Charismatic Adventism - Beliefs - Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

See also: Seventh-day Adventist theology#Speaking in tongues

Adventists commonly believe that speaking in tongues refers to speaking in earthly languages not known to the user, so the user could communicate to those from distant lands, so it is always for a purpose. Not to ecstatic speech or a personal prayer language or similar as practiced by many charismatic and Pentecostal Christians. The 1991 National Church Life Survey in Australia found that approximately 5% of Australian Adventists approve of and/or speak in tongues, whereas 11% have no opinion and approximately 85% disapprove. This was the highest disapproval rating amongst all denominations surveyed.

An Adventist with an acceptance for charismatic experiences could be considered progressive in one sense, particularly because traditional and moderate Adventist views are suspicious of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements.

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