The Two Functions of the Holy Spirit

By Michael Gowens It is important to distinguish between what old preachers called “the two functions of the Holy Spirit.” In relation to the Everlasting Covenant, he is the agent of regeneration and has been functioning in that role since there was an elect on the earth (Jno. 5:25a — “The hour is coming and…

A Brief Look at Sign Gifts, Faith Healing & Tongues

By Michael Gowens The last century brought a significant change to the religious landscape of the West. With the upsurge of Pentecostalism in the early 1900’s and the Charismatic Movement it spawned, the configuration of the Christian community was significantly altered. No longer was Christianity defined by the two traditional categories of emphasis—Evangelicals and Catholics….

The Error of Anti-Trinitarianism

By Sylvester Hassell The Gospel Messenger–May 1894 The doctrine of the Divine Trinity is the highest and greatest mystery of the Christian religion, far above the reason of all created intelligences, and to be received entirely upon faith. I hope that my brethren will bear with me while I try to write of this profound…