Assemblies of God reaffirm tongues-speaking and advocate compassion

At the biennial General Council
The Assemblies of God reaffirmed its doctrine of speaking in tongues during its biennial General Council meeting and declared—on a second try—that showing God’s compassion for the world is their “fourth reason for being.”

Speaking in tongues is the sole doctrine that separates members of the largest predominantly white Pentecostal denomination from other evangelicals, said Juleen Turnage, the longtime spokes person for the church body, whose meeting in Orlando, Florida, ended August 7.

The resolution notes that the validity of speaking in tongues, or glossolalia, has “come under certain scrutiny” and asks that members continue to require that credentialed ministers have experienced glossolalia and that they “actively preach and teach this doctrine as well.” Assem blies leaders have been concerned that the practice of tongues-speaking is in decline and that some clergy had not experienced the “baptism of the Holy Spirit.”

 

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