You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
Testing the Origin and Scriptural vilidity of the Tongues “Superpower,” as well as other doctrines, taught by an Ex-Satanist preacher of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement
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Declaration: I do believe in, and experience the Scriptural, Holy-Spirit gift of tongues – as I believe in, and experience His other wonderful gifts, which “He gives [to each individual believer in the body or Christ] as He wills,” (1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
Despite Pentecostal/Charismatic abuse of God’s Gifts, it is nowhere to be found in New Testament/Covenant Scripture or in practical discipleship of Christ Jesus of the Bible, that any of the powerful, supernatural gifts of the Spirit, as described in 1 Cor. 12:4-11 and Mark 16:16-18, “ceased when the first apostles died.” In spite of Calvinist and other church propaganda, I have found numerous recorded accounts of the fact that not one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit has ever “ceased!”
In 176, the pagan Celsus witnessed that believers spoke in unknown tongues. This was so amazing it was officially recognized by the theologian Origen. They must have been amazed at the reality of the Supernatural God! What’s more, Irenaeus wrote about persecuted believers singing in unknown tongues — which could only have left the hearers in awe of God, Whom they praised while staring a torturous death in the face. For a lack of space I have excluded most of these testimonies.
God’s gift of tongues is certainly not “demonic,” although demons can speak in counterfeit demonic tongues or “babble.” Most unacceptably, those who reject the continuous gifts of the Holy Spirit call it “glossolalia,” which means, “senseless, useless, demonic babble,” (Eph. 4:30; 1 Ths, 5:19-22.) This is blasphemy, because the “heavenly languages” from God are direct spiritual communication with Jesus Himself, (1 Cor. 13:1-2; 14:2,) and a “sign” to unbelievers, (1 Cor. 14:22.)
►►►I have great sympathy with Jesus’ believers, who were disillusioned by Pentecostal teachings and practices. So many of them now follow the Calvinist and other church trend to reject the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and call it “glossolalia;” (senseless, useless babble;) effectively sinning against the Holy Spirit, (1 Ths. 5:19-22; Eph. 4:29-30.)
However, throwing the proverbial “baby out with the dirty bathwater,” does not solve the problem. Understanding what we were up against in the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, is the key to our spiritual growth in the contextual truth of Jesus’ Word, and in every situation that pertains to our lives. “By testing all things… and not believing every spirit, but to test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” will help us to “hold fast what is good, while abstaining from very form of evil,” (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) As Jesus promised, “We will know the truth, and the truth [about all things] will set us free.”
What has happened, is that most of the denominations, which rejected the Biblical water baptism as Jesus Himself demonstrated and commanded, (Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20,) do not manifest any of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. Besides their sin to replace Jesus’ baptism of believers by immersion, with an infant sprinkling that makes them into “Christian church members,” these denominations decidedly reject the Supernatural Reality and Gifts of the Holy Spirit without Scriptural evidence or true cause. So, in their rejection of the Supernatural Spirit of the Bible, (Jn. 4:21-24,) He simply wrote “Ichabod,” (no glory; where is the glory; or the glory of the Lord has departed,) over them.
►►► Sadly, despite Paul’s comprehensive teaching on all the gifts of the Spirit, His gifts of tongues and prophecy in particular, are terribly misunderstood and abused in Pentecostal/Charismatic, and other churches, (1 Cor. 12 & 14.)
►►► Paul commanded in 2 Cor. 10:6, 13, “...Do not think beyond what is written that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other… [Thus,] we will not boast beyond measure, [teaching unscriptural revelations, doctrines, and spiritual manifestations.] We will boast within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us...”
Most of the Following Subjects were also Published in Consecutive posts on Facebook; September – October 2018:
Þ The Historic Origin of the Pentecostal “baptism ‘in’ the holy spirit with the ‘evidence’ of tongues”
Þ Why people get involved in the occult, and in occult practices in church
Þ “Tongues in spiritual warfare:” Is the gift of tongues the “fire” or special superpower of the Holy Spirit?
Þ “The devil cannot ‘touch’ those who speak in tongues?”
Þ “The shoes of peace in spiritual warfare?”
Þ “The devil can take you out at will and Satanists can kill whom they want – except those who speak in tongues?”
Þ Satanism can really do a lot of harm to unrepentant Christians and unbelievers
Þ “Cursing mosques and other satanic places and ‘removing’ them?”
