Running the Aisles

Although Wikipedia identifies ‘running the aisles‘ as a Pentecostal or Holiness tradition it does show up in certain fundamentalist circles as well. To be fair, this sort of thing is usually reserved for Sammy Allen-style ‘camp meeting’ gatherings of the whoopin’ hollerin’ and tree-climbin’ variety. Still, for pure entertainment value it’s hard to beat. Be sure to keep an eye on the baptistry…

(thanks to Kitty for the link)

66 thoughts on “Running the Aisles”

  1. Oh my, I was crying I was laughing so hard. I have a tshirt that says, “Don’t run in the church”, I don’t think it would go over very well there…

  2. ” in the Pentecostal worship tradition, spontaneous expressions inspired by the moving of the Spirit are highly valued” — from the Wikipedia article on “Running the aisles”.

    I’m just laughing about how “spontaneous” it is to run the aisles at a set time in a prescribed worship service. It doesn’t appear to happen during spontaneous Bible reading times at home, or during the meet and greet times of the service. Nope. It spontaneously only occurs during the music and/or preaching.

    No liturgy here, folks, nothing to see, just move along.

  3. “Look, they’re filled with the spirit!”

    “Why is the spirit telling him to throw his jacket at the singer?”


    “And why is the spirit telling that guy to re-baptize himself?”


  4. Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    “Nowhere in Scripture do we see real gifts of the Spirit operating when someone is out of control or under some sort of supernatural seizure. Nowhere does the New Testament teach that the Spirit of God causes Christians to fall into a trance, faint, or lapse into frenzied behavior. On the contrary, “The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control (or temperance (KJV)”.” – John MacArthur

    1. Maybe if you were right with God and the Holy Spirit were living in you ,He would move you to praise Him by running the isles or shouting “Praise the Lord ” or raising your hands in adoration of Him . I bet you have no problem ,hooting and hollering at a sports game .
      Stop finding fault with us who are enjoying our salvation ,we have something to be joyous about .Wet blankets with icicles for hearts are not what churches need there are enough dead churches out there ,go to one of them and worship your dead ” “god” my God is alive and we worship Him wit happy hearts .
      To bad some people can find fault with anything instead of being happy that Jesus saved us from an eternity of hell ,you would rather just be a sour puss

  5. I heard stories of this exact service. The big blurry guy sitting behind the pulpit is evangelist Mark McGaughey, I think, either way he is the preacher who told the story of this service where a young man jumped into the baptistery when running the aisles. I never thought that i would ever see the footage of said event.

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