What is the Purpose of Being Filled With the Spirit?

by Mike Ratliff

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:15-18 ESV)

There is a certain charismatic “church” in the metro area in which I live that advertises heavily on TV during the evening news hour. Some of their commercials are supposed to be humorous like the ones in which a fellow with an Australian accent supposedly stops random people on the street to ask them what their favorite “church” is. Of course, they all say that its the church they are advertising. All through the commercials they play the song from this video in the background and, of course, the dude with the cool Aussie accent looks so relevant… In any case, each commercial ends with the line where they give the name of the church then say, “Religion that works!” They have other commercials of course. Some show people running down the aisles of their auditorium or people falling on the floor. Nearly all those commercials say something like, “Come here, because this is where God is.” I noticed lately though that they have moved to a new level. They now have family groups who all stand around smiling and talk about the transforming power they have gone through by being there and finding God’s purpose for their lives as they were put to work serving in that “church.” Continue reading