I have been checking this forum out for a bit. Surfing around. In fact I remember being in a similar forum several years ago at Yahoo.
First off I must be upfront I Am not an EX- Pentecostal. I am active in my local Pentecostal church(Fellowship of Christian Assemblies) and have some of my theological training in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
So why would I want to be a member of such a forum as this.
1. while I'm not an ex-Pentecostal ... I am not a SOLA- Pentecostal.( to coin a phrase) I don't believe that every Christian needs to be Pentecostal, speak in tongues etc etc. My first experience in the Christian faith was in a more moderate mainstream evangelical Church that allowed for a lot of diversity- this is deep rooted in my faith foundations.( geographic reason is what mostly brought me away from that fellowship)... this leaves me a little at odds with many in my circles.-
2. I am a counselor in training. (To further note my perspective on diversity... im working on a degree from a inter-denominational school founded by Mennonites, and my classmates and profs are Catholics Baptists, Anglicans, CMA etc etc.) One of my interests in the area of healing from spiritual abuse. I would love to learn more through the stories shared here. I also work in a secular helping environment.. so I not stuck in just the spiritual stuff. I'm not a legalist
3. I am a first generation Christian. And I like to cautiously examine things. There are things that happen in Pentecostal circles that I completely agree with. But on the theologically spectrum its the closest fit for me.-- I cant bring myself to a cessationalist interpretation of the scriptures( But I won't argue about it with those that do) and the only continuists around my parts are Pentecostals ( and a smattering of a few charismatic Catholics).
While I will also not I do serve as an elder in my local church, I am Not here to "bring people back into the Fold" as one of the moderators caution in a post. I only hope to learn from those here so that I provide some influence on my church that it not become like the ones experience by those that post here.
If I do post anything that appears to defend Pentecostalism I will try to be careful that I am only speaking of my own experience. Not to defend the "tribe" as a whole.
Hope that All makes sense