THE HISTORIC ORGINS OF THE PENTECOSTAL/CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT AND IT’S “BAPTISM ‘IN’ OR “FILLING WITH” THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND IT’S ‘EVIDENCE’ OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES
I have searched far and wide to bring the most reliable information on this subject to the table. A video by Ryan Reeves towered above the rest. It was comprehensive, plain, and therefore I thank him for his valuable information on the subject of the historical origins of Pentecostalism.
Sadly, without viewing the Book of Acts in the context of “all [New Testament] Scripture,” and without “testing the spirits to see whether they are of God,” from the beginning, the Pentecostal Movement focused only on certain verses in the Book of Acts, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) This moved the Biblical faith and Scriptural practices of New Covenant, or personally born again believers in Christ, entirely out of focus.
As recorded in the Book of Acts, confusion ran rife among the first believers after the original indwelling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The expanding revelation of Jesus’ New Covenant was brought to the assemblies by Paul, about 14 years after he came to Christ, (Gal. 2:1.) Before then, it was not available to Jesus’ body of believers.
Thus, the first believers often misunderstood Jesus’ mystical baptism with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, (Mt. 28:19-20; 3:11-12; Jn. 1:12-13; Gl. 4:6—7.) Erroneously, they related it to the laying on of hands to pray for the manifestation of a specific gift from the already indwelling Holy Spirit, (2 Tim. 1:6.) They also confused the gifts that naturally “follow” personally born again, baptised disciples, (tongues in particular,) with ecstatic pagan experiences and practices when, during pagan ceremonies, they are progressively possessed by demons, (Mark 16:16-18; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27.)
So, they believed they had to be “continually filled” anew with the Holy-Spirit, as it happens in the occult. Yet, Scripture teaches, “...God does not give His Spirit by measure, [every now and again; step by step, or in part,] (Jn. 3:34.) 1 Jn. 2:27, “The anointing [the Holy Spirit Himself] which you received from [Jesus at your rebirth,] abides [stays continuously] in you…”
Paul explained in 1 Cor. 12 & 14, “Concerning spiritual gifts… I do not want you to be ignorant… There are diversities of gifts… and ministries, but the same [constantly indwelling] Spirit.. gives all this for the profit of all… [exactly] as He [Alone] wills… [Therefore,] do all have gifts of healings? DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES...?” (1 Jn. 2:20;27; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; 27-31.)
It is silly to focus on one gift such as tongues to make it into a ‘superior, super-saving’ gift that outshines all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the gifts of the Spirit work together “as He wills” to edify Jesus’ blood-bought body of believers.
Paul, as all the other disciples, was just a man and not all-knowing. He also had to “grow in knowledge and in grace” to bring us the expanding revelation of Jesus’ entire Gospel as we now know it in the context of New Testament/Covenant truth, (2 Pt. 3:18.) But he was indeed one of the “chosen vessels” used by God, to bring us clarity on many of His mysteries.
The Pentecostal Movement’s inception pivots on the deception that the gifts of the Holy Spirit “ceased in 100 AD when the last apostle, John the Beloved, died.” By 1900, they insisted that “the church” just had to have “a new Pentecost “Revival,” or “a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, evidenced by the speaking in tongues.”
This forces one to ask, When and why did the Holy Spirit leave His temple of true believers, the body of Christ? Did Jesus lie when He promised at His ascension He will be [in] and with all His disciples “until the end of the world?” This promise, of course, refers only to true disciples, who were water baptized as per Jesus’ example, and taught everything He has said, (Mt. 28:19-20.) If the Holy Spirit left His blood-cleansed temple of believers, (1 Cor. 6:15-20,) how could anyone have been saved since 100 AD when it is believed, John the Beloved died? Paul expressly said in Rom. 8:9, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” More importantly, Where are these most serious allegations documented in the truthful context of New Testament Scripture, and substantiated, not by gift-rejecting denominations, but by true history?
There is no doubt that the Spirit’s gifts could have ceased once the religion of Christianity, the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, was established. The church began to replace the ecclesia, the gathering of Jesus’ true believers, during the latter part of the 1st century AD. “The Way,” as the ecclesia was called, was first changed to “Christianity” at Antioch, (Acts 7:48; 9:2; 22:4: 24:14; 19:9, 23, 11:19-26.) By the time Christianity was officially established in the 4th century as the State religion of Rome under Caesar Constantine, Mary worship ruled the entire church system.
