A Biblical Study Of Tongues And Miracles -- By: Rolland D. McCune

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 19:3 (Fall 1976)
Article: A Biblical Study Of Tongues And Miracles
Author: Rolland D. McCune

A Biblical Study Of Tongues And Miracles

Rolland D. McCune

Central Baptist Theological Seminary Minneapolis, Minnesota

I. A Biblical Study Of Tongues


Modern pentecostalism and speaking in tongues began in 1901 when a student of the Bethel Bible College of Topeka, Kansas, spoke in tongues. Pentecostals since that time have taught that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience to be sought, usually subsequent to salvation, and whose sign or confirming evidence is speaking in tongues. For sixty years or so the tongues movement was confined to pentecostal and holiness groups such as the Assemblies of God.

In 1960 pentecostalism transcended its traditional boundaries when Dennis Bennet, an Episcopalian, spoke in tongues. This marked the beginning of neo-pentecostalism which is wholly transdenominational and in many cases nondenominational, and has little or no other common bond than the experience of tongues itself. As evidence of this, in August, 1972, there was convened the First International

Lutheran Conference on the Holy Spirit, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Catholic Pentecostals meet regularly, drawing tens of thousands to their conclaves.1 On the less liturgical side of the religious spectrum are the various groups within the Jesus movement, a somewhat indefinable, loose-knit stratum in society that is highly influenced by pentecostalism. Tongues speaking has penetrated many conservative or evangelical churches, colleges, seminaries, publications, mission boards and organizations that have not been bothered previously by doctrinal discrepancies and problems of this nature or magnitude.

New Evangelicals as a whole have adopted a mediating position, mainly because of their general disdain for theological controversy, and because the National Association of Evangelicals is largely composed of pentecostal and holiness elements.2 Fundamental Baptist local churches, associations of churches and institutions over the past years have adopted resolutions or amendments to doctrinal statements which are in opposition to the tongues phenomena, and which affirm and/or clarify the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In light of the contemporary scene, it is the purpose of this section to set forth the general Biblical teaching concerning speaking in tongues. (For excellent analyses of the subject, one may consult Robert Gromacki, The Modern Tongues Movement,3 Charles R. Smith, Tongues in Biblical Perspective4<...

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