When Father Adams Lovekin 1 received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, he kept repeating, “Joy, joy, joy!” 2
Father Ads experienced the truth expressed in Listen, the Lord: “You may well count your birthday as that day when you opened your being to my Holy Spirit’s complete coming within you. But I want you to know, I want all my children to know, that although the day, the hour of his coming into you may seem very sudden, there has been a long time of preparation: my Holy Spirit wooing your spirit through the years.” 3
Doctrines differ on how one receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, which may include speaking in tongues. Ann Lovekin, Ads’ wife and co-pastor for many years, says what many people believe: “When I was younger, I believed that speaking in tongues was something that happened 2,000 years ago.”
However, according to Pentecostal beliefs, receiving the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues continues to this day.
Father Ads discusses two differing Pentecostal beliefs. “Holiness Pentecostals believe people must first achieve complete holiness. Then they will be given the gift of the Holy Spirit as a reward at the end of a long sanctification process.”
“Classical Pentecostals believe the gift of the Holy Spirit comes at the beginning of the sanctification process, which may still occur after many years of preparation. It is a distinct event; the Holy Spirit dwells IN us, not just with us.” Classical Pentecostals also maintain that one must speak in tongues to prove they have received gift of the Holy Spirit.
Not just Pentecostals receive the Holy Spirit.
Charismatic, renewal Roman Catholics also believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Ads and Ann recount a glorious experience at a Roman Catholic Church where they heard “the celestial praise and adoration” of a congregation singing in the Spirit.
In the silent meetings that Quakers have, one may also receive the Holy Spirit. At the end of a meeting, one or two people may speak about “the sense of the meeting,” that which came out of the silence and prayer. This unspoken consensus is just as powerful as speaking in tongues or singing in the Spirit.
Father Ads discusses the preparation to receive the Holy Spirit in the next article. Please join us for the continuation of this conversation.
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Father Ads is a retired Episcopal priest, but he often assists in worship at St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque. A short biography about him may be found at http://www.stjohnsabq.org/staff.php?id=9 .
1 Father Adams Lovekin is an Episcopal priest, psychologist, pastor, and missionary; he is a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is fondly known as Father Ads or simply as Ads. He has a great love for people; more specifically, he has a great love for healing and nurturing God’s people spiritually.
2 Please see four previously-published articles on Father Adams Lovekin at:
3 Listen, the Lord, Instructions in Spiritual Awareness and Interior Prayer as Given to Seven Listeners, p. 47
Comment: All quotes from Father Ads are from an interview with him on August 30, 2011.