Gordon L. Anderson, President of North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has written probably one of the finest articles one is going to read on the issue of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and evidence of speaking in tongues.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Initial Evidence, and a New Model, as published in the Assemblies of God journal for its ministers licensed or ordained.
Really, it isn’t going to get much better than this in terms of quality and scholarship. Dr. Anderson is a great scholar, pastor, and college administrator.
Here is a portion:
What do Pentecostals mean by the baptism in the Holy Spirit? I think that a definition can be set out that does not claim to be comprehensive, but identifies the major elements in this Pentecostal experience. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is significant additional power for life and ministry given by God subsequent to salvation. The Baptism is characterized by a deep sense of the immediacy of God’s presence. By virtue of this, a deep sense of mystery and emotion is often experienced. It is also characterized by speaking in tongues.
Speaking in tongues establishes a noncognitive and nonrational communication with God. It is not antirational. It is an immediate contact with God that does not include human words, nor can it be expressed in human words. This experience results in added faith in God, increased power and gifts for ministry, increased emotion and passion, and an enhanced awareness of the experiential dimension of God’s presence in the life of the Pentecostal believer. The baptism in the Holy Spirit does not and cannot take the place of the other necessary spiritual experiences that God has provided for His believers.
Now, a critical question. If the baptism in the Holy Spirit confers additional power for ministry, how much additional power is gained? A little? Quite a bit? A dramatic amount?
To get the answer…. you’ll have to read on. 🙂