SBC poll: Half of pastors say 'tongues' valid

"Continualists" weigh in
A survey sample of senior pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention found that exactly half of them say speaking in tongues is a spiritual gift given to some believers today— whether those utterances occur in public worship or are “private prayer languages,” a term used in an escalating dispute within the denomination.

The findings came from LifeWay Christian Resources, an SBC agency known for its church education resources, and were released June 1—only days before the divisive issue was expected to arise at the June 12-13 annual meeting of Southern Baptists.

As Pentecostal and charismatic movements have grown in the past 100 years, the SBC has steadfastly denied the authenticity of modern-day glossolalia, or speaking in tongues. Its leaders have backed the theory that such spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament were legitimate only in the early years of the church.


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