St. Paul? Really? Ok, I’ll admit that I’m pretty skeptical concerning the Charismatic Renewal (but I don’t harbor any ill feelings towards those involved). That said, how could St. Paul be characterized as charismatic by today’s standard?
From what I’ve read browsing through these threads, it seems modern charismatics make a big distinction between talking (or prophesizing) in tongues and praying in tongues. In fact, I’ve yet to see a poster who has claimed to speak/prophesize in tongues in an interpretable language. Most seem to suggest they pray in tongues with humming sounds, or something unitelligible.
Now my understanding of the Apostles (including St. Paul), is that they were given the gifts of tongues in order to prophesize, as at Pentecost when they proclaimed the Word to peoples of different nationalities who could understand them in their native tongues. However, I have never read (if there are verses in Scripture, please post them for me) of any of them praying in tongues. In fact, doesn’t St. Paul say the the Holy Spirit does that for us?
I’ve also never seen evidence in Scripture that those the Apostles healed were standing, then were knocked over by the Spirit, or were slain in the Spirit (I’m not sure of the terminology). If someone could enlighten me, please do…