Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues Part 17

There are some Pentecostals who like to make a play on the Greek word we discussed last week, epiginosko. The take the position that this word cannot mean knowledge that happens in this life, it must be the knowledge that would await Heaven. Paul uses this word in 1 Corinthians 13:12 to speak of knowledge to be obtained or that it is already obtained in this life. I will cite a few instances where the word epiginosko is used in the Greek text and you can see for yourself that in none of these cases it means to “know completely”. In Romans 1:32 Paul by the Spirit writes: “Who knowing the judgment of God…” There is NO way those who Paul describes can have the full, eternal, overwhelming knowledge. In 1 Corinthians 14:37, again, Paul writes by the direction of the Holy Spirit, “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith…” Hebrews 10:26. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins…”. One more, “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:3.
These usages (and a host of others) suggest that the word in 1 Corinthians 13:12 does NOT refer to something to be obtained ONLY in Heaven. Epiginosko is a common word to refer to knowledge which can be obtained here on earth. The Holy Spirit NEVER MEANT Paul nor any saint would KNOW everything fully, for that matter ANYTHING of God can no man know fully!!
To suggest that the compound epiginosko is more FULL OR COMPLETE knowledge than the simple ginosko is to overlook the additional fact that the simple form is the normal word used to speak about the knowledge that Jesus and God have!! Matthew 6:3, 7:23, 10:26, 12:15, 15:33 plus hundreds of other places (the Gospels are full of them), all show the commonness of this word.
There is no linguistic evidence that I know of and even less Biblical evidence that will allow any of us to think we will EVER know as much as God knows about anything!! That does away with the eternal qualitative and quantitative difference between God and His creatures. Why need God in Heaven if we will there have His complete knowledge of everything?? That temptation got the first people into trouble in Eden, it will not get those of us who advance to that sublime degree!! We will praise, honor, and glorify the only One who has complete knowledge —forever and ever, there!!
The Holy Spirit used a good illustration for that century. To look into a polished metal (1st century mirrors were polished metal instead of silvered glass) was not to see in proper perspective. It was to see as a child sees. This is compared to looking at God’s revelation from the piecemeal sources from which revelation was coming at that time. But when the completion is done, then we can look to His revelation directly, face to face!! It must be mentioned here that to see the self completely, face to face from a face to face look, is not yet to see the self completely!! There’s still part of the real self that cannot be seen in any mirror!! I have known studied brethren who always seemed to have a superior knowledge for which we all strive knowing the path to their information leads through the same door of study as has every diligent student of the scriptures. I cannot find that 1 Corinthians 13: 12 suggest a complete or full knowledge. The Greek word used does not suggest a kind of knowledge which cannot be obtained in this life.

Speaking in Tongues Part 16

“Faith, hope, and love abide.” These will abide after the perfect had come. The perfect in verse 10 cannot refer to the 2nd coming of Christ because when that happens, our faith will be turned into sight and our hope into reality!! The gender of “perfect” (teleios) in verse 10 is neuter. It could NEVER mean the Lord of Glory for He was always and is always referred to as a male in gender. To suggest that Paul would use this form of the word to speak of His Lord is wrong. It would depersonalize Jesus. In fact, Paul is fond of speaking of Jesus as God; and especially so in this letter He refers to Christ and God some 20 times in the first 9 verses of 1 Corinthians, and he knows how to speak about the 2nd coming in a clear way (see chapter 1:7). God is called perfect in Matthew 5:48, but the gender is masculine!!! To change the gender from masculine to neuter is to say “a perfect thing” instead of a “perfect Being”. Every other time the word perfect appears in the New Testament, it appears in the neuter gender, it refers to a non-personal thing, and twice it is used to refer to the will or law of God (see Romans 12:2and James 1:25). This is not unusual for God’s revelation to be called perfect.
The perfect in verse 10 in its present context can only refer to God’s completed revelation which had come from pieces to men here and there, but was later put together into a whole!! When that happened, the piecemeal source for inspired knowledge and prophecy will have been set aside by being absorbed into the whole. To understand perfect in another way is to say that inspired knowledge and prophecies from pieces (ek merous) are valid in the church, today!! That would mean we have no absolute, completed revelation from God!! Church history reveals that the church of the first three centuries rejected that kind of thinking and stood on the fact of completed information from God at the cost of their lives!!
One of the arguments used to support tongue-speaking by the religious, today, is to say that the perfect in 1 Corinthians 13:8 refers to the second coming of Christ. One reason, I think for this position is the appearance of the word translated know full in verse 12. The thought is that the phrase means to entirely understand all things and since that cannot happen in this life, the perfect must refer to the second coming of the Lord.
What does the phrase “know fully” mean? The word translated “know fully” is epiginosko. This is a compound of the verb ginosko and the prefix epi. Ginosko simply means know. It is the most common word-root for the verb know and the noun knowledge in the Bible. The difference between this common word and the word used in 1 Corinthians 13:12 is a prepositional prefix epi which, when used alone, means upon. When used this way, a preposition prefixed to a Greek verb, it intensifies the action of that verb. When we read where this word is used in the New Testament, we discover that the word is used interchangeably with the simple form ginosko. The interchangeableness of these two words is even more clearly seen in the parallel accounts of the Gospels. While one account will have ginosko, its parallel Gospel will have epiginosko (that is no problem since both words meant exactly the same thing in the 1st century)!!
What about tongues? They merely stopped—showing they were not as significant as knowledge and prophecy. Is this to deny the power of God?? NO. It is merely to accept the strategy God had outlined from the beginning of time to make His power known to all generations for all time!!

