The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism

The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism

by Larry Vern Newman

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The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism by Larry Vern Newman

It is quite an assertion to claim that one is filled with the Spirit of God. What does a person offer as proof that this is actually true? Pentecostals at the turn of the twentieth century read the Bible, debated the issue, and then proposed an evidence they thought the scriptures indicated was the primary verification of Spirit-baptism. It was determined that the evidence to prove one had been baptized with the Holy Spirit was that the person had spoken in an unknown language as prompted by the Holy Spirit. The primary evidence of Spirit-baptism, it was concluded, was the expression of a charism. It was charismatic. In The Ultimate Evidence, Larry Newman argues that the initial evidence doctrine, as it stands, is inadequate and needs to be revisited and adjusted. Without discrediting or devaluing speaking in tongues, Newman points the reader to the ultimate evidence of Spirit-baptism: the more excellent way. Gathering from historical, cultural, and biblical sources, Dr. Newman argues that the biblical evidential paradigm is ethical and issues forth from the agape of the Cross. It is the ethical dimension of the Christian life that is primary. In 1 Cor 13:1 Paul wrote: "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."

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ISBN-13: 9781498274241
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 533 KB

About the Author

Larry Vern Newman is Professor of Church Growth & Renewal at Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He holds a DMin from Fuller Theo1ogical Seminary. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1966 and has pastored churches in the West and Midwest.

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