Fackre on the Necessity of Glossolalia for the Church

"Glossolalia" by James Roper

“Glossolalia” by James Roper

Within the broad institutional life of the Christian community there is a place for a subcommunity of special visionaries. Just as the body part of glossolalia serves the function of keeping the Corinthian church off balance, so the Church in every period needs those who talk the strange language of the Not Yet, those who peer further into the Future and strain toward that goal in their attitude and behavior. These visionaries are not necessarily more advanced in their spiritual and moral life, for the sin of pride and self-righteousness visits them more habitually and intensely than most, precisely because of their intensity of purpose, keeping them also in the company of sinners. Rather, their role calls the Church away from its easygoing accommodation to the world… The visionary role is always exercised as part of the Body and is not to be mistaken for the whole… The visionary is part of an inclusive community of those who see and serve the light that shines on them. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you…'” (1 Cor. 12:21).

Gabriel Fackre, The Christian Story


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