“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 (Acts 2:16-17).”
“In so many parts of the world, these charismatic experiences are normative. Religious groups that oppose them get left behind evangelistically.” –Bill Leonard
On May 13, the Southern Baptists’ International Missions Board reversed a ban on speaking in tongues that was instituted ten years ago. (Photo: RNS/by Adelle M. Banks)
The Biblical practice of speaking in tongues, as demonstrated in the Acts of the Apostles, is a long-accepted practice in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches which have been quickly and steadily growing around the world.
Said Bill Leonard, a professor at Wake Forest Divinity School, “In so many parts of the world, these Charismatic experiences are normative. Religious groups that oppose them get left behind evangelistically.”
Speaking of the problems the prohibition had placed on Baptist leaders in the past, Pastor Wade Burleson of Enid, Oklahoma, said, “If someone said they did pray in tongues, they were automatically disqualified, essentially for being honest.”