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“A Select Issue in Contemporary Theology: Charismatic Theology."

THEO 510-C03 LUO (Fall 2012)

Survey of Christian Doctrine

Dr. Eunice Abogunrin, Professor

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Carol H. Montgomery (ID# 24993689)

November 11, 2012



This research paper will show that biblical referred to as glossolalia; the ability to “speak in tongues” is fiercely debated. While the Bible gives clear examples of genuine glossolalia, which will be examined later, the modern debate centers around the need or not, nature, importance, and usage of “tongues” today. Lastly, this paper will examine the biblical accounts of glossolalia along with more occurrences that are contemporary to determine whether modern episodes of “tongues” are needed or not needed.
Out of all the gifts, the one that Paul speaks of the most controversial is the gift of tongues. "Glossolalia" is the most commonly accepted term for "speaking in tongues." It comes from the Greek words meaning "tongues" or "languages," and "to speak."
Although not exclusively, "speaking in tongues" is primarily practiced by Pentecostal Christians. Glossolalia is the "prayer language" of Pentecostal churches. Some Christians who speak in tongues believe they are speaking in an existing language. Most believe they are uttering a heavenly tongue.
Some Pentecostal denominations teach that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Among the greatest blessing conferred by the Christian gospel is the personal indwelling and endowment of divine Spirit.
First conceived as the invisible energy of God active in nature and in history, but occasionally coming upon artist, prophets, leaders, or...

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