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Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 20

Challenge to ‘Tongue Speakers’ and Non-Tongue Speakers

I am ending this study with a direct challenge to those who are in ‘both camps’. This challenge will be direct, but with a heart of love. It is not to condemn, but to confront the wrong thinking and prejudices of both sides. It is obvious in this study that I believe the Bible teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is for today. That does not mean I support ‘wacky pentecostals’ or that I dislike non-tongues individuals. My challenge to each camp is based upon the failings that can occur in both camps. These are generalities and we acknowledge that not everyone in these camps are practicing these errors.

Challenge to Tongue Speakers

  • Stop defending tongues are for today based only upon your experience or others experiences-use Scripture, and don’t make the Bible say more than it says.
  • Acknowledge there is wackiness at times in the pentecostal camp, stop pretending it is not there or denying it is there.
  • Don’t fall prey to manipulation, coercion, unique techniques, formulas, etc. to see people baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.
  • Stop assuming that those who do not speak in tongues have less of God, are not as spiritual, etc.
  • Stop emphasizing tongues and ignoring all other Bible doctrine. If tongue speakers emphasized holiness as much as they emphasize tongues, there would be less sin in the pentecostal camp and less wackiness.
  • Do more at winning souls instead of trying to win converts to tongues. The main emphasis of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to proclaim the Gospel with boldness and signs following, not to get people to speak in tongues.
  • The purpose of tongues to be edified that so I will grow in Christ to be a more effective witness. It is to help be more intimate with the Lord so that my character will change, not so that I can be more of a ‘character’.

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