You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
These sheep in wolf’s clothing know that most people are materialistic and want to hear that Jesus came to make them rich, and that He is ready to act on their every word and desire. They think, Jesus purposed them to live happily and effortlessly on a so-called ‘restored’ earth, which will someday allegedly become the new ‘heaven on earth,’ created by these ‘manifest sons of god,’ known as ‘Joel’s Army.’ It is another matter to preach the real Gospel of Jesus, teaching self-loving materialists to DIE to sin and self in order to live eternally in HEAVEN; being so focused on Christ Himself that they would be willing to follow Him fearlessly through fire, water, and even through death to advance His cause, (read Jn. 12:24-26; Heb. 11.)
Question: “If the Holy Spirit Baptism is a ‘once off,’ and He constantly indwells that believer, how is it possible for Him to also ‘come down’ upon or ‘fill’ them disciples again, as described in Acts 4:31?
Answer: During the Old Testament dispensation, the Spirit never indwelt His believers, He only ‘came down’ on them; (read this truth in Jn. 7:39.) However, under the New Testament covenant, the Spirit came to earth on Pentecost with mighty signs which resembled wind and fire to indwell His believers for the first time. Since then, He had been indwelling true believers in exactly the same way, either with or without these outward signs. The context of Acts 4:31, (verses 23-37,) and other relating passages, (where believers were filled ‘again,’) is that the disciples prayed for 1) BOLDNESS to keep on preaching the Gospel of Christ under severe persecution and 2) for the SCRIPTURAL SIGNS and MIRACLES as described in Mark 16:16-18, which confirm the ministry of Jesus’ true disciples to outsiders — not as ‘evidence’ that they were ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit,’ but to testify to the fact that Jesus lives in them! This verse states that after the disciples had PRAYED, the place where they gathered together “was shaken, and they were all FILLED [not ‘baptized’] with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.” Here it is again: the Spirit confirmed that He was living IN them primarily to fulfill the commission of Christ to preach the true Gospel! The “place was shaken” does not necessarily mean that an earthquake shook the ground underneath their feet. Most probably, this allegorically describes how they were ‘quickened’ and encouraged by the Spirit to preach the True Gospel — while neither baptism nor the gift of tongues is mentioned in this context.
The H.M. Commentary explains, “Christ had promised His [disciples] power to proclaim His Gospel and to work miracles for the proof of their commission, yet they must pray for it; and, though they [already] have it, must pray for the continuance of it. Christ Himself had to ask, and it was given Him.” Being “filled” (not baptized) with the Holy Spirit ‘again’ is not the actual, once-off Baptism with the Spirit. It simply means that in praying this prayer, these disciples surrendered themselves to a greater degree to God’s cause and will, giving the indwelling Spirit free reign in their souls and lives. The result was boldness to keep on fulfilling the commission of Christ, and “the Lord worked with them, confirming the Word through the accompanying signs,” simply because they “believed!” (Mrk. 16:16-20.)
Question: “Why do you have a problem with the evidence of speaking in tongues, if you believe in the Holy Spirit baptism?”
Answer: I do not have a ‘problem’ with any of the Scriptural GIFTS of the Holy Spirit such as tongues or true prophecy, etc. The problem is that the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement changed God’s Scriptural gift of tongues into the so-called “‘validation’ of a strange re-baptism, which they credit to the Holy Spirit.” Their perversion of the Scriptural Baptism with the Holy Spirit and His wonderful gifts is barefaced idolatry and witchcraft against the Highest God.
Incredibly, the Pentecostal/Charismatic commentators of the Spirit Filled Bible themselves, faced with the truth of God’s eternal Word, had to place this ‘baptism,’ (which allegedly occur “at some time after conversion,”) so insistently imposed on all their members, in true Scriptural perspective. They explained, “OBEYING the Moral Law of Love in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit is the ONLY real evidence that we love Jesus and are His disciples. Our decision to obey is the key to understanding the spiritual reality of the Scriptures and frees the Holy Spirit to teach [and use] us.”
