What is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?
We believe the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer (Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:38-39). It is not required to get to Heaven as salvation is already established by faith (Eph 2:8-9).
An enduement of power
We believe this great blessing, which provides the enduement of power to witness for Christ, is available to all believers whose hearts are cleansed from sin by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the Bible teaches that our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and that the temple of God is holy, which temple you (believers) are (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) – we do not believe God will fill an unclean vessel with His Holy Spirit. In other words, we believe, because the Bible teaches and requires it, that to receive the baptism with the Holy Ghost, a person must have a clean heart and life as a prerequisite for this great blessing. Remember, the blood of cleansing must first be applied, then the oil, which is a type of the Holy Spirit (Leviticus 14:14, 17). Moreover, we believe that to live in the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s power and possession, one must continue to live a clean and consecrated life, free from sin, strife, worldliness, and pride, and must avoid attitudes and actions that tend to “grieve” or “quench” the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:29-32; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).
Evidence of personally receiving the baptism
We believe the “initial” (or first) evidence of the reception of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (John 15:26, 27; Acts 2:1-4; 8:17-18; 10:44-46; 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:7). We do not believe this is the only evidence of the Spirit’s baptism, but it is the initial evidence, just as it occurred in the repeated accounts of the Spirit’s outpouring in the Acts of the Apostles. Often times ‘prophecy’ is mentioned accompanying the manifestation of tongues also.
But other evidences will be spelled out in our lives – the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), power to witness for Christ, power to endure the testings of faith and the oppositions of the world. We believe the initial evidence of speaking with tongues is for everyone who receives the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit, and we distinguish between this initial manifestation and the ‘gift of tongues’ or ‘divers tongues’, which is not given to every Spirit-filled believer (1 Cor 12:10; 12:28).
The baptism of the Holy Ghost in Scripture
The Denver House of Prayer believes in the gifts of the Spirit as set forth by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14. We believe these gifts are “set in the Church” by the Holy Spirit; He retains custody and control of said gifts or “enablement’s,” distributing or operating them “severally as He will.” And we desire that our people may so live under the control of the Holy Spirit that these gifts may be manifested or used through consecrated individuals in the worship services where, when, and as they are needed, but all to the glory of God and the edifying of the body of Christ, and in accordance with the directions and decorum set forth in the chapters referred to above.
DHOP also believes that statements along the lines of, “tongues are of the devil” or “spiritual gifts have passed away” are rooted in deep ignorance of the Holy Scriptures and a presumption that God has ceased working in the earth today. This is not attested to in Scripture (Hebrews 13:8). Attributing something as virtuous as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to satanic influence is tantamount to blasphemy and is a very serious accusation.