Serving God in Spirit and in Truth
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1 Cor. 12
1 Cor. 14 and don't forget 1 Cor. 14:39 That cannot be ignored or erased!
Speaking in tongues is a real gift from God. Sometimes some people speak false gibberish, sometimes people speak in devil tongues but other times some people do correctly use the real gift from God known as speaking in tongues. If and when done from/of God, it is biblical. The ministers that forbid it are going against 1 Cor. 14:39 "forbid not to speak with tongues"! Paul's solution to the tongues problem in the Corinthian church was not to forbid tongues, but to correct the improper use of the gift from God. It was not for just the day of Pentecost. Pentecost happened in Acts 2. But speaking in tongues was continued in Acts 10 and Acts 19. No place in the bible does it say that it stopped being allowed or that it was reserved only for the early days of the church. In fact, it says it will also be for the end times! And if it was for the early days and the end times, then it is also for the in-between times! Acts 2:16-20.
If you live in fear and don't allow the Spirit of God to move in your services, how is God going to manifest this end time speaking in tongues and seeing visions that the bible does speak about? You must allow people to simply say the word "Amen" and lift up their voice and praise God! You must allow the congregation to worship God and not be ashamed or embarrassed to openly worship and praise God. Let God do what God wants to do!
However, there are also tongues of the devil as well of course. I have heard both. I have received tongues and I have interpreted tongues. Tongues must not be focused on as being the only evidence of having received The Holy Ghost/Spirit. It is not the only evidence! 1 Cor. 12:10, 27-31 Everyone does not receive the gift of speaking in tongues. Just as we must not forbid it, we must also not require it. The bible does not say that speaking in tongues is required and it does not say that speaking in tongues is the only evidence of receiving The Holy Ghost. However it does teach that we must receive The Holy Ghost. But there are more than one evidences of having received it.
Please see our Worship page for more information on how we can truly and respectfully worship and praise God in Spirit and in Truth. I would also recommend you do a bible study on the words "sing", "praise", "shout", "dance", etc. Do your research and do not believe us and do not believe those other churches. Believe your bible!
Clarification: We do not believe in just rambling babble, gibberish. That is of the devil. But we do believe the bible when it says there is true speaking in tongues. How can that be? Well, the bible speaks of it! There is a difference. The babbling devil tongues are pretty evident and you can sense when it is fake or of evil spirits. But true tongues, when it occurs, will either be followed by interpretation or else someone will understand in their own language without interpretation, that is, they will understand in their own language. But to others, it may sound like a foreign language. It may be meant as a message just to one person or one couple in the congregation. I have heard of that happening. And then there is also the times that the tongues is used to talk/pray to God in the Spirit. That is also biblical and does not come with interpretation or human understanding because the person is talking to God, not to the congregation. Please check out all the scriptures on the subject and don't just pick and choose which scriptures. Don't ignore one scripture in favor of another scripture. If we forbid all speaking in tongues, then we will never see the true tongues. If a person speaks in a devil tongue, then the minister will go to that person right then and there and will rebuke the devil. I have seen that happen more than once. Please search the scriptures and pray and fast concerning this subject.
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
(This is the verse 1 Cor. 14:21 was quoting; speaking about the Assyrians who would invade Israel/America and speaking in a spiritual sense concerning speaking in unknown tongues in error. 1 Cor. 14:21 refers to this verse thus proving that Isa. 28:11 has at least two meanings.)
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
(The Pentecostal churches love to fall backward and they love to speak with other tongues and to stammer as drunk in a spirit. Thus they are snared and taken. It can be from God, yet be a curse. You do not want to be slain in the LORD.)
Picking back up in 1 Cor. 14:
22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
(Yet this is exactly what your Pentecostal preacher strives for!)
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:
25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
(Everyone has different gifts and callings. Not everyone speaks in tongues, Some sing, some prophesy, some teach, etc.)
27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
(Yet in the Pentecostal churches you hear several people speaking in tongues and nobody understands.)
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
(We should never go by only one verse. We must also consider Acts 2 where there were no interpretation, some understood in their own language and did not need interpretation. Other people, the lost, did not understand. Interpretation is not always required. But it is preferred especially in a culture where there is too much focus on tongues and where/when there are much false tongues.)
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
There must be an interpretation?
1 Cor. 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Brethren, let me ask you this question: When God gives you the unction to open your mouth and let the tongues flow, how do you know whether or not someone else is going to give an interpretation? You don't! So how can you keep silence? You should not limit God by restraining yourself from obeying Him. Let His Spirit flow! Do not quench the Spirit!
There are several examples of speaking in tongues in the bible with no interpretation!:
Acts 2, Many people all spoke in tongues, all at the same time, not one by one, and with no interpretors. Each person heard the language in their own tongue and therefore understood what was being said without an interpretation! Yet others did not understand what was being said and thought they were silly drunk!
44 While Peter yet spake these words, The Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of The Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received The Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Acts 10 doesn't say anything about an interpretation!
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, The Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
Acts 19 did not say anything about an interpretation!
