Being dead to sin and still sinning

crossbonesJoaquín  Guzmán ( Nickname “El Chapo”, which means shorty) is a Mexican drug lord and been in the news lately.  Forbes magazine called him the “biggest drug lord of all time.  El Chapo was arrested in 2014, but he escaped from prison again in 2015 by exiting through a tunnel dug to below his cell.  He was then recaptured by Mexican marines in 2016 after granting interviews to people like Sean Penn – because he wanted a movie made of his life.  El Chapo escaped his prison cell, but due to his own foolishness and pride, ended up back in bondage.

The same may happen to us as Christians.  We are freed from sin’s penalty, power and prison; and as free people we are told not to return to sin’s bondage.

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Should every Christian speak in tongues? (Part 2)

speaking in tonguesI argued in my previous post that the speaking tongues in Acts was not the norm for all Christians, but the very specific and unique plan of God to demonstrate that there was to be only one church.  Not a separate Gentile Church.  Not a separate Samaritan church.  One church made up of converted Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles.   The pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all these groups demonstrated by the speaking of foreign languages (like at Pentecost, Acts 2) was evidence of this.

1 Corinthians 12-14 is the only other place in the New Testament that mentions speaking in tongues.  (If speaking in tongues was and is the distinctive evidence of being filled by the Spirit, as is alleged by some, one would have thought it would be mentioned more?)

For those who hold the position that every Christian should speak in tongues as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit, here is some food for thought:

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Should every Christian speak in tongues? (Part 1)

pentecostMany Pentecostal traditions teach that speaking in tongues is the definitive sign of being baptized with the Holy Spirit.   This baptism or filling of the Spirit happens sometime after your conversion and is known as the “Second Blessing”.   Every Spirit-filled believer, they would argue, should therefore speak in tongues. 

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