It is logic that “the glory of the Lord departed” from “the church.” But Jesus, Who is not a man that He can lie, promised to “never leave, nor forsake” His true, Scripture obeying body of believers, the “ecclesia.” (Heb. 13:5; Acts 5:32.)
Among true believers who still adhered to His commandment to baptise believing disciples, neither the Scriptural indwelling of the Spirit, nor the manifestation of His gifts ever ceased, (Mark 16:16-18.) As recorded in Hebrews chapter 11 and through the ages, true believers were immensely persecuted and oppressed. As witnessed by the Roman Catholic/Calvinist-Lutheran inquisitions, with the help of their “mother,” the Church of Rome, Protestants also brutally murdered and tortured to death, hundreds at a time, those who followed Jesus through Scriptural truth and especially His water baptism by immersion.
One can safely say, because the gifts of the Spirit “follow those who believe and baptize themselves as disciples” according to Jesus’ own example, (Mark 16:16-18,) the gifts, tongues included, were manifested throughout the ages. However, such true manifestations of God’s gifts were erased from official history books where the persecuted body of Christ was concerned.
Yet, even in Catholic and other church circles, accounts of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s gifts are too numerous to publish here. Chrysostom of Constantinople, Eusebius, and Augustine of Hippo allegedly all knew of the ongoing manifestation of unknown languages. Irenaeus even wrote about persecuted believers singing in unknown tongues.
The Encyclopaedia of Pentecostal History reports, “In 175 Montanus spoke in tongues. In 176 the pagan Celsus, documented by the Origen, witnessed that believers spoke in unknown tongues. Wesley knew that in Methodism tongues were manifested, and they also cast out demons and healed the sick. In 232 Asterius Urbanus wrote that true believers would always have Holy-Spirit gifts. In 257 the Presbyter Novatian, and in 315-567 Hilary of Poitiers both referred to the reality of the manifestation of tongues. In 330 Esebius, in 340-398 Ambrose, Athanasius, and Lactantius (296-373) all spoke in tongues and cast out demons. Pachomius (d. 346) preached in Latin, which he did not know. John Chrysostom (A.D. 347-407) said the water baptised spoke in tongues. Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (completed in 731) contains many references to healing. In 975-1038 Stephen spoke in Greek, Turkish, and Armenian. 1098-1179: Hilgegarde sang in tongues. 1100: Albigensians spoke in tongues. Spanish-born Dominic (d. 1221), after prayer, could speak German. Jean of the Cross spoke in Arabic. Jean of St. Francis, according to J. Gorres, spoke in Spanish. (Die Christliche Mystik, II, 193… Perspectives on the New Pentecostalism, Spitter, Stanley M. Burgess, 1976, pp. 14-26) Martin Valentine spoke in tongues. Angelus Clarenus spoke in Greek. 1209: Franciscan monks spoke in tongues. St. Anthony of Padua manifested many gifts of the Spirit. In 1247, Thomas Aquinas said many spoke in tongues as at Pentecost. St. Clare of Monte Falcone spoke in French. 1381-1447: Colette manifested the gifts of knowledge and discernment, healed lepers and raised the dead. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419), did many miracles, and “spoke in languages understood by Greeks, Germans, Sardinians, Hungarians, and people of other nations." Vincent Ferrer manifested the gifts of prophecy, miracles, and healing. The cruelly persecuted 16th century Baptists spoke in tongues, (although most modern Baptists reject this gift.) Domminic spoke German. Anthony, Francis Xavier and 17 th century Quakers all spoke in tongues. In the 18th century, Jonathan Edwards also spoke in tongues during the Great Awakening….”
The list goes on an on and on. It is a blatant lie that the gifts of the Holy Spirit ever ceased.
It is evident that the Pentecostal Movement was not made from perfect Biblical beginnings. It stemmed from the Holiness Movement and early Methodism, where John Wesley taught “the first stage” of salvation by faith in Christ, and then the “second stage” of salvation that led to holiness and perfection, called ‘sanctification.” As Wesley, Pentecostals totally missed Jesus’ contextual truth that states, “He has, [past tense at our rebirth through faith in, and acceptance of Him,] called us out of darkness into His marvelous [Kingdom of] Light… He [completely] delivered us from the power of darkness and [fully] conveyed [or placed us entirely] into His [Spiritual] Kingdom…” (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13.)
