Evidence For The Baptism

I’m tired of being told that if I would only speak in tongues, I would be a much stronger and more effective Christian. Why is it that tongues are taken to be the only sign of spiritual power and effectiveness? Why have the tongues-pushers picked that spiritual gift as the one above all others when they’ve read Paul’s thoughts on the subject?

Why haven’t they, for instance, emphasized the gift of teaching? “If you only start teaching, you’ll be a more effective Christian.” Or better yet, the gift of administration.

I can imagine it now. The Holy Spirit indwells a person and that person becomes a time-management freak. Previously a disorganized, spontaneous person, he or she now becomes Mr. or Ms. Schedule. Instead of talking about glossalia, the newly filled being speaks of time flow and organizational charts. Instead of praise, he or she talks about priorities. Instead of Merle Carothers, Bob Mumford, and Larry Christenson, his or her idols are Ted Engstrom, Ed Dayton, and Peter Drucker.

Evidence for the baptism of the Spirit would not be how high you could hold your hands in praise or how ecstatically you could mouth monosyllables, but how quickly you could get the church office to function efficiently, how many things you could do at once, and how well you used commuting time to tackle “A” priorities.

Ah, if the Holy Spirit had only made all of us organized, wouldn’t the world be a better place? Wouldn’t the Church be stronger and more alive? Wouldn’t the Gospel be preached to more people in less time? I think I’ll tell some of my friends about it.

EUTYCHUS VII

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