I am hopeful that the church that is emerging will not be divided according to whether people speak in tongues or not. Perhaps the result of a more generous orthodoxy will be that we no longer pigeonhole people.
In looking at the history of the charismatic movement, there is abundant evidence of division along the way. Perhaps some of this was necessary as people changed their beliefs.
As a personal example, I have an aunt and uncle who were the first in our family to leave the family church for a charismatic church. There were mistakes made on both sides. The family wasn't willing to accept their decision to change. However, in their zeal, this aunt and uncle became defensive and arrogant about their beliefs. This created a wall that remains to this day. My parents, who are solid protestant Christians, feel belittled and talked down to by them about anything spiritual.
This is simply an example of an all-too-common wall between charismatic and noncharismatic Christians. People who left mainline denominations to join charismatic churches often became arrogant in their new-found knowledge. They are unaware of their elitism, which is apparent to others.
It might sound like I'm being hard on charismatics, but having lived in this realm for many years, I think I can say from experience, that they(we) are unaware of the exclusivity and elitism they have assumed in their journey.
Reading the history section of the Postcharismatic Project, I learned that the roots of the baptism of the holy spirit are in the wesleyan/holiness protestants, long before speaking in tongues was an issue. Since that time people have splintered according to their beliefs about the event of the baptism of the holy spirit and the issue of tongues.
I believe that the infilling of the Holy Spirit is supposed to be an ongoing empowerment in the life of a believer. I believe that this empowerment gives us the grace (supernatural resource) to live life in the Spirit. I also believe that lives empowered by the Spirit will show evidence of both the fruit and giftings of the Holy Spirit.
I propose that we stop debating the timing and evidence of these events and subsequently creating compartments and labels for one another. Rather than a one-time event, we should continually invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and recognize our need to rely on this supernatural grace to live the kingdom life.
One of the reasons I am writing about this today is because of the variety of backgrounds of people in the emerging conversation. I value the evidence of Wisdom and Spirit that I read in the words of people from many different backgrounds. I am grateful that we can appreciate these differences while sharing the commonality of where we find ourselves on this journey.