Scripturally and practically, the gift of tongues, or any other gift or miracle by itself, cannot be ‘evidence’ of either our salvation or spiritual integrity, and therefore cannot ‘validate’ or reveal our true identity in Christ. Jesus Himself said they will know the true children of God by their fruit — (the true ‘evidence’ of who we are,) which is our Godly Moral character that continually resembles the holy, righteous, and truthful Character of God Himself; manifested through our persistent obedience to His New Testament commandments. For good reason, Jesus did not say they would know us by our tongues, anointing, or by any gift, sign, or miracle! Although Jesus wrought countless miracles and manifested all the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, most Hebrews did not know Him, and thus did not accept Him as the Savior sent by God the Father, (see Jn. 21:25.) Millions throughout the ages, fixed on the miracles He performed, acknowledged Him as a human prophet and teacher, but never knew Him personally to discover His True Character, which typifies Him as the One and Only, Most Holy God, Creator, Everlasting Father, God with us, the Light of the World, and the Only Truth, Life, Light, and Way to heaven.
Jesus Himself said, “If you love Me, you will keep my [New Testament, Moral] commandments — [you will obey the Truth of My Word!]… and I will love him and manifest [or reveal] Myself to him… and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words...” Jn. 14:15, 21-24. Not everyone who declares the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit is a real disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.
That’s why the disciples declared in Acts 5:32, “We are witnesses to these things, [the miraculous ministry of the Holy Spirit through His sincere believers,] and so also is the Holy Spirit Whom God has GIVEN [for free and without any human effort or intervention,] to those who OBEY Him.” When those professing the Name of Jesus remain disobedient to God’s Word, perverting the contextual truth of the Scriptures to their own advantage, they are NOT filled with the Holy Spirit, although they might speak in tongues. (Demonic tongues, the counterfeit for this gift of the Holy Spirit, is commonplace in the occult and is received through occult practices like those witnessed in churches that are filled with false doctrines and resultantly, false spirits.) Such people are “pleasing men and not God,” preaching “another gospel,” “another spirit,” and “another Jesus,” and Paul called them “accursed,” (Gal. 1:6-10, 2 Cor. 4,14.)
It is very sad but true that this twisted ‘baptism with the evidence of tongues’ is the instrument that forces believers to submit to dangerous, unscriptural church practices, which actually place the person under the ‘authority’ of self-glorifying teachers, prophets, and pastors instead of teaching the disciple to remain under the Scriptural authority of Jesus Christ. These Scripture-twisting ‘god-men and women,’ (so-called Promise Keepers and manifest sons of God, or Jesus Christ Himself in the flesh,) are intent on binding Jesus’ believers to their system of showmanship and materialism, supported by the false doctrine of tithing. By unscripturally re-baptizing these people with a strange spirit, they are in reality initiating them into a corrupt system, based on greed and demonic miracles, signs and wonders. Satan is the great imitator of God and pervertor of everything true, good and holy. Thus, it is not strange to find that most of the modern, chaotic church ‘miracles,’ (like getting hysterically drunk and ‘slain’ [or killed] in the spirit; so-called ‘holy’ farting and belching, howling, barking, levitating, sticking to chairs, etc.,) all originated from the occult not the Bible.
It is VERY ignorant, dangerous, and careless to think that someone is saved and anointed by God just because that person has the ability to speak in tongues, prophecy, etc. Satan has the power to distort the Holy Spirit’s Scriptural gifts into demonic tongues, fortune telling, and so forth! Do not believe me — read the account of Pharaoh's magicians, who could imitate all the miraculous signs, which God showed through Moses — except the death of the firstborn, as only God Himself has executive power over life and death. Satan has never and could never give even a flicker of life to anyone or anything. God Alone is the Creator, (Job 2:6.) However, if we are disobedient to the truthful context of God’s Word, not testing and ‘proving’ all spiritual teaching and supernatural manifestations as God commanded, we will become so deceived, we will even accept Satanists as born again children of God into our fellowship. Jesus Himself said we will know them by their continual and lasting FRUIT, not by their ‘anointing,’ gifts, knowledge, etc., (1 Jn. 1:1-4; Mt. 7:15-20.) What’s more, the manifestation of real Godly miracles and Holy-Spirit gifts always glorify Jesus and never draws attention to, or glorify the prophet, healer, etc., who is merely the instrument in God’s Hand. (1 Cor. 12:11; Jn. 16:14!)
