Southern Baptist agency disallows private ‘prayer language’
The agency already excludes people who speak in tongues—the utterances called glossolalia—in public worship from serving as missionaries. But IMB trustees voted November 15 to amend its list of missionary qualifications to exclude those who use a “prayer language” in private.
The restriction of “prayer language”—widely understood as a private version of the charismatic practice of tongues-speaking—was approved by a vote of 25-18, according to the IMB’s Web site. Some trustees did not vote on the issue during their meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, the agency reported.
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