Speaking in Tongues Part 15

All the apostles had their part of the “mystery”, God’s divine strategy to present Jesus Christ to the world as an alternative to death and separation for eternity. The combination of the pieces, put together, is called the New Testament. It is the role of God’s church to “make all men see what is the fellowship (sharing to bring about a desired end) of the “mystery that had been hid in God”, it is OUR job to “preach the gospel to every creature”.
When the WHOLE came, the PARTS were absorbed into the whole like a child is changed into the adult, verse 11. To see the whole is to see how all the parts interrelate. It is to see the outline and details clearly!! That is what Paul is saying in verse 12. “We now see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” He explains his meaning in the next sentence, which parallels exactly. Than is, “I see in a mirror dimly” or “I know out of parts”, or ek merous, and then face to face, or “I know even as also I am known”.
“Face to face” does not require us to think of standing in the Lord’s presence after the resurrection of the saints. It may be a vivid expression of the wholeness and clarity of revelation which would be available after the completed Word of God made prophesying unnecessary!! There is one other time I recall the expression “face to face” mentioned. God was said to have spoken to Moses “face to face”. Exodus 33:11 yet, when Moses ask to see God, he was told, “Thou canst not see My face; for man shall not see Me and live.” Exodus 33:17-20 We often do not realize how full and intimate a knowledge of God has been given to us in His word. “Henceforth, I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what His Lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you.” John 15:15
Then there is the reference to a mirror. Paul says he looks into a mirror (a glass darkly). This refers to a partial look, not a clear look. The outline may be seen, but not any clear details. In the first century, the only mirrors available were polished metals. Polished metal NEVER allowed as clear or full a view as looking directly with the eyes!! So the term “look into a mirror” was commonly used to refer to a partial knowledge! The apostle James declared, James 1:23-25 “But who looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.” Paul also wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image form glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Anyone looking into a mirror of the first century COULD NOT get all the details, it required a putting together of the pieces, THEN Revelation would be “face to face”. That is our way of saying we see something clearly-to see from a correct or holistic perspective so that both outline and details can be seen!! By the way, that is exactly what the Holy Spirit had Paul write next! ”Then I shall know, even as I am known.” Clarification did not wait long, Paul declared, “then I shall know fully”. What was Paul to “fully know”? The total strategy of God!! As the captains came to know fully the General’s plan after he put all the pieces together for them, so Paul as well as ourselves, could know God’s completed, WHEN THE GENTILES WERE BROUGHT INTO BODY OF CHRIST!! Ephesians 3:1-8 To put it another way; God would cease all operations WHEN the Gentiles had entered the Kingdom. Another way? God would stop tongues, knowledge, prophesying WHEN the ‘other sheep’ from another fold were brought in!! Do you not reject God’s strategy IF you speak in tongues?

