Monday, October 12, 2009

Church Experiment #41: COG of Prophecy

A couple of months ago, on my way home from visiting Montgomery Community Church, I passed a van that read “Church of God of Prophecy.” I had never heard of that denomination before, but I knew I had to make it a stop on my experiment.

I have six quick points about Cincinnati Church of God of Prophecy, and then I’m going to let you guys out early. [Another one may have bitten the dust here. Their website no longer exists, but the church may still be open. It’s hard to tell for sure.]

To finish reading about this experience or any of the reflections from my 52 visits, please purchase the full book here.

14 comments:

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I would have left early too-that kind of enviroment makes me very uncomfortable...and my parents were into that in the late 70's, early 80's...so I have seen it good and fake-I prefer not to see it at all these days.
However-I do want the Holy Spirit to work through me...can I just request no "tongues"?

DanThoms said...

Um, Ruby Red, I don't think God is taking requests, sorry. Steve, I like your perspective on this. I grew up in a charismatic church (not quite to the extreme of the church in this blog but charismatic none the less) Your right, some is fake some is real. I think it shows real maturity though not to automatically judge the realness of something based primarily on your own experiences or personal feelings on the matter. I've personally had experiences when encountering God that some may find extreme. Those are the only experiences that I feel perfectly free to judge. I do hope that at some point you are able to have an encounter with God that is outside of what you would normally consider comfortable.

ylmurph said...

a few friends and I came to the same conclusion while we were doing a self evaluation of some values. We all came out highest (in our estimation) in "relevant". This was a value, so that's gotta be good, right?
Most of us felt like we scored highest in that area because we honestly cared more about the people around us, and how we looked...than maybe we cared about God being in the room. My friend would say it's a fear of man over fear of God issue. Maybe it's more of a - impress people over trying to connect with God issue?

I would say it was that it's easier to play to the audience of visible people over the invisible One. I'm guessing connecting with the invisible One might help me in my personal security...I just don't want to bark like a dog.

all this to say - great stuff

Cyndi said...

Just my two cents - I've seen friends "slain in the spirit" and believe they were not faking it. However, this is not something I personally want to experience and have yet to. I think because this isn't "normal" to me, it probably won't happen. I think God can and will use other ways to speak to me and bless me.

On the other hand, I was wondering about speaking in tongues - something else that isn't "normal" to me. And one day while up at the alter praying, I just started speaking in tongues. But I was open and willing and found it really cool. I don't do it very often, but it's easy now. If that makes sense.

God is a gentleman and I don't think he'll force things on us that we don't want. I don't expect to get slain in the spirit. Not my thing. (I'm also 6' tall and you know what they say about the bigger they are, the harder they fall... like I said - not my thing.)

Mimi said...

As an Orthodox, I can't wait to hear what you think.

Lydia said...

What an interesting service! It sounds like you learned alot from going there -- more about yourself than from the parishioners.

My church flows in the Holy Spirit, but believe me, we are very orderly, and do not have mass chaos. I have to agree with Cyndi -- God is a gentleman, and He does not push His way through to force you to speak in tongues, etc. If you don't want it, He won't make you.

For myself, praying in tongues is a very personal intimate time with God, and it helps build up my spirit. (For what it is worth.)

Finally (I'm going on a bit here) I just went to a wedding at a Serbian Orthodox church in Omaha, NE -- who knew?!? It was wonderful. The entire service was chanted (over an hour), the bride and groom got crowns, there was incense, jingly bells, it was absolutely lovely. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you next week!

Anonymous said...

I disagree, the people who speak in "tongues" are all lunatics. They're making themselves unstable intentionally.

Steve Fuller said...

Side note:

The pastor from Cincinnati Church of God of Prophecy emailed me today. I was super impressed with his reaction to my visit. I said some critical things in my post, but he responded with love and kindness.

Although the altar call freaked me out a little, I was really impressed with the people of COGOP. They seemed like a genuine group of people who bonded like a close family.

Christopher Day said...

Anonymous,

That's quite a bold statement you're making. Lunatics huh? I reread your comment and looks like you're just missing one thing.....YOUR BALLS. If you know so much and are so sure of yourself, why not sign your comment? Or maybe you're simply not so sure and just enjoy judging others.

PS: I'm assuming you surround the word tongues in quotation marks because you're quoting the bible. Since that's where the whole notion of speaking in tongues comes from.

Leigh said...

Well said. Judgment is such an easy sin to fall into, and as a moderate-leaning Christ-follower I often find myself judging those more conservative than I for their judgment. Ironic, no?

Sara@www.tablegrace.net said...

Any chance you are going to hear Donald Miller tonight?
My husband and I are going and thought we'd introduce ourselves and say hello if you were there......

Kristi J said...

Maybe the fist bump guy was trying to avoid getting a cold or flu. It's the latest thing.

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Jerry Gaddis said...

Brother if you ever find your perfect church please do NOT join it, because if you do it will not be perfect anymore!