Hence, salvation, redemption, blessing, and holiness are not attributes of pagan, ritualized religion, which believers must earn or still achieve. These are God-given “benefits” of once-off salvation through personal faith in, and acceptance of Christ. These “benefits” describe the spiritual position or place, which all sincerely born again believers constantly occupy inside His Spiritual Kingdom, from the first moment they accepted Jesus, (Gal. 4:6—7; Jn. 18:36.) Paul explained in Gal. 2:19-21, “I have [past tense] been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ, [through His indwelling Holy Spirit,] lives in me…”
Therefore, all true believers are already “complete in Christ,” (Col. 2:10.) We were completely saved, fully redeemed, totally blessed, and made absolutely holy through the blood of Jesus, (Gal. 3:10-14.) All true believers are “saints, not “saved sinners.” True believers cannot get “more saved,” “more redeemed,” “more blessed,” or “more holy.” All that has to be continually “renewed,” are our “thoughts” or “minds” to “know the perfect will of God,” so that we can be doers of His Word, who glorify His Name by obeying the Truth of His Word in Holy-Spirit leading, (Rom. 12:1-2.)
However, in its fetal stage, Pentecostalism was marked by Jesus’ Gospel of salvation, (people could only be saved by faith in, and acceptance of Jesus,) repentance from moral sin and worldliness, obedience to His Scriptural water baptism of disciples, and Godly praise and worship, as found in Psalms 149-150. “Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of [blood-cleansed, believing] saints, [the ecclesia, not its counterfeit, the church system.] Praise His Name [with Holy-Spirit inspired not worldly] dance; sing praises to Him with the timbrel, harp… trumpet, flute, stringed instruments [like guitars,] flutes, cymbals…”
It is because of the Pentecostals’ Core-Gospel preaching and their passionate praise and worship that, since 1900, they harvested 500 million God-hungry people from all over the globe. Accepting Jesus among them and being water baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, really did make true disciples for Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Mt. 28:19-20.) It was in Pentecostalism where I first heard the Gospel, coming from a spiritually dead Calvinist background, and surrendered myself, and everyone and everything pertaining to my life, to Christ Jesus of the Bible. The Scriptural water baptism of believes just had to follow the rebirth. And because I, in His grace, “tested the spirits” by asking God to show me the truth about speaking in tongues, a few days after water baptism, the manifestation of the gift of tongues “naturally” followed without submitting to their “baptism by the laying on of hands,” just as Jesus explained in Mark 16:16-18.
Sadly, at the turn of the 19th century, in its final stage of development, fetal Pentecostalism was guided by the deception that “the gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased with the death of the apostles.” Thus, they began insisting on “a new Pentecost: a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit ‘evidenced’ by the manifestation of tongues.”
Then, in 1901, the Pentecostal Movement was officially born. Sadly, it was established on sinking sand, dragging Jesus’ blood-bought, personally born again disciples down just to another Scripture-compromising, church level. As every other denomination or division of the Roman Catholic Church, the “mother of all Christianity,” this Movement, after using the Bible to draw in disciples, then set out to make them slaves to a manmade church system.
At present, Pentecostalism is in its “Fourth Wave” of spiritual decline, called “Charismatic Hermeneutics,” as it sinks further and further away from Biblical and Holy-Spirit truth. They are now calling out for “a fourth Pentecost” to “save the whole world” through their so-called “river of anointing,” not the preaching of the Gospel. All this is the result of building another global church on sinking sand through utter “lawlessness,” (Mt. 7:21-24,) typified by countless false spiritual manifestations, satanic chaos, and masonic teaching; controlled by greedy, power-mad pastors.
►►►This “Fourth Wave” of Charismaticism might never have come into being if it weren’t for one cataclysmic catalyst.
Þ In 1901, the core doctrine of Pentecostalism was brought into this world — a special “super-charm” that plays on the sinful, self-enriching, power-seeking nature of all believers, who were not truly “crucified in Christ,” (Gal. 2:19-21.)
Þ The medium that conjured up this “special super-charm,” was the “godfather” of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement, Charles Fox Parham, (1973-1929.) Parham was first in all of history to establish an entirely new, worldwide ministry on one abysmal doctrine; severing two of Pentecostalism’s main roots in the process, (Col. 2:10; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)
►►► Charles Parham, deviating drastically from Biblical truth, was a terrible racist. He “rewrote” God’s six-day creation to justify his hatred for non-white people. In addition to teaching the masonic doctrine of British Israelism, (the so-called elite, lost, ten tribes of Israel,) he actually taught, God made all the non-white races on the sixth day of creation. But on the eighth day, he created the supreme, white race to rule all the other races.
