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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Baptist conflict over speaking in tongues

Because they wouldn't be the Southern Baptist Convention if they didn't have something to fight about, the latest brouhaha is over speaking in tongues. Actually, the real concern isn't over public speaking in tongues (which is basically impossible in Baptist churches), but over speaking in tongues in private prayer. It looks like the controversy has brought a bunch of Baptists who have had speaking in tongue experiences out of the closet. What is interesting to me is how several other denominations have found room for tongue-speakers within their current practices, but Baptists aren't quite able to get there yet.

Best line of the whole article is at the very end. One Baptist evangelist says: “We’re no longer fishers of men, we’re keepers of an aquarium,” Mr. Gage said. “People need to be reached.”