God’s gifts and miracles derive directly from the Holy Spirit Himself when, as, and how HE Alone chooses, (1 Cor. 12:11.)
Most importantly, the Holy Spirit always reveals His miracles, and uses the ministration of His gifts based on necessity; not to impress people and make disciples for a false church system, (Jam. 4:3.) When the Spirit manifests a particular gift through one of His disciples, God often answers the person’s prayer immediately. He may also delay the answer a day, a week, or twenty years, but God will always answer. Point is, Divine miracles and signs such as tongues and prophecy cannot be generated solely by human will, effort, and timing! For instance, the Spirit often uses someone to prophecy, or manifest a word of wisdom and knowledge in the course of a normal conversation without that person’s knowledge! God is not into showmanship, that is Satan’s forte. I.e., if we encounter a ‘prophet’ who prophesies to everyone in turn as and when he chooses, it is likely that this is a diviner/psychic/medium operating under the guise of Christ. Trying to force God’s hand, timing and will, and the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, is at the core of all the false signs, miracles and wonders in the Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement.
Question: “If the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a false doctrine, why are those who do not speak in tongues powerless to heal the sick, cast out demons, etc.?”
Answer: Many sincere believers throughout the ages, through whom the Holy Spirit never manifested the gift of tongues, made millions of sincere disciples for the Kingdom of God and followed Jesus unflinchingly through the water and the fire into heaven. Scripturally, God’s authority, in this case not His commission to preach the Gospel only but His supernatural Holy Spirit power or GIFTS to cast out demons, heal the sick, etc. in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, has nothing to do with the GIFT of “tongues as the [so-called] evidence of the Holy Spirit Baptism.” Most alarmingly, Holy Spirit gifts do not prove true discipleship in Christ or even the Father’s acceptance or favor. Paul explained in Rom. 11:29, “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable…” God will punish all disobedience, but God does not grab His gifts away from those who abuse them. Thus, even those who are not “known” by Jesus can use His Name to “cast out demons and do many wonders.” Jesus warned in Mt. 7:21-24, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name? And then I will declare, I never knew you…” These Christian witches shall “never enter the kingdom of HEAVEN,” and will ultimately have to “depart from Him,” but they are still able to use Jesus’ Name and the Holy Spirit’s gifts against the agents of darkness.
Thus, it is a grave mistake to think that those disobedient and deceived Christians, who sinfully reject the supernatural GIFTS and work of the Holy Spirit, are powerless against Satan and his demons. Nevertheless, it remains a sad reality that the denominations such as Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, who do not believe that the Holy Spirit still heals the sick, cast out demons, etc., cannot and do not manifest His wonderful gifts, signs, and miracles. Completely against the truth of New Testament Scripture and bare historical and everyday fact, these deceivers teach that the miracles and the manifestation of the Holy Sprit’s GIFTS, as described in the Book of Acts, “ceased shortly after the apostles evangelized the known world in the first century A.D.” Some Catholics do speak in tongues, etc., but if this is indeed a manifestation of the gift of the Spirit, they would repent from, and leave Roman Catholic idolatry immediately and forever.
Where on earth, except in their Holy Spirit-devoid church systems, do these spiritually dead denominations find proof of this incredible lie straight from hell? Certainly not in Scripture or in the true Holy Spirit filled body of Christ! In fact, their false Roman Catholic/Protestant Reform doctrines, their Christianized pagan sacraments, and false church systems with their many incredibly false forms and norms, as well as their unscriptural denial of the reality and work of the Spirit, caused the Holy Spirit to leave their church meetings; “giving them over” to the deception of their spiritually dead religious lives.
