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The Speaking in Tongues Controversy: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Debate

Letters of Recommendation

"As an AG minister, I was especially interested in Dr. Walston's discussion of this topic. I found his arguments lucid, biblical, exegetical, and convincing."

– Rev. Kevin Potts,
Ph.D. Candidate, Chaplain

Many books and articles have been written in defense of speaking in tongues as the unmistakable, physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.Through his careful and thorough analysis of the Pentecostal texts in the Book of Acts, Dr. Walston is challenging this view. This book is beyond doubt one of the most thought-provoking analysis on this theme I have ever read."

– Nils-Olov Nilsson, Th.D., Swedish Missionary and Theologian with the Swedish Pentecostal Movement

"Dr. Walston has thrown a "big wrench"into my tongues-as-evidence doctrinal gears. I am now working through what I thought was a foundational doctrine that I also thought was settled long ago. This book should be required reading for people on both sides of this issue. "

– Dr. Denny Nissley, AG minister, Director of Christ in Action Ministries

"Dr. Walston points out in a scholarly manner that Luke mentions tongues speaking in only three instances. He shows exegetically and deductively that Luke stresses the salvation rather than the charismatic aspects of those experiences. "

– Dr. JackHunka, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada minister, and president of Biblical Seminaries Ukraine

"I have long believed that it is the duty of Christian leadership to teach truth and expose error. Dr. Walston does this in this book. He alleviates confusion and wrong perceptions about speaking in tongues."

– Dr. Randy Weiss, Director of CrosstalkTelevision Ministries

"Rick Walston challenges long held interpretations of classical Pentecostalism that tongues are the initial physical evidence of Spirit baptism. He is also challenging and changing Pentecostal minds."

– Tyler S. Ramey, Ph.D. Candidate, Director of Truth Enterprises

For a little "inside Information" (sneak peek) about this book and its contents, see these two links:

Historical Narrative versus Didactic


Rick Walston's Response to Robert Graves's Review

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Background Information
Chapter 2: Do All Speak in Tongues?
Chapter 3: The Initial, Physical Evidence of the Baptism in theHoly Spirit
Chapter 4: Straw Men and Authorial Intent
Chapter 5: Argument # 1: Authorial Intent
Chapter 6: Argument # 2: Three Times out of Five? Does this Establisha Paradigm?
Chapter 7: Argument # 3: The Age to Come
Chapter 8: Argument # 4: Subsequence
Chapter 9: Argument # 5: Historical Narrative versus Didactic
Chapter 10: History: Not on the Side of Evidence
Chapter 11: Why Tongues?
Chapter 12: Are Tongues the Least?
Chapter 13: Evidence or Accompaniment?
Chapter 14: A Recapitulation and Concluding Remarks
Chapter 15: Study Questions

Additional Information

Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 236

Ways To Purchase

1) You may purchase this book through the publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers at The Speaking in Tongues Controversy.

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