“But to today’s charismatics miraculous gifts are for everyone; almost everyone who wants to can and does speak in tongues and there are manuals telling you how to do it. But what do the holy fathers of the Orthodox Church teaches? According to Bishop Ignatius the gifts of the Holy Spirit “exist only in Orthodox Christians who have attained Christian perfection, purified and prepared beforehand by repentance.” They are “given to Saints of God solely in God’s good will and God’s action, and not by the will of man and not by one’s own power. They are given unexpectedly, extremely rarely, in cases of extreme need, by God’s wondrous Providence and not just at random.” (Isaac the Syrian)
Fr. Seraphim Rose
~Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future