Since I was saved in 1997 I have been to many different churches of many different denominations. One of the most insulting were churches who propagated the doctrine and insisted that I must speak in tongues as evidence of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit. Many teach this even though I have never found one verse in the Bible that clearly teaches this. Often the people who espouse this doctrine fall under the category of "Pentecostal".
Why do I consider this doctrine insulting? Well let's think about this. What they're saying is I have to be a member of their sect and believe exactly the way they do to have the power of God in my life. This is what they're implying. They have made a whole religion up which looks down on those who don't believe as they do. Very similar to many other "Christian" sects (or cults).
Did Jesus speak in tongues? Or did Jesus say that "speaking in tongues is evidence of having been baptized in fire and the Holy Spirit?" No He didn't. Jesus may have spoken in tongues. But that is only if you want to use the correct translation of "tongues" which is synonymous with "languages". Jesus spoke in several languages that we know of. Although we know He created ALL languages (tongues).
I began thinking about this more as I was listening to the gospel of Mark on CD this morning in my vehicle. It said, the Spirit of God fell upon Him (Jesus) like a dove.... I noticed how it didn't say, "and He spoke in tongues.." That was curiously absent. I then began thinking about what Jesus said would happen when the Holy Spirit DID fall upon us. He simply said, "...you shall be endued with power from on high." and "...ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8)
When I was saved this is exactly what happened. I was washed in the blood of Jesus, cleansing my soul of all sin. Then, being I was cleansed of sin I was a vessel that the Lord was now able to dwell in, and I invited the Lord into my heart and that happened. I felt Him come in and I "..received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Rom 8:15) Although the bible doesn't teach us to pray those exact words (ie "come into my heart Lord Jesus"), the Bible certainly tells us that Christ will come into our bodies and live inside us and continue His work. He said, "and greater works shall ye do..." Why did He say that? Because He knew His physical body would soon be departing and be joining the Father. But He stated that He would come to us. And How long was Christ's ministry while He was present with us in His physical body? And how long should we have on earth? Longer than He had. I'm sure this is one reason why He stated that we would do greater works. Another reason is there would be (should be) MANY of us. "Us" meaning people with Christ in them, or temples made without hands. Or CHURCHES. True churches. More about that...
Many proponents of the doctrine that we must speak in tongues as evidence that we have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit erroneously point to the second chapter of Acts where God fulfilled His promise to the disciples when He told them to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father, the power from on high. Speaking in tongues wasn't the prevalent result of this fulfilled promise but a subsequent result. And was for a very specific purpose. So that the people who were gathered there could "...HEAR them speak in [their] tongues (languages) the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:11
So what's the purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit? Again, to receive power and be witnesses of the mighty and wonderful works of God through Christ (Messiah). To be the actual mouthpiece of God who dwells within those of us who are saved.
Paul expounds on this in the 14th Chapter of 1 Corninthians when he says, "... I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue." 1 Cor 14:19
God shows us the importance of words from the very beginning when God spoke the world into existance. (Gen 1, John 1, Heb 1) One must be born again to be able to properly witness. To do as God and build upon an earthen vessel who is void and darkness is over the face of the deep. With WORDS. I have found many who aren't saved try and do this and they are the definition of "Bad fruit" and have also only produced Bad fruit and are a result of Bad fruit.
Then we will have many at the other extreme of this who say very scary things like it's satanic or a manifestation of satan when people say they speak in tongues. THAT is extremely fearful to me when I hear that. These same people usually often espouse the belief that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased and are no more. Again, people are adding to the Bible when they say things like this.
As we read all the verses in the whole bible in regards to speaking in tongues one verse sticks out to me, "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." 1 Cor 14:39 Was this direction only for the time period of the book of Acts? No, because the bible also tells us, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Tim 3:16 And Jesus stated, "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matt 4:4
Although I have thought that people have faked having the gift of speaking in tongues. But I believe they may have faked it because of the oppressive denomination which bashes them repeatedly with the doctrine that you are seriously lacking what you need to be in the ministry if you haven't spoken in tongues. This then makes a whole different religion and indoctrination and is not the result of God and the Holy Spirit working in their lives.
