I was wondering if there were any former Pentecostals that have converted to Catholicism on the forum? I went to a church Service this Sunday with my mother-in-law (we were visiting for the weekend) at her Pentecostal church. I watched the people and just felt such profound sadness at far they have strayed from the church founded by Jesus Christ. These people obviously have a great love for Jesus Christ but I just found the service so empty.
I wondered if there were any former Pentcostals here, and how were they able to overcome the immense differences. This church had no cross, no picture of Jesus in it. There was loud Christian music that basically seemed to have such little depth. The pastor was ranting and raving, pounding and shouting, jumping up and down. He criticized those churches “that just went though the same rituals over and over everyweek.” He made a remark along the lines that Catholics couldn’t praise the Lord in church because we had to sit quietly. That the “spirit wasn’t alive in those churches.”
I looked at these people waving there arms saying “thank you Jesus, we praise you Jesus” and just thought how could they understand that Catholics worship the Lord in his presence so deeply and profoundly. How could someone raised in the Pentcostal faith ever be comfortable in the silent reverence of the Catholic church. WIth statues and candles and a crucifix. With holy water and incense. All this would have to be so foreign.
So if there are converts out there I would love to here your story.
Thanks and God Bless.