Dating in pentacostal church
Mc Pherson's personal issues with men (divorcing two of them because they would not support her ministry), and her purported affair with a Foursquare employee, made for messy tabloid fare, but significantly these "scandals" did not affect her pursuit of ministry.This may be because Mc Pherson did not take her personal difficulties with her into the pulpit; she did not, for instance, make a case that divorce was acceptable, but instead she supported very popular causes such as being against evolution and speaking out against communism.
Regarding gender, Pentecostals try to mirror what they view as traditional family values.Lonnie Frisbee, a hippie evangelist with the Jesus Movement during the 1960s, was one of the most effective in the new movement's attempts to reach into the 60s counterculture.Frisbee was an evangelist on staff at Calvary Chapel (a Jesus Movement church founded by Chuck Smith in 1965), and eventually left to join the Vineyard movement in the 1970s.Added to the mix is the fact that Mc Pherson was an exceptional popularizer of Pentecostalism, with a gift for healing that overcame whatever misgivings her congregation at Angelus Temple may have had about her personal life.Such an example illustrates the way that scandal can be overcome if the participant in it remains steadfast to popular political stances, particularly if the church community believes that the Holy Spirit had not abandoned the person despite perceived transgressions.Traditionalists view their roles as helpmates-typically as housewives-as a standard that is biblical.
They also have much at stake in maintaining their position as complementing men.
Of course this view has its dissenters; women have leadership roles, for example as superintendents in the Foursquare church, and there are prominent women educators in Pentecostal colleges, seminaries, and universities.
Male gender roles are also tightly conscripted; men are viewed as leaders, providers, and spiritual heads of the household.
For this and other reasons Parham's influence waned in the Pentecostal movement.
That Pentecostals today still do not agree on this historical event, and many historians feel constrained in even mentioning that the charge was most probably sodomy, says much about the difficult climate homosexuals have in Pentecostal circles.
Intertwined in this thinking about gender, and particularly gender roles, is the idea that gender is a physical attribute that is God-given.