Speaking in Tongues Part 14

The word perfect of verse 10 of 1 Corinthians 13 refers to nothing other than the completed mystery of God. The word mystery is a concept not a thing. Mystery was a military word of the first century which meant overall strategy or battle plan devised by the general in charge of the conflict by which he intended to win the conflict. It was given to his officers by himself in pieces, each would pass this along to his troops under his command who were charged to fulfill their role exactly as detailed, no field improvisation was allowed!! After the battle was over, the general would call his junior officers together to explain their part in the victory so they could understand his battle plan and learn thereby. This combination of pieces put together was called “mystery”, not the mystery, not “a” mystery, but it was a thing. Musterion is our New Testament.
In Psalms 24 we see Jesus going back to the Ancient of Days, where in Daniel 7:13-14 we see Him brought near before Him. When Jesus went back, He went back to marshall an Army, return to this world and launch an attack!! The Psalmist speaks of it this way: ”Lift up your heads oh ye gates, be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.” The cry comes as a refrain, “Who is this King of glory? The answer is responded; “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” Described as “mighty in battle” the Hebrew means to describe a King who has gathered a force and is set to attack with valor. Christ went back to Heaven to marshall His forces and attack. We know the battle plan for we have the book of Acts to relate it to us. On the day of Pentecost, AD 33 at 9:00am, the Trumpet sounded. A trumpet was always to announce an attack!! The apostles were waiting in Jerusalem as told them by Jesus. The commander-in-chief of the ground forces that day was the Holy Spirit and He had twelve generals, apostles who had been baptized by Christ to be the bearers of that mystery. The operation was completed before the forces of the Evil One knew they had been attacked. A multitude of Jews heard the cry that came from Heaven, “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” That first attack saw 3,000 pass through the waters of baptism, and on that first day of the attack there were ground soldiers added to the Church of Christ who were determined to carry this message to all the world, and have NEVER EVER heard the sound to retreat, since!!!
At the moment of attack, some perceived this to be another sect of Judaism, but soon, they learned this was intended of God to REPLACE the Jew as the “chosen” of God and the message to “whosoever will” became a reality because as many Gentiles became members of this elite fighting force as there were Jews. The apostles spoke “as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance”; soon there number was 5,000, then we are told their number was beyond counting!! “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? Saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut to womb?” Isaiah 66:8-12
The role of God’s fighting forces,His church, was made known by one of the generals that was not present that day. Its role was “to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which was hidden from the Jews. The “beginning of the world” was not the beginning of time, it was the beginning of the promise by Christ to Abraham for a special race, age of the promises, Colossians 1:26, not cosmos, but the world to which it applied!

Speaking in Tongues Part 13

To curb the confusion of all members of the body in Corinth and other Gentile congregations, the Holy Spirit directed the apostles to ‘lay hands’ on others Christians who would discern, judge, interpret what had been said. Corinth had a particular problem in that they held the interpreters in low esteem and did not give them hearing when a popular tongue speaker addressed the congregation. The interpreters had taken a “back-seat” and some in Corinth had called Jesus “accursed” during a public worship service!! 1 Corinthians 12:1-4 Because of this, the Holy Spirit DEMANDED those who spoke had an interpreter at the time of speaking and the interpreter reveal the message delivered! 1 Corinthians 14:27 Another thing done was the division of information. Each man received just a part of the Revelation. God gave to one man this part, to another, another. The apostle Paul recognized that the inspired knowledge and speaking of selected individuals was partial-a word from God here, and a word from God there and it was revealed to him that these partial revelations would not go on forever!! There would come a time when the pieces (parts, merous) would be put together!! When that happened, men would get their knowledge and speech about God’s revelation from the whole (telios) because the parts would have been done away with!! The whole would be FAR MORE beneficial to the student of the Word. For the first time it would ALL make sense. Therefore, the inspired knowledge and prophecy pf verse 8 which is from a partial source (verse) 9 will give way (be set aside) when a better source comes—the whole, the perfect (verse 10). Remember: tongues, themselves would just completely disappear, cease, stop!! As a matter of fact, church history shows that tongues did cease even BEFORE the writing of the New Testament was entirely finished!! I Timothy 4:1
In verse 10 we run into the word perfect. It can refer to nothing other than the completed “mystery” of God. Paul often speaks of God’s revelation as a mystery. That was a military word of the first century which meant the overall strategy of a general. Here’s the way it was used: Before a battle, a general would call in his leaders and give to each one a different order. Each then had a piece of the total strategy. Each would pass this on to the men of his charge who were to fulfill it. Often this was done without necessarily knowing that the other pieces were in existence. Men under different leaders were getting different pieces depending upon their part of the Battle-plan. After the battle was won, the general would call all his leaders together and explain to them the pieces of his battle plan so that each saw the total strategy. The combination of the PIECES PUT TOGETHER was called the “mystery” (musterion). The role of God’s church is to let all men see the total (put together) plan of God’s musterion. Ephesians 3:8-10 Before God’s new plan was put together, it existed in pieces because He, like the commander, gave certain pieces to various apostles and those on whom they laid hands. Paul wrote that later the possessors of the parts would have explained to them the whole. Until the whole was, the part gave the possessor only THEIR part of the battle plan!! That strategy (musterion) is OUR NEW TESTAMENT!!!
When the whole came, the parts were to be absorbed into the whole like a child is changed into the adult!! Verse 11. To see the whole is to see how all the parts interrelate. It is to see the outline and details clearly. That is what Paul is saying in verse 12. “We now see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” He explains his meaning in the next verse, which parallels exactly. That is, I see in a mirror dimly equals I now know out of parts (ek merous), and then face to face equals understand fully!!

