Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his disciples. With the coming of the Spirit the first Christians experienced charismata, or spiritual gifts. These gifts equipped the church to witness to the Jesus with vitality. Speaking in Tongues and Prophecy are tow gifts that called for the Apostle Paul's special attention in his correspondence with Christians in Corinth. This sermon reflects upon 1 Corinthians 14:1-12, 18-19
1. When I was 6 years old my parents experienced deep personal conversions to Pentecostalism. I sojourned in that tradition for many years and have reflected on those experiences, both good and bad. Because of the prevalence of sexual misconduct among the ministers in the Pentecostal clergy, I began to think about the reasons for this phenomenon. I have come to believe that Pentecostalism has some endemic troubles built into it. It has a distinctive ethos. Its adherents elevate themselves to a higher plane or higher life than ordinary Christians.