The Mystery Of The Baptism
In The Holy Spirit (Pt. 1)

By William Handschumacher

Rock of Offence Bible Study








The most important event after Christ's Crucifixion, resurrection and ascension is the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Christians believe this event marked the birth of the New Testament Church and forever changed the way the human race relates with God. Before the Crucifixion, Jesus taught his disciples about these things. He gave them a brief glimpse into the future, and the blessings to follow. From the opening pages of the Bible until the Crucifixion of Christ man's relationship with God was limited. As a result of Pentecost this relationship now reaches into the most holy place (Hebrews 10:18-20). The success of this new Divine relationship rests with us. Jesus Christ completed all the spiritual work (John 19:30) and left the choice to enter in up to us.

In this study, we'll discover why Jesus considered these future changes important. As in other writings, I would like to just focus on the many blessings Jesus taught. However, it's needful to also talk about the objections and distortions. Jesus used this method of teaching during his earthly ministry. He endured the constant verbal abuse of the Pharisees who didn't like his teaching. Jesus used these negative contrasts as illustrations. There are two sides in this debate--and both sides perpetrate wrong ideas and cause much confusion in the church concerning the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. .

Historical Background


Many decades ago the term "Full Gospel" was birthed. Some dislike this term because of what it implies. The reader should know that we are not fond of things that divide the church. Denominational names and clergy-laity titles and religious offices are at the top of the list. Many practices split the communion of Christ's body into two classes: The spiritual elite and the common believer. Yet, because of the different churches, movements, denominations and para-church ministries existing under the name of Christ, some method of identifying different beliefs is needful. Various types of theology exist within Orthodox Christianity. Over the centuries, a naming convention has evolved so that we can know the nature of these differences. For example, the church is divided into two main branches: Protestant and Catholic. The Rock of Offence ministry is not identified with the Catholics for many reasons not to be discussed here. Yet, approximately 60 percent of Christendom is considered Catholic. When Hollywood makes a movie and portrays Christianity in it's story line, Catholicism is nearly always the choice. The remaining 40 percent are in the Protestant camp. The Protestant's are a very diverse group with Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anglican, Pentecostal, Assembly of God and Charismatic - being among the most prominent.

Since the Middle Ages (1000 AD through approx. 1600 AD), God has been restoring the original intent of his Word. History shows this to be a slow and painful process beginning with the efforts of men such as John Wycliff (1382) and Martin Luther (1530). Luther's work is important because it restored the revelation of Saint Paul (the Pauline Revelation) and the doctrine of "Justification by faith", which is the foundation of New Testament salvation. The early Protestant movement began in Europe. America as we know it today didn't exist. For the next 400 years, the restored Pauline Epistles would generate much controversy and infighting between its followers (called Protestants) and the Roman church of the time.

The Miracle of Pentecost is
Restored to the Church


Around 1885-1900 God revealed another truth in the Holy Scriptures to some early students of the Bible. Like Luther's teachings on "Justification by faith" (which was originally revealed through Saint Paul), this discovery isn't popular with the religious establishment. It's known as "The Baptism in the Holy Spirit". Initially, the belief was studied, discussed and practiced within a small group of early believers. However, God didn't want it to stay private.


The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
gained prominence during the
"Asuza Street Revival" that
began on April 9, 1906 in Los
Angeles, CA. At the center of
this revival was a black Baptist
preacher by the name of William
Seymour.

Notice that a Baptist preacher
led this movement!



It began what was known as the "Pentecostal" movement. Yet, it's no longer a movement, but a major international denomination. The Pentecostals were the early pioneers of this New Testament belief. Yet, the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" is not something limited only to this group. The news spread into mainline denominational churches and caused great controversy between 1950 and 1980 - and continues to this day. It radically changed my life as a member of the Baptist church in 1972. The restoration of this truth was responsible for creating many new churches and movements not associated with Pentecostals. It radically changed many church congregations by making them aware of this previously unknown administration of the Holy Spirit on which the New Testament is based. For example, the Rock of Offence ministry believes and teaches the principles of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Saint Peter and Saint Paul taught its truths in the New Testament. However, we're not associated with the Pentecostal denomination.

