Thursday, November 06 2008
This was an Letter to the Editor written by Pastor Eaby and published in the November 11th edition of of the Journal Press ...
Sarah Palin comes from a church that speaks in tongues and there is a thought that she has experienced this phenomenon herself. The media has written editorials and drawn cartoons poking fun at Governor Palin and the many Christians that speak in tongues. Their concept of this Biblical experience is based on their ignorance and like many that are bias lash out at what they do not understand.
Speaking in tongues is something that has not just emerged from the Christian world, but occurred at the birth of the church. This event was documented in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The New Testament church experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as part of the salvation experience as documented in book of Acts. Jesus prophesied this experience as something that His believers would practice. Mark 16:17 states “And these signs shall follow them that believe…they shall speak with new tongues”.
Those that experience the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues come under the umbrella term of Pentecostal. The media portrays those that speak in tongues as out of the norm but also documents that Pentecostalism is spreading throughout the world faster that any other Christian movement. The Ledger.com published an article on April 24, 2006 entitled Pentecostals Celebrate World's Fastest-Growing Religion. This may seem extraordinary to those on the outside of Christianity, but to those that know the scripture understand the prophecies found in Joel 2:28, "And that's just the beginning: After that—I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people…”
The Holy Spirit is life changing. The key to the Pentecostal movement is not the programs that a church offers, but the power of God that is evident in the life of the person that has received it. Pentecostalism is not a religion, but an experience with God. It is no longer “back woods”, but has come to the center of the religious and political world.
It is sad that in America one can use the freedom of the press to try to influence and degrade those that exercise freedom of religion. The lack of knowledge that the media has concerning religion reveals a generation that is moving away from God, but according to Romans 14:11, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”.