Þ Yet, most hypocritically, he used one of his African-American followers, William Joseph Seymour, to spread his newly established religion called “Pentecostalism.” This is how William Seymour became the “father” of all the indescribable chaos that escalated through Parham’s “special super-charm.” By executing the “Azusa Street Revival,” Seymour began to minister mightily to power-hungry people of all races; drawing in thousands from across the world.
►►► What Charles Fox Parham did to establish Pentecostalism, was to change Jesus’ “Completed” Work of Salvation through His full atonement, and Jesus’ Baptism with the Holy Spirit, (placing the Spirit inside born again believers at their rebirth, Col. 2:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:15-20,) into an utterly ecstatic, “superpower-experience.” This “experience” was only obtainable through the laying on of Pentecostal-clergy hands. Now, anyone can get it through their ‘river of anointing.’ Through this ‘experience,’ Parham effectively merged his new “baptism ‘in’ the ‘holy spirit,’ (placing believers ‘in’ the ‘chaotic river of the ‘holy spirit,’ not having the “Spring of Life flowing from within them,” Jn. 4:14 kjv,) with his new superpower “evidence” of this baptism: speaking in tongues.
This “super experience” is allegedly a ‘better’ or ‘higher’ salvation, where “believers are ‘now eventually’ “in” the Spirit and therefore “filled with the Spirit.” Those who were thus “filled with the Holy Spirit,” are allegedly “more saved and more holy,” and “on a higher Christian level” than those who did not “experience” this “baptism.” However, this “filling” does not last, as it has to come from the outside as under the Old Testament Covenant before Jesus’ atonement and Pentecost, to ‘fill’ them again and again. Kjv, Jn. 7:38-39, “Jesus [before Golgotha and Pentecost,] spoke concerning the Holy Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive, for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Twisting the Spirit’ once-off indwelling of the body of Christ at Pentecost to successive “Pentecosts,” and “coming down continually,” effectively nullifies believers as His New Covenant Temple. His living, blood-cleansed temple can never be empty, (1 Cor. 6:14-20; Mt. 28:19-20.)
►►► One of Parham’s students, Agnes Ozman, who fanatically believed in Parham’s “superpower-experience,” was allegedly the first to speak in tongues. Not in an “unknown, heavenly language,” but in Chinese, (1 Cor. 13:1.) To a superpower-experience hungry world, which “perishes through a lack [of real Scriptural] knowledge,” Parham’s baptism was actually “more than fire,” (Hos. 4:6.) It was wildfire madness. The manifestation of tongues with the laying on of hands supposedly ‘proved’ that the ‘holy spirit’ can ‘now be given’ by mere mortals ‘christs’ like Parham. What’s more, this new baptism is so ‘powerful,’ it allegedly “returned” the so-called “lost gift” of speaking in tongues to humanity! Suddenly, Pentecostals were the “Haves;” the “chosen generation” who had this “elite, special power.” The poor Have-Nots were the ones who had “nothing.”
Þ Parham’s doctrine is so entrenched in the minds of Pentecostals, they actually ‘adjusted’ Jesus’ declaration in Mark 16:16 to go like this, “He who believes and is baptized [“in the spirit by the laying on of hands with the evidence of tongues,”] will be saved; but he who does not [receive this superpower-baptism of tongues,] will be condemned.”
Þ Today, preachers invite anyone within the “holy” confines of a church building “where the devil [allegedly] cannot touch them while they speak in tongues,” to “come forward and accept the baptism in the holy spirit with the evidence of tongues!” Hence, they believe, speaking in tongues truly “saves” all the “Haves” in Pentecostalism.
Þ This is one of the most blasphemous lies I have ever heard. Jesus, by His own example, commanded the water baptism of disciples in Mt. 28:19-20 and in Mark 16:16-18. According to the reaction of the believers in Acts when they accepted Jesus through the truth of His Gospel, (Kjv, Acts 8:35-38,) all of them obeyed and taught the water baptism in Mark 16:16 and Mt. 28:19-20. This commandment of Jesus at His ascension, was, still is, and for as long as there are believers on earth, will always be the water baptism of His believing disciples.