In the last year many Southern Baptist entities have made statements that condemn the practice of speaking in tongues among those they appoint and employ and strongly discourage those in association with them from the practice. My question is simply, “Why do they condemn a practice that the first Christians, including the writers of the Scriptures found vital to daily Christian life? Many of them will say that these practices ceased at the close of the New Testament, but how do they substantiate this claim? What Bible passages hold water with this belief?
There are continual accounts of Christians throughout the centuries who have practiced speaking in tongues. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the Southern Baptist Convention may be stepping into territory that will only cause further dissention and possibly bring them into a place of picking Scriptures they will keep and which they will reject. Are Southern Baptists truly Biblically-based as they claim or has age old tradition taken hold in such a way that they reject a practice that the very writers of the Bible held so dear.
I applaud the boldness of Dr. Jerry Rankin, President of the International Mission Board for saying that he has had a private prayer language for many years. Making it clear that by the actions of the IMB Board of Trustees he is unequivocally disqualified for consideration for appointment to serve as a missionary for the organization that he has lead so wonderfully for many years. What is the big idea? Why not allow this to be a private decision for each believer?
I also applaud the boldness of the Rev. Dwight McKissic, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, TX for referring to his practice of tongues in a chapel address at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in August of this year. His statements during that address caused such a stir that the message was removed from the archives of the Seminary’s website. Why is such censorship placed upon a man of God speaking from the Word of God? The Seminary said that they do not support his statements about tongues. Why are they so vehemently opposed to a practice that multiplied millions around the world hold dear?
For many years I felt as though there were none within the SBC that held a Biblical perspective on speaking in tongues, I am delighted to say that there are those in the SBC and they are beginning to speak out! May the masses begin to identify themselves and stand up for the truth of Scripture and reject the traditions of man, on matter how long they have stood.
Nathan (http://nathanfinn.blogspot.com/) <– I think that’s the guy… O___O