In looking at the history of the charismatic movement, there is abundant evidence of division along the way. Perhaps some of this was necessary as people changed their beliefs.
People who left mainline denominations to join charismatic churches often came off as arrogant in their new-found knowledge. It might sound like I’m being hard on charismatics, but having lived in this realm for many years, I think I can say from experience, that they (we) are unaware of the exclusivity and elitism that we project.
Reading the history section of the Postcharismatic Project, I learned that the roots of the baptism of the holy spirit are in the wesleyan/holiness protestants, long before speaking in tongues was an issue. Since that time people have splintered according to their beliefs about the event of the baptism of the holy spirit and the issue of tongues.
I believe that the infilling of the Holy Spirit is supposed to be an ongoing empowerment in the life of a believer. I believe that this empowerment gives us the grace (supernatural resource) to live life in the Spirit. I also believe that lives empowered by the Spirit will show evidence of both the fruit and giftings of the Holy Spirit.
I propose that we stop debating the timing and evidence of these events and subsequently creating compartments and labels for one another. Rather than a one-time event, we should continually invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and recognize our need to rely on this supernatural grace to live the kingdom life.