Born Again Twice?

Q. Can a Christian who has fallen away for 8 years and come back to Christ, still be filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? All of this after repentance and being Water baptized again. Is it necessary to ask for the Baptism of Holy Spirit a second time? I still have my prayer language, etc.

A. You’ve said two things here that are in conflict with my understanding of Christian theology. First, I don’t believe a truly saved Christian can “fall away.” A number of verses tell us that the Holy Spirit was sealed within us when we first believed (2 Cor. 1:21-22, 2 Cor. 5:5, Ephes. 1:13-14, Ephes. 4:30) but none say He ever gets taken away again. Like the Prodigal Son, you may have drifted away from your family, but you’ve never stopped being your Father’s child.

And second, I don’t believe the Bible says a second Baptism is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit. But I am curious about your other question. If you believe that your prayer language is a Spiritual gift and you still have it, why do you wonder if you need another baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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