'Tongues' resurfaces as Southern Baptist issue

Seminary professor requests reconsideration
Controversy is again brewing in the Southern Baptist Convention over the practice of speaking in tongues.

Last year the denomination’s International Mission Board adopted a policy that forbids considering missionary candidates who use a “private prayer language.”

Now, an Arlington, Texas, pastor and trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has written to Southern Baptist president Frank Page to request that the issues of “spiritual gifts, private prayer language and speaking in tongues” be addressed in the denomination’s statement of faith.

Dwight McKissic recently discussed the issue in a chapel sermon at the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and criticized the mission board policy. “I pray in tongues in my private prayer life and I’m not ashamed of that,” he said August 29. “I’m thankful for that.”


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