Southern Baptist,Tongues Speech and Hermeneutical Gymnastics

04 Sep

Cessationism is the view that miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as tongues, prophecy and healing, ceased being practiced either at the completion of the New Testament canon or the conclusion of the Apostolic era. Hence, supernatural gifts have ceased.

The opposite of Cessationism is Continuationism. This belief  maintains that all the supernatural gifts of 1 corinthians 12 continue until the second coming of Christ. I personally prefer this term. It doesn’t have all the heretical and behavioral baggage that is most often associated with classical “charismatics.”

The SBC mission board in recent years took steps that go far  beyond advancing cessationism, they crafted a harsh  position statement that requires rejection of new missionary applicants and dis-fellowship of those missionaries who believe in or practice tongues speech as personal prayer to the Father. 

However, it seems some are employing sanctified reasoning skills among the Southern Baptist. This  insightful question demands  intellectual honesty with a consistent hermeneutic in order to answer  with integrity.

 Otherwise, hermenutical gymnastics [twisting-bending-contorting scripture] must be resorted to in order to spin an [inconsistent] answer.

Just sayin!


“How do you get from,“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all, for to one is given…different kinds of tongues…And God has appointed these in the church…varieties of tongues…For he who speaks in tongue does not speak to men but to God…in the spirit he speaks mysteries…He who speaks in tongues edifies himself…I wish you all spoke in tongues…for if I pray in tongue, my spirit prays…I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all…If anyone speaks in tongue [and there is no interpreter]…let him speak to himself and to God…do not forbid to speak in tongues (I Cor. 12:7, 10, 28; 14:2, 4, 5, 14, 18, 27, 39)

…—to—“I forbid you to speak in tongues privately or publicly, with or without interpretation, and if you do so, you can’t serve as an IMB missionary, and you have psychological, emotional or demonic issues and influences effecting your private devotions”?

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in charismatic, hermeneutics, Tongues Speech


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