Since I was saved in the summer of 1973, I have seen many attempts at «tongues speaking.» Not once have I heard anything like a biblical tongue, which is a real earthly language. For example, while attending Celebration Jesus 2000 in St. Louis with press credentials, I witnessed great confusion about tongues.

Jack Hayford’s book on tongues was published a few years ago by a non-Pentecostal publisher, and while speaking in St. Louis, he reported that many non-Pentecostals and non-Charismatics have learned to «speak in tongues» by reading his book. The charismatic phenomena are increasing rapidly in non-Pentecostal groups such as the Southern Baptist Convention. In Christianity Today, May 16, 1986, Pastor Don LeMaster of the West Lauderdale Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, estimated that five percent of SBC congregations were openly charismatic at that time. That number has surely increased during the past 16 years. Charisma magazine, March 1999, contained a report entitled «Shaking Southern Baptist Tradition,» which gave many examples of charismatic Southern Baptist congregations.

I remember being very perplexed about tongues as a new Christian. I was led to the Lord in the summer of 1973 by an old-line Pentecostal man; and the night that happened in a motel room in Daytona Beach, Florida, he prayed that I would receive the gift of tongues. The next day we parted ways and I have never seen him again, but for the first few months after that, I sought wisdom from the Lord on the subject of tongues. I visited Assemblies of God churches, attended a Nicky Cruz crusade, and diligently studied the issue in the Bible. Instead of giving me the gift of tongues, though, the Lord gave me the understanding that it was a temporary gift that is not for today.

The reasons I rejected the tongues of the modern Pentecostal-Charismatic movement 29 years ago are the reasons I rejected the «tongues» I witnessed in St. Louis in 2000. Consider four of those reasons:

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The last large ecumenical conference I attended with press credentials was Celebration Jesus 2000 in St. Louis, Missouri. There I witnessed the same «spirit slaying» phenomenon that I have seen many other times at various charismatic forums.

It is also called «falling under the power,» «carpet time,» «Holy Spirit glue,» «soaking in the anointing,» and other things. This phenomenon was practiced in the evening meetings as well as in many of the morning and afternoon sessions, and hundreds of people experienced it. The «spirit slaying» is one of the chief «miracles» that the charismatic movement promotes.

At the end of the evening meeting on Friday night of the conference, for example, Assemblies of God evangelist Steve Hill (who led the famous charismatic revival in the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida, the first few years) invited the people forward in a confused invitation which was a mixture of receiving Christ, renewing your relationship with Christ, dedicating yourself to Christ, doing business with God, etc. He mentioned the gospel and the blood of Christ, but he did not plainly preach and explain the gospel and he did not plainly contrast the true gospel with the false sacramental gospel of Rome. In such an ecumenical environment (there were thousands of Roman Catholics in attendance), the preacher must make the gospel exceedingly plain or his listeners will merely re-interpret his words in terms of Roman Catholicism or the teaching of some other false church.

Anyway, hundreds of people came forward on Friday night in St. Louis to have hands laid on them by the speakers, and many of them «fell under the power» and lay on the concrete floor of the convention center, some of them for a half hour and more. As Hills and John Kilpatrick (pastor of Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola) laid hands on people, they yelled «fire!» fire!» Some of those laying on the floor rolled around, some shook, some laughed almost hysterically, some wept, some smiled blissfully, some appeared to be unconscious.
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The following is by the late James Crumpton, who was the pastor of West Side Baptist Church, Natchez, Mississippi, and president, Maranatha Baptist Mission:

«This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.» Galatians 5:16-26

«…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…» (Galatians 5:22-23. In looking here at God’s Word, I find it interesting and informative because of what is not said. For example, it does not say that sinless perfection is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The way some folk teach, preach, sing, and testify you would think that surely God’s Word must say that sinless perfection is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are no sinlessly perfect ones. Some claim sinless perfection. But to make such a claim is to display one’s ignorance and/or dishonesty. Charles Haddon Spurgeon used to say that he never employed those who claimed to be sinlessly perfect to work his garden because he found that they would steal his tools. I repeat that there are no sinlessly perfect ones, and there has never been any, with one notable exception, our Lord Jesus Christ. He was and is THE SINLESSLY PERFECT ONE!
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The Day Of Pentecost!

Penta- = 5

Pentacle = A 5 pointed star.
Pentagon = A 5 sided structure. (US Dept. of Defense building has 5 sides)
Pentateuch = The first 5 books of the Old Testament.

Pentecost = 50 or fiftieth = Feast of Weeks

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

PEN’TECOST, n. [Gr. fiftieth.]

1. A solemn festival of the Jews, so called because celebrated on the fiftieth day after the sixteenth of Nisan, which was the second day of the passover. It was called the feast of weeks, because it was celebrated seven weeks after the passover. It was instituted to oblige the people to repair to the temple of the Lord, there to acknowledge his absolute dominion over the country, and offer him the first fruits of their harvest; also that they might call to mind and give thanks to God for the law which he had given them at Sinai on the fiftieth day from their departure from Egypt.