The term "Full Gospel" describes believers in Christ who embrace the teachings concerning the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit and the rule of God associated with these truths. When a Christian claims to be "Full Gospel" - this is what they believe. Full Gospel teaching is often associated with the topic of "speaking in tongues", discussed later in this study. Don't associate the "Full Gospel" label with some kind of 'elitist religious club' meant for only a few. It's never to be treated that way. Any believer can and should walk in these truths because our Lord shed his blood at the cross to make it all possible. When I embraced these things years ago in the Baptist church, I wasn't attempting to become a Pentecostal. I believed it because it's taught in the New Testament.

An Observation From The Life
Of D.L Moody



Dwight L. Moody was a popular American
Evangelist and a major leader of the
early Evangelical Movement during the
years of 1837-1899.


During my years as a Baptist, I read books by Moody and his disciple, R.A. Torrey. Years later, Moody's evangelistic work resulted in the establishment of the "Moody Bible Institute" and its publication arm known as "Moody Press". Today, his followers are firmly in the fundamentalist Christian camp and are typically "cessationists". Simply understood, a cessationist is a Christian that generally believes the gifts of the Holy Spirit, often associated with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, 'ceased' when the Bible became available in print. Unfortunately, this popular false belief negatively affects our study concerning Holy Spirit Baptism. Some of the most adament cessationists are found in the group that has its roots in Moody's ministry. It includes many of my fellow Baptist believers and theologians.

While reading about the life of D.L. Moody in his own words, I was surprised to learn that he was not a cessationist. Moody writes that he was originally approached by two Christian women who wanted to pray for him to receive the Holy Spirit's power. He allowed them to pray for him, yet nothing immediately happened. Moody wrote that several months later he was walking down the street ... when all of a sudden he was overwhelmed with unspeakable joy. The experience was so over-powering that he got off the street and out of public view. He said the intensity of the joy was such that he thought he was dying. This experience is common with Holy Spirit baptism.


Unlike those who would later take
control of his ministry after his
death ... D.L. Moody never spoke
against the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit. Rather, he adamantly
supported the teaching of it.

Contrary to the opinion of some,
Moody was not trying to become a
Pentecostal. He was aligning the
doctrine of his ministry with the
teachings of Christ and the
Epistles of Saint Paul.



In one situation, Moody and Torrey were talking about bringing together various church leaders who did not believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The following is a direct quote of what was said.





R. A. Torrey wrote:

"Once he had some teachers at Northfield, fine men all of them, but they did not believe in a definite Baptism with the Holy Ghost for the individual. They believed that every child of God was baptized with the Holy Ghost, and they did not believe in any special Baptism with the Holy Ghost for the individual. Mr. Moody came to me and said, "Torrey, will you come up to my house after the meeting tonight and I will get these men to come, and I want you to talk this thing out with them." Of course I readily consented, and Mr. Moody and I talked for a long time, but they did not altogether see eye to eye with us. And when they went, Mr. Moody signaled me to remain for a few minutes. Mr. Moody sat there with his chin on his breast, as he often sat when in deep thought; then he looked up and said, "Oh, why will they split hairs? Why don't they see that this is just the one thing that they themselves need? They are good teachers, they are wonderful teachers, and I am so glad to have them here; but why will they not see that the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is just the one touch that they themselves need?"




We find Torrey's comments interesting for the
following reason: The modern day followers of
Moody - or those who claim to adhere to his
teachings - are now mostly 'cessationists'. They
oppose and criticize the teaching of Holy Spirit
baptism - similar to the group of ministers
mentioned in Torrey's previous quotation. Yet,
Moody rejected this kind of theology and mindset
while he was alive.

