This might sound stupid to some of you... and I hope that I do not offend anyone that is a member or regular attender of a charasmatic church... but I am really confused by them. I grew up in a nondenominational Christian church... it is basically your typical nondenominational, Protestant church. There wasn't any speaking in tongues, getting slain in the Spirit, no faith healing, etc. What was taught there was that in order to be a Christian, to be saved, all one needed to do was to believe that Jesus Christ is God, that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again, and to call on Him and be repentant of our sins. The thing is, most members of charasmatic churches that I have talked to also told me that a true Christian must be "baptized in the Holy Spirit" according to their definition of being "baptized in the Holy Spirit"... and if you aren't, you're not really a Christian and not really "saved."
I know a lot of you don't believe in the Bible or God at all... so that's fine, and I guess this question wouldn't really be directed toward you, but you can feel free to answer it anyway, for sure. But I just assume that it wouldn't really apply to you. But to anyone who does believe in the Bible or consider themselves Christians, what do you think of this belief of some of the charasmatic churches? I am not making it up... many of them told me that you have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to be Christians, and that a sign that will "certainly be present" that a true Christian has been baptized in the Holy Spirit will be speaking in tongues or interpreting them or faith healing/miracles.
What do you think of this? Do you think this is true? Are they really the only ones that are true Christians? Are they the only ones going to heaven? If you're not baptized in the Holy Spirit according to their definition of it, are you pretty much doomed? Is there any Biblical evidence to back this up? The church I grew up in believes in baptism... but that is a water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and it is NOT taught that this baptism is necessary for salvation. I am completely confused and am wondering what anyone thinks or knows about this subject.
Can you really be pleasing to God without being baptized in the Holy Spirit according to the charasmatic definition of it? If you're not speaking in tongues or performing miracles or something, is God unhappy with you? Does that mean you really don't have faith, if you're not doing those things? Are all of those tongues and miracles real?