"But ye, beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in The Holy Ghost," Jude 20
Jude 20 is talking about using this gift of unknown tongues to pray to God. Why would you need an interpretation given to God? Why would you need an interpretation to people who you are not praying to? This is mostly done in private. But it can also be done at services. There is nothing wrong with praying in tongues at services, but should be done only by 1-2 people at a time and should hope/seek for understanding. When praying in tongues, you don't need any interpretation because you are speaking to God and not to the congregation, but when done during services it is preferred that a interpretation be given regardless of whether the unknown tongues was in prayer to God or whether it was speaking directly to the congregation.
So why did Paul say that if there be no interpreter to keep silence?
Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church which had let the false tongues run amok. The church had lost control and there was nothing but confusion. So he was putting his foot down and telling those people to sit down and shut up. He was putting extra controls in place in this much needed time and location. Paul never intended to tell all churches, all Christians and all church ages to never allow speaking in tongues without interpretation. Paul's instructions to the Corinthian church should serve as a warning to us but at the same time should not cause us to be overly legalistic about how the gift of tongues must be performed. True tongues is from God. Let God have the control. Let The Holy Spirit of the law reign rather than the burden of the letter of the law. The pastor/bishop/elder must be active in his duty to discern whether it was true tongues or not and then to take appropriate (not inappropriate) action when necessary. Don't focus on just one verse. It must be here a little and there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept to get the whole picture and full understanding.
1 Thes. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
Many times you will hear people every Sunday repeat the same unknown words every Sunday. It's just 1-3 seconds long and it's always the same every week. This is not speaking in tongues! That is just some gibberish words that they have learned somewheres. True speaking in tongues will last long enough to be a real message to someone in the listening area. Not just one or two words. It is a sentence. And is for edification, not to prove that they have The Holy Ghost! You don't learn how to speak in tongues, it is a supernatural gift from God to select people, not to everyone!
Some people try to say that you must speak in tongues to prove that you are filled with The Holy Ghost. This is not biblical. Just because we read about people speaking in tongues at baptism doesn't mean that it must be that way with every person in every occasion. The bible is clear that there are different gifts and that not everyone has the same gifts and that not everyone speaks in tongues!
1 Cor. 12
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand (I speak not in tongues), I am not of the body. Is it therefore not of the body?
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? (No) Are all prophets? (No) Are all teachers? (No) Are all workers of miracles? (No)
30 Have all the gifts of healing? (No) Do all speak with tongues? (No) Do all interpret? (No).
(Answer to all of the above: No.)
Condemning People for Not Speaking in Tongues
I have seen where people were repeatedly told that they did not have The Holy Ghost just because they couldn't speak in tongues. These people would seek hard with tears and much prayer and follow all the steps yet never get caught up in that demonic spirit. These poor people are being taught that they are lost only because they can't speak in unknown tongues. Very, very sad! Jesus is angry against these Pentecostal whorehouses which pose as the church of God! Vengeance is the LORD's! Don't treat my people like that!
Please give me the verse that says speaking in tongues is the only evidence!
Such a verse does not exist! The word "evidence" is never used in the bible in relation to tongues. Your traditional denominations of man have taught you that. That's not from the bible. Yes you can find instances where some people spoke in tongues upon receiving The Holy Ghost. But you can also find instances where they did not speak in tongues. To assume that it must occur is adding to the scripture.
All gifts are available to all believers but not every gift is distributed to every believer. Tongues is not distributed to every believer. All tongues are gifts. We cannot do it of ourselves. So how can it ever not be a gift? When we pray in the Spirit, the scripture says nothing about tongues. I was raised in Pentecostal churches that believes that everyone can and must speak in tongues. I am very very familiar with it. And I do firmly believe it is a good and wonderful thing. If God gives it to us. I am glad you are humble enough to learn. Most are not. 1 Cor.12:28-31, As you read, please answer out loud to yourself each question. Answer yes or no to these questions of Paul. The answer is "no" to all those questions. Which is the best gift? Find the answer in 14:5. Read it in NASB as well. Yes it would be nice for everyone to speak in tongues. But it would also be nice if everyone could declare prophecy. Yet we have different gifts. Where is the word "tongues" ever called anything other than a gift?
1 Sam. 10:5-13
(KJV) :5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy. (Music/worship helps the flow of The Spirit.)
Prophesize (To prophesy) = To speak God's Words. Prophet = Person who speaks divine words from God. Associated with prophets because they repeated/spoke the words of God. The prophets were the people that God moved upon in a mighty way. The prophets were the spokesmen of God.
(AOB) :5 AND AFTERWARD YOU SHALL GO TO THE HILL OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), WHERE IS THE ENCAMPMENT OF THE PHILISTINES; THERE IS NASIB THE PHILISTINE: AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS WHEN YOU SHALL HAVE ENTERED INTO THE CITY, THAT YOU SHALL MEET A BAND OF PROPHETS COMING DOWN FROM THE BAMA; AND BEFORE THEM WILL BE LUTES, AND A DRUM, AND A PIPE, AND A HARP, AND THEY'LL (be) *SPEAKING DIVINE WORDS (*Speaking in unknown tongues. 19:20-24; Num. 11:25-27)
:6 (KJV) And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
(AOB) :6 AND THE SPIRIT OF JESUS SHALL LEAP UPON YOU, AND YOU SHALL SPEAK DIVINE WORDS (*speak in tongues) WITH THEM, AND BE TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN.
