Author chronicles journey to determine the cause for this separation
LONGWOOD, FL--R. Glenn Brown's new Xulon Press title, Pentecost Revisited: Why Tongues of Pentecost Divide and How They Can Unite the Church of Jesus Christ ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-60957-909-8), is amazingly relevant to a large segment of the body of Christ today because it introduces a theological debate that is long overdue. It confronts the division within the body of Christ between the burgeoning Pentecostal/charismatic community and the traditional evangelical community. With a foot in both camps, the author began a search to determine the cause or causes for this separation. Unexpectedly, his search led to a struggle with his own church, the Assemblies of God, where he encountered an entrenched religious tradition and its attendant bureaucracy.
"I write as a convinced Pentecostal believer who longs to see us become all that the Lord intended when He dispatched the Holy Spirit two thousand years ago," the author says. "I believe a major hindrance to achieving this goal has been our insistence that speaking in tongues must accompany every valid Spirit baptism. This is the story of how I reached that conclusion and the radical course of action I propose for my beloved church."
Brown says that this truth-seeking process encompassed a period of 40 years, beginning in 1969 during the Vietnam War and concluding during the current economic upheaval. He recorded the history of his journey because he believes it has relevance--"not only for the Assemblies of God, the church in which I was reared, but for the entire Pentecostal/charismatic community; indeed, for the whole body of Christ," he explains.
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