Only 12 were filled with the spirit on Pentecost. I Cor. 14:28.
Furthermore, regarding God as an author of peace and not confusion, what more resembles the blessing and presence of God than a Church that has been united for 2,000 years, which has suffered through periods of intense persecution and the uprising of many heresies, and yet has remained intact, in a spirit of mutual love and respect, with full agreement in all points of dogma, which worships in the same way, which prays using the same words, and which continues to produce saints which show forth the Apostolic gifts of the Spirit in every land and in every generation? Do you not see Protestantism as the epitome of confusion, division, and disunity, whose author is not God but man?
Concerning worship and the birth of the early church in Acts, which was a gathering (120) in an upper room where they were all filled with the Spirit and later resembled being drunk. Along with 1 Corinthians 14, in what way are these similar to the services in the Orthodox church?
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty
), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘ Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’;
‘ Let another take his office.’
21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” 23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.