The New Testament teaches that baptism is an important part of becoming a Christian. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter taught the masses to “repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.” The Holy Spirit follows repentance. In the Acts of the Apostles, we find Paul’s conversion story where he was led by the apostle Ananias to Christ and baptized. He then called on the name of Jesus, a sign of his acceptance of Christ as his Savior.
In this context, the charismatic third wave of the Christian church has emerged. These movements were based on the ideas developed by C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber. Both men developed charismatic methods and taught them to the church. Their ideas were tested and honed in an intense and controversial course at Fuller’s School of Missions. Other charismatic Christian leaders, including Ted Haggard, George Otis, and Charles Kraft, helped to create a new movement. This movement crossed denominational boundaries and the bitter divisions between mainstream evangelicalism and Pentecostalism.
While charismatic Christianity is the most popular form of Christian faith, the movement is not rooted in local tradition. In addition to prayer, Christian life is rooted in evangelism and spiritual warfare. Charismatic Christianity has influenced the mainstream of Christian practice and has reinvigorated the militant Christian subject. It is the central weapon of redemptive praxis. For example, in some of these movements, the followers of Jesus are able to use a’speaking tongue’ to communicate with others.