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Part VI - Tongues Conclusion

 Carol Brooks

Edited by Vicki Narlee

Index To All Six Sections

Ch. 1. Tongues - Introduction: Deception in The Church. The Holy Spirit in The Old and New Testaments. The 'Second Blessing' and the 'Initial Evidence' doctrine. The Controversy and It's Importance

Ch. 2. Tongues In The Gospels and Acts: The Purpose of Tongues in The New Testament. Mark 16:17. Speaking in Tongues in The Book of Acts. Pentecost - Distinguishing Factors. What All Three Occurrences Had in Common. Not Everyone Spoke in Tongues On Pentecost. Was the Spirit Given Before Pentecost?

Ch. 3. Tongues In Corinthians: The overall message of 1 Corinthians 14. Disregarding Most of What Paul Said About The Gift of Tongues. How Important Were Tongues in The New Testament?

Ch. 4.  Tongues - A Known Language?: A Known Language or Unintelligible Utterances on and after Pentecost. Unknown Languages or Ecstatic Speech?. Tongues of Angels? Ignoring Matthew 6:7

Ch. 5. Tongues - What Spirit?: Neither Tongues nor Erratic Movements are Restricted to Born Again Christian Believers. How Did a Different Spirit Infiltrate The Church? - A Brief History of Pentecostalism May Provide The Answer. Voodoo. Circumstantial Evidence? Common Signs of Demon Possession. Comparing the Lwa with New Testament Demonic Possession.

You Are Here 001orange Ch. 6. Tongues - Conclusion: According to The Bible Who Receives God's Holy Spirit? According to The Bible How Does One Receive God's Spirit? What It Means To Have The Spirit of God Dwelling In Us. The Gifts of The Spirit. Why People Don't Speak In Tongues?



According to The Bible Who Receives God's Holy Spirit?
A surprising answer

According to The Bible How Does One Receive God's Spirit?
 Every converted person who has repented and been baptized in water, has also been baptized by God's Spirit.

What It Means To Have The Spirit of God Dwelling In Us
The Spirit of God dwelling in someone simply means that they are spiritually minded, ie. under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit.

The Gifts of The Spirit

Two Reasons People Don't Speak In Tongues??

According to The Bible Who Receives God's Holy Spirit?
The Bible clearly teaches the Holy Spirit dwells within Christians and that if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to God (Romans 8:9).

    Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  (1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB)

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB)

    Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.  (2 Timothy 1:14 NASB)

    Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"? (James 4:5 NASB)

The Scriptures clearly state that the Holy Spirit is given to us "... the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5), giving rise to the million dollar question - who is the Holy Spirit given to?

The answer to this question is crystal clear in the Bible, yet are completely disregarded by so many modern Christians in favor of what they have been taught, heard or read.

In Acts 5, Peter told the Jewish Council that he and some other apostles could not obey the order to refrain from teaching in Jesus' name because they had to obey (Gr. peitharcheo) God rather than men (Acts 5:29). He went on to tell them that it was Jesus whom God had exalted as Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins, and that they were witnesses of these things as was

    the "Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." (Acts 5:32 NASB)

What was that again?

The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God?

Unless Peter was, for some inexplicable reason making it up as he went along, the clear teaching of the New Testament is that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God. It says absolutely noting about God giving His spirit given to those who agonize and pray for it, to those who whip themselves up into a highly emotional state, or to those are 'taught' how to receive it - just those who obey the Father.

According to The Bible How Does One Receive God's Spirit?
Peter's sermon on Pentecost included unambiguous instructions about receiving God's Spirit

    Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38 NASB)

The preconditions were belief, repentance, and baptism. In other words, every converted person who has repented and been baptized in water, has also been baptized by God's Spirit.

However, the order is not set in stone. There is no question that a person can be filled with the Spirit only after they have believed and repented. However, water baptism can come last. For example, the centurion Cornelius and his household were baptized in water after they received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fell on the group just by hearing, and obviously believing, Peter's preaching. They began to speak in tongues, which convinced Peter and the other Jews that they too had received the Holy Spirit and should also be baptized with water.  See Acts 10:44-48.

(See Sin, Repentance, Salvation and Baptism)

It was no different in Paul's case. Note the sequence of events after the Lord directed the disciple Ananias to go to where Paul was staying and lay hands on him so  that he might regain his sight.

    So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; (Acts 9:17-18 NASB)

Jesus too was filled with the Spirit immediately after He was baptized.

    After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,  (Matthew 3:16 NASB)

In summary - The Holy Spirit is given to all who believe the Gospel, confess Christ as the Son of God, repent of their sins, are baptized in water and obey God.

The Bible teaches no follow up event for the converted person to receive power. It does not teach us to look for some life changing 'second blessing'. Remember Jesus' words "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign" (Matthew 12:39).

What It Means To Have The Spirit of God Dwelling In Us
The Scriptures often speak of something or someone dwelling or abiding in us. This however, is not to be taken literally. The expression merely indicates that whatever or whomever does the dwelling is the primary influencing factor in our lives. The Spirit of God dwelling in someone simply means that they are spiritually minded, ie. under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit.

