It’s a funny thing about churches. A lot of people think that Catholicism was the first Christian church, and then King Henry VIII came along and started his own religion so that he could legally get a divorce from his wife. In America, we tend to think of two kinds of Christianity, Catholicism and Protestantism, with lots of different churches under the banner of Protestantism. These include Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran and Methodist, and many, many more churches with varying interpretations of the gospels. The fundamental Christian church goes back to the days right after the ascension of Christ.
The origin of the Catholic Church was in the second century AD. The Christian fundamentalist church, the original Christian church, was composed of the apostles and the Jews and Gentiles that followed Christ before and after the Ascension. The Book of Acts, written by the apostle Luke in around 80 AD, documents the formation of the Christian church and the spread of its message to Rome.
In the Book of Acts, its describes the events that took place at the First Feast of Pentecost that occurred after the Resurrection. The founders of Christianity were gathered together in a room when, out of nowhere, a powerful wind filled the room. Every head was anointed by a tongue of fire, and every voice spoke in a different tongue.
This moment became known as the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it happens to everyone who gets baptized in water as a Christian. The rite of baptism signifies publicly that the subject has turned their back on sin, that they believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that he died for our sins. It is not enough to believe; demons believe. If you want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you have to be born again through water.
The acknowledgement of the Holy Spirit is what separates fundamentalists from other Christians. Some people go their entire lives thinking that the Holy Ghost referred to Jesus after the Resurrection and that he left the planet when he ascended into heaven.
This is a mistaken view. In the Book of John (Chapter 14, verses 15 to 18). Here, Jesus says that the Father will send down a helper, who will abide with us forever. That inexplicable, overwhelming sadness that you feel when you visit a church and you have not been baptized, that is the Holy Spirit, gently reminding you that you are a sinner and not right with God.
The electric buzz in the atmosphere when hoards of worshippers are on their feet, wildly praising their Creator with the same fervor as fans at a gig or supporting their favorite sports team, that, too, is the Holy Spirit. When your pastor places his hand on you and the power that passes through him to you is so massive that you drop to the floor, that is the Holy Spirit.
We are not alone. God did send the helper that Jesus promised. When two or more people gather in the name of the Lord, he is there.
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