When you go astray from Scripture in one area,
it's easier to do it in another. Various
watchmen, who constantly monitor the spiritual
health of the Christian Church, have warned that
the current leadership of the Moody Bible
Institute now embrace the aberrant doctrine of
'Lordship Salvation', which generally teaches
'a conditional works-based salvation'. Due to the
increasing level of apostasy found within the
modern Christian Church, very few notice this
change, which redefines how Christ's salvation
is received.

Anyone who possesses an understanding of D.L.
Moody's life and ministry knows that he would
vehemently reject the tenants of Lordship
Salvation (or what Saint Paul refers to as
'a different gospel') - if he were alive today.
This recent (and unnoticed) fall of an important
Evangelical institution reveals how easy it is
to drift away from the Grace-based salvation of
Christ ... which was the original hallmark of
Moody's ministry.

Additional information (in PDF format) about
the doctrine of 'Lordship Salvation' is
available HERE




Important Note: Men such as R.A. Torrey, William R. Newell and Dr. Harry Ironside (and others) continued to follow Moody's example - to preach Christ's Gospel of Grace. They were later eclipsed by the rising ministry of Dr. Billy Graham, who eventually became a prominent voice in the Evangelical movement. Graham's message of God's Grace was expressed in the famous hymn; "Just as I am", which became the theme of his ministry.




What Did Jesus Teach?


Jesus taught his disciples about a future event following his death, resurrection and ascension. This event was given great importance in his teachings.

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:7-8)


Jesus' used the term "Comforter" to mean the Holy Spirit. In the KJV of the Bible the name "Holy Spirit" is referred to as "Holy Ghost". The Comforter, Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost are one of the same. The Holy Spirit actually has many names in Scripture such as: Spirit of Christ, Spirit of truth, Spirit of the Father and Spirit of the Lord. These are all talking about the same "Third person of the Trinity".

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (John 14:16-17)


Jesus taught his disciples that the future role of the Holy Spirit is to "be in you". Historically, this hadn't happened. Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit "dwelled with you", but shortly he's going to be "in you" and things will be different. I'm sure they didn't understand at the time what all this meant.

Because of the efforts of some theologians to discredit this teaching, it's necessary to see the Divine thread that starts with the accounts of Mark and Luke--and continues through the teachings of Christ and into the book of Acts. Saint Paul is careful to continue this thread into his epistles to the Corinthians and Ephesians. Some try to say that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is only for the Jews, or that what Jesus taught isn't the same as what happened at Pentecost--and later to the Gentiles. Let's take a look at this Scriptural trail of evidence.

In Mark's account John the Baptist tells
us that Jesus is the one who will "baptize
with the Holy Spirit".


"And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost." (Mark 1:7-8)


Luke records John the Baptist as teaching
the same thing concerning Jesus, yet with
something added:


"I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I am coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Luke 3:16)


Saint John records John the Baptist's
statement in his account:


"And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." (John 1:33)


On the day he ascended (40 days after
his resurrection), Jesus uses the same
terminology when he told his disciples:


"And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 1:4-5)


We should notice something new in Christ's statement. First, Jesus is referring us back to before the cross and the words of John the Baptist who said that Jesus is the one who will "baptize you with the Holy Ghost". However, Jesus adds something to this statement. He says "you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." The phrase, "not many days hence" is very important because in ten days, Pentecost arrives. Nothing of importance happens within the context of the phrase "not many days hence" except for the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. What happened to the Jewish disciples on this day is directly related to the terminology Jesus used when he said, "ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit." So Christ's words in Acts 1:4-5 is fulfilled in Acts 2:1-4 by the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell believers. This coming of the Holy Spirit is "the baptism in the Holy Spirit" that both John the Baptist and Jesus spoke about earlier. If you attempt to say it isn't the same thing - you have to deny what Scripture teaches.

