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Tongues... Serving A Different Master?

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Tongues.. and The “Second Blessing”
"An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign" (Matthew 12:39)

 Carol Brooks

Chapter 1 - Introduction HERE
The Holy Spirit in The Old and New Testaments

The "Second Blessing"
Is there a special post conversion religious experience available to all believers?

Tongues... The Initial Evidence
Tongues is commonly held to be the litmus test for Spirit baptism.

The Controversy and It's Importance
Not everyone shares the opinion that the Pentecostal position on tongues is Biblical nor that the '
Second Blessing' is a blessing. What is certain is that it is an issue of no small magnitude.

Chapter 2 -  Tongues In Acts HERE
Two Questions
What the reason people spoke in tongues in Acts?

Mark 16:17
Even if these verse weren't a later addition to the Bible, the text very clearly states that five signs will follow believers

The Purpose of Tongues in Acts
A 'Sign' To Unbelievers ie. The Jewish Unbelievers (Pentecost), The Gentiles (Cornelius),
and Possibly The Samaritans.
In a manner of speaking Peter did hold the keys to the Kingdom.

The Ephesian Disciples
Not unbelievers but not believers either

Pentecost - Distinguishing Factors
The several factors unique to Pentecost makes it difficult to see how Acts 2
can be used as a perpetual blueprint for receiving the Holy Spirit.

What All Three Occurrences Had in Common
If we want to be true to the pattern of Acts, then we have to consider
the several factors that were common to all three occurrences

Should Modern Believers Speak In Tongues When They Receive The Holy Spirit?

Was the Spirit Given Before Pentecost?

Chapter 3. Tongues In Corinthians HERE

Part I
1 Corinthians - The Gift of Tongues

Disregarding Much of What Paul Said About The Gift of Tongues

How Important Were Tongues in The New Testament.

Part II
A Known Language or Unintelligible Utterances?

Unknown Languages or Ecstatic Speech?

Inexpressible Words?

Tongues of Angels?
Literal language or hyperbole?

Matthew 6:7
Jesus' whole point was in favor of short and meaningful prayers.

Chapter 4. Tongues - What Spirit? HERE
Tongues Are NOT Restricted to Born Again Christian Believers
Both in the ancient past and in the modern world pagans, non-Christian religions, and heretical 'Christian' sects speak in tongues without, apparently ANY difference.

Erratic Movements are NOT Restricted to Born Again Christian Believers
In fact, the erratic movements of people in a Pentecostal church, those practising dynamic meditation under a Hindu guru, and a man having a spontaneous Kundalini awakening are WAY too close for comfort.

A Different Spirit?
What every Christian probably already knows. but rarely seems to take seriously, is the fact that not every spirit is of God

But How Did This Spirit Infiltrate the Church?
A Brief History of Pentecostalism May Provide The Answer
Every occult practice is introduced into the church by one person or a small group of people who opens the floodgates.

Vodou  - One God and Many Spirit 'Helpers' (Lwa)
An ancient religion practiced by some 30 million people in the West African nations of Benin, Togo, and Ghana. What Exactly Are The Lwa and what, if anything, has any of this to do with modern Pentecostalism?

Circumstantial Evidence?
If it looks like a duck, walks and sounds like a duck -
we would be very foolish to arbitrarily dismiss the possibility that it is a duck.

Signs of Demon Possession Common To Vodou and Pentecostalism
The desire to have the experience, the emotionally charged setting, the sounds, and the frenzied movements

Comparing the Lwa with New Testament Demonic Possession

Conclusion - A Meaningless Language? Probably not

Chapter 5. Tongues - Conclusion HERE

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 under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit.

Stop Underestimating The Seriousness of This Battle
This is not an honest doctrinal difference between Christians,
but a battle against the dark forces that seek to control us.


The Modern Church’s Literal Doctrines of Demons