I just can't help it. Specially seeing as not many actually know what we believe.
So if you wanna know ask.
Other Pentecostal's are welcome to answer if they desire.
Yeah, I have a few questions considering I was in the Pentecostal church for a decade.
Why is it when people speak in "tongues", they repeat over and over the same nonsensical syllables? For eg, "shakor
Why is the church service extended so long with singing? Typically, you are singing at the beginning of the service for the best part of an hour about 5-6 songs, then another song or two in the middle between sermons and then another couple at the end of the service. A cynical person would say that it is to wear a person down to make them suggestive.
Why is it that nothing brings about the blessings of God Almighty like giving him money? In all my years in the Pentecostal church, I learnt that if you really want to be blessed, forget goodness, kindness, righteousness etc. Just give money and plenty of it.
Oh yeah, this one really irks me. Why do Pentecostal "pastors" rant and rave in a loud, aggressive tone of voice all the time? They never seem to speak to people in a normal tone of voice during their sermons but always loud and dramatic unlike the majority of pastors in other denominations.
Why do Pentecostal churches operate differently from all other denominations? A Pentecostal pastor has almost complete autonomy and can do what he/she likes in his/her congregation. Each church can set their own wages for their pastors, set their own statement of beliefs, set their own programs without submitting to a central governing authority like other denominations. In other churches for eg, it doesn't matter if your church has 10 people or 10, 000 people. A pastor gets paid the same amount regardless, which is set not by the pastor but by a central authority. But in a Pentecostal church, each pastor sets their own wage indepedantly. This is why the wages of Pentecostal pastors fluctuates wildly, from a meagre earnings in tiny congregations to mega earnings in mega churches.
Btw, do you think that this lack of central command and the fact that Pentecostals pastors set their own wages according to the size of their congregations and the amount of monies received has anything to do with my 3rd question? You know, about why nothing seems to bring about the blessings of God like giving money? A cynical person may think that if a Pentecostal pastor gets more money as the church gets more monies (whether by being a larger church or the same amount of people giving more), then it stands to reason to be preaching constantly "give give give" in order for the church to get more which means more for the pastor.
Oh yeah, also regarding "miracles". For all the healings (supposedly) of diseases, and all the raisings of dead people in remote missionary places that I heard about (but was never validated) and all the other grandiose miraculous manifestations, why don't amputees ever have their limbs grow back? And better still, how come all the healing in Pentecostal churches are for symptoms that you cannot see? You know, a person has a bad back or a headache or some generalised pain. It's never a person crippled in a wheelchair that can suddenly walk. Real miracles like in the Bible.
I'm sure I have other questions. I'll think of them and post them later.