(This is what we see happened in Acts 2 also. The Holy Ghost, The Spirit of God, came upon the people, causing them to speak divine words from God. And they also became "new men", being empowered from Heaven, being changed and speaking God's words and not their own words.)
:7 (KJV) And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
(Mark 16:17 says that speaking in tongues is a sign.)
:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
(AOB) :10 AND HE CAME THERE TO THE HILL, AND BEHOLD A BAND OF PROPHETS OPPOSITE TO HIM; AND THE SPIRIT OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) SPRUNG (Greek word #242 has meaning of a water spring flowing or bubbling up, or a person leaping) UPON HIM, AND HE SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues) IN THE MIDST OF THEM.
:11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
:12 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
:13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.
(AOB) :13 AND HE CEASED SPEAKING DIVINE WORDS (speaking in tongues), AND CAME TO THE HILL.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
John 4:13-14 (KJV)
:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up (Greek #242) into everlasting life.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for The Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
(Therefore, we see that before The Holy Ghost was given, The Holy Spirit also sprung up in people.)
(KJV) :21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
(AOB) :21 AND IT WAS TOLD SAUL, AND HE SENT OTHER MESSENGERS, AND THEY ALSO SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues): AND SAUL SENT AGAIN A THIRD SET OF MESSENGERS, AND THEY ALSO SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues).
(KJV) :22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah
(KJV) :23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
(AOB) :23 AND HE WENT THERE TO NAVATH IN RAMA: AND THERE CAME THE SPIRIT OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) UPON HIM ALSO, AND HE WENT ON SPEAKING DIVINE WORDS (speaking in tongues) UNTIL HE CAME TO NAVATH IN RAMA.
(KJV) :24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
(AOB) :24 AND HE TOOK OFF HIS CLOTHES, AND SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues) BEFORE THEM; AND LAY DOWN STRIPPED ALL THAT DAY AND ALL THAT NIGHT: THEREFORE THEY SAID, IS SAUL ALSO AMONG THE PROPHETS? (Possibly totally naked? But also possibly just without his royal clothing? Removal of clothing = letting go of hindrances/barriers between us and God.)
(KJV) :16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
:17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
:18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
:19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
:21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
:22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
:23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
:24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
(AOB) :25 AND JESUS CAME DOWN IN A CLOUD, AND SPOKE TO HIM, AND TOOK OF HIS (Jesus') SPIRIT THAT WAS UPON HIM, AND PUT IT UPON THE SEVENTY MEN THAT WERE ELDERS; AND WHEN HIS SPIRIT RESTED UPON THEM, THEY SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in unknown tongues) AND CEASED
:26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
(AOB) :26 AND THERE WERE TWO MEN LEFT IN THE CAMP, THE NAME OF THE ONE WAS ELDAD, AND THE NAME OF THE OTHER MODAD; AND HIS SPIRIT RESTED UPON THEM, AND THESE WERE OF THE NUMBER OF THEM THAT WERE ENROLLED, BUT THEY DID NOT COME TO THE TABERNACLE; AND THEY SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues) IN THE CAMP.
:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
(AOB) :27 AND A YOUNG MAN RAN AND TOLD MOSES, AND SPOKE, SAYING, ELDAD AND MODAD SPOKE DIVINE WORDS (spoke in tongues) IN THE CAMP.
:28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
SPECIAL NOTE: This speaking of tongues in Numbers 11 most likely occurred on the date of Pentecost! In Numbers 10:11 there is a date given for a prior event. The date is the 20th day of the 2nd month, in the 2nd year after they left Egypt. The date is then followed by descriptions of 2 trips. Trip #1 is from Numbers 10:12 to verse 28. And then the 2nd trip starts in Numbers 10:33 and that one lasts 3 days. We don't know the length of the 1st trip. Then we eventually come to the occurrence of the speaking in tongues in Numbers 11:24-27. Pentecost is the only holy day that is not always on the same date in God's calendar every year, because the date is determined by counting 50 days from the weekly Sabbath that occurs during the festival of Unleavened Bread. Therefore, Pentecost will always occur between the 6th-13th day of the 3rd month of God's true calendar, not the Roman Catholic calendar. If both of these mentioned trips lasted 3 days each, which is not likely, then the date of the speaking in tongues would have been on the 26th of the 2nd month. It is very likely that the 1st trip was much longer than 3 days, but not longer than 2-3 weeks. This means that it is very likely that the speaking of tongues in the times of Moses did actually occur on the date of Pentecost!
What did occur: The Spirit of God came upon them. It was supernatural, uncontrolled speaking, not of their selves.
1 Thes. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. :20 Despise not prophesyings.
God's true calendar, How to calculate all of the holy days.
The Alpha & Omega Bible, the most accurate bible translation.
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