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Random babbling isn't "speaking in tongues" as the Apostles did on the Day of Pentecost. The Apostles preached, and everyone present heard the message in their native language. This is the purpose of speaking in tongues: to facilitate communication. In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul warns very strongly about speaking in tongues simply for its own sake, since it ...


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The accounts of speaking in tongues in the Bible were always in the context of speaking in a language otherwise unknown to the speaker, but to which there are hearers who understand (on the Day of Pentecost, each member of the crowd heard Peter is his/her own language). Likewise, when Paul instructs the church in Corinth (1 Cor 14:26), he says to make sure ...


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Yes, the gift of speaking in tongues still exists today. Paul speaks about gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, and in the next chapter writes the following: 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (ESV) [emphases mine] 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in ...


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The Toronto Blessing is described as a "Revival". The term "revival" means different things to different denominations, and can even mean the different things within a denomination. In this case, the term describes an outpouring of the Holy Spirit from a Charismatic point of view. The Toronto Blessing consisted of signs accepted by Charismatics as ...


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The argument for Cessationalism tends to be empirical rather Biblical. While there is significant evidence for glossalia in the NT writings (it is mentioned heavily), by the time of the Church Fathers (1 Clement, Didache, Polycarp, etc...), the evidence is scant. During most of recorded church theology (everything from say, Origin, Jerome, etc... to the ...


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I know some people may tar all Charismatics and Pentecostals with the same brush, but the reality is that 'Spirit-filled' is a description that crosses nearly all denominational boundaries and soteriological perspectives (eg there are Charismatic Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and Baptists and there are even some 'Reformed' believers who claim to be ...


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Background: Firstly, the advent of Pentecostalism significntly preceded both the Charismatic Renewal and the rise of the Jesus Movement - the former arose out of the Holiness movements of the late 19th century and really kicked into gear with the Asuza street and Welsh revivals of the early 20th century, while the latter two, although heavily influenced by ...


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I do not think you can have discussion about cessationism without mentioning 1 Corinthians 13: 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness ...


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There are two competing views. This is why "charismatic" denominations are seen as in contrast to "traditional" denominations (called "cessationist" by others). The charismatic view has been described in other answers and refers to scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Corinthians 12 as directed at all believers and exhorting them to desire and exercise ...


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From experience, it is a relatively common teaching in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles that one of the benefits of praying in tongues is that Satan can't understand it (and can't stand it!). As well as the verses you've cited, this doctrine is also supported by Romans 8:26-27 - 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know ...


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From http://www.bible.ca/tongues-slain-in-spirit.htm come the following scriptures, which the website says charismatics use to prove the biblical basis of being slain in the Spirit. II CHRONICLES 5:11-14 - And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy [place]: (for all the priests [that were] present were sanctified, [and] did not [then] ...


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Generally speaking you are correct but I would not say people left their own denominations to join the Pentecostal church, rather like all new denominations just some of the initial founders did, but as it grew it became its own proper denomination with its majority being its own converts.  It is interesting to look at the Holy Spirit under the heads that ...


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I have experienced "Slain in the Spirit" many times from different pastors from different denominations. My pastor never used the term 'slain' but mostly call it "touched by the Spirit" or "anointing of the Spirit". Whatever it is called, it is real and it is miraculous. What it is: From the Wikipedia article, Often a significant amount of time is ...


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I'd say...no. Although some might want you to think that :-) Firstly, to clarify, I'm talking here about supernatural gifts rather than spiritual gifts. I don't know any Christian that wouldn't recognize more 'natural' gifts like having a gift in teaching. Reformed Christians don't necessarily believe in the cessation of supernatural gifts, although they ...



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