Charismatic Movements in the History of the Church

Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

The Ancient Spirit The mystical practice of speaking in divine and unintelligible languages was common in the ancient world from the eleventh century BC. The prophetess of Delphi and the sibylline priestesses spoke in unknown tongues, giving revelation from the gods. In the early church Irenaeus and Tertullian spoke of glossalia favorably, while Chrysostom disapproved of the practice, and Augustine declared that the gift was only for the era of New Testament. Montanism, a movement in the late second century, claimed this ability of tongues and a dependence on the extemporaneity of the ...

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