The proof of a ministry is the fact that you acknowledge that you have power to "go and sin no more". In other words, that you can now walk in all the ways of the Lord in keeping the commandments. That comes first. Witnessing comes second. Because how can you be a true witness if you're not "walking the walk". Other wise you're just "talking the talk" See? Even worldy people know this!
"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
2 Tim 2:5-7
I have been to some of these churches where MANY are "speaking in tongues" (I use quotes because I don't know if they really are or not). But Paul stated, "If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course (one at a time!); and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God." (1 Cor 14:27, 28) I recommend reading the whole 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians.
It's just another unfortunate doctrine which further divides Christians and those seeking God. The Baptists have their doctrines pushed by John Smyth which stated, "Antichristians converted are to be admitted into the true Church by baptism." (Source), The Seventh Day Adventists their Sabbath doctrine and many other views from Ellen G White, Pentecostals their Tongues doctrine from Charles Fox Parham, and Calvinists their many Doctrines from John Calvin. Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) lie which was created by "Saint" Augustine of Hippo. And the list goes on and on. I haven't found one "church" that doesn't have something like this. Another one is this "God is love doctrine" which states God doesn't care what you do really, you know, He forgives you no matter what .. etc etc Ah but that is also embraced throughout many of these churches I have mentioned. Except maybe the Fred Phelps church which is again the extreme opposite which damn everyone to hell. So we are truly in perilous times.
"And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:20-23
I know the people who are indoctrinated into a particular denomination will have a lot of arguments in regard to this message I have written. I have heard it all time and time again. I've been saved 14 years and have been very active in evangelism and have heard it all. I will not now or ever be persuaded to throw in my lot with you and these polarizing views. Ha! Which also makes my view polarizing. Who is right and who is wrong? Well, show me the verses that expressly states your view without having to use several vague and indirect verses on the issue and maybe I would consider. But lo, there aren't any and as I've said, I've heard them all. This is why I wouldn't be accepted into many churches. Because I do not believe in these specific doctrines that have split them into their own denomination in the first place. And I wouldn't compromise and desire to be there anyway.
When I was saved I knew I received the power from on high and I became a witness. God gave me a testimony of His mercy and His reality through the instant deliverance of my soul from all satanic bondages. He gave me utterance. He gave me faith. He gave me the revelation that His word was from Him. He gave me the understanding of the coming judgment and the second coming of Christ. He gave me the understanding of these things. And the reality of them. I knew I wasn't lacking anything from God except the all important experience of living the Christian life. And there is such a thing, although I have been verbally assaulted for espousing this simple truth that, Yes, we are to LIVE a Christian life. We are "new creatures" in Christ. A New Creation, New Man, given a New Spirit. Old things have passed away and "all things are become new." We have a new Word within us. Even our language has changed. It is the Christian language of God speaking of Himself through us.
Jesus said you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. He didn't say I must speak in tongues to enter the kingdom of God. Show me a verse that says, "Speaking in tongues is the evidence that you have been baptised in the Holy Spirit" or "Ye shall speak in tongues after that the Holy Spirit has come upon you" It's simply not in the Bible. Therefore those who say such things hinder souls from entering into God's Truth and they stumble souls and are in serious error and in serious trouble with God. Because they are adding to the Word of God and what does God say about that? Revelation 22:18-19 Read it yourself. And don't trust that because there are many around you who espouse the same thing, that this somehow makes it okay. This is simply building your house upon sand. God said, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Matt 7:24-27.
So again, the evidence of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit are those who have received power and are true witnesses of God, speaking sound doctrines and not fabrications. Those who walk in holiness for without, no man shall see God. Heb 12:14
Thank you for reading. And may God richly bless you through the revelation of Himself through His Word. Amen.
From wiki:The earliest date given for the beginning of the Pentecostal movement is January 1, 1901, the date Charles Parham began teaching that speaking in tongues was the biblical sign of the Holy Spirit's baptism at his Bethel Bible College in Topeka, Kansas."
It always comes down to this doesn't it? There's always some man or woman behind the beginning of a movement. I see it as a religious sect and nothing more!
Victory In Jesus
If you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
"My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"
Date of Message: | Jan 13, 2011