Thousands of COGIC Pentecostals celebrate gifts of the spirit in St. Louis

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Pamela Pittman, of Oak Park, Ill., prays during the noon church service on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Church of God in Christ annual convocation at America's Center. The convocation continues through Sunday. Photo by J.B. Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pamela Pittman, of Oak Park, Ill., prays during the noon church service on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Church of God in Christ annual convocation at America's Center. The convocation continues through Sunday. Photo by J.B. Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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ST. LOUIS — The Church of God in Christ, or COGIC, is the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination. For one week each year, members converge for Holy Convocation, in which their charismatic faith is on display.

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  • Tammye

    Many do have gifts from the Spirit but many don’t and manipulate people.
    The Bible says many are dreamers who speak on their own authority and
    when they lie they speak their native language. All the so called “healers”
    and so called “prophets” that try to manipulate people to gain money and
    power/fame are in for a very rude awakening on judgment day and so are
    people in church who still get drunk,be mean,gossip,gamble,sleep around.
    1 Corinthians 5 makes it very,very clear. Matthew 7:13-23 Luke 13 as well.

  • For me, “It’s male dominated but the women do it all,” kind of says it all….

  • Jack

    The emphasis on the Holy Spirit can only help bring racial reconciliation.

    But if racial reconciliation follows the politically model of the left, it will fail and bring more racial tension.

    True reconciliation will come when both sides are brutally honest with themselves. If racial reconciliation means white pastors groveling while black pastors look on with understandable discomfort, it’s not the real deal.

    White pastors need to dispense with surface groveling and go deeper. They must acknowledge how the racism of a century ago quenched the Holy Spirit and thus did incalculable damage to the church. They also must admit that their desperate attempts to say “yes” to anything going by the name “black” is itself a patronizing form of racism. Black pastors, in turn, must admit that they have presided over a moral and spiritual disaster in much of the black community, as shown by the dearth of black males in the pews of so many black churches.

  • The Holy Spirit is certainly alive and well in our day. But, some shy away from many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that is unfortunate. Others may indeed be gifted, but do not subject those gifts to the Word of God. That is to say, God has clearly instructed us on how His gifts should be used in public services…1 Cor. 12-14. It is truly awesome when the body of Christ can be edified by the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit in the way that God intended. Sadly,, that is very hard to find. May we abide in Him through His Holy Scriptures and walk in the power of His Holy Spirit. This is pleasing to the Lord. For indeed they are One, that is one In agreement. For those who do not know the Lord, Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and turn away from sin. Then you will know God’s peace that comes through His forgiveness of sin through faith in Christ. God Bless

  • The so-called manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not a landmark for the real church of God. When dependence of the members of a church becomes evident, the leaders are not in accord with the Spirit of God which brings liberty to the believers. This manipulation has often brought the leaders to be the only BLESSED one in a church where poverty of any sorts is encouraged to fill the leaders’ pockets. I pray that the church is not the prey of anyone, so called pastors, evangelists, apostles of the Christ that has GIVEN his life to bring life to his flock. The good shepherd GIVES his life for the sheep, not takes the life of the flock to his advantage. I hope that the Lord would give a VISION to his people, for where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18) To the law and the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20) John 12:49,50 tells us what Jesus did on earth.