STRATEGY FOR RECONCILIATION
An excerpt by Vinson Synan, Ph.D.
The Powers of Evil Together.
of our lesser known strengths is the fact that we Pentecostals are
heirs to a great and authentic tradition of Spirit-filled social
reform that has made major advances in the struggle for justice and
righteousness in this present world. This tradition ranges from John
Wesley’s struggle against slavery, to the abolitionist movements
before the Civil War, to the work of the Salvation Army in our day.
Although we owe much to our Methodist and Holiness forebears,
Pentecostals have contributed much through such ministries as David
Wilkerson’s Teen Challenge and such ministries as CBN’s
not supporting the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, many
Pentecostals missed a golden opportunity to contribute our gifts to
solving the nation’s vexing problem of racial discrimination. As
sad as that may be, there is nothing we can do to change the past.
We must now look resolutely toward the future. There is much yet to
be done because Satan, as we know, will increasingly attempt to
destroy all he can before the return of the Lord. To use the words
of Walter Wink, we must now join forces to confront, engage, resist
and defeat the enemy. But we do not struggle alone for “Greater is
He that is in you than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).
fact, the great news of the 1990s is the outpouring of the Holy
Spirit in the black churches, beyond the traditional pentecostal
bodies. This new wave of revival is now sweeping through the
mainline historic black denominations including the National
Baptists, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) and the African
Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME, Zion) churches. One of the leaders in
this new wave is Paul Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist
movement. His roots in the Church of God in Christ have prepared him
to lead a new and powerful move of the Holy Spirit in his
the matters of social justice and civic equality, we must not sit
back and let the secular world take the lead. We must create the
Spirit-filled agenda of bringing Kingdom blessing and justice to our
world. The baptism in the Holy Spirit can still do more to stop
crime and disorder than any social programs that man can devise.
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