In a list of the Evangelical church’s greatest controversies of the 20th Century, the gift of tongues would have to be near the top. This conflict abated somewhat during the mid-eighties when some leaders of the charismatic movement downplayed the importance of the gift.
The controversy arose over three main questions: Was it a sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Was it essential for spirituality, and was it a gift to be exercised in today’s church?
There many other difficult questions about the nature of this gift and we do not labor under the illusion that we are going to definitively answer questions that have been debated for decades. Rather, the goal of this briefing is to clarify the issues: Of what can we be sure, and what areas require further debate and study
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