Speaking in Tongues Part 12

“When that which is perfect is come, then that which in part shall be done away.” The literal translation from the Greek is interesting, here: “but when the whole (thing) comes, the thing (miracles, tongues, and prophecies) will be set aside.” Note again the phrase “out of a part” (ek merous) appears in verse 10 and verse 9. The “out of a part” speaks about the piecemeal source, hence, out of a part, and refers to knowledge and speech. Tongues and knowledge never gave the inspired, the WHOLE of Revelation on any subject. The “inspired spokesman” NEVER had all the PARTS to the puzzle!! This phrase is translated in the RSV version as imperfect. The word perfect-(complete, final, and fulfilled) stands in direct contrast with the words out of a part (piece). So, within its context, the only proper way the word perfect in verse 10 can be rendered is whole or complete (instead of perfect). It is here the opposite of partial. It means whole.
Then, what is the whole (perfect) or complete thing of verse 10? It is the TOTAL of the “put-together pieces” spoken of in verse 9! Or, when all the “put-together pieces” have been given, the WHOLE of Revelation is complete and the ‘parts’ would no longer be considered!! Each apostle had a ‘part’ of the Revelation of God’s Mystery, WHEN each HAD BEEN given; the whole of Revelation was complete. Inspired to give their ‘part’ of the WHOLE, each apostle added to the other apostle’s writings, giving us “all things that pertain to life and Godliness”. The “why” of verse 9, why were there tongues, prophecies, and knowledge, having been answered, Paul now gives the WHEN these ‘parts’ will cease!! The apostles were the ONLY MEN empowered to write.
Before we leave verse 9, we had better take a look at the three possible meanings of the word translated perfect (teleious). Perfect is something without flaw. Perfect is something entirely together. Perfect is something which has reached its goal, it is totally complete. Now, which is the translation in verse 10? Often I have encountered those who think the ‘perfect’ of verse 10 is the Lord of Glory, Christ our older brother. Perfect is in the neuter gender, a ‘thing’, not a being; Christ was of masculine gender, a MAN.
The little word “for” (gar) is a very important word. This is a word which introduces an explanation or a reason for the preceding statement. Verse 9 GIVES THE REASON for saying that prophecies and knowledge will be replaced. The literal translation is this—“For we are (now) knowing from a part (a piece at a time) and we are (now) prophesying from a part, BUT when the whole strategy (Revelation) is complete, the ‘part’ (a piece-at-a-time) will be divorced.” The RSV translation translates it this way: “Our knowing is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect”, it is too ambiguous and is not helpful, for there are things we can never clearly understand if this is all we will ever have given. (Remember, the word the RSV translates imperfect is our two Greek words ek merous. Every time the New Testament uses the phrase “out of a part” {ek merous} or from a part {apo merous}, it refers to a state of incompletion—a partial situation which needs to be completed, See Romans 11:25, 15:15 ,24; 2 Corinthians 1:14; 2:5 ).
During the early days of the church, God gave to various persons special gifts for the purpose of equipping His church with His Law. Among these gifts were knowledge and prophecies directly inspired by the Holy Spirit. These gifts were given to CURB subjectivity. Many were claiming to have a word from God. To curb this each man received just a ‘part’ of God’s total revelation; this was NEVER intended to last. The time would come when ALL WOULD BE PUT TOGETHER, BE WHOLE.

