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Right Biblical answer to wrong Bible question

by Theodore Wright.

Forty students including Agnes Ozman had gathered to learn the major tenets of the Holiness Movement from Parham. Parham wondered about the New Testament evidence for baptism in the Holy Spirit. He went on a three-day trip and asked his students to ponder this question while he was gone. They concluded that glossolalia or speaking in tongues was proof that the Holy Spirit had fallen on an individual. Ozman was the first student to speak in tongues. Parham would take this message and hold special meetings in Joplin, MO and Houston, TX. In Houston, a black man named William Seymour heard the message and would take this teaching to Los Angeles where he would start the Azusa Street Revival. Today many Pentecostal denominations trace their beginnings to Bethel and Azusa Street

– As quoted from Wikipedia, Bethel Bible College


Charles Parham in Topeka, Kansas (1900-1901) asked students this question…

“What is the New Testament evidence for baptism in the Holy Spirit?”


The students after researching the New Testament, days later replied…

“The speaking in other tongues!”


This began the tongues movement there in Topeka at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Was the answer given WRONG? What other answer would be given?
Actually, NO! The answer was NOT wrong. It was the question that was wrong.


Acts 1:5 (KJV) truly does say…

“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”


So it looks like this is the right answer. Yet, take a look a few verses later.

Acts 1:8 (KJV) says…

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”


Instead, try this question on for size…

“What is the New Testament evidence for the receiving of power?”


The reply answer you may be given could likely be the same answer with a comment given, saying, “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the same experience as the receiving of power. Both are one and the same resulting in the speaking in other tongues.”

“Oh, really?”, I would reply, “What if I showed you that Acts 1:5 and 1:8 are talking about two different experiences? Do you care to see the Bible evidence for this?”

If YOU are interested to learn about this, please read this article…
          Holy Spirit Baptism into Christ and the Spirit-filled Life

Consequently, there really is no right answer to a wrong question.





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