we worship our worship.

    "Nuff said.

  9. I am an editor for Christian.com which is a social network dedicated to the christian community. As I look through your web site I feel a collaboration is at hand. I would be inclined to acknowledge your website offering it to our users as I'm sure our Pentecostal audience would benefit from what your site has to offer. I look forward to your thoughts or questions regarding the matter.

    Robert Wright