Mind Your Own Beeswax
This is what Stephanie Morris, a Bible Girl contributor and Dallas Theological Seminary student, has to say about the spat between the Reverend W. Dwight McKissic and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over the practice of speaking in tongues:
Stephanie Morris: Dwight McKissic can talk to God any way he wants to when he prays. It's his prayer. Not to mention, the late great Apostle Paul sanctions a personal prayer language in 1 Corinthians 14. But Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary doesn't want him telling their students about how he prays when he prays because they don't believe he should be speaking in tongues—not out loud, not in his private prayer time, not at all.
This problem hinges on a fundamental difference in the interpretation of Scripture; it's an age-old debate that's not going anywhere anytime soon.
And that's precisely why I'm ticked off about why we're even having this discussion. Why in the world would the parties involved in the argument choose to take it to the streets and hash it out in the public domain leaving reporters to make sense of a complicated theological matter?
This is an internal argument. I like to call it "home" business. Like the time Mom threw a glass at Dad—you just don't talk about that outside of the family.
Christians already have a reputation for being divided--and strange.
Thank you, McKissic. Thank you, Southwestern, for doing your part in making us seem more divided, and even stranger.
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