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Charismatic Adventism

Charismatic Adventists are a segment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that is closely related to "Progressive Adventism", a liberal movement within the church.



Like progressive Adventists, charismatics are typically open to a variety of styles of worship music in church including Contemporary Christian Music.[1][2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Fundamental Beliefs

Belief "17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries" of the official 28 Fundamental Beliefs of Adventists affirms that spiritual gifts do continue into the present.[5] While the gift of tongues or "glossolalia" is not specifically mentioned, Adventists more often limit it to the ability to speak unlearned human languages, or "xenoglossy"; and have generally rejected the form of tongues practised by many charismatic and Pentecostal Christians, described as ecstatic speech or a "personal prayer language".[6]

Supporting this position is

See also other Adventist commentators.[10]



Few modern Adventist individuals and churches have charismatic leanings, or practice speaking in tongues. Jon Paulien describes "the Montanists, early charismatics who believed that every Christian was as inspired as the apostles or the Scriptures. Their focus on the Spirit as the key to church life is now mirrored in some Adventist circles as well."[11]

In September 1999 "Discerning the Spirit" conferences were held in the Australian part of the church.[12]

Adventist churches with charismatic leanings are very controversial within the denomination.[13] New Life Celebration church was one of the earliest Adventist "celebration churches".[14] Some such churches have had tension with the Adventist leadership,[15] and some have left the Adventist denomination. Retired Australian Adventist pastor, evangelist and former official of the Greater Sydney Conference, E. Bruce Price has criticized the churches, which he says were introduced to the world Adventist church in the 1980s.[16][17]

According Adventist historians Bull and Lockhart, "Adventist worship is generally restrained and carefully organized".[18]

See also



External links

  • Counterfeit Revivals
  • Ancient Future: Counterfeit Revivals And The New Spirituality Movement (Audio Sermons)
  • "The Church and Worship" by C. Raymond Holmes. Biblical Research Institute
  • "Applause, Hand Waving and Drumming In The Church" by Samuel Pipim
  • "Shall We Dance?" by Adventist Scholar Samuele Bacchiocchi
  • "Music: Its Role, Qualities, and Influence as Set Forth in the Writings of Ellen G. White". Ellen G. White Estate, compiled 1972
  • Worship, Radical Ritual, by C. Raymond Holmes. Biblical Research Institute
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