When the Second Vatican Council approved Dei Verbum as the official position of the Roman Catholic Church, it reflected this same basic position. Certain doctrines were clearly understood as best being described by the term Tradition, that is, they were viewed as part of the original Apostolic Tradition, now interpreted by the magisterium, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, and viewed as the Word of God. As such, they were to be accepted and obeyed by the faithful.
It is my intention to show that in recent years the Assemblies of God has increasingly, but on the whole unknowingly, adopted this same position. Its executive officers, the General Presbytery, and the Doctrinal Purity Commission have become the magisterium, and together they have essentially removed the discussion of certain doctrines from the general fellowship. By exploring the development of the doctrines that govern the relationship between the reception of the baptism in the Spirit and speaking in tongues as the “initial physical evidence” of that baptism I hope to show how they are now viewed by this magisterium as part of what may now be described as the Tradition, meaning that they stand at the very heart of the gospel itself.
Members of this group now offer the only authentic or official interpretation of that Tradition. They claim to be servants of the Word of God, passing on to the present generation what they themselves have “received.” They believe that they are aided by the Holy Spirit and are merely guarding the deposit of faith. Those who continue to ask questions regarding that authentic interpretation, or who engage in unauthorized hermeneutical debates on the subject, are systematically being silenced. The ministers of the Assemblies of God are expected to accept, without further question or discussion, the authentic interpretation now given to this Tradition by members of the magisterium. This authentic interpretation has become tantamount to the Word of God.
from Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., “An Emerging Magisterium?: The Case of the Assemblies of God” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 25.2 (Fall 2003): 164-215.