The Matthew Henry Commentary, written by a CALVINIST minister, who could not deny the reality of the manifestation of the Scriptural GIFTS of the Holy Spirit in the face of Scriptural truth, commented on Mark chapter 4, where Jesus’ own people, the Hebrews, said He was mad and in league with Beelzebub the devil. They accused Him of not casting Satan out, but asking Satan to go out by consent! However, as Matthew Henry wrote, “Satan is so subtle he will never voluntarily give up his possession.”
Satan might deceive bystanders by pretending to leave his possession to gain credit for one of his false disciples, etc., but only Jesus Himself can force him to leave and never return. As a result, Jesus commissioned His disciples and gave them authority over evil spirits. Neither a supernatural angel, nor the so-called ‘hyper-anointed’ church clergy can give human beings such authority over the evil one, only the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Thus, Jesus warned against such dangerous words as the Pharisees used to try to discredit Him from being God and having ultimate power over Satan, (which does not refer to God’s commandment to TEST the spirits, but to REJECTING THE TRUE POWER AND SCRIPTURAL GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,) “which would be of fatal consequence to them as it is a sin against Christ, the Last remedy and consequently unpardonable…”
This sin of rejecting true Holy Spirit work and gifts is unpardonable as it results in the lack of the conviction of the Holy Spirit — for without conviction of lostness and sin, there cannot be confession of sin and consequently, no forgiveness for sin. So, this “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” was not ‘normal’ sin for which Jesus had paid in full through His atonement in our place, but sin of the worse kind — the deliberate and unrepentant rejection of the Holy Spirit Himself and of His wonderful, miraculous gifts and work, (mostly, His gift of salvation in Christ,) for it was [truly] by the Holy Spirit that Jesus cast our demons and manifested all the other ministrations and gifts of the Spirit. Matthew Henry concludes, “By this method they would outface the conviction of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit [and actually, the Holy Spirit Himself] after Christ’s ascension, and defeat them all, after which there remained no more proof [of His powerful work], and therefore they should never have forgiveness, but were liable to eternal damnation. They were in imminent danger of that everlasting punishment, from which there was no redemption, and in which there was no intermission, no remission of sin…”
The promise of the Holy Spirit GIFTS, which God made in passages like Mark 16:16-18, still remains an immovable reality in the lives of all Jesus’ sincerely born again disciples, who desire to follow and obey the truth of Jesus Christ above all. Jesus Himself promised, “He who [personally and sincerely] believes and was baptized, [with the Scriptural water baptism of believing disciples, not with the Christianized pagan ‘baptism’ of babies and other non-regenerating, church converting, pagan sacraments,] will be saved… And these SIGNS [plural] will follow those who [truly] believe: In My Name [not through the alleged ‘hyper anointing’ of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement with their unscriptural ‘Holy-Spirit baptism,’ etc.,] they will cast out demons… speak with new tongues... take up serpents, and if they [accidentally] drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, [in the leading of the Holy Spirit,] and they will recover.”
Question: “Why do some Christians call the gift of tongues ‘GLOSSOLALIA,’ and what does it mean?”
Answer: Despite all the clear Scriptural teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Roman Catholic/Calvinists/Lutherans and other Reformers call the gift of tongues “glossolalia,” rejecting the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sadly, these ‘giftless,’ churches, which continually corrupt the Truth of God’s Word to mock, revile and reject the powerful work and gifts of the God the Holy Spirit, thereby, “grieving the Holy Spirit of God,” (Eph. 4:30,) and “quenching the [power and work] of the Spirit,” (1 Ths. 5:19,) lose out on the wonderful and absolutely real, spiritual dimension of life in Christ.
