THE BABY AND THEWASH
T. PIERCE BROWN
Some have coined such expressions as, “Throw the baby out with the wash,” “Lean over backwards to stand up straight,” and various other ones to describe what is conceived as an over reaction to a situation or philosophy. Perhaps in the church those who practice that phenomenon may be called “ultra-conservative.” At any rate, although labels such as “liberal” and “conservative” may be dangerous, deceitful and divisive, there is little doubt that most of us use various labels to identify things and persons in some fashion. Without trying to attach an opprobrious label to anyone, I think it might be helpful to suggest one or more areas where it seems that some brethren have done disservice to “the baby,” and perhaps not even eliminated the dirty wash.
Since there has arisen in the church various aspects of the “Pentecostal movement,” such as tongue speaking, direct operation of the Holy Spirit in conversion, there are those who have taken the position that if God does anything in answer to prayer, this would be a direct operation of the Holy Spirit and the idea must be condemned as false doctrine. Some attempt to modify that idea by saying, “God may providentially do some things,” but they seem unable to explain exactly what they mean by that.