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4)


Notice we now have another term associated with "baptism with the Holy Spirit". This new term is "filled with the Holy Spirit". Again, some critics attempt to say that being "filled with the Holy Spirit" doesn't carry the same meaning as the "Baptism with the Holy Spirit". Yet, it directly links to both the words of John the Baptist and Jesus who referred to them as being the same.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preaches
to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem and
attempts to describe the event that left
many in confusion.


"For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:15-21)


The next major event occurs with the Gentiles (non-Jewish believers) at Cornelius' household. God gave Peter a vision. Under direct Divine command Peter, a Jew, traveled to Cornelius' house (a Gentile) in direct disobedience to the Mosaic Law.

"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" (Acts 10:44-47)


Peter uses two terms in this account to describe the "pouring out of the Spirit" upon the Gentiles. First, he calls it "the gift of the Holy Ghost", like he did on the day of Pentecost. Secondly, he refers to it as "receiving the Holy Ghost". Therefore, in these Scriptures we see the following terms used to describe the baptism with the Holy Spirit:


Filled with the Holy Spirit

The gift of the Holy Spirit

Receiving the Holy Spirit



All these terms describe the same thing. They are used interchangeably in the New Testament Scriptures and can cause confusion if misunderstood. More importantly, they all link backward to the original words of John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ who equated all these things as meaning "baptized with the Holy Spirit".

Because of his disobedience to Jewish law, Peter was in a lot of trouble with his countrymen. He explained how God gave him a vision and a direct command to visit and eat a meal with the Gentiles at Cornelius' house. During his discourse, Peter gives us another insight--and more importantly, a continuation of the thread.

"And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?" (Acts 11:15-17)


In this passage, Peter continues the thread and calls what the Gentiles received as being the same thing as the "word of the Lord" which said, "John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost." Peter says that God gave the Gentiles "the like (same) gift as he did unto us (the Jews)". So, what the Gentiles received is the same "baptism with the Holy Spirit" that the Jews received at Pentecost.

The idea that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was only for Christ's disciples and the Jews is totally untrue. It's misinformation used by critics to confuse God's people. God gave His Spirit in the same way to the Gentiles.

We know that Saint Paul received the "baptism with the Holy Spirit" because of what was said to him after his "Damascus Road" experience by Ananias:

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." (Acts 9:17)


We see another example that involves Saint Paul in this new administration of the Holy Spirit. Paul finds 12 disciples who had been baptized by John the Baptist. In this situation, he ministers the Holy Spirit to them in a way they had not previously received.

"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve." (Acts 19:1-7)


There are some important things to recognize here. Paul participated in this new administration of "receiving the Holy Spirit" and ministered it to certain disciples (through the laying on of hands) who claimed a relationship to John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit had already arrived on the day of Pentecost, yet these believing disciples hadn't "received" Him yet. Since the Holy Spirit is given to Jewish and Gentile believers alike, the fact that these disciples were Jewish isn't an issue here. These things compel us to ask some important questions that we'll look at later.

These facts confirm what Jesus referred to as "baptized with the Holy Spirit" is directly related to the New Testament way of faith for both Jew and Gentile. It's something every believer should examine today.

What Is The Baptism In The Holy Spirit?



To properly understand this subject
we have to look at four areas:



The act of being "baptized"
in the Spirit


The result of being baptized
in the Spirit


The administration (or government)
of the Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit's interaction
between the believer and God





The word "baptize" as used in the term
"baptism in the Holy Spirit" is the same
Greek word "baptizo" used to describe
New Testament water baptism. It means
to "dip or completely submerge under
water". However, in Holy Spirit
baptism we aren't dipped or submerged
in water, but into the Holy Spirit. It
involves being totally consumed by the
Spirit of God. It's the release of the
power and attributes of the Holy
Spirit of God into our lives.

