"The best scriptural explanation I have read" A repeated comment from numerous readers, including pastors and bible college graduates.
Aside from the Catholic/Protestant split, Christianity is broadly split into two groups: those who are baptised in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues and those that don't. Those that don't are wary of experiential proof, THEY WANT TO READ A SOLID ARGUMENT BASED SOLELY ON SCRIPTURE. THIS RESPONSE DOES THAT. Below are 5 common objections I encounter from my clients.
(1) There is no scriptural distinction to say that Baptism in the Holy Spirit (BHS) is different from Baptism in Water (BW).
(2) Ephesians 4:5 says 'One Lord, one faith, one baptism,' implying that there is only one baptism. To prove this, the Ethiopian eunuch was baptised by Philip in water, not the baptism in the Holy Spirit .
(3) The Holy Spirit we receive through BW is one and the same Holy Spirit so there is no need to make a distinction. You either have the Holy Spirit or you don’t. You can’t have more or less of the same Holy Spirit.
(4) BHS is distinct from baptism in water but it is not applicable today because it was only given to the early church to get it established.
(5) When the apostles spoke in tongues in Acts 2, it was in the native languages of the people listening. Speaking in tongues today is just gibberish.
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