Pentecostals are known for their back talk. During church, the preacher will make a good point and someone will yell, “Amen!” The preacher will illustrate the point and someone will respond, “Preach!” Every once in a while, when the preacher really gets going, someone will yell, “Truth!”
When Pentecostals talk back, yelling “truth,” they are not being disrespectful. The congregation is agreeing with the preacher, recognizing the truth of the preacher’s message. Because the congregation talks back, the sermon is more than an exchange of information between pastor and pupil. The sermon is a celebration of God’s truth. That celebration of truth is a vital part of our worship.
Jesus emphasizes the importance of truth in worship. In John 4, Jesus tells the woman at the well, “true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” The celebration of God’s truth in worship is important to worship like God’s Spirit is important to worship.
When you pray this week, take time to declare God’s truth. Recite the 23rd Psalm as a prayerful declaration of truth. Make statements about God’s goodness. When praying in group, agree with your friends in prayer: “That is right. Amen! Truth!” Celebrate the truth of who God is. As you do, you will see Jesus lifted high by your back talk. That is the ultimate goal of every Christian – Pentecostal or not. Truth!