Amish experience Pentacostal Fire
By Ernie Yoder
July 15, 2011
Soon after we married a group of about 10-15 families started having 'singings' during the week. We'd get together and sing and sing and sing.. until we experienced a Spirit of worship... I had never experienced before ... or not to that extent. We had harmonizing 4 part singing soon to add a few more parts... I get tears and 'goose bumps' as I think back to that. There were people from all over our community that want to host or be there and partake of this worship. It was sooo beautiful... many times people were weeping before the Lord as we were singing... there were times I choked up.. had to go outside ... and weep before a Holy God.. HIS Holy presence was so real.
Stepping away from the house and hearing the singing from a distance ...WOW... just gave me the chills and thrills... true spirit of worship. We sang as tears flowed in reverence to our God.
Many times people wanted to know where and when the next 'singing' will be ...and wanted permission to be there..' Ah, yeah. we love to sing.' Most times we'd sing until midnight ...sometimes more...it just didn't matter. Many people shared later that they went to work the next day with such a peace in their heart... It was indeed a heavenly experience.
I was not the one to put this together... no one (earthy) was the director... we just united and were draw together to sing... and invited each other and a few more friends... until our houses had so many people 20 - 30 couples... in reverence... NO silliness.... Some of the songs and hymnals.. German and English... it was incredible...I was so thankful to be a part in this...
Several ministers and bishops enjoyed it as well as everyone else... until the wrong people found out ...
All that to say this... IT HAS TO STOP. That type of singing is 'worldly' and we want no part of it. Several of our regular bass singers were asked to make a confession in church for singing like that. The ministers in my church were OK with it.. but most others were strongly opposed I remember.. after I heard this news I walked out to the back corner of our property and wept like a baby. That was when I started realizing that the Amish really aren't after the heart of God.... because that is not the way our forefathers taught.
So you see... that is why Psalms 137 is a special message to me...
Psa 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
Psa 137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
Psa 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
Psa 137:4 How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?
Psa 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
Psa 137:6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Psa 137:7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
Psa 137:8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Psa 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
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