An Anglican studying for the priesthood told me that unless one believes in the “Baptism” of the Spirit as a necessary subsequent event to regeneration, one cannot be true to the Anglican confession. If one knows anything about Anglicanism, the aforementioned view reveals an abject ignorance. The “Word of Faith movement” (Benny Hinn, TBN, etc) has invaded every crook and granny of the church. This movement fuses the “Baptism” of the Spirit and the “filling” of the Spirit. Result: mayhem.
Here is the major difference between the “Pentecostal – Word of Faith” movement” and the biblical view of the “baptism in the Holy Spirit.” This movement labels the event in Acts 2:4 as the “Baptism in the Spirit,” which it regards as a second and necessary stage in Christian growth. Acts 2:4, in fact, is about the “filling” of the Spirit, not the “baptism” of the Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4 Filled with the Spirit
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
1 Corinthians 12:13
In one SPIRIT are we all BAPTISED into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
This baptism in the Spirit is a one-off act of God that occurs at regeneration (being born again). The infilling of the Spirit, in contrast, is a repeated activity, as in many instances in the book of Acts:
Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 6:3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them
Acts 6:5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
Acts 9:17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Be filled with the Spirit. But if you’re not born again, He must first baptize you.