If not quenched, the Spirit play a huge part in the maturing and perfecting of the believer.

    In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 NASB)

It is no surprise then that is we are not controlled by the Holy Spirit, we do not belong to God. As Paul told the Romans...

    "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9 NASB)

Other influences, both good and bad, also are said to dwell within us. This can be sin (Romans 7:17), the word of God (Colossians 3:16), faith (2 Timothy 1:3-5), truth (2 John 1:1-2 ) etc.  We can also be filled with jealousy, and a host of less than desirable traits.

    But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land?  (Acts 5:3 NASB)

    But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming. (Acts 13:45 NASB)

    being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,  (Romans 1:29 NASB)

1 John 3:17 says "But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" which simply means when the love of God abides in us, it influences the way we treat other people. 

The Pentecostal and Charismatic Focus
Unfortunately, it often seems like the focus is not on living a holy life controlled by the Spirit, but on speaking in tongues. And it has gone downhill from there

    In the last few decades new movements have arisen - each claiming improvement over the movements of the past. The Vineyard Movement was founded in 1982 with an emphasis on the miraculous and a downplaying, to some degree, of tongues. The Toronto Blessing (1994) and Brownsville Revival (1995) pushed the supposed activities of the Holy Spirit to new limits. Miracles, bizarre manifestations, healings, uncontrollable laughter, and demonic confrontation became the norm. Running parallel has been the Word of Faith Movement, with its belief that even God is subject to words spoken in faith by "anointed" ministers of God. [45]

The Scriptures tell us that will recognize Spirit filled believers by their fruits. (Matthew 7:20 NASB). And, as we should all know by now, the fruit of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.... (Galatians 5:22-23)

All of which are the complete antithesis of outlandish bizarre behavior..

The Gifts of The Spirit
And, of course, there are the "gifts" of the Spirit - when individual Christians are given special abilities that contribute towards the building up the body of Christ. These can be as valid today as they were in the first century church when Paul exhorted the Corinthian congregation to earnestly desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1). I

In fact, as he wrote, each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7 NASB). In other words, every believer is given a gift, not to exalt or feed the ego of the individual, but to build up the church.

    So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church. (1 Corinthians 14:12 NASB)

    What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. (1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB)

we were all baptized into one body that needs all it's parts to function properly, just as the human body does. As the less 'glamorous' parts of the physical body are just as important as the others, so too the less colorful gifts are as important as the more colorful ones. Every single gift is important because the Holy Spirit that knows exactly what is needed in any congregation at any moment in time.

Two Reasons People Don't Speak In Tongues??

In THIS video (beginning at the two minute mark) the preacher says that there are only two reasons people don't speak in tongues -a  lack of faith or a failure to yield to God.

He is dead wrong. There is a third one.

People don't speak in tongues in these meetings of mass hysteria because they have actually studied the Bible and refuse to put denominational tradition ahead of Scripture and simply donít ever attend them. I certainly avoid them like the plague, not because I am a nincompoop who does not know the power of God, but because I am not particularly enamored of the idea of being possessed by a demonic spirit.

This is not an honest doctrinal difference between Christians. This is a battle against the dark forces that seek to control us.

I sometimes get the feeling that many believers completely underestimate the extent and seriousness of this battle. For example, the devil is blamed for tempting us to cheat, steal, lie, or commit adultery etc. While I do not discount the fact that these types of sins, if unrepented of, will prevent salvation, problems like this are not necessarily evidence that there is a war on. Man is quite capable of breaking God's law with no outside encouragement or egging on whatsoever. In too many cases, we wrongly lay the blame for everything at Satan's door when, in reality we quite capably do much of his work for him.

Demonic forces do not merely want us to cheat on our taxes - they want to completely take us over - to possess us. Hence, the rise of the new age, rock music , and most tragically of all - the occult based doctrines and practices in the church today. Labyrinths, contemplative prayer, yoga, being 'slain in the spirit' and the wide spread 'word of faith' manure is being fed to people who were, in all probability, once true Christians.

The war against evil is neither theoretical nor is it a mild skirmish. It is to the death, which makes it imperative that we proceed with extreme caution.

To those who are actively involved in a church which practises speaking in tongues, I can only say your churches's activities are Biblical only if there are no more than 2 or 3 such speakers in any service, they only speak in sequence, but avoid doing so if no interpreters are present. Plus there should be no undue emphasis on tongues, which may be at the expense of other spiritual gifts to say nothing of other important teachings. .

Most importantly, there should be no jumping up and down, hand clapping, rhythmic chanting, and certainly no whipping the congregation into an emotional frenzy. The meeting should never deteriorate into a bedlam of people yelling, screaming, jerking, twitching and falling on the floor.

If any of these do occur, run - don't walk, to the nearest exit.

End Notes
[45] Think on These Things Articles. The Holiness Movement.. (December 2004 - Volume 10, Issue 12.. Emphasis Added)


The following video could not be 'embedded' into this article and I hope it stays on You Tube long enough for you to view it. This pollution of innocents, is one of the things that will weigh against us most heavily when we stand at the judgment seat of God... at which time there will be no more mercy and no forgiveness. WATCH


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