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  Don't Let Sharpton's Pentecostal Brand Fool You
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
26 January 2003

Al Sharpton, Pentecostal, upholder of abortion rights, is no friend of Pentecostals -- no friend of God.

Al Sharpton, candidate for US President, is also a Pentecostal preacher.  

I know Pentecostals. Some of my best friends are Pentecostals. I have attended many a Pentecostal service, revival or whatever. I have preached in their churches. I have attended their conventions and written for their publications. My children have attended their Christian schools.  

And when it comes to Pentecostal, though I am not one myself, I know they don't endorse abortion. At least, to this date, I have yet to come upon a Pro-Choice Pentecostal let alone Pentecostals for Pro-Choice. They just aren't to be found.  

The reason?   Because Pentecostals rivet their doctrine and actions to a close adherence to Scripture -- not taking away from nor adding to. In that Scripture, Pentecostals find no divine endorsement of abortion. In fact, Pentecostals know they read just the opposite -- a God who is against the murdering of babies, in and out of the womb.  

Therefore, the Reverend Sharpton should know that he cannot have it both ways, though I am quite sure he will try to have it both ways, for being a politician wanna-be, that's the way that mindset works -- always has.  

However, truth being truth, Pentecostal Preacher / Demo Candidate Sharpton will answer to the Judge on what he preaches and what he gives forth as his political platform. And as to his stand on abortion, USA TODAY (January 23, 2003) provides the following telling paragraph:  

"Al Sharpton. A Pentecostal minister and civil rights activist from New York, Sharpton said a protester told him a real Christian could not favor abortion rights: ''I said, 'Young lady, it is time for the Christian right to meet the right Christians.' ''

Sharpton, son of a single mother, said, ''I trust my mama's decision more than I trust anyone who sits in the White House tonight.'' Judging by his first outing, Sharpton will spice up a field of practiced politicians."  

There you have it in print.   Genuine Pentecostals' stomachs must be hurling when reading that. And so with all Christians who hold to the divine revelation called Holy Scripture.  

As months progress, just let it be put way out front where the world can see it: Sharpton, Pentecostal, upholder of abortion rights, is no friend of Pentecostals -- no friend of God.  

Email J. Grant Swank

BIO

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.

Columnist for websites: MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link).