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Forgive me if it is inappropriate for me to weigh in on this discussion. In the first place, I really do understand those that are skeptical regarding Glenn's motives and his journey in general. I can understand and appreciate how it may come across as an invasion from an outsider looking in by someone who has not been a product of that ongoing spiritual formation. On the other hand, a person with a Charismatic/Pentecostal background like Glenn is the least of one's worries. Moreover, it may prove to be one of the churches greatest assets in the long run. Why? Because there are an increasing number of people like me who share a similar ethos in their spiritual journey, but who increasingly recognize, for example, that the memorialistic approach to the sacraments many early Pentecostals and Charismatics unwittingly adopted from the Baptists, (my previous tradition), upon more careful reflection not only proved inadequate but ultimately contradictory to a consistent Pentecostal/Charismatic faith. As the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement continues to mature, it is increasingly likely its adherents will increasingly recognize the need and the value that a "high church" context provides. If Anglicans choose to see this as an invasion and a threat rather than a step toward a greater unity within the body, then further division and not greater unity will be an unfortunate and ultimately unnecessary consequence of one's ongoing spiritual journey. If, on the other hand, these people like Glenn are embraced, then it seems to me that it offers the Church a tremendous opportunity ultimately to to preserve the value of its most fundamental traditions.The truth is, the Church's greatest threat is not "uninitiated" charismatics like Glenn, but secular humanists who seek to minimize the Faith at any cost.It is time for the church to pick its battles. Blessings.
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