I got to thinking....and I'd like an honest. Biblical answer. When the folks in the Upper Room were surprised with a mighty rushing wind, fire above their heads and the ability to speak in other tongues, what in the OT did they have to base this experience upon? In fact, what would have happened to the Pentecost experience had those in the Upper Room stopped and said to each other, this is "freaky" and "not of God!""Let's form a committee to look into this thing that just happened and see where we should proceed from this point?" What if those in the room decided that this must have been a trick of the devil, because there was nothing Jesus did while He was here that resembled what just happened? After all, they didn't have the NT to go to? They had nothing but faith to act upon, and if they'd hesitated, Pentecost would not have happened. Sure they were told to go and pray. Sure they knew God would send His Spirit to them.....BUT, none of them knew how the Spirit would come; what it would appear as; and what the results of that visit would bring to them. They were operating blindly. Isn't that what faith is according to Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."??? No one really has all the answers, but we do know one thing: We serve a supernatural God. A God who can do anything, to anyone, anytime He so chooses. So who are we to question what He is doing when it comes to Charismatics? Sure some are scam artists, playing off emotions of the weak. In fact, these charlatans get rich off these people, leaving these folks wounded and disheveled for a long time to say the least. But, there are those who are genuine, and that is where none of us have a right to throw a wet blanket over the entire movement and claim it is harmful to all. After all, how many folks have been hurt, forever, by the Baptist church to name one? How many people have been turned off with the internal politics of the church and left disenchanted and frustrated and promising to never again have anything to do with organized religion? The gossip, hate, and power grabs of the organized church have turned as many away from God as any bad charismatic group. This is why I say, What is done behind closed doors, is up to those who do it? If you don't like it, no one is forcing you to join them. At least NOT me. I wouldn't want to have anyone who hates the movement, as much as some of you, be a part of the movement without first seeing them really changed. The gifts are received by faith. And there is nothing like the gifts in the OT. The gifts and fruits are all NT stuff, and there are really no cut and dry rules in place about when they started or were to end. That is all personal dogma, and judgment is what killed many one time, well intentioned Baptists, who either stopped being Baptist, and went in another direction or died on the vine. New Flash:::::::the Baptist church is not the end all to religion. However, you will have to wait until you get to heaven to see there are a great number of folks from all denominations joining us there. I look to that day. The day when religion's ends and true fellowship begin.