Jesus said it this way:



"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)


Here, we see two results of Spirit baptism: Receiving power and getting a Divine Helper. God wants us to receive the Holy Spirit in this manner because it releases his power, not for our glorification, but to equip us as witnesses to Jesus. The suggestion here is that we cannot be the witnesses God wants us to be without receiving this power. Luke's gospel records Jesus' last words to his disciples just before he ascended back to heaven:

"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. (Luke 24:49-52)


It's important to note that "tarrying in Jerusalem" or the act of "tarrying" (waiting) for the Holy Spirit practiced by some traditional Pentecostals is no longer necessary. Jesus instructed his disciples to tarry because the Holy Spirit hadn't come. Yet, on the day of Pentecost He did come and we no longer have to tarry. The "gift of the Holy Spirit" is God's will and immediately available to anyone who asks (Luke 11:11-13). The baptism in the Holy Spirit is submitting to God's ways for the purpose of being "endued with power from on high".

The Government of the Holy Spirit


When the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost, He introduced a whole new Divine governmental system for the believer. In the Old Testament, God's government operated through an external form of authority. God would "anoint" (place his Holy Spirit upon) a special leader and require his people, who did not have the Holy Spirit at that time, to submit to this person as His "Divine governmental representative". This is where the term, "touch not God's anointed" came from. It's an Old Testament principle. Abraham, Moses, Samuel, King Saul, King David and others are examples of this system of Divine government.

In the New Testament an entirely different system is established. Instead of "anointing" someone to lead God's people, God went around human weakness and limitations by placing the Holy Spirit directly inside his people who believe on Christ. In this way, God's government changes from an external form of authority to an internal one. This is what Jesus meant when he said:

"And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21)


The kingdom of God came to indwell believers on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity represents the full power and authority of this Kingdom. The Holy Spirit is God. It's the same Holy Spirit that operated in the beginning at creation (Genesis 1:2-3). Yet, many modern day believers falsely place their faith in an Old Testament form of church government. Their leaders teach that it's the present day government of God. However, the New Testament Scriptural record does not support their claim. Many of the critics of the baptism in the Holy Spirit come from this Old Testament theological position.

Saint Paul tells us more about the Holy
Spirit's new government that uniquely
operates from within the believer:


"And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." (1 Cor 12:5-11)


This Scripture introduces us to the nine different expressions of the governmental rule of the Holy Spirit. Modern theology throws some of them out because it believes they no longer apply. They redefine the others to make them fit religious tradition. For example, Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom and Prophecy are redefined as meaning the sermon you hear on Sunday morning. This makes these unique supernatural gifts nonsensical and meaningless.

However, if the Holy Spirit continues
to indwell believers as the Scriptures
teach ... then His government expressed
through these nine different
"manifestations of the Spirit" also
continue to be valid, regardless of
what the critics say.


The Bible refers to these nine manifestations as "the gifts of the Spirit". This topic is still at the forefront of hostile controversy in the church today.

According to 1 Corinthians chapter 12,
the gifts of the Spirit are:



Word of wisdom

Word of knowledge

Faith

Gifts of healing

Working of miracles

Prophecy

Discerning of spirits

Tongues

Interpretation of tongues



Paul's words contain a serious warning. After the cross and the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2, the Holy Spirit governs the Church that Christ is building. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is also known as "the Spirit of Christ". This ultimately means that Jesus, Who is now in heaven, is building His Church by proxy through the 'Spirit of Christ' who now indwells all true believers. Contrary to popular church teachings, this unique church government did not and could not operate under the program of Old Testament Law.

Jesus builds and rules His Church through these nine 'gifts of the Spirit'. However, when we allow these gifts to be redefined into something that God never intended ... what we have left is a 'church' that is not the same Church of the New Testament. We might have a nice building, thousands of members, good Bible teachings, and inspirational worship. But, if the Holy Spirit, through His gifts, is silenced ... this same church becomes a spiritual counterfeit that God refuses to honor. When we start removing certain spiritual gifts because they offend ... we are insulting the Holy Spirit. We should carefully consider the consequences of this act.


The goal of this study is not to
examine these gifts in detail. We
only want to familiarize the reader
with their existence so a proper
study can be done at a later time.



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