50% of Southern Baptist Pastors Believe in Tongues?

A surprising study shows that half of the Southern Baptist senior pastors actually believe in the gift of tongues. On the downside the study also shows that recent Southern Baptist seminary graduates are (55%) far more cessationist in their views.

The study also found that 66% of non-SBC Protestant senior pastors believe in the gift while only 33% said they didn’t.


There is a far greater openness to the gift of tongues than what I believed was even possible; particularly among the Southern Baptists which have usually been characterized as being in the ‘cessationist’ camp.

If a similar poll was taken in 1906, I wonder how it would have compared to this one. I believe that it would have shown that opinions and practices have changed drastically in 100 years since Azusa Street. The gift of tongues is no longer an oddity practiced by poor and ignorant folks living on the other side of the tracks and worshiping in a barn. *Top

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3 Responses to 50% of Southern Baptist Pastors Believe in Tongues?

  1. Not that there is anything wrong with being poor and ignorant, living on the other side of the tracks and worshiping in a barn, right? =)
    My family comes from that group, I was raised in a holiness Pentecostal church that had not changed since 1950. And it was these poor folks who caused the Azusa revival to spread across the whole world.
    I am glad to hear of the progress with the Southern Baptists, the older ones at least. Tongues is the least of our problems and the least of our potential, we all need to understand that.

  2. For sure JC. I came from a similar background. It was meant to be an ironic statement. My point- for more than 60 years the majority of American Christians looked upon Pentecostals with disdain and discounted the gifts as exaggerations and superstitions of the poor and ignorant. At least that was my experience growing up in the 1950’s.

    The first church I attended as a toddler was held in a bar. The church women had to come in and clear out all the beer bottles and wipe the spilt whiskey off the chairs before the service. A barn would have actually been quite nice.

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