Speaking in Tongues Part 11

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels”, is the way the apostle Paul begins the 13th chapter of Corinthians as the Holy Spirit inspired him to write. Paul is not talking about a”language of the spirit”, nor “another language of man”, nor was he talking about a “heavenly language, spoken around the Throne of God in Heaven” as the Pentecostal purveyors of false doctrine teach. Those ‘men’ and ‘angels’ were preachers and prophets inspired by the apostle, who, having had an apostle lay hands on them, could speak the “mysteries of God”. Those of Corinth had a passion for speakers and held the speaker in very high esteem. Those who could speak got the “big head” and began to like to “hear themselves” and so spoke for the glory of themselves and not God. This, like speaking by the power of Satan HAD to stop! Paul had addressed this problem in the Philippian church when he wrote: “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife, and some also of good will. The one preach of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds.” Philippians 1:14-18 There were other problems that had arisen; Satan had caused some to profess Christ as accursed because He hung on the tree. 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Interpreters assigned to qualify the message were doing nothing.1 Corinthians 14:29 Their job had been relegated to nothingness because of the great love of the hearing the speaker. THEN, Paul, IN THE 8TH verse starts to instruct us as to WHEN these gifts would CEASE!!
He begins with a premise not seen by some: the message is permanent; the way it will be delivered will change!! Let me state what is obvious to all who know me, but not so obvious to others: I am not interested in perpetuating any traditions which are not scriptural. As a matter of fact, I prefer to shatter traditions with the sledge hammer of the Truth, so men can be FREE!! John 8:32 We will understand the idea of truth by the text and NOT strive to understand the text by what I think is truth!! Paul, by the Holy Spirit, begins by telling us that the knowing and prophesying of verse 8 will be set aside BECAUSE another source (ek, the word used in the Greek language described the manner of means by which the message would be delivered) A better source was to come—a complete source—not just what the apostle had who had laid hands on the prophets and preachers. What is not seen by the casual observer is that the gifts of prophecy and inspired knowledge produced ONLY LIMITED PIECES OF DIVINE REVELATION!! The WHOLE REVELATION of God’s will was to come; they at that time DID NOT HAVE IT ALL! “When that which was perfect (Greek word, teleios, meaning complete, final), was come, then that which was partial (Greek words ek merous—meaning out of a part) would cease. Paul did not know what Peter had written; James had not read what Paul had written—not knowing, the apostles ONLY KNEW what they had been inspired to write unless they had obviously mentioned such in their writings!! 2 Peter 3:16 The partial methods to bring the message to man would become UNNECESSARY!! Glory, if that was what men sought, would be to the MESSAGE, and not the MESSENGER as originally intended!! Another thing very interesting is that in verse 9 ‘tongues’ were not mentioned. Paul did not need to explain why they would give way to something BETTER as he did with knowledge and prophecy because ‘tongues’ were not GOING TO BE REPLACED, when the need for them had passed!! When would that something BETTER COME? Verse 10 begins with a contrast. It begins with something permanent, not something in piece-meal fashion. It begins with the word (de) which introduces a contrast.

