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« on: April 26, 2012, 09:44:29 PM »

Someone on another forum I frequent recently posted this:

http://www.timschraeder.com/2012/02/29/you-may-have-been-raised-charismatic-if/

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*you’ve recommitted your life to Christ more than 10 times per year.
*you would say a quick prayer asking for the forgiveness of as many sins as you can remember when the traveling prophet would start walking around in the congregation.
*a family road trip included stops in Toronto or Pensacola, Florida, in the mid-late 90s.
*you know what the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit is.
*you were a cast member in “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames.”
*your church logo had a dove on fire.
*you feel uncomfortable in churches where people don’t raise their hands.
*you liked Hillsong before they were cool.
*your church was worried about Y2K.
*you’ve experienced and/or participated in a Jericho March.
*you’ve question the salvation of your Catholic friends.
*you’ve complained about worship services being too short.
*someone in your service ‘caught’ the Holy Ghost, and subsequently gave it to others.
*you know what JBQ stands for.
*you’ve ‘laid’ things at the altar, but never physically left anything there.
*your church showed the “Thief in the Night” movies followed by an emotional appeal for people to be sure of their salvation.
*you’ve been grazed by a banner during a worship service.
*you’ve worried you’ve missed the rapture on more than one occasion when you can’t get a hold of your Christian family members.
*the only kind of dancing that’s allowed at your church is dancing in the Spirit.
*it’s common for people to take their shoes off during worship.
*your church’s altar ministry team included “catchers.”

There's a bunch more at the link that I didn't quote to try to stay within "fair use" guidelines.

Some of these are a bit off for me, but the vast majority of it is pretty dead on from my childhood (even though the church I grew up in would never have called itself "charismatic"). Every time I go home to visit family, I visit the church I was raised in with them on Sundays because a.) I still truly do love the people and b.) it helps maintain peace in my family. Anyway, when I read the list I felt the same way I've felt the last few times I went home to my old church: surprised by how much I dislike it now. At one point in my life I never would have considered worship "real" if it wasn't like this, and though liturgy was boring and "dead". Now I'm all about liturgy and find the services of my youth a free-for-all. Which isn't a commentary on the people or their sincerity or love for Jesus, to be clear.

Anyway... thought I'd share in case others were former charismatics who would get a chuckle!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 10:01:04 PM »

* Your father was raised in a Charismatic Catholic trailor park commune. Yes, this is actually true of my father.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 11:14:26 PM »

I'm not a Cradle Christopher, but I really didn't understand any of that...
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 11:19:33 PM »

I'm not a Cradle Christopher, but I really didn't understand any of that...

You were probably not raised charismatic then!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 11:55:33 PM »

i've experienced more than a few of those and i was raised baptist.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 12:13:49 AM »

I do relate to quite a few of those, but what's JBQ?
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 12:51:11 AM »

-Your household has a family 'Bible' without the Deutercanonicals
-You're used to old ladies talking loud giving 'Amens' during a two hour sermon
-You question the salvation of your Roman Catholic friends
-You've been Baptised three times when you were a teenager because you felt like it
-You watch Joel Osteen
-Every night you pray to be saved in the Rapture
-You think schizophrenics are prophets
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 03:01:43 AM »

...you were raised in rural Finland but your church was filled with wannabe Americans.
...you think Christian ethics means being against smoking, ethanol, homosexuals and pre-marital sex.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2012, 10:59:42 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2012, 01:06:35 PM »



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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2012, 01:24:26 PM »

-Your household has a family 'Bible' without the Deutercanonicals

That's actually true for a lot of Protestants, Charismatic or otherwise.

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 01:32:10 PM »

-Your household has a family 'Bible' without the Deutercanonicals

That's actually true for a lot of Protestants, Charismatic or otherwise.

