A realization

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Charles Parham was wrong.

And not for the reasons most people would suggest. He was right about those bits.

For those who aren’t up to date with their early 20th century American Church History Charles Parham was a professor at a small Bible college in Topeka, Kansas. He assigned his students to discover what was the nature of the Spirit’s baptism. They came up with the gift of Tongues, both as an answer and as a renewed practice, suggesting a power behind their answer. This is considered the spark of the Pentecostal movement.

Charles Parham, and his students, didn’t read far enough. And so they were wrong. The evidence of the Spirit’s presence includes tongues but that’s not the primary revelation.

It’s something else. Something else entirely.

And I checked the rest of Acts, and then Paul, and then the other epistles. It’s definitely something else.

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