The Scripture doesn’t say, “These signs shall follow those who are baptized with the Holy Spirit”; it says, “… these signs
shall follow them that BELIEVE… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17,18).
I’d tell my Baptist congregation that. I’d preach it from the pulpit, but I didn’t lay hands on them publicly. When I’d visit
them in their homes, I’d read this to them.
“See, it says right here. We believe, don’t we? Don’t you believe on Jesus?”
“Yeah, I believe on Him, all right,” they’d say.
“I’m going to lay my hands on you, and God is going to heal you,” I’d tell them.
After coming into Pentecostal circles, I found from talking to the pastors that while I was a Baptist boy preacher, without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was getting a higher percentage of my people healed than any five Pentecostal pastors were their people. Some said they seldom got anybody healed. It was a common occurrence with me. The difference was that I was teaching faith and prayer. I didn’t have any anointing; I didn’t feel anything; and nothing went out of me into them.
One of these early experiences with healing involved the pianist of the little country church I was pastoring. When she wasn’t there one Sunday, I asked about her and was told she was in the hospital and was scheduled for surgery the following morning.
I got up very early the next morning to get to her before they gave her a shot and I couldn’t communicate with her. The sun
wasn’t up yet when I arrived at the hospital. I read the Scripture to her. I said, “I’m going to pray for you. Here’s what the Bible says.” I had a little bottle of olive oil, and I told her, “I’m going to anoint you with oil.” Then I said, “Here it says that these signs shall follow them that believe. They will lay hands on the sick. I’m going to lay hands on you.” Although I was used to seeing people get healed, I didn’t
expect it to happen as fast as it did. When I started praying for her, she exclaimed, “WHOOOO! I’ve got it!” and jumped right out of bed. She never was operated on. Now, if that’ll work for
the Baptists, it’ll work for anybody! And I didn’t have the baptism with the Holy Spirit yet. I saw healings like hers as a Baptist preacher when I didn’t have any special anointing to pray for the sick, and I never felt a thing. Being Baptist, I didn’t know I was supposed to feel anything. Yet God honors His Word.
When I changed over into the Full Gospel ministry, I didn’t get a “new” Holy Spirit, or a different Holy Spirit. He’s not
twins. He’s not triplets. There’s just one Holy Spirit—but the anointing may be varied. Actually, He does all the work of God. My fellow ministers and Bible teachers among the Southern Baptists had warned me against going among Full Gospel people. One outstanding Bible teacher, a graduate of a famous
Baptist seminary, said, “Kenneth, now you be careful about those Full Gospel people.”
“Why?” I asked.
“That speaking in tongues is of the devil,” he said. I didn’t know whether it was or wasn’t. I just knew the Pentecostals were right in believing about divine healing, so I kept fellowshipping with them. It strengthened my faith to be
around people who believed in healing. After I got filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues, I almost ran to
find that Bible teacher.
And in case he didn’t bring it up, I brought up the subject myself.
He began to warn me again: “Now you want to be careful about those Full Gospel people.” “Why?”
Before he criticized them he said, “Well now, I’ll admit they live better lives than we do, and in a lot of ways they’re very
fundamental in their beliefs—but that speaking in tongues is of the devil!”
“Is it?” I asked.
“Yes,” he said. “It is.”
I asked, “Then the Spirit that gave them utterance in tongues is the spirit of the devil?”
I said, “If that’s so, then the whole Southern Baptist movement is of the devil.” He nearly swallowed his Adam’s apple. He eventually came up for air, sputtering, “Why—what are you talking about?” “Well,” I said, “the same Holy Spirit that I was born of in the Baptist church—the same Holy Spirit—gave me utterance in tongues, and I spoke with other tongues. It was the same Holy Spirit—the same Spirit.”
“Oh, no, no, no, no—don’t say a thing like that!” “Why?”
“Oh, it can’t be so.”
I said, “How do you know?”
“I just know.”
I asked, “Have you ever spoken in tongues?”
“Well,” I said, “don’t be a fool, then. You’re a Bible teacher.
In Proverbs it says a fool answers a matter before he hears it.
Don’t be a fool. You’ve never spoken in tongues. You’re not qualified to speak on the subject. Now, you know the Spirit you
got in the New Birth, don’t you?”
“Yeah.” “That’s the same Spirit I got among the Baptists when I was born again. It was the same Holy Spirit. It was the same Spirit. I’ve had all the time—I didn’t get another spirit. And He is the One who gave me utterance in other tongues.”
“Oh, that can’t be so. I—I—I—I’ll give that a little further study and then I’ll get back to you.”.Some 46 years have passed, and he’s never gotten back to
me yet. The point is, that unction IN you is to teach you, and, thank God, He will.