Spirit-Baptism and Spiritual Gifts: A Brief

Hey S—,

I’m always on a theological journey; but I’m more or less fixed as a Wesleyan-Arminian when it comes to soteriology.

I reject Wesley’s doctrine of Christian perfection as cleansing from original sin, but I have recently come to accept A. B. Simpson’s view that there is a crisis sanctification which can occur at any time the believer cries out for more of the Holy Spirit, to give him a boost of moral energy (Romans 7-8). He called this the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

However, I also believe a baptism in the Holy Spirit can produce other manifestations, such as feeling God’s presence, speaking in tongues, an increase of prophetic dreams, visions, and God’s voice; and also a higher level of faith when it comes to praying for the sick to be healed, or demons cast out. 1 Corinthians 12-14 is the key passage on charismatic spiritual gifts.

The top 3 books on spiritual gifts I would recommend at this point are:

1. Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today
2. Sam Storms’ The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts
3. Dennis and Rita Bennett’s The Holy Spirit and You

God bless,

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