Whose side was St. Augustine really on? Since the times of St. Augustine, it seems like everyone appeals to him for some kind of approval as they engage Christian theology: the Roman Catholics, Calvinists/Reformed, Amillennialists, and now aCharismatics/Cessationists.
In his case against Charismatics, C. Michael Patton finds himself quoting St. Augustine especially against tongues:
“In the earliest time the Holy Ghost fell upon them that believed: and they spoke with tongues which they had not learned ‘as the Spirit gave them utterance.’ These were signs adapted to the time. For it was proper for the Holy Spirit to evidence Himself in all tongues, and to show that the Gospel of God had come to all tongues [languages] over the whole earth. The thing was done for an authentication and it passed away.” (Ten Homilies on the first Epistle of John VI, 10). Source…
But St. Augustine was also amillennianial (in fact, he was the one who really got the position going). But get this: C. Michael Patton is dispensationalist. You see what is happening here: Mr. Patton has appealed to St. Augustine conveniently.
St. Augustine should have been left alone.
By appealing to St. Augustine against Charismatic, Mr. C. Michael Patton has done himself and his case a great disservice.