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Sam Storms: The Language of Heaven

Storms is well acquainted with the issues that cessationists raise and he knows how to use the Scriptures to address them.

Storms is not afraid to tackle the difficult questions. For example, he addresses the question as to whether it is appropriate for multiple people in the congregation to sing in the Spirit at the same time (pages 102-104). Scripture does not directly address this situation. Using biblical principles Storms offers his opinion, but he is not dogmatic about it (page 104).

One thing that Storms does especially well is address cessationist objections to, or misunderstandings about, speaking in tongues. He does this by appealing to Scripture. It is obvious from what he has written that he is well acquainted with the issues that cessationists raise. It is also clear that he knows how to use the Scriptures to address their viewpoint.

In chapters 13 and 14, the book takes a brief look at speaking in tongues outside of the New Testament. In chapter 13, Storms demonstrates that the gifts of the Spirit, including tongues, were in operation at various points in church history after the first century. In chapter 14, there are testimonies from people in more recent times who share about their experiences with speaking in tongues.

Much can be learned from this book even if the reader does not agree with everything that the author says. It is a book of significant spiritual substance. It is thoughtfully written, rich in biblical theology, and pastoral in tone. This book is a great resource for anyone who is seeking to gain a better understanding of speaking in tongues. It may especially be helpful to pastors who are seeking to lead their congregations into a greater understanding of, and experience of, the gift.

Reviewed by John Lathrop

 

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Category: Fall 2019, Spirit

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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