What do you think about the belief in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues?
Baptism of the Holy Spirit isn’t what some charismatics think it is Sheila. The word baptism means to be immersed or placed down into. That’s what happens when we’re saved and sealed at the time of our rebirth. We’re baptized (placed down into) the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. We have a spiritual baptism, which is us being placed into the Holy Spirit, and the natural baptism as an act of obedience to the Saviors ordinance of baptism. Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
The way the Pentecostal’s view baptism of the Holy Spirit isn’t the baptism at all, but the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. And the “way” they believe this hinges on us still being in the time of Pentecost, and we aren’t. That was a one day occurrence which was a sign of the newly forming church. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Do we still have the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on God’s people today? Sure we do, but not the way they see it at all.
As for tongues, lets look at the scriptures say about this. Yeah, tongues were a gift of the early church, but they where necessary at that time. But the gift of tongues were only given in part. In other words, it was a temporary thing needed for the infant church until the scriptures were perfect. The word perfect means complete or completed. At the time of Pentecost and most of the 1st century, the total and completed Word of God hadn’t arrived on the scene yet. 1st Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. Now that the Word of God, the Bible has arrived, the tongues are no longer needed and are done away with. They’ve ceased.