Problems? Email Us!
Empowerment /Anointing
(Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:17-21, Acts 10:37-38, John 14:15-17, Luke 11:13, Acts 3:12-4:33)

Note: The teachings here would not be considered 'acceptable' by cessationists
(those who do not believe that the gifts of the Spirit are for today)

Regardless, there will be no teachings that:

1) Deny that the Holy Spirit is expected as a gift upon baptism and repentence as preached in Peter's first sermon (Acts 2:37-39). The gifts of the Spirit are mentioned thoroughly enough in many scriptures. These gifts include, yet are not limited, to the gift of speaking in tongues.

2) Propose that a rigidly defined spiritual gifting or sign is needed as 'evidence' of salvation or future entrance into heaven. In other words, no particular manifested gift of the Holy Spirit is needed as 'proof' that a person is saved or in good standing with God.

3) Deny the believer's right or need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill or anoint, or to receive such prayers from another, as often as needed and for any godly reason or purpose. (see Acts 4:18-31; Acts 8:14-24)

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
chapter eleven of the "Disciple-Making Minister" by David Servant

Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

Study on the Ephesians 4 Ministries (medium length-excellent)

Gifts of the Spirit  (very short)

How Do You Know? (you are in the will of God, concerning your calling?) (very short)

All About The Holy Spirit and 
Baptism of The Holy Spirit 
from Bible Basics Series


From the Greek "charisma" 
XAPICMA (using a "C" for the letter Sigma, as it sometimes appears)
noun, neuter: "a gift (freely and graciously given), a favor bestowed 1.generally, the earthly goods bestowed by God 2. of special gifts of a non-material sort, bestowed by the grace (charis - XAPIC) of God on individual Christians; of the spiritual gifts in a special sense Romans 12:6; I Corinthians 12:4,9,28,30,31"

(This above thanks to Eric Weiss)

A "charismatic" is one who believes in the continuing post-apostolic operation and bestowal by God of the "charisma" - e.g., tongues, healing, prophecy, Holy-Spirit-emparted words of knowledge and wisdom, etc. The term "Charismatic" is NOT the same as Pentecostalism, even though some of the present day 'historians' wish to mix the two. Direct witnesses, such as myself, attest to this fact. See Charismatic Movement for a description of this.Also of interest would be an old prophecy in 1965 by the late Stanley Frodsham of the pentecostal/charismatic era. He warned of a departure from the Word of God by teachers, and of the error of admiring 'anointed' 'superstars'. Since then, Neo-Pentecostalism has been plagued by personality cults and the like, just as this prophecy warned. 

My brief (shortened) testimony concerning the Holy Spirit:

I grew up in an anti-Christian home. However, at only 12 years old, I was saved through the ministry of the Baptists at one of their church revivals, and experienced the indwelling and "baptism" of the Holy Spirit at the altar during my salvation prayer, including what the Pentecostals called the "evidence of speaking in tongues."  However, I had no idea what that was about and I had no idea who to ask. I did know it was from God and for a short time I preached to the kids on the bus and anyone else I could share with.  However, I found I was unable to answer some of the questions given me and so I started reading the Bible to find out more. Alas, I started at the beginning in the Old Testament and because the O.T. was for the most part irrevelant to many of my questions, I ceased reading enthusiastically by the time I was 15 years old.  Finally, I did pray and asked (begged) God for some answers.  Right after that, the Lord did send some Pentecostals/Charismatic believers my way, and they taught me pretty much the same as on the Harold Week site above.  In any event, I was able to understand my initial salvation experience as well as know the scriptural basis for the other spiritual gifts God was rapidly giving me, and I re-committed my life to the Lord.  This was a very important milestone in my life and spiritual walk. One of the most important changes to me personally was that I was able to read the Bible and comprehend it well, due to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life.

-Teri Lee Earl

Other subjects covered in 'Basics':

Triune God
Spiritual Authority
End Times

See also: Pharisees vs Anointing page

This page last modified: . You are visitor #  since 02/01/1998

© Robert and Teri Earl
This site best viewed in Firefox.
Get Firefox