2. Whitsuntide, a solemn feast of the church, held in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Acts.2.

WHITSUNTIDE, n. [white, Sunday, and tide.] The feast or season of Pentecost; so called it is said, because, in the primitive church, those who had been newly baptized appeared at church between Easter and Pentecost in white garments.

Pentecost i.e., «fiftieth,» found only in the New Testament:

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

I Corinthians 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

The festival so named is first spoken of in Exodus 23:16 as «the feast of harvest,»

Exodus 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labors, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field.

and again in

Exodus 34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

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Romans 12:6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

NOTE: Some people define this gift of prophecy simply as the gift of preaching. But if we look at this gift biblically, we see it is a little more narrowly defined. The following sets out the requirements of a prophet.

Moses prepared the people before they entered the land of Canaan, because they would likely face many false prophets. He gave them the requirements to distinguish between a true and a false prophet.

Deuteronomy 18:15-22 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

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Acts 2:1-13 AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem JEWS, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, JEWS and PROSELYTES, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

QUESTION: What was the GIFT that was given to the JEWS and JEWISH PROSELYTES on the day of Pentecost?

Acts 2:4-13 And they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost,

and began to SPEAK with OTHER TONGUES,

as the Spirit GAVE them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem JEWS, devout men, out of EVERY NATION under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that

EVERY MAN heard them SPEAK in his own LANGUAGE.

And they were ALL amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold are not ALL these which speak GALILAEANS?

And how hear we every man in OUR OWN TONGUE,

wherein we were BORN? PARTHIANS, and MEDES, and ELAMITES, and the dwellers in MESOPOTAMIA, and in JUDAEA, and CAPPADOCIA, in PONTUS, and ASIA, PHRYGIA, and PAMPHYLIA, in EGYPT, and in the parts of LIBYA about CYRENE, and strangers of ROME, JEWS and PROSELYTES, CRETES and ARABIANS,

we do HEAR THEM SPEAK in OUR TONGUES

the wonderful works of God.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine?

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Acts 2:1-13 AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues

LIKE AS OF FIRE,

and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem JEWS, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak

in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, JEWS AND PROSELYTES, Cretes and Arabians,

we do hear them speak in our tongues

the wonderful works of God.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. Â

QUESTION: What is the FIRE in the above paragraph?

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues LIKE as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

ANSWER: There is no fire. The verse clearly says, «LIKE as of fire.»

NOTE: Out of the 120 disciples only ELEVEN have the gift of foreigns languages (tongues). The eleven are sitting, not kneeling, and are waiting, not praying for an experience. No one is baptized «with the Holy Ghost and FIRE,» for the cloven tongues are LIKE as of fire. There are no Christians present anywhere in Acts chapter 2, before or after Peter’s message to Israel. The term «Christian» does not even show up until Acts 11:26.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians FIRST in Antioch.


NOTE: There are many SO CALLED Holy Spirit meetings.

QUESTION: How will a man who is «FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT» bring glory to the HOLY SPIRIT Of God:

John 16:26 But
WHEN THE COMFORTER IS COME,

whom I will send unto you from the Father, even

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH,

which proceedeth from the Father,

HE SHALL TESTIFY OF ME:

John 16:7-15 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart,

I will send him unto you.

And when he is come, he will

REPROVE THE WORLD OF SIN,

and of RIGHTEOUSNESS,

and of JUDGMENT:

Of SIN,

because they believe not on me;

of RIGHTEOUSNESS,

because I go to my Father,

and ye see me no more;

Of JUDGMENT,

because the prince of this world is judged.

I have yet many things to say unto you,

but ye cannot bear them now.

Howbeit when he,

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, is come,

HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for

HE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF;

but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and

HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME.
HE SHALL GLORIFY ME:

for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
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Isaiah 48:1-15 HEAR ye this, O house of Jacob which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by THE NAME OF THE LORD, and make mention of the GOD OF ISRAEL, but NOT IN TRUTH, NOR IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD OF HOSTS is his name. I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

For MY NAME’S SAKE will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he;

I AM THE FIRST, I ALSO AM THE LAST.

Mine hand also hath LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH,

and my right hand hath SPANNED THE HEAVENS: when I call unto them, they stand up together. All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

QUESTION: Who is this that LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, and SPANNED THE HEAVENS WITH HIS RIGHT HAND, and who is «THE FIRST AND THE LAST?»

Colossians 1:13-18 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of HIS DEAR SON: In whom we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the IMAGE of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For BY HIM were ALL THINGS CREATED, that are IN HEAVEN, and that are IN EARTH, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL things WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM: And he is BEFORE ALL THINGS, and BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the BEGINNING, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things he might have the preeminence. Read the rest of this entry »