Here is a list of my answers to questions that often come up in conversations about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. These are here to supplement to the other articles I have on this topic.
Q – Is this for us today, or was it just for the early church?
A – It is definitely for us today. On the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, when explaining the experience, Peter tells us in Acts 2:17 that it is meant for the “last days.” The last days began in Acts 2, and we are still in the “last days.” So yes, it is for us today.
Q – Do I have to speak in tongues when I get baptized with the Holy Spirit?
A – You don’t have to, you GET to. See here for more info
Q – How can you be sure that “praying in the spirit” is the same thing as “speaking in tongues?”
A – Read 1 Cor 14:14 -15 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”
The terms “speaking in tongues,” “praying in the spirit,” and “praying with the spirit” are interchangeable.
Q – Doesn’t the Bible say somewhere that tongues will cease?
A – Yes. It says in 1 Cor 13:8-10 that tongues will cease at some point in time. It also says that “knowledge will vanish away” at that same point in time. Tongues will cease at the same time that knowledge vanishes away. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet. This is referring to a time in the future where things like faith, hope, knowledge, prophecy, and tongues are no longer needed because we are with Jesus in heaven.
Q – Why do people like you make such a big deal about speaking in tongues and the Holy Spirit Baptism?
A – Because God the Father, Jesus, Paul, and the rest of the early church made a big deal out of it. It is my goal to have my attitudes line up with theirs. Click here for scripture references and more info.
Q – Shouldn’t we be focused on saving the lost rather than on this?
A – Read Acts 1:4-8. Jesus told all of His followers NOT to begin preaching to all the word UNTIL they had been baptized with the Holy Spirit. So, imagine that you were standing there, and you heard Jesus say that. Then you asked Jesus that same question: “Hey Jesus, why are we focusing on this instead of focusing on saving the lost?” What do you think He would say?
Q – My church/pastor/bishop/etc doesn’t believe in “speaking in tongues.” In fact, we are taught against this. What do you have to say about that?
A – People are free to believe whatever they want to, but the Bible says “do not forbid speaking in tongues” in 1 Cor 14:39. I choose to agree with the Bible rather than religious organizations.
Q – I believe that if God wanted me to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues, then I would do it.
A – So, are you saying that if God wants you to do something, then you automatically do it? You have no choice in the matter? You only do things that God wants you to do? If that is true, then God must have wanted you to be reading this right now, so read this: If you are a Christian, then God wants you to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and to receive ability to speak in tongues that comes with it. It available to every believer that wants it.