Pentecost was a unilateral outpouring of the Holy Ghost
In the beginning of the Book of Acts there is an event Christians commonly refer to Pentecost. In this event the Holy Ghost bursts into an upper room where the apostles had been hiding out and It engaged them like a mighty rushing wind! You see, the apostles were waiting in this upper room because Jesus was gone and they didn’t know what they were supposed to do next. If the truth be told, they were cowering in fear and hiding from the Pharisees, the ones they believed were responsible for putting Jesus to death. The apostles believed that the Pharisees turned on Jesus, one of their own, and turned Him over for crucifixion. At this juncture Peter and the other apostles were fearing for their own lives. They remembered Jesus telling them that He would send them another comforter who would comfort them as well as guide them in what to do after Jesus was no longer with them. They didn’t have a lot of details on the whys and wherefores about this, that day and they were feeling weak and as though they were running out of options.
This Pentecost story is very popular in the Christian narrative; but where the narrative goes astray isn’t so much in the particulars tied to the events of the story, rather it’s in the presumptions and implications which the writer of Acts (Luke) takes upon himself to interject into the narrative. If we go back and read the gospel of Matthew, we see Jesus using this tactic—interpreting the meaning of a particular parable or prophecy, in real-time as He was telling it. The difference is; Jesus was doing the telling and the interpreting. Here it’s Luke stepping in and overstepping his authority!
Of the four gospel authors, Matthew and John were contemporaries of Jesus; they walked with Him, and they were directly under the auspices of His ministry. They were in the atmosphere of the Holy Ghost which accompanied Him daily! The other two, Mark and Luke were not! Luke’s gospel is a combination of 1. Hearsay originating from who knows whom and 2. Copying the text directly from Matthew or John. To give you an example of what I am talking about, read the opening narrative in the Gospel of Luke and see that it is a genealogy that begins with God creating Adam and goes through all the begets and begots up to Jesus. Reading this genealogy, it doesn’t bear up to scientific scrutiny and so in one regard it is plainly false. It’s a lie. And because this is so it doesn’t belong in the scriptures let alone as one of the gospels alongside of the writings of Matthew and John! Because Luke comes right out of the gate with this lie he has indelibly tainted the rest of his entire body of work.
This genealogy wasn’t able to be perceived as a lie when it was written in the first century; but with the advent of the telescope came the understanding of how big God’s creation actually is and along with this understanding, the realization that the numbers just don’t work. Not even close. It is obvious Luke was spinning this—he wasn’t receiving inspiration from God because God would know (more than anyone else) that the genealogy is false. Wouldn’t He?! This same spin from Luke is detectable throughout the Gospel of Luke and, most especially, in the Book of Acts. All of this tainted narrative is still with us and has been freely used to forge a much larger and influential flawed narrative that’s been tied to Jesus’s message. In my series, I refer to this process as Christian branding.
Traditionally Christians have believed and have taught that this other comforter, this gift of the Holy Ghost, was intended as an outpouring of empowerment and authority for the apostles to wield exclusively. Again, it’s Luke, not Jesus making this call; and when it’s all said and done, Luke is wrong as he is knowingly or otherwise placing the Holy Ghost into a hierarchical structure. Doctrines and priesthood authorities compel the Holy Ghost to remain in the realm of hierarchical interactions.
The way Jesus worked with people was highly interwoven with the movement and the gentle influence of the Holy Ghost in the midst of the people; in fact Jesus depended upon this dynamic. Jesus often intimated the truth of this divine mystery to His apostles and He demonstrated it to them time and again. His desire was that the Holy Ghost would be able to continue in this mode. Jesus knew that if His followers were able to get this dynamic correct that His ministry and the building of His kingdom would move forward. But if they got it wrong, the Holy Ghost would soon get squeezed out altogether or be put into a spiritual environment that would severely restrict His functionality!
He did get put into the restrictive environment known as hierarchy! Two main factors or attributes of this hierarchical environment are, 1) clerical priesthood and 2) a set of static doctrines. The question for Christians today is, “Does the Holy Ghost wish to remain in that hierarchal environment? Does He feel at home and fully able to function at capacity in this arena? My contention is—NO. But after 2000 years, He is locked in and Luke’s inferences to this hardened belief changed everything from that time moving forward; he threw a giant monkey wrench into the overall kingdom of God narrative Jesus was teaching while He walked the earth. I get into this topic at length in my 4-pocketbook series, God: the Holy Ghost.