This is something I been meaning to get out for a while.Almost like decade ago, my maternal grandmother who while baptized Catholic (never cared much for it beyond nominalist recognition) went to like a youth event that was going on in Pentecostal church that one my aunts went to.She said that during that event she saw some relevatory thing and it’s what made made her quit smoking cigarettes and convert to a fervent Pentecostal.
-_- With the unfortunate anti-Catholicism.Saying that saints and Marian veneration is idolatry,the Vatican is the new Babylon etc,etc stuff I’ve now commonly heard of.In the years following that me (for a short while before hitting 14-ish) and my dad in particular would get into very heated arguments.I think that my dad was involved with an evangelical group a long time ago when he was young (sometime in the 70’s-80’s my guess
_) and it let him with a bad experience.I find it a bit funny that I delved more into the history of Catholicism and Christian philosophy in order to argue better with my grandmother
I don’t mean to offend anyone who is actually Pentecostal,has any relation to Pentecostalism,similar denominations or something to that effect.I’m sure that the sort of belief expressed and practised by my grandmother is not reflective of the majority of Pentecostals or the entire nature of the Pentecostal denomination.Yet it’s intrigued me…:ehh: as far as I’ve seen the sort of Pentecostalism that’s promoted to Hispanic ppl is ussally a “sensationalist” *evangelical form with an emphasis on exclusivism,the presence of demonic forces,the end of days and…”attention grabbing” stuff I guess you can say all the while easily bringing up stuff like the nominalism/lip service of those who are baptized Catholic,criticizing figures of saints and Marian veneration is,what’s the point of the Pope and a whole bunch of other deriding stuff.
Sometime after my grandma’s conversion when we went to Toronto to visit an uncle, my dad and him talked about this and he showed some proselytizing material including this one little like short movie.It showed fights or like rioting btw Catholics and Pentecostal with at one point a man crying,bleeding while on a crucifix.What creeped me out even more is how this was like an old Hispanic production from what seemed like btw the 60-mid 80’s ‘~’.
It makes me really wonder for how long this has been going on.It also makes me wonder if ppl from the originating country of the missionaries (like maybe the .U.S.) ever go and “check up/inspect” how those like congregations conduct themselves seeing as how I know that there are Pentecostals who don’t worship and think in such a way… :shrug::ehh: although part of me has a suspicion that they “allow it” in order to establish a stronger presence and diminish the presence of other denominations like the historical regional Catholicism.
Has anyone else seen similar things and/or would like to say something about it ?
*There have been times when my grandmother has gone to like 3 hr long s
services for instances.For the past 2-ish yrs though her like “fervency” has simmered down imo