Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Witnessing the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists

To witness the baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists (that’s my catch all term for the Evangelical, born-again church, that is does not practice the baptism in the Holy Spirit), a good technique is to say, ok, let’s take for granted that the baptism in the Holy Spirit ceased, along with speaking in tongues, the gift of prophecy etc.
Nevertheless, the bible still says that in the last days, your sons and daughters will prophecy etc.  So, if the Baptist person believes that we are in the last days, that’s a good way to convince them that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit will return (have returned).
Although, actually they never ceased in the first place.
Joel 2:28 “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.
Acts 2:17 `AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, `THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;
A good idea for witnessing the baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists (born-again Christians who are not Spirit-filled) is that if God had taken away the gifts in the first century A.D. like speaking in tongues, gift of prophecy etc., then when the church, in the dark ages, reached a low ebb, it would have never recovered, which it did.
In other words, if the Lord had given the church in the bible the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that followed, just to get the church started, that may be a logical idea, so long as the church from that point moved from glory to glory, or at least remained at the same level of spirituality.
But in that theory, should the church decline, which it did, then that decline would have been permanent, which it wasn’t.  The church has revived since the low point that it reached during the Middle Ages.
That shoots a torpedo right into the heart of the whole cessationist theology (the idea that the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, like speaking in tongues etc. had ceased.)
Maranatha

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