Speaking In Tongues, Part III

In the early church of Acts 2, Jesus promised to build His church and send the Holy Spirit.  Both promises were fulfilled at this time.  The church was formed, and believers were baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2 is simple, easy to understand, and straight forward unless clouded with false teaching.  The miracle of Pentecost was the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Joel.  They did not pray for it, ask for it, or qualify for it– it was a sovereign act of heaven.  This event launched the church.  The baptism was a one time event at Pentecost; after that it happens to every believer at the point of salvation.  They were baptized in the Holy Spirit and then filled with the Holy Spirit.  They spoke in other languages.  Charismatic churches have since abused the doctrine of tongues, and by their own admission it is not another language.  It is a non language, and gibberish.  The beginning of the “tongues” movement can be traced to the 1890’s in Topeka, Kansas.  Charles Parham decided that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a repeatable event and to be sought, and if you seek it, it will be accompanied by some kind of language.  Originally they thought they were speaking foreign languages, but this was later proven not to be the case when they went on mission trips and could neither speak nor understand the local language.  Embarrassed, they changed their doctrine and determined it was some kind of ecstatic unknown speech.  This is the first recorded instance when this false doctrine of incoherent babbling was placed into practice.  After Parham, on April 9, 1906 in Los Angeles, California, William Seymour hosted the Azuna Street revival that lasted until 1915.  This is usually considered the birth of the Pentecostal movement.   Mainstream Christians throughout the country rejected it immediately.  This was and still is strange fire.  Acts 2/Pentecost refers to a Jewish feast where they all spoke in various languages.  This is a SIGN mentioned in Acts 2 and later in Corinth (55 AD), and after that, you never hear about it.  It had a life span of about 25 years.  It is not mentioned in the pastoral epistles or in Revelation.  I Corinthians 13:8 says “tongues will cease.”  Tongues were a SIGN to unbelievers.  The sign is that Israel is set aside, and the church is born to take her place.  This is judgment on Israel.  In 70 AD the judgment came.  To convert this into self edifying gibberish is alien to everything said here.  The judgment on Israel turned out to be a blessing to the rest of the world.  One day however, the wild vine (the Gentile Church) temporarily grafted in, will be done away with when God is finished with the church age.  Then God will go back to the original vine (Israel).  Romans 11 gives a clear exposition of this truth.

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