holy spirit

A Brief Response to Anti-Charismatics

October 19, 2013

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference wrapped up yesterday. This three-day conference centered around the work of the Holy Spirit — or more accurately the lack of the work of the Holy Spirit. MacArthur is a hard cessationist when it comes to the charismata, believing that miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in […]

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The Johannine Pentecost

February 19, 2013

In my post Baptism in the Holy Spirit, I discussed the Biblical basis for understanding Spirit baptism as an initial experience that occurs at conversion. In this post, I’d like to briefly discuss the passage that Pentecostals often refer to first when defending their understanding of baptism in the Holy Spirit: On the evening of […]

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Partakers of the Holy Spirit

November 14, 2012

“For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of […]

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

October 1, 2012

Perhaps the primary doctrinal difference separating Pentecostals and most Charismatics from the rest of Christendom is the doctrine of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. According to their view, Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a singular milestone in the Christian life that occurs subsequent to salvation and is evidenced by speaking in tongues. The Assemblies […]

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