Historical Precedents in an International Context
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
One of the foundations of our Church is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and speaking in angelical tongues as proof of that manifestation. The Scripture reference this matter in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles and many other passages thereafter.
Between the years 100 and 400 AD—the time period after the apostles referenced in the New Testament—speaking in tongues has been recorded only on a few occasions as an isolated and misunderstood occurrence. Between the years 400 and 1900 AD, limited cases have been recorded, especially after the protestant reformation. Nonetheless, this was considered an enigmatic topic and an unorthodox phenomenon.
Incidentally, many of the choruses and hymns that we currently sign in the CGMJCI were written by individuals, who were part of that group of people.
The United States experienced a period of religious resurgence, approximately between 1730 and 1743, historically known as “First Great Awakening.”
Later on, during the 19th Century, some Christian denominations in the United States recorded cases of manifestations with the gift of tongues among their members—mainly its leaders. However, it was deemed a special and specific phenomenon. Among those denominations were the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), the Restoration Movement (also known as the American Restoration Movement), and the Holiness movement. These denominations are part of a religious and cultural phenomenon called: “The Second Great Awakening,” which took place around the first three decades of the 19th Century, between 1800 and 1830.