Baptists/Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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You are right in saying fruit is definitely the most important.  I am so sorry you had a negative experience. It does not mean you did not get a gift of the Holy Spirit to empower you to be a witness.  There are a lot of gifts, not everyone gets tongues.  There is wisdom, discernment, faith.  I have a friend who was prayed over she did not get tongues but she received another one of the gifts.  She works in a ministry that helps healing from childhood abuse.  God gave me tongues because  I would need to edify my spirit as I grew up terribly abused.  When I struggle with doubt or fear or condemnation from Satan and pray to the Lord.  I pray in the spirit for the spirit searches the deep part of men.  In a couple of days the Lord will give me wisdom about what I prayed.  It helps increase my faith and hope more than anything.  I cannot explain how or why but I know it does.  The other gift the

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Ann,
  Where in God's word does it say God gives "tongues" to people.... because  I would need to edify my spirit as I grew up terribly abused.  My article at http://bible-truth.org/TonguesWhatisGoingOn.html explain what you are experiencing.   I respectfully challenge you to compare what the NEw Testament teaches with what you are experiencing.
  I pray you will accept God's word....
Cooper Abrams

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Cooper P. Abrams III

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Independent Fundamental Baptist missionary and pastor, ThB, MBS, and PhD as of May 28, 2013. I began pastoring in 1981, and have taught in churches, a Bible college, and a Bible Institute. I have written numerous articles on various subjects from a biblical perspective and many are posted on my web site Bible Truth ( http://www.bible-truth.org ). Bible Truth receives over one hundred and forty thousand visiters per month. Since 1998 I have answered Bible related questions via e-mail. My answers are straight forward and biblical. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE -----DO NOT ASK A QUESTION AND THEN NOT READ THE ANSWER! ABOUT FOUR IN TEN QUESTIONS ASKED ARE NEVER READ. I FREELY GIVE MY TIME TO GIVE HELPFUL ANSWERS. OFTEN THE ANSWER WILL REQUIRE AS MUCH AS A HOUR OR MORE TO RESEARCH AND THEN TO FORMULATE THE REPLY. IF YOU SEND A QUESTION PLEASE BE THOUGHTFUL ENOUGH TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT. MOST PEOPLE DO...BUT ALL SHOULD. THANKS

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I have been a pastor since 1981 and a Independent Baptist missionary church planter since 1986. I have seen the Lord establish four Bible believing churches in Utah. My web site Bible Truth ( http:\\bible-truth.org ) continues to grow presently over 7,000 visiters per day. The materials on the web site are mostly written by myself and contain sermons, Bible commentaries, articles on various biblical subjects.

Organizations
I am pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tremonoton, Utah (http://calvarybaptchurch.org)

Publications
- Appeared on Grizzly Adams DVD documentary "End Times: How Close Are We?" (http://www.grizzlyadams.com/Public/ChristianDVDs/index.cfm?productID=49). - Article "Are Mormons Christians" "O Timothy Magazine" Way of Life Literature (http://www.wayoflife.org/files/9959c77e05b303248173195e72476459-60.html)

Education/Credentials
ThB (Bachelor Degree in Theology) Piedmont Bible College, Winston-Salem, NC. MBS (Mastor of Biblical Studies) Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC. PhD (Bible) Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL

Awards and Honors
Graduated Suma Com Laude with PhD Religion - Bible Major, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary - 2013

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