Monday, August 14, 2006

TONGUES THESIS: Part 16

............was born and reared on the Tibetan border tells of hearing the Tibetan monks in their ritual dances speake in English with quotations from shakespeare, with profanity like drunken sailors, or in German or French, or in languages unknown. Quite recently, a retired missionary of the China Inland mission told of the same experience."

Without lingering any longer of reports of the use of glossolalia by other groups than professing Christians, the least this report should do is to leave open the possibility in the reader's mind that charismatics do not have a "corner on the experience". The Morman cult currently speaks in tongues by "the gift of the Holy Ghost" as well as occultic spiritualists and clairvoyant mediums while in their trances while contacting the dead, where actual demons appear from a substance expelled from the openings in the body of the medium called "ectoplasm" which flows out producing a human like form of the departed soul being contacted!

In Hill and William's book "The Supernatural" there's actually a clear set of four photographs witnessing a spiritualist seance where this took place! Under the photo states "Infrared photographs taken at intervals during a seance that took place in 1953 at a spiritualist summer camp at Ephrata, Pa., U.S.A. They show four stages in the gradual manifestation of the spirit Silver Belle, the guide of the medium Ethel Post-Panish, who is seen seated inside the curtained cabinet. Eighty-one people are said to have witnessed the materialization, some of whom are reported to have walked arm-in-arm with the spirit. Most spiritualists claim that materializations are formed out of ectoplasm aquasi-material substance that emanates from the medium's body and is capable (among other things) of assuming human form."
Though it is unlikely that members of the tongue speaking present Pentecostal-charismatic group would fall into the category of the demonic, it should certainly keep Christians on guard and alert to "test the spirits". (1 John 4:1-6)

"TONGUES AS A TAUGHT BEHAVIOR"
The facts lead to solid evidence that the tongues of today, like the counterfeit tongues which surfaced in the Corinthian assembly, are nothing more than ecstatic babble without structure or grammer which cannot be considered as actual languages, therefore, do not fit the New Testament definition of the "gift of tongues".)

William Samarin, Ph.D., in linguistics and professor of linguistics a the University of Toronto, says this: "over a period of five years, I have taken part in meetings in Italy, Holland, Jamaica, Canada and the U.S. I have observed old-fashioned Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostals. I have been in small meetings in private homes as well as in mammoth public meetings. I have seen such different cultural settings as are found among Puerto Ricans of the Bronx,the snake handlers of the Appalachians and the Russian Molakans of Los Angeles. I have interviewed tongue speakers, and tape recorded and analyzed countless samples of tongues. In every case, glossolalia turns out to be linguistic nonsense. In spite of superficial similarities, glossolalia is fundamentally not language."

Even in view of this opinion by a linguistic expert, it would be only fair to say that many well known commentators which never spoke in tongues were of the veiw that every occurrence reported in the Bible were genuine languages. Some of those men were: Barnes, Henry, Ironside, Lange, Lenski, Rice, and possibly by a few tongues speakers. It would take volumes to report the opinions of all commentators which is not the purpose of this thesis. In most cases, what is in the church today claimed to be supernatural tongues is not a miracle, but a learned experience taught by a one, two, three method, such as "close your eyes, raise your hands, focus your full attention on Jesus, open your mouth and vocally repeat rapidly "aba aba aba" or the like, and practice this until the Holy Spirit adds to that vocabulary." A current phrase used by those ministering "the baptism" is "after all”, you didn't learn your language you now speak all at once, did you? You probably said Da Da Da, or Mamma first, and God added to it."

I personally witnessed such a teaching seminar at F.G.B.M.F.I. meeting at Lake George, New York, when a well known Pentecostal teacher had 150 men stand who had never experienced tongues and by leading them in this method of "receiving the baptism" and without laying his hands on or touching them, over half of them instantly started speaking in gibberish! Of course, at the time, I was quite excited to see this happen, and later used that technique very successfully myself to induce others to "speak in tongues".

In his book, "The Psychology of Speaking in Tongues", John Kildahl defined tongues as definitely a learned skill. Kildahl, a clinical psychologist, and his partner, Paul Qualben, a psychiatrist, were commissioned by the American Lutheran church and the national Institute of Mental Health to do a long-range study on tongues. After all their work, they came to the firm conviction that it was nothing more than learned behavior. The report stated that within the charismatic movement, there is,great peer pressure to belong, to perform, to have the same gifts and power that everybody else has the "answer" to spiritual problems is tongues, so is easy to see why tongues became the great common denominator, the be-all and end-all for everyone involved. They also reported finding the potential for great disillusionment in the practice of tongues, because people soon realized that what they were doing was learned behavior. There was not anything supernatural. Soon they found themselves facing the same problems and hang-ups they had always had. According to the report, they found that the more sincere a person was when starting to speak in tongues, the more disillusioned he could be when he stopped.


"PSYCHOLOGICAL POSSIBILITIES OF TONGUES"
In the book "Tongues in Biblical Perspective", Charles Smith of Grace Theological Seminary suggests that tongues can be produced by "motor automation", "psychic catharsis", "collective psyche", "memory excitation", etc.

After extensive study of tongues speakers, Kildahl and Quyalben concluded that people who were submissive, suggestive and dependent on a leader were those who fell into tongues. Although it would be literally impossible to analyze each speaker in tongues and come up with an absolute reason for his behavior, there are many explanations for tongues, particularly in regard to learned behavior and psychology. Dr. E. Mansell Pattison, a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, said: "The product of our analysis is the demonstration of the very natural mechanisms that produce glossolalia. As a psychological phenomenon, glossolalia is easy to produce and readily understandable. I can add my own observations from clinical experiences with neurological .and psychiatric patients. In certain types of brain disorders resulting from strokes, brain tumors, etc., the patient is left with disruptions in his automatic physical speech circuit patterns. If we study these "aphasic" patients, we can observe the same decomposition of speech that occurs in glossolalia. Similar decomposition

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