Speaking in Tongues Part 10

All we have written before, now it is time to dig into 1 Corinthians 13:8-13; but before we begin, we MUST determine context. 1 Corinthians 13 is not on an island all by itself!! There is a continuous discussion by the Holy Spirit which the apostle Paul is being inspired to instruct those who misunderstood the role of the miraculous in the early Church. When the use of miracles is mentioned in the New Testament, most people think it is telling THEM something they are promised or with which they can become involved. All one has to do is look at the circumstance at hand. The Holy Spirit HAD to communicate a message to a young and doctrinally weak people that for the most part has JUST HEARD OF CHRIST!! He had to do this while at the same time many of them were called on to die for what they believed. Background and circumstances always play a great part in what people believe even if they have been correctly instructed!! Among the Gentile peoples of that day any one who had ANY ability to speak publicly was considered among the very elite. Speakers held GREAT sway and influence and therefore were not only in great demand but were treated as those who were extremely educated and gifted by the gods. In this situation the Church of Christ at Corinth began. When the apostle Paul hit town in Acts 18, having left Athens, Paul found Aquila and Priscilla, because Claudius, the Caesar, had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome (a much loved people then and even now). There were no other Christians. (It is my impression that Aquila had had his tongue tied by the persecutions at Rome, like some he probably thought no one wanted to hear of Jesus Christ anyway, so why get into trouble, again!!.) Silas and Timothy arrived in a few days from Macedonia. Corinth is very important to us Gentiles, for it was here that Paul began to fill the mission for which Christ had made him an apostle. The Jews, to whom Paul would immediately go, had no interest in Christ, indignant, Paul “shook his raiment, and said unto them, ‘Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from here on I will go unto the Gentiles”. Acts 18:6 Corinth was a metropolis with every tongue, nation, people, and religion, there. It was in Corinth, that the apostle Paul had to change tactics, for the first time in his ministry, he had to begin to speak in other languages!! Before, all to whom Paul preached were Jews as was he and did not need to speak in other languages. It had been prophesied by Isaiah that “with stammering lips and another tongue will I speak to this people”. Isaiah 28:11 So, in Corinth, everything was new; new approach, new people, new audience, and a new direction to which the gospel was to be preached, but the same Jerusalem gospel!! There was NO NEED for tongue speaking when the gospel was to be preached ONLY to the Jew, the all spoke the Aramaic language, it was only when Paul turned to the Gentile nations that another tongue became important, FOR INSTRUCTION! Paul would be the ONLY apostle who would ever be seen in the New Testament dealing with tongues, for he was the apostle to the Gentiles.
In the 12th chapter, the discussion involves the fact that there WERE such things as spiritual gifts of a miraculous nature. The reason for their existence has been discussed. When preachers of the gospel, often called Angels, preached the Word, they spoke in tongues the audience spoke. Remember, the only reason for preaching the Gospel was to save souls!! When a brother preached to be heard or noticed or to add injury to another’s injury their preaching would do them harm, not good: SO, when the Holy Spirit was instructing the brethren about tongues (chapter 12), He had to first bring them into line about the message being important, not the messenger!!

Speaking in Tongues Part 9

Several centuries before Christ, when the Greeks were depending upon the experiential for assurance from their gods, a new kind of world-view began to appear, which eventually permeated the Greek culture. This was intellectualism. It began in the 6th century B.C. with the rise of the scientific method. This began the Greek “Age of Enlightenment”. Their scientist made fun of and chided the idea of spirits. They suggested that it was time for man to grow up and come of age (sound familiar?). The erudite competed with the religious. Two sides cannot win, one has to be defeated. In the arena of ideas, the “scientific” got most of the intellectual and learned while the religious won the vulgar, the common people. Today, the “scientific” community (like those of the Greek age of Enlightenment) do not like restraints on their social or moral desires. They have teamed up with the “educated elite” and formed a new religion called Humanism. Humanism is a religion. The doctrine is the “evolution” of man from a lower species. The Public School System since 1938 adopted this religion and demands it promoted by the school teachers and college campuses all across our nation. It has fostered the worship of Satan, left man to his OWN un-governed passions, and initiated a reaction which stresses the subjective emotional experience OVER the rational!! The intellectuals were demanding proof that there was/is God and the super-naturalists were producing it with emotional experiences, supposed miracles, and tongue speakers. The magical, tongue-speaking, healing demonstrations checked the influence of the Greeks’ “Enlightened”, it gave them assurance at a time when their ground for assurance was questioned and denied by many!! The “intellectual” had then and has today, taken away from the persons ignorant of God’s Word, the assurance of God He has provided, HIS WORD. The “miracle-demanding religionists of today are left needing to be reassured or QUIT believing!! I will say it again: the only way to get the “demons” out of people today is to “preach the Word” and let the message of God’s Spirit compete with the message of the “spirit” of denominationalism!! Preach Christ and Him crucified, and the demons will “run out” of the like as swine did down the mountainside to their demise!!
IF THE BIBLE IS THE RESULT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THEN THE BIBLE IS A WAY TO TEST THE SPIRITS, TO SEE IF THEY ARE OF GOD, or as brother John wrote; “try the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 Supposed Tongue Speakers should not think that men of the Book would stand around and mock the God of Heaven and His Inspired Word as they burp up this deceit!! Those with the Book as their sword and shield can support the Truth and it is clearly anti-scriptural to practice speaking in tongues in violation of what the Book teaches!! 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
One primary proof that the Word of God leads and directs our lives is that we adorn the doctrine of Christ with the personal character therein described. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit”. Galatians 5:24 The next verse begins to outline ways to walk by the Spirit: “Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another…” The Spirit produced the Bible, but He does not live IN the Bible, He lives IN the people He has made!! The God, who produced the Book, can guide us to live BY the Book!! If WE HAVE BEEN UNITED WITH CHRIST, WE must be FED the Word and learn to USE our new tools IN our lives. Being a babe “in Christ” 50 years denies the fact that we “must grow thereby”.

