Impact: Baptism of the Holy Spirit

prayer1 Cor12: 13 “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”

These words contains a lot of controversy. In the 1980’s when the Charismatic and Pentecostal movement were raging in the Philippines-many wanted to be “baptized in the Spirit”. A lot were saved and profited from the experience. However a lot also got burned and hardened on their hearts-because of the manipulations of preachers and fellow gullible friends and co-members. They have to speak in tongues fall down, give their tithes, submit to oppressive and authoritarians pastors. They are now no longer active in the church-nor involve in Christian ministries. If ever they even became Christians in the past-is something for researchers to investigate.

Most baptism o the Holy Spirit experience is really an infilling of the Spirit- in times of need and witnessing. Mom Sandy Cayetano gave me her notes and a book on this-insightful and somewhat practical-but it should have been called infilling instead. The requirement for “tongues speaking” is manipulative and does not exegete properly the experience narrated by the “Acts of the Apostles” which was foundational and transitional from the nation of Israel towards the new nation-called the Church.

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But I do not regret knowing His Spirit through a faulty interpretation of His Word- Since He immeduiately auto-corrects these kind of things in my life since He does not turn His face away from those who seek Him steadfastly. His presencecontinues to help me in times of pressure, distress amd witnessing. He makes this Christrian life bearable and joyful.

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