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The Theology of the Black Pentecostal Praise Song

The Theology of the Black Pentecostal Praise Song The Theology ol the Bla,k Penteiostal Praise Song Michael G. Hayes Black religious music and black theology are correlative in meaning. From the beginning, black music has sprung from black theology as a meaningful and life-affirming medium in black experience. This article intends to take a brief look at this interplay between music and theology as revealed in the black Pentecostal praise song. Luther Gerlach and Virginia Hine have studied Pentecostalism as a mode of social transformation involving a seven-step commitment process required to recruit, convert, and maintain members. The two steps most germane to the Pentecostal praise song are the original commitment event and the orientation process which features group support for modified cognitive and behavioral pattems. Pentecostals call the most significant event effectuating commit­ ment "baptism of the Holy Ghost." Following the acceptance of Christ as their personal savior, believers are encouraged to seek this experience by prayerfully petitioning God to "fill them" with the Spirit . As recorded in the Book of Acts, the initial sign of Spirit baptism is "speaking with other tongues" (glossolalia) . In addition to expecting new members to be Spirit-baptized, the established Pentecostal community maintains a strict code of per­ sonal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

The Theology of the Black Pentecostal Praise Song

Black Sacred Music , Volume 4 (2) – Sep 1, 1990

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Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-4.2.30
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Abstract

The Theology ol the Bla,k Penteiostal Praise Song Michael G. Hayes Black religious music and black theology are correlative in meaning. From the beginning, black music has sprung from black theology as a meaningful and life-affirming medium in black experience. This article intends to take a brief look at this interplay between music and theology as revealed in the black Pentecostal praise song. Luther Gerlach and Virginia Hine have studied Pentecostalism as a mode of social transformation involving a seven-step commitment process required to recruit, convert, and maintain members. The two steps most germane to the Pentecostal praise song are the original commitment event and the orientation process which features group support for modified cognitive and behavioral pattems. Pentecostals call the most significant event effectuating commit­ ment "baptism of the Holy Ghost." Following the acceptance of Christ as their personal savior, believers are encouraged to seek this experience by prayerfully petitioning God to "fill them" with the Spirit . As recorded in the Book of Acts, the initial sign of Spirit baptism is "speaking with other tongues" (glossolalia) . In addition to expecting new members to be Spirit-baptized, the established Pentecostal community maintains a strict code of per­ sonal

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1990

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