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The Holy Spirit and Tongues


The modern “tongues” movement is primarily embraced  by the “Charismatic”.  This is not an English word.  It comes from the Greek word “charisma” which means gifted.  Therefore a person who claims to be “charismatic” (by the definition of the Word), claims to be gifted.  By insinuation, this indicates that there are some “Christians” who are not “gifted”.  This is wrong as the gift of the Christian is the Holy Spirit Himself.  Not only does the “Charismatic” claim (by the definition of the word) to be gifted, he (whether he admits it or not) claims to be more gifted than other Christians.  The Bible tells us what to think of those who brag on these gifts.  Proverbs 25:14 says, “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.  It also tells us what to think of people who profess to have apostolic gifts who don’t have them.  2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.  Revelation 2:2 says, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:” 

The signs of the apostles (Mark 16:14-20)

  •   Cast out devils.

  •   Speak with NEW tongues.

  •   Take up serpents.

  •   Not be hurt by poison.

  •   Heal the sick

Since these are the “signs of an apostle”, only those who believed under the ministry of an apostle received these gifts (signs).  Therefore, anyone who wanted to counterfeit the apostolic succession must counterfeit the apostolic signs.  The Bible labels anyone who is counterfeiting an apostle as a FALSE APOSTLE  (2 Cor. 11:10-14).  NOTE: The anti-Christ is also Charismatic.

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Unknown Tongues

One of the biggest lies that a Charismatic participates in is the perversion of Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14.  Acts 2 deals with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and 1 Corinthians 14 deals with the use of unknown tongues.  Anyone who can read can readily see that in Acts 2 there is no reference to speaking in an unknown tongue (Acts 2:6 says that “every man heard them speak in his own language”).  Likewise, there is no baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1 Corinthians 14.

     Baptism of the Holy Ghost

In regards to this, notice Acts 2:

  •   No one is kneeling or praying for any “baptism”.

  •   The “initial evidence” is NOT tongues.  It is the sound of a mighty rushing wind.

  •   Only 12 men speak in tongues (Acts 1:26; 2:1, 14).  Since 120 disciples were there (Acts 1:15), it is apparent that unknown tongues have nothing to do with Christians being baptized in the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (KJV)

What is it then (1 Cor. 14)?

In chapter 14 we read that the important gift is prophecy.  This is because by prophecy, you can teach about something that has already been written in the Scriptures.  This is how Jesus taught (Matt. 21:42; Mark 7:6; John 12:14).

Unknown Tongues:  From the relationship of mankind in general, there is no such thing as an unknown tongue.  Some man on this earth knows the tongue that a person speaks.  Here in this passage, tongues is an existing language that was not previously learned.  Don’t let some man deceive you into thinking that it is a special heavenly prayer language.  This is NOT in the Bible.

  • Modern day teaching is that tongues is a sign that one is baptized in the Holy Ghost.  This is not Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 12:13.

  • Spiritual gifts are not obtained.  They are GIFTS from the Holy Spirit, given as HE sees fit (1 Cor. 12:11).

  • If speaking in tongues is evidence of being baptized (immersed into) in the Holy Spirit, and therefore being placed into the body of Christ, why then does 1 Corinthians 12:18 teach us that God places us into his body as He sees fit?

  • Not everybody IN THE BODY OF CHRIST will speak in tongues (1 Cor. 12:30).

  • There is a more excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31).

  • God’s emphasis is that we should desire to prophecy as it edifies the church (1 Cor. 14:1-3, 12).

  • God’s desire is that people understand what is spoken (1 Cor. 14:9, 14).

  • Tongues are for a sign to them that believe not (1 Cor 14:22).

  • There is a difference between speaking with and in tongues (1 Cor. 14:39).