And probably most Orthodox in America/Australia/etc. who have a Bible Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2012, 01:44:09 PM »

...you or your family/friends have been a member of "the apostolic church"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_Church_(denomination)
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2012, 02:36:15 PM »

*you’ve ‘laid’ things at the altar, but never physically left anything there.

Funny story...  The last church I was involved with before becoming Orthodox had a service where people actually left stuff at the altar.  I left a pack of smokes.  After church my roommate was out in the parking lot smoking them.  I said, "Dude.  Really?"  He replied, "They were just going to get thrown away and wasted."
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2012, 04:15:29 PM »

you were not surprised when a brother or sister suddenly spoke in tongues during a service and then another brother or sister interpreted.
you understand that everyone at church are your brothers and sisters.
you rejoice when you hear "with every head bowed and every eye closed" because you know it's time for altar call.
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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2012, 04:15:42 PM »

*you’ve ‘laid’ things at the altar, but never physically left anything there.

Funny story...  The last church I was involved with before becoming Orthodox had a service where people actually left stuff at the altar.  I left a pack of smokes.  After church my roommate was out in the parking lot smoking them.  I said, "Dude.  Really?"  He replied, "They were just going to get thrown away and wasted."

LOL. As a (unfortunate) smoker, this is extra funny to me.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2012, 04:32:54 PM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.
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« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2012, 04:35:47 PM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.

dang...that's a good deal for the leather one.
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2012, 05:44:30 PM »

*you’ve ‘laid’ things at the altar, but never physically left anything there.

Funny story...  The last church I was involved with before becoming Orthodox had a service where people actually left stuff at the altar.  I left a pack of smokes.  After church my roommate was out in the parking lot smoking them.  I said, "Dude.  Really?"  He replied, "They were just going to get thrown away and wasted."
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 06:31:53 PM »

*you’ve ‘laid’ things at the altar, but never physically left anything there.

Funny story...  The last church I was involved with before becoming Orthodox had a service where people actually left stuff at the altar.  I left a pack of smokes.  After church my roommate was out in the parking lot smoking them.  I said, "Dude.  Really?"  He replied, "They were just going to get thrown away and wasted."
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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2012, 10:11:18 PM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.
I got one for less than $10.

But the cover was on upside down.  Grin
 
Still everything else about it is great, it helped get the family and I where we are now, and we read it every day.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2012, 01:15:36 PM »

I do relate to quite a few of those, but what's JBQ?

Junior Bible Quiz. We did Bible Quizzing, but we never called it JBQ that I can remember.
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2012, 01:53:21 PM »

yay to the orthodox study Bible! (cheap ones and expensives ones)
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when i was a charismatic (uk style 'house church', not quite as wacky as the falling-on-the-floor usa or african versions), it seemed spirituality was measured by how fast u could find the book of obadiah during sunday school!
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but i'm glad it was emphasized how important it is to actually read the Bible.

now, with the OSB, i'm back to looking the old testament books up in the index, due to the different placings in the septuagint (greek old testament). i feel a bit like someone is going to see me fumbling in the Bible and ask if i need to 'be saved'!
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2012, 03:58:35 PM »

I do relate to quite a few of those, but what's JBQ?

Junior Bible Quiz. We did Bible Quizzing, but we never called it JBQ that I can remember.
Oh, okay, yeah I've done that. Thanks.

yay to the orthodox study Bible! (cheap ones and expensives ones)
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when i was a charismatic (uk style 'house church', not quite as wacky as the falling-on-the-floor usa or african versions), it seemed spirituality was measured by how fast u could find the book of obadiah during sunday school!
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but i'm glad it was emphasized how important it is to actually read the Bible.

now, with the OSB, i'm back to looking the old testament books up in the index, due to the different placings in the septuagint (greek old testament). i feel a bit like someone is going to see me fumbling in the Bible and ask if i need to 'be saved'!
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Understand and agree.  laugh
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« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2012, 09:29:49 PM »

I thought of one today not on the list!

