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PUBLISHED SUNDAY JUNE 21, 1998
Copyright 1998 The Pensacola News Journal. All rights reserved
A Pentacostal View

PENSACOLA -The News Journal asked Pentecostal commentator Kenneth E. Lamb for his perspective. This is his statement:

Brownsville Revival's so-called "Impartation Theology" opposes the Bible. All mainstream Christians know the Holy Ghost falls upon whom God sees fit.

The Holy Ghost anointing isn't "handed down" from one person to another; it falls after an individual fulfills Peter's instructions in Acts 2:38-39: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (The Holy Bible, New King James version).

Impartation Theology turns Jesus into a liar. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said: "For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them." Since Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one, wherever Jesus is, the Holy Ghost is as well. So preaching that you must go to a particular location to get the Holy Ghost or an anointing effectively calls Jesus a liar.

Impartation Theology turns the apostles into liars as well. Luke reports in Acts 10:44 that when Peter preached to the Gentile Cornelius and his household, "still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon those who heard the word."

Luke also records, in Acts 2:3-4, that on the Day of Pentecost, "There appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

These verses prove the Holy Ghost falls where God determines, and not where any human "imparts" it.

The danger to all of us is this: Impartation Theology is the first step to cultism. It sets up a particular human as the only way to God's power, a particular person who can "impart" His power to others.

Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Impartation Theology says Jesus lied, that you need a particular person as an intermediary. It breeds the incestuous belief that only those touched within "the family" can receive His anointing.

This was the song sung by David Koresh at Waco and Jim Jones in Guyana. Today's Impartation Theology is only the latest refrain.

Kenneth E. Lamb's Pentecostal theological articles are published in 124 nations through "The Pentecostal Herald." He hosts Pensacola's First Pentecostal Church radio ministry, "The Spirit of Revival," and "Sunday Morning with Kenneth E. Lamb - Talk Radio with a Spiritual Perspective" on WCOA-AM 1370.

On the Web- Pentecostal scholarship: http://www.kennethelamb.com/ta

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