`Charism' and `Spirit-Baptism': Presentation of an Analysis
Author: Baumert, Norbert
Source: Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Volume 12, Number 2, 2004 , pp. 147-179(33)
Abstract:This article summarizes the results of a previously published two-volume investigation on the biblical meaning and the historical development of these two fundamental concepts, including a further discussion on contributions to this subject which have appeared in this journal (see below section 4). In contradistinction to K. McDonnell a different catholic position is given here: The term `Spirit-baptism' as used within the Pentecostal-charismatic movement means neither the sacramental grace of initiation nor the setting-free of it, but is a term on the experiential level denoting a special kind of infilling with the Holy Spirit in our time. It is not `normative', but— although very widespread—something that the Holy Spirit `distributes as he wills'. Thus, the early Pentecostal two-stage model is far more appropriate than the sacramentalistic interpretation. In that sense Spirit-baptism— normally with the gift of tongues—is a special grace of God.
Document Type: Journal article
Publication date: 2004-10-01