*In a worship service, you have sang (sung?) Lifehouse's "Hanging by a Moment to God.

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2012, 01:44:23 AM »

You May Have Been Raised Non-Denom if...

-You've Visited 5+ Churches In One Year
-You Complain That 'Denominations divide the Church'
-You Say That 'Christianity Should Return Back to the NT Church,' Yet Deny Orthodoxy
-You Believe That All Christians Are Saved, Yet Question the Salvation of Your Roman Catholic Friends
-Oppose The Evangelical Movement, Yet Your Church is Evangelical
-You Read More NT Commentaries than Actual Scripture
-You've Listened to K-Love on More than One Occasion
-Sung the Same 3 'Blood n Water' and 'Casting Crowns' Songs at Sunday School Throughout your Entire Childhood
-Complain that People Make No Effort to Worship God, Yet Deny Anything Liturgical as 'Idoltary' or 'Traditions of Man'
-You Subscribe to 'Voice of The Martyrs' and Actually Think their Stories are Accurate
-You Think that the NT Church had Rock Concerts & Bibles
-You've Used Scripture to Refute RC's and/or EO's Despite the Fact that They Put the Bible Together
-As a Teenager, Contemporary Worship Was your Idea of Having Fun on a Saturday Night
-You've Owned an 'I <3 Jesus' and/or 'Jesus is my BFF' Bookmark
-It Was in 'Left Behind' Therefore it Must be True
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« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2012, 03:33:37 AM »

Wait...the Copts remove their shoes in the church... Shocked

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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2012, 10:45:27 AM »

I thought of one today not on the list!

*In a worship service, you have sang (sung?) Lifehouse's "Hanging by a Moment to God.

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Yes. And dont forget their song "Everything" either. Used to play that one in the worship band in middle/high school.

Im not a fan of his voice, but I will admit that I think thats a good song. haha.
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« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2012, 10:48:10 AM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.
I got one for less than $10.

But the cover was on upside down.  Grin
 
Still everything else about it is great, it helped get the family and I where we are now, and we read it every day.  Smiley

WHAT??? Mine was $70!!! Thats a lot for a Bible...
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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2012, 12:19:17 PM »

I thought of one today not on the list!

*In a worship service, you have sang (sung?) Lifehouse's "Hanging by a Moment to God.

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Yes. And dont forget their song "Everything" either. Used to play that one in the worship band in middle/high school.

Im not a fan of his voice, but I will admit that I think thats a good song. haha.

Ah, yes... I forgot about "Everything". We sang that as well. I do like that song, and his voice.  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2012, 12:25:26 PM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.
I got one for less than $10.

But the cover was on upside down.  Grin
 
Still everything else about it is great, it helped get the family and I where we are now, and we read it every day.  Smiley

WHAT??? Mine was $70!!! Thats a lot for a Bible...

I think I paid about $80 for my first two Thompson Chain Reference Bibles. Thankfully the "bonded leather" (or whatever it is) is down to about $40 now, and the hardcovers are down to $30. Don't think I'd ever pay $80 for a Bible again... not with all the info that's available on the net these days.  police
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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2012, 07:38:49 PM »

In fact, I still don't have one with the Deuterocanonicals. I plan to get one at some point.

I got a leatherbound Orthodox Study Bible with all of the Deutercanonicals in it for only $40.
I got one for less than $10.

But the cover was on upside down.  Grin
 
Still everything else about it is great, it helped get the family and I where we are now, and we read it every day.  Smiley

WHAT??? Mine was $70!!! Thats a lot for a Bible...

I think I paid about $80 for my first two Thompson Chain Reference Bibles. Thankfully the "bonded leather" (or whatever it is) is down to about $40 now, and the hardcovers are down to $30. Don't think I'd ever pay $80 for a Bible again... not with all the info that's available on the net these days.  police
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« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2012, 10:48:48 PM »

I was raised Charismatic. A lot of these are very familiar to me.
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