Most horrendously, their rejection of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit is so blasphemous that someone asked, “Do these baby-baptizing churches, who do not believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit exist, actually believe in the Holy Spirit?” Good question. Although they confess God as “the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” as seen in the previous question, they only believe in the Holy Spirit on a theoretical and mental level, first hearing of Him in their teenage confirmation catechism, which is just another ‘sacramental’ or so-called ‘atoning,’ Christianized ceremony, which Protestantism gleaned from the Roman Catholic Church, who, in turn, stole it from raw paganism. Their abusive word, “glossolalia,” intends to ‘describe’ the so-called “modern, non-Scriptural” manifestation of tongues, which is allegedly “completely different from that, which was recorded as the gift of the Holy Spirit in Scripture.” Glossolalia means, “Fabricated, non-meaningful, speech-like syllables, associated with a trance state and certain schizophrenic symptoms. A noun-incomplete, incomprehensive, imaginary language, occurring in an episode of religious ecstasy, or as symptoms of schizophrenia.”
These ungrounded, unscriptural allegations are acts of brazen witchcraft against the truth of God’s Word!
Frighteningly, in the words of Jesus, it also constitutes deliberate “blaspheming against the Holy Spirit!”
Question: “Is speaking in tongues necessary for believers? Also, I have seen pastors speak to one another in tongues and drive out demons in tongues. What does the Bible say about this?”
Answer: Paul did not puff the gift of tongues to tower above the other gifts of the Holy Spirit; neither did he knock it down as unnecessary and even something evil, like traditional Roman Catholics, Reformed Protestants, and other churches do. Paul wrote, “I wish you ALL spoke with tongues, but even more than you prophesied, for he who prophesies is ‘greater’ [not more important, but more serviceable to the Body of Christ corporately,] than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, [during corporate meetings,] that the Body may receive edification,” (1 Cor. 14:5-6.) The reason why Paul encouraged the manifestation of the gift of prophecy during public meetings is that the private gift of tongues, unlike all the other gifts, “edifies the individual.” Hence, Paul wrote, “He who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to GOD, [therefore] he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies, [as the vessel through whom the Holy Spirit manifests prophecy, or any of His other gifts during meetings, edifies the body of Christ,] speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to MEN...” (14:2-4.)
In Scripture, the Holy Spirit’s GIFT of tongues is actually called “different kinds of tongues” the “tongues of angels,” and the language of the born again human spirit that speaks “mysteries” to GOD. All these descriptions of the gift of tongues have one important thing in common: the natural human mind, (especially those Holy-Spirit-gift rejecting denominations,) and the devil and his demons, cannot understand a single word spoken in tongues — unless the Holy Spirit supernaturally reveals the meaning of what is said, (1 Cor. 13:1: 14:2,14.) As the INTERPRETATION of tongues and prophecy; Holy-Spirit gifts (plural) of healings (plural;) the supernatural gift of faith; the working of miracles; a word of knowledge; a word of wisdom and the discerning of spirits, the gift of tongues has been a reality in the lives of all truly (Scripturally) born again, sincere disciples of Jesus (but not in spiritually dead church members,) since that day of Pentecost. On that day, for the first time in all of history, God baptized the sincere believers of Jesus with the Holy Spirit, as He came to indwell them according to the New Testament Covenant in Christ. Then, immediately, the Spirit manifested His gift of tongues for the first time, simultaneously making known His presence in the form of wind and flames of fire. These were the signs, (plural,) which followed the Spirit’s first entrance into His New Testament temple, (Acts 2.) Tongues, in particular, was a sign unto unbelievers not unto believers— and it is still the same today!
