Charismatic Experiences

Ellen White responds to tongues and emotional experiences in the early history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

The rise of the neo-pentecostal or charismatic movement in the mid-twentieth century led to the collection of twelve articles penned by Ellen White and republished in the Review and Herald from August 10, 1972 to August 9, 1973.

The first three articles address “tongues” (glossolalia) and are a helpful guide to evaluating this experience in the contemporary charismatic movement. Then next seven articles address emotional or ecstatic experiences in early Seventh-day Adventist history. A basis is established for judging such experiences. The last two articles present two experiences that show the genuine, deep moving of the Holy Spirit. These last two caution against turning away too quickly from sound evidence of the workings of the Holy Spirit.

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