Speaking in Tongues Part 8

In Mark 16:14-29 resides verses inspired that have caused many in the “charismatic movement” some hope that it is speaking to them. The problem with all this is the setting and who was present, and why. When Jesus arose from the dead His disciples had had explicit instructions for as yet they believed not on Him. John 16:30-31, 20:27,29 He had told them He would “go before them into Galilee” Matthew 26:32, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted” Matthew 28:16-17 Who doubted, who did not believe, who went to a mountain Jesus had appointed? Did you ever ask a tongue-speaking Pentecostal of today’s breed which mountain, where, and when? Between verses 19 and 20 of Matthew is verses 17-19 of Mark, verses 36-49 of Luke, 19 and 20 of John, and 9-11 of Acts 1. Read the whole story and you will have no trouble figuring out to whom Jesus was speaking in Mark 16:17-20!! Listen to verse 20 of Mark; “And they (who?, they who believed) went forth, and preached every where (how?, they were baptized in the Holy Spirit by Christ, Acts 1:4-5, when (?) on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:1, 26:18), the Lord working with them (“God also bearing them witness both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His won will” Hebrews 2:4) These miracles, wonders, and signs “CONFIRMED unto us what at first began to be spoken by the Lord”, Hebrews 2:3, “and they, the believers, went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, confirming the word with signs following.” Unless you can find some holy roller who was with Jesus in Galilee, you have no right to use these verses OR misunderstand them!!
As a matter of interest, we all affirm that some uses of the physical tongue are definitely from the Devil; such as slander, lying, gossip, back-biting, proud words, and demeaning denials. It is interesting that we have not been so quick to ostracize these performers of their father from the fellowship as we have the tongue-speaker!!, and we should, only they are the more common among us!! We cannot allow those who lie, impugned, or destroy a brother or sister with the tool of their father Satan any more than we would allow a tongue-speaking denominationalist to preach for our assembly!!
It is commendable that some today desiring a “closer walk” with God and are open to all they think God has for them. This, they think allows them to dabble in the Spirit. Some have thought the “new birth” (being of water and the Spirit) has something with tongue-speaking. Jesus was telling Nicodemus about a CHANGE of venue concerning parentage, not the elements of instruction He would use when the “regeneration” would be!! Nicodemus did not come to Jesus requiring or asking for a sign or a miracle, he came to find out HOW to enter the Kingdom Jesus and John had been preaching was to come!! John NEVER mentioned the Spirit and Jesus only ONCE, during their public speaking. You talk about “grabbing at straws”; you would have to prune the whole hay field to get this to work!! Others have thought that since we are to “fight against spiritual wickedness in high places” when we “put on the whole armour of God”, Ephesians 6, we must have supernatural weapons to fight the cosmic spiritual battle in which we are engaged!! We SO and ARE in a spiritual fight. We are to use the tools GIVEN, not invented by some emotionally-over-charged-tongue speaker!! When in God’s Army one uses God’s weapon, the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, Ephesians 6:17, that is the ALL THAT IS NEEDED!! in GOD’S ARMY!!!