Baptists/Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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I appreciate your teaching but you are wrong.  I grew up catholic, knew nothing, I mean nothing about the Holy Spirit.  Jesus showed me I was a sinner through a christian book someone gave me not a pentecostal one either, but how he loved me so much he died for me and how I was a sinner and felt bad for doing things because I realized our sin hurt him. That summer I prayed and talked to God all day and he gave me a hunger to read the bible.  One day Father God asked me all day ask and you shall receive.  I did not know what I was asking for but as  I laid in bed I said OK God, I'm asking so the father opened my eyes and I saw the Holy Spirit come into the right corner of my ceiling in my room as a light.  Immediately I was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues.  I had never heard it before but God just did it himself.  Throughout my life, I have seen God do many miracles (especially stopping rain).  I prayed for people working outside in the rain or people groaning about rain.  I prayed silently no one knew just me and God.  In my heart, I felt sorrow for them to have to work in the rain.  I always prayed for that person to come back in the room from outside or close by me.  I would tell them how much God loved them and that I prayed for them because I didn't want them to get wet and God did it to show his love for them.  I wanted to let them know how much God loved them.  Once I prayed with a friend who didn't believe and we had forgotten our umbrella. I told her God did it before.   It rained all around us except the path to our door.  Remember Jesus healed, delivered, and did many wonderful things because of his great love for people.  He was moved with compassion.  Our motivation should always be love and compassion never self glory for everything IS GOD'S for his glory alone.  Without him we are nothing.  There may be some spirit filled people who are immature in their faith, worshipping the gift instead of the giver and full of pride, not humbled by the trials that God puts in our life which are necessary to produce Christ in us the hope of glory and there are also true spirit filled people.  But there are immature christians in every denomination.  One thing I know that he will present his bride before the father Holy and Blameless.  I am so blessed to know our sweet wonderful Jesus.

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Ann,
   Thank you for your question.   I have two articles that will explain what the Bible teaches about tongues(speaking unlearned languages).   Being as gracious as I can a Christian is a believer in Christ Jesus and that means believing His word, and not being lead by experiences and false teachers.  The articles will explain.

    http://bible-truth.org/tongues.html   "IS SPEAKING IN TONGUES  AND  THE SIGN GIFTS VALID TODAY?"

     http://bible-truth.org/TonguesWhatisGoingOn.html  "Modern Tongues Speaking Explained
What is really going on?"
    I hope this will help you. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  (John 8:32)
    "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes." (Psalms 119:10-12)

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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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