Question: Is it true that emotionalism is mistaken for spirituality, and doesn’t the glory of God manifest itself in a person living like Jesus did; denying self and the flesh to serve others?
Answer: I would agree with you that the glory of God is holy, selfless, sanctified living that has victory over known or willful sin, self, and the devil. But at the same time I feel like we need to make room for expressions of emotions in private and public worship.
We are emotional beings, some of us are more so and some of us less. When God touches us, we respond with our will, our mind, our spirit, and our emotions.
The man that got healed in the temple leaped and praised God, and I believe that was in order. As long as people are not operating in the flesh and seeking attention, I have no problem with outward manifestations of praise to God or emotions in a meeting.
I do have problems with people being emotional in meeting and then living a fleshy, selfish, unsanctified life, but that is part of having emotional meetings. Quite often the unspiritual will get caught up in all the emotion. For them it will be a “spiritual high” that produces no change.
Some of the most emotional times I have had with the Lord have not been in meetings, but alone with God in prayer, praise, singing, and reading the word. I have shouted and wept and run through my home praising God, and have even jumped over the coffee table.
The things that have led to these emotional expressions have been things like a deeper revelation of the mercy God has had on me, a deeper godly sorrow for the ungodly life that I have once lived, strong conviction of the lacks in my spiritual life, or a deeper revelation of the love of God for my soul.
I think that people that only get emotional in meeting and not in their private devotions need to examine themselves as to whether they are doing it for show, or perhaps just getting caught up in an emotional high. The Christian’s greatest times of amens, shouts, jumps, runs, and weeping should be alone with God.
Personally, I love it when God blesses me in my soul to the degree where I respond emotionally, but I never seek emotions and I don’t confuse them and think emotions are the glory of God.
The emotions pass away and are forgotten. The dealings of the Lord and changes that result from these dealings need to be lasting changes. The glory of God is the deeper revelation that brought a lasting change in my spiritual life. The emotions were just part of my response to the blessings of God.
When God comes down in a meeting and people get victory over sin, self, and the flesh, those that have prayed for them will rejoice also. This is all biblical.
The issue I have with emotionalism is when people start seeking emotionalism instead of God. Something has really gone wrong when leaders employ tactics to stir up the people in their emotions instead of leading people to a deeper walk with God.
They know when God has come down in the past and touched and changed people, the emotions of the people were stirred. But instead of preaching, exhorting, and singing designed to help people bring changes in their life — which will product an emotional response — they go directly for the emotional response.
Hence you can have an emotional form, but the people in the congregation are selfish, carnal, and fleshly, and in some cases living in known sin. All this while they run the aisles and think they shout the glory of God down.
When people personally start seeking emotions instead of God, or when leaders start trying to stir up an emotional meeting, things are on the downward road.
–This post is a copy of a comment I posted on the article Pentecostals Shouting as the Glory Came Down.
–I would love to see comments from the different people that read this blog on this subject. Feel free to make a comment on this post or the Pentecostals Shouting as the Glory Came Down post.