If your child was born between 1981 to 2000, you are the parent of a millennial. And because you are now reading this blog, I’m going to assume that you are a Charismatic/Pentecostal. The sad truth is that your experience of what it means to be a Charismatic/Pentecostal is more than likely a far different reality than what most Charismatic/Pentecostal millennial’s are experiencing right now and therefore your tendency to drink the Kool-aid that your teenagers and young adults want to give you is HIGH. Charismatic/Pentecostal parents, please let me explain and prophetically warn you:
Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Holy Spirit was welcome in most Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches. It was rare to be ashamed of His ministry. Baptisms in the Spirit, physical healing’s, radical conversions, and prophecy were all welcomed and encouraged in most corporate gatherings and even in house to house settings. Many times, the Spirit would beautifully move upon the congregation in worship and there was no telling what would happen next.
In 2017, it is extremely rare to find a Charismatic/Pentecostal Church who is unashamed of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. In fact, many denominations have simply relegated His ministry to a sign out by the road that says, “Assemblies of God, Vineyard, Church of God etc”. There is no sign of HIM operating in the meetings inside. If there are consistent gatherings where there is baptisms in the Spirit, physical healing’s, radical salvation deliverance, and prophetic ministry, I would consider that Charismatic/Pentecostal church a rare treasure and find in this current generation.
Charismatic/Pentecostal Millennials are constantly trying to convince their parents that times have changed. “How God once moved in your generation mom and dad, is not how He is moving in my generation. That stuff is offensive now” they say.
Mom and Dad, DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID!
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, long church services and extended revival meetings were normal in most Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches. If God was moving, entire families were staying. Late night prayer meetings? No problem, bring the sleeping bags!
In 2017, most Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches are doing everything they can to be relevant to the culture, which means services are a one hour thru drive experience that does anything but invite the Holy Spirit’s presence to move. Young married millennials are seeking the latest and greatest kids church extravaganza for their young one’s that feeds their kids animal crackers, television, and let’s them jump around on playground equipment the entire service. If church leaders tell millennial’s that their kids have to enjoy the worship with them and can’t be in the back room the entire service, they will hit the door before you can blink. Any talk of the Holy Spirit moving among the kids and youth draws laughter from many millennials these days. These days, high school students and young adults are constantly assuring their parents, “It’s okay mom and dad, we are living in days where everything has to fit into our schedule and busy lives.”
Mom and Dad, DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID!
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, bible studies, prayer meetings, and holiness were subjects and realities that were constantly emphasized in Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches. Altar calls that would deal with sin and pray saints and sinners alike through were common place. Several hour prayer meetings were welcomed and desired by people’s hearts that were hungry to see God move.
In 2017, most Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches care more about being hipsters and reaching the next generation than they do for standing up for righteousness and holy living. Millennials absolutely crave messages on the love and grace of God and loathe preaching on sin, hell, and holy living. “We live in a generation where we have to love everyone and keep things short and simple mom and dad” they say.
Once again, Mom and Dad, DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID!
Time to Draw the Line
I want to encourage every Charismatic/Pentecostal parent of a Millennial to absolutely refuse to accept the current expression and desires of many of your Millennial children toward the church. I beg of you, stop letting them tell you how church should be and start telling them what it really means to be a Charismatic/Pentecostal. I don’t care if they want to live a loose life and act like they are going to heaven, you call them to holy and righteous living and be unapologetic about it. If they claim to be “spirit-filled”, then by golly they need to be praying in tongues and not be ashamed of it. If they believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, ask them why none of them are manifesting in their lives or during church services.
I believe that we are on the verge of one of the greatest historical declines of the Holy Spirit’s ministry among many Charismatic/Pentecostal churches. To my great sorrow, I’m convinced that it’s coming through youth and young adults who are trying to get their parents to drink the kool-aid in the name of tolerance and relevance and we are greatly suffering because of it. Millennial preachers have convinced so many Charismatic/Pentecostal parents in their 50’s and 60’s that how God moved in their generation cannot reach this current generation and I’m here to tell you that’s BOLOGNA! I’m looking for parents in their 50’s and 60’s ready to start confronting so called “Charismatic/Pentecostal” millennial preachers and ask them why they do not allow the Holy Spirit to move in their services and meetings. It’s time to ask them where the all night prayer meetings and miracle services have gone? What about sermons on hell, holiness, and sin?
I want to give permission to Charismatic/Pentecostal parents to keep on being OLD SCHOOL! Preach the entirety of Word of God. If your millennial children get upset because people get convicted for their sin, then praise God. Keep preaching! Teach them about the Holy Ghost and fire! Pray for hours! Anoint them with oil! Welcome the gifts of the Holy Spirit among your kids and youth! You do not have to compromise on your Charismatic/Pentecostal convictions to reach this next generation. I beseech you, if you are a Charismatic/Pentecostal parent who is in their 50’s, 60’s and 70′,s and have Millennial children, do not cater to any of their desires to water down the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit. The same Jesus who so mightily moved upon your generation and released the gifts of the Spirit is the same God who will touch this generation. We need you now more than ever and I’m counting on you to pray through what I have written and prophetically warned you about.
A Charismatic/Pentecostal Millennial: Jeremiah Johnson