ARE ONE-HALF OF ALL SBC FOREIGN MISSIONARIES CHARISMATIC? Southern Baptist affiliates of a charismatic network of churches known as Fresh Oil represent just one percent of the denomination’s 43,000 congregations. But Fresh Oil’s leader, Ron Phillips, says there is a grudging acceptance developing within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Regardless of where fellow Baptists stand, Fresh Oil members are no longer concerned with debating the issue. “In Tennessee, there is openness and acceptance, not disagreement,” said Phillips, pastor of Central Baptist Church in suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee. “But we’re past rubbing each other’s wounds. We’re moving on to missions.” …The network has cooperated with both the SBC and independent agencies to help build five churches overseas. Attendees at March’s annual conference donated $30,000 to overseas missions. With his services aired weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Phillips’s outspoken nature rankles cessationists within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Yet they can’t get upset with his church’s annual gifts of nearly $200,000 to regional and national SBC causes. …“At least half the international mission force operates in the power of the Spirit,” Phillips said. “…I’ve been on the field and seen evidence of it.” Some of the 450 Baptist pastors—an overwhelming majority of the group’s 500 affiliated ministries—who identify with Fresh Oil report mixed reactions to their stance. Regardless of opposition within the SBC, John Kilpatrick senses a mighty move of the Spirit in Fresh Oil. The pastor of Brownsville Assembly of God, home of the world-renowned Pensacola Revival, Kilpatrick is one of several charismatic speakers at the March meetings. When he spoke, many people hit the floor.…“I don’t know enough about the background of Southern Baptists to gauge the hunger,” Kilpatrick said. “I only know when I was there, it felt a lot like Brownsville.” - Source: "Sword of the Lord" Comments???