I know that this might seem simple, too simple in fact, but being simple has never stopped me before. I just want to share some questions that I would ask you to ponder and come to your own conclusions. In looking at what many of today’s churches preach and demonstrate or don’t preach and demonstrate, I question…
- Has the priority/need for the Holy Spirit baptism decreased since Jesus issued His command for His followers to wait for this baptism? (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4) You know, it’s no longer 30 A.D. We live in an enormously different world today, right?
- Is the power promised with this baptism (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8) now obtained by a different means today thus negating the need for a Holy Spirit baptism?
- Have the basic doctrines of Hebrews 6:1-2 been modified for today’s believers allowing the removal of this baptism or perhaps making it basic/essential for some and not others?
- Is the book of Acts a historical record of what happened in the newly born Church or is it the blueprint showing how the Holy Spirit wants to act in the timeless/timely Church?
I’ve probably stirred the pot more than I should with these questions. In coming to my personal conclusions about the questions, there is so much that I could write about concerning what I see or don’t see in churches across the land. All that I will say is, Lord, pour out your Spirit across our land one more time.