Sadly, as believers are increasingly deceived into believing that they can be saved without the True Gospel and especially without OBEDIENCE to the New Testament commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, demonic tongues and other demonic manifestations are accepted in churches as the ‘evidence’ of salvation and the power and presence of the ‘Holy Spirit.’ Not surprisingly, all these false spirits entered these meetings via the door of “The Baptism in/of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.” For instance, much to the delight of their completely deluded audiences, preachers like Rodney Howard Brown and Kenneth Copeland now even “make friends in tongues” during public meetings. They “converse” with each other in tongues, and even laugh and share jokes in tongues! (Please, please read God’s protective commandments concerning the use of tongues in public meetings in 1 Cor. 14:2-33!) The Holy Spirit, or even truly born again human spirits, (as it is the person’s supernatural human spirit speaking, not the person speaking intellectually with his mind,) will NEVER and can NEVER converse with other believers OR WITH DEMONS in tongues, (and definitely not jokingly,) unless there is an interpreter! It is simply impossible that Brown and Copeland are speaking through the Holy Spirit of God. The truly born again human spirit speak mysteries to God, not to other people OR to demons!! Do not believe me; believe the truth of Scripture! These preachers are using demonic tongues to make a spectacle of the Spirit of God, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and of the Most Holy Word of God! It is therefore no secret that the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is in demonic chaos.
Question: “Where did the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, originate?
Answer: Although this ‘baptism’ typifies most, if not all Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, this doctrine did not originate with Charismatic/Pentecostals at all. Originally, it was Edwin Irvin of the Catholic Apostolic Church, who changed the Scriptural GIFT and SIGN of tongues into the so-called “standing evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.” Irwin & Company actually taught, (as their spiritual successors the Charismatic Pentecostals still teach,) that this ‘baptism’ “can only be acquired with the laying on of the hyper-anointed hands of their ‘mediating,’ god-clergy!” [Morris Cerullo alleges, “You're not looking at me. You're looking at God, you’re looking at Jesus!” Paul Crouch says, “We’re God, yes, I Am a little God!”] As the doctrine of British/German/Afrikaner Israelism, and the doctrines of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the One Man Antichrist, (the last two doctrines are also extremely false teachings, which were adopted wholeheartedly by the Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement,) this ‘baptism’ was introduced to these churches by, amongst others, Edward Irwin, one of the founders of the Catholic Apostolic Church (1831) — known today, (in Germany and in South Africa in particular,) as the Old and New Apostolic Churches. Irving, in turn, received these false doctrines from Rosicrucian (Christian freemason) Roman Catholics. The papacy used their Jesuit (freemason) priest Emmanuel Lacunza to spread these lies into the Pentecostal communities of the nineteenth century. [When accessing the following link on Catholic freemasons, scroll down on this page to ‘Freemasonry is sun worship, and freemasonry includes countless Christian clergy.’] Most horrendously, like Edward Irwin, these freemason preachers also teach that this ‘baptism,’ (with its so-called ‘evidence’ of speaking in tongues,) ‘secures,’ or ‘proves’ one’s salvation. That is why one supposedly cannot be saved without this baptism. The GIFT of tongues then actually becomes the ‘Savior,’ not the Lord Jesus Christ! What’s more, (as tongues is the ‘evidence’ of the supernatural power of their Holy-Spirit ‘baptism,’) they are supposedly “eternally and unconditionally saved, whether they continue to live in sin or not.” Falsely, they believe that God intends this ‘baptism’ only for the ‘elite’ members of their churches as a “separate experience at some time after conversion.” [The word ‘conversion’ never refers to the Scriptural spiritual rebirth; ‘conversion’ means changing from one religion or denomination to another!] If this unscriptural ‘baptism’ is “evidence” of anything, it is of the fact that lies and deceit quickly begets more lies and deceit. As someone so aptly remarked, “Irving was urging Christians to receive the Holy Spirit as though they were not baptized or filled with Him in the first place!!! Therefore, into what spirit was he re-baptizing the believers under him? [And into what spirit is his false spiritual seed still ‘baptizing’ their followers today?] I’d say that Irving’s movement was an attempt to re-baptize Christians into doctrines that better coincide with the New World Order of certain Illuminatists…”
Are those who do not speak in tongues powerless to heal the sick?