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Baptism With the Holy Spirit
~R.A. Torrey
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0871230291
Manufacturer : Bethany House Publishers
Release data : August, 1972

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    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Simple and direct teaching about a controversial topic

    There is a lot of disagreement over the topic this book discusses. I am thankful that RA Torrey does a great job of presenting how the baptism with the Holy Spirit works based on what Scripture teaches.

    He really does an excellent job explaining the following topics:
    1. What the Baptism is and what it does
    2. How the Baptism can be obtained
    3. Refilling with the Holy Spirit
    4. How spiritual power is lost

    Given all the confusion and discussion about this doctrine, I think it is essential that Christians investigate the topic and decide what to believe. Torrey's book is an excellent starting point for those who seek to learn more.



    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Torrey's Theology of Spirit Baptism

    Many today wonder if R.A. Torrey were alive would he identify himself with the charismatic movement or would he avoid the termonology? I believe he would probably not be a charismatic and would probably even be an anti-charismatic from some of his views on the early Pentecostals. However, this book will make you wonder yourself.

    In this work, Torrey gives his biblical understanding of the second work of grace with the baptism with the Holy Ghost. Torrey believes that every Christian receives the Spirit at salvation (Romans 8:9) but not every Christian is baptized with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). He believes the "Promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4) is for every Christian who will tarry and pray for the Baptism (Luke 11:13).

    Ironically, Torrey's book is now widely read by Pentecostals because of his second work teaching. Torrey's understanding came from his revivalist views along with D.L. Moody and other late 19th century revivalist. It set the stage for the early charismatic movement although Torrey distinced himself from the early Pentecostals as did A.B. Simpson.

    Overall I would highly recommend you reading this book even if you differ with Torrey's baptism language (filled vs. baptized) or his second work of grace view. The book does offer a challenge to us to be used mightily by God (Acts 1:8) and to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit and not the strength or wisdom of men (1 Cor. 2:1-5).



    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Avoiding the Charismatic Trend

    This book is an easy read and a good tool to see the simple teaching of the Bible concerning the need for the power of God in evangelism. The only thing is some might be led to think that the power of God has to do with our unbiblically, misinformed Charismatic friends.


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