Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Who woulda thunk it?

Half of SBC pastors believe in tongues? What?

If this is true, then does this mean that 50 cents of every Cooperative Program dollar is coming from a church where the leadership would not qualify to serve on either the North American or International Mission Board?

Tongues and the SBC

by Phil Gons on June 4th, 2007

A recent study from LifeWay Research asked this question to SBC pastors, non-SBC Protestant pastors, and protestant laity:

Do you believe that the Holy Spirit gives some people the gift of a special language to pray to God privately? Some people refer to this as a Private Prayer Language or the “private use of tongues.”

The study shows that 50% of SBC pastors believe that “the Holy Spirit gives some people a special language to pray to God,” compared to 66% of non-SBC Protestant senior pastors and 51% of laity.

Private Prayer Language

A second question the study asked is what the NT means by “tongues”: whether is it a real language or a special utterance.

Tongues in the NT

A final question dealt with whether public tongues speaking is still a gift for today.

Tongues Today

Read the whole report at Baptist Press News.