Baptism of the Holy Spirit - 02/26/2003

Hello! I've been trying to do some research about getting baptised in the Spirit, I know for a fact that people do get baptised, but are never quite sure what to say when you ask them how that came about, most just say that they prayed and all the sudden starting speaking in tongues...others say they ask God for it and its given to them, I have tried just about everything but I'm still without results..I was just wondering if you had some more insight on this. I know God works with everyone differently, I've only been saved for a few months now and maybe should be a little patient but any input you can give to me will be much appreciated...Ryan




CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Ryan, thanks for contacting Contender Ministries. We're sorry it's taken us so long to respond. Let me start off by saying welcome to the family! It's great to hear of another new brother in Christ. Being "baptized in the Spirit" is really a straight-forward event that many make too complicated. Basically, when you confess your sins to God and invite Christ into your life, you are reborn in Spirit, or "baptized" in the Spirit. Let me say that we do not agree with the doctrine of tongues as initial evidence. Some denominations view tongues as an initial evidence of being baptized in the Spirit, and consequently, of being saved. To justify this belief, they cite a few conversion stories from the Book of Acts in which the people spoke in tongues when the Spirit came upon them. However, these people are forgetting a few important points. Not all conversions mentioned in the Book of Acts were accompanied by tongue speech. Secondly, in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Paul makes it clear that tongues is one of many gifts that the Holy Spirit gives as He wills. It is not necessarily a gift for everyone. Paul says to pray for the gifts of tongues and prophecy, but do not despair if you don't speak in tongues. Some Christians go years without speaking in tongues, and others go their entire lives without speaking in tongues. God knows you, and knows you have been redeemed to Him through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Rejoice in your salvation, Ryan. The angels do, and so do we. God bless you as you grow in the Lord and contend for the faith.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries