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  • Where Did the Black Church Get It's Spirit?

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    8 posts, 6 voices, 1077 views, started Jul 15, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Mz. Queen

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    • Where Did the Black Church Get It’s Spirit?

      Is there any one answer, I’m not sure. What I do know I got from my college history book and listening to some ancestral stories.  Church was the only outlet for black people during the days of slavery. After working all day, all week the Sunday church experience was the epitome of a good time.

      Music was used to convey a secret meeting and the dance was free expression. There is so much to tell and still not have it all told.

      I attended Protestant services while my father was in the military. I attended Baptist services for more than 26 years and most recently I attend Methodist. I am proud to say that God has blessed me richly in that I understand more than I ever thought possible and all my relationships are as strong as the one I have with Him.

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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 16, 2009
        • Thx for letting us know that. Do you think that today the churches have the same spirit as back in those days? Do you think that only true and heartfelt spirit can come out of oppression?

          I am hoping to find the Rev Al Green’s church here and attend. For the message and the music.

          As long as the Pastors don’t approach me and speak in tongues at me or force me to listen to ‘their’ agenda I would love to attend church.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Jul 16, 2009
        • Vikki,

          There is a verse that says something to the effect of “try the spirit by the spirit.” Which I interpret as if and when the Pastor approaches you the spirit will have already taken up residence in you and you will be ready to receive the “gift of life,” that’s what I believe.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 16, 2009
        • I get that but at the age of 16 during a southern revival of baptist missionarys it completely freaked me out. Up to that point I had only been exposed to northern white baptists or catho;ic churches.... totally different!
          And now unfortunately I am reserved when I enter a church......



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          Janet Wooley wrote Jul 16, 2009
        • This all that I have to say about this subject. I am a white girl, and I would rather sit in the congregation of an all black church any day of the week rather than a white church and it is a personal preference. These people know how to worship God with no inhabitions. The Bible says we were created to worship the creator. This is what we are gona do when we get to heaven for all eternity get it going now girl.
          Vicki I do understand your fear (for lack of a better word) about tongues. I had a simular situation in my teens. I attended a bible study with a school friend and everyone in the room started speaking in tongues and talk about freaked out. I ran home.I am ok with it now. I understand because I have since studied it.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Jul 16, 2009
        • Janwoo,  

          Another observation from me is between African Americans and Haitians. As poor as that country is Haitians praise God with their whole body, mind and soul. I have seen them worship without shoes, in the heat and with little clothing, while Americans, well dressed, in air conditioning and several pairs of shoes sit on a pew arms crossed, lips poked out and stomachs full not praising God at all. Go figure.



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          Angell VillafaƱe wrote Jul 18, 2009
        • See now speaking in tongues is something I have a big problem with in churches. I go to a Pentecostal church where they believe in the speaking of tongues but I do not believe I need to do that to “prove” that I am saved and sanctified or a Christian. If someone speaks in tongues...then that’s all well and good for them but don’t use that to say whether or not someone is saved. That irritates me to no end. I can get on my knees, lift my arms to The Lord and invite Him into my Heart and it will have the same effect. Now...I just may get in front of God and  find out that I am completely wrong on this but perhaps not. Will he really not let me into His pearly gates because I didn’t speak in tongues regardless of how I worshipped Him or lived a good Christian life?



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          Sharyn55555 wrote Jul 21, 2009
        • I have found that some Christians believe that unless you speak in tongues - then somehow you are not quite a ‘Christian‘.
          They are mistaken.
          I have taken Jesus Christ as my Lord & Saviour and He and I are in a personal relationship.
          I do not have the gift from the Holy Spirit of speaking in tongues, but I have been given other gifts and they are precious to me.



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