Monday, August 14, 2006


.........I would like to again state that genuine grace gifts are given to edify the church, and not to be used selfishly! Peter stated, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same, one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

The context of I Cor. 14:4-17 is to exhort the Corinthian assembly to speak articulate, meaningful, words which would edify the whole congregation. Any gibberish or even foreign language uttered without an interpretation was compared to wasted sounds spoken to the air (vs.9) with their breath (vs.14) that could not be understood by anyone present, therefore would not be useful (vs.6), but would sound even barbaric 37 (vs.ll).

To put it plainly, the Corinthian assembly, although full of zeal for God, and falling behind in none of the gifts (1 Cor. 1:7), were exhibiting a display of definite confusion in their worship. Since Satan can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14) and his ministers can transform themselves into ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:15), they obviously can counterfeit spiritual gifts. Satan has correctly been referred to as the "Ape of God" by many.38 It has been said that whenever God builds a sanctuary, Satan quickly sets up a chapel in it! Therefore, a display of gifts does not necessarily prove godly spirituality, especially if exercises without love!

Considering all of the sin, the Corinthian assembly "forthtelling" of the revelation of Christ they had received! In verse 5, Paul said he wished they would all have the gift of languages, but seeing that not all was given that gift (1 Cor 12:30), unless there were believers present, who had the gift of interpretation, or could interpret the gift of languages, which would make it the equivalent of the gift of prophecy, which would edify the whole church, that he would rather they would all prophesy in order to edify the whole church, rather than. exercise tongues, which would only edify the tongue speaker!

In order to get some order in the worship, he told the prophets to each give only one message at a time judging each other (vs.24) so that the unbelievers would be convicted of their sin and worship God (vs.25).

Even when the genuine gift of tongues was used (vs.23), he told them, in order not to offend unbelievers (vs.23), to do it decently and in order (vs.40) only one message at a time with three at the most, if there were an interpreter present (vs.27). If there were no interpreter present, then they were not to exercise the genuine gift, of which they could always control and exercise at random (vs. 32), but they were to keep silent in the congregation, and speak to God and themselves (vs.28). That makes it plain that no one is forced to exercise any gift by God, but is always gently led by the Holy Spirit if it is a genuine gift! was caught up in, it is very unlikely the Holy Spirit was genuinely moving to any great extent among them. They were gluttonous and drunkards making mockery of the Lords table; they were into a sexual sin of incest; they were suing each other in heathen courts of justice; they were prideful boasters, puffed up about their exhuberant, "supposed" spirituality, and they were not taking care of the poor, widows or orphans properly! Comparing that with any of our present day assemblies, does a heavy anointing of the Holy Spirit usually preside over that type of sinful body of believers today?

Jesus warned the disciples of His own day that there would be people who had exercised spiritual gifts that would not enter the kingdom of heaven because they were not under His veil of ministerial authority! Speaking about them he warned, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Wherefore, by their fruits (not gifts!) ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me "Lord, Lord," shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will
say to me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" and then will
I profess unto them, "I never knew you: depart: from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:15,20-33). Therefore, we all should take heed to remember this warning from Jesus when determining whether the manifestation of gifts taking place today in our present assemblies are from God, or other sources!

In conclusion to this section, I would like to quote from the "Living Bible" what Paul reminded them. "And now, brothers, I want to write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of you, for I do not want any misunderstanding about them. You. will remember that before you became Christians, you went around form one idol to another, not one of which could speak a single word. But, now you are meeting people who claim to speak messages from the Spirit of God. How can you know, whether they are really inspired by God or whether they are fakes? Here is the test: no one speaking by the power of the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord" and really mean it, unless the Holy Spirit is helping him." (1 Corinth­ians 12:1-3)


Despite the argument propagated today by those having received their "prayer language" to talk to God, and the "good feelings of ecstasy derived from the experi­ence and added "power" to their lives, the true fact that should not be misunderstood, or covered up, is that throughout history, false religions have been known to exhibit tongues, euphoric mystical experiences, with ecstatic babblings! Therefore, even though, through ignorance of the fact, that the genuine gift of languages has ceased, present, as well as other non-Christian tongue displays may be Satanic or demonic, because every false religion in history came from the same source---Satan! Therefore, "Glossolalia" is not unique to the Christian religion.

George Barton writes about the "Report of Wenamon" which gives the most ancient account of frenzied religious speech. It was written about 1100B.C. from Byblos on the coast of Syro-Palestine.

According to the report, a young worshipper of Amon became possessed by a god and spoke in an ecstatic language. It reads: "Now, when he sacrificed to his gods, the god seized one of his noble youths, making him frenzied, so that he said: 'Bring the god hither! Bring the messenger of Amon who hath him. Send him and let him go.' This frenzy continued throughout the night."
The fact that the man spoke in frenzied speech does not prove it wass another language, however, it was a religious phenomenon whereby his frenzied speech was the direct result of his control and possession of or by "a god".


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