“IT TASTES LIKE CHICKEN!”
BY LOREN D. RUDD
Why is it that every time someone describes an unusual or exotic tasting meat, the phrase, “it tastes like chicken,” is used? I’ve heard it about frog legs, (they taste like frog to me), ostrich, (I’ll never know), turtle, (not this guy), and various other wildlife forms. Recently while hosting a dinner at our home for a young couple from Burma who are attending college here, I heard a new one. C-A-T, as in cat, as in the little furry things. Calling “kitty-kitty,” at dinner time takes on a completely different meaning there. Just in case you’re wondering, our guest said it tasted good, and did not have a lot of fat in it. (I asked.)
Now please don’t think of me as culturally insensitive, because I’m not. I would love to visit their country and would probably eat cat, dog, snake or any of the other dishes set before me. (Yes, they do eat dog and snake also, but I didn’t ask what it tastes like, although the answer would probably be chicken!) Having eaten what was sat before me at my friends house in Guadalajara, Mexico, cactus (not bad!), menudo, (yuk!), and what I think was pork in a tortilla shell dipped in super-
burning hot sauce, did I tell you the sauce was really hot, l will be a gracious guest and eat my food. (Actually, at times I prefer NOT knowing what I’m eating.)
All this brings me to my point. There is only one thing that REALLY tastes like chicken and that IS chicken! If you boil it, bake it, roast it, or fry it, it still tastes like chicken. While I am not an expert
with a PhD from Tyson University in Arkansas, I know what is, and what is not chicken.
The Pentecostal experience is kind of like chicken. It seems like a lot of folks compare their “religious” experience to ours. “We shout just like you Pentecostals.” “How do you baptize, Sir?”, “Well, we’ll baptize you however you want, but you do not have to be baptized if you don’t want. ” Obviously, Mark 16: 16, Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:3, etc. means nothing to this type of “Christian.” Others speak in tongues but continue living an ungodly
lifestyle neglecting holiness (Leviticus 20:26, Isaiah 35 :8,11 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 12: 1-2, etc).
I must be honest with you, it may seem just like a Pentecostal experience to you, but if you’re not following the full Pentecostal message of repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, the infilling of the
Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance, and walking in a clean godly manner thereafter, yours IS NOT a Pentecostal experience. Pentecost will change your life, if you give yourself to it wholly.
Hey, I’ve been eating chicken a long time, and I know what REAL chicken tastes like. To quote some words from an old song I heard, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing!”