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Origin of the Pentecostal Charismatic Movement and the Experience of their Ecstatic, Superpower Tongue Baptism
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Declaration: I do believe in, and experience the Scriptural, Holy-Spirit gift of tongues – just 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.)
The Calvinist and other church allegation that the gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased when the first apostles died, cannot be confirmed anywhere in either New Testament/Covenant Scripture or in practical discipleship of the Lord Christ Jesus. Instead, all the supernatural, Biblical gifts of the Spirit are clearly described in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Mark 16:16-18, and the rest of the New Testament — they were even prophesied in the Old Testament in the context of God giving His Holy Spirit gifts and servanthood at Pentecost to both male and female! (Joel 2:28-29.)
I have found numerous recorded accounts of the fact that not one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit has ever “ceased.” For example: in 176 A.D., the pagan Celsus heard believers speak fluently in unknown tongues. This was so amazing it was recorded by the theologian Origen. What’s more, Irenaeus wrote about persecuted believers singing in unknown tongues — which could only have left the hearers in awe of God, Whom these martyrs praised while staring a torturous death in the face. We must not forget that we may demonstrate the gift of “tongues as a sign to unbelievers” that Jesus “possesses” His temple of believers through His indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 14:22; Eph. 1:12-14.) How sad when we must demonstrate tongues as a “sign” to believers — and then they still do not accept the reality of this miraculous gift of the Spirit!
God’s gift of tongues can never be “demonic,” but demons can speak in counterfeit tongues or “babble,” (1 Cor. 12:1-11.) As I will prove in this study, the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement places Jesus’ Scripturally born again believers in dreadful danger by forcing the “experience” of an artificial, ecstatic “tongues baptism” as a form of “salvation” onto their members. To conform to those churches, many even pretend to speak in tongues, (ba-ba-ba; em-em-em; purrrr…) Even worse, because they submit to false dogma and counterfeit spiritual practices, they are in danger of receiving a false babble-language from the devil.
Þ True tongues, the gift of the Biblical Holy Spirit, which “He gives as He wills,” (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 27-31,) are fluent, humanly incomprehensible languages, (1 Cor. 13:1-3.) Most unacceptably, those who reject the never-ceasing gifts of the Holy Spirit call this true, Holy-Spirit gift “glossolalia,” which means, “senseless, useless, demonic babble.”
Þ Such rejection of the gifts of the Spirit is blasphemy against Him, “quenches” Him, and corrupting the truth about Him and His gifts “grieves” Him, (1 Ths. 5:19-22; Eph 5:29-30.) In fact, those who were not sincerely and spiritually reborn through faith in Christ, can never accept the Spirit’s supernatural miracles and gifts of the Spirit. “The carnal or natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him because they are spiritually discerned...” (1 Cor. 2:11-16.) The Spirit’s “heavenly languages,” as described in the Bible, function as direct spiritual communication between believers and God Himself, (1 Cor. 13:1-2; 14:2.) How can spiritually unregenerate people accept the incredible free gifts from God for all truly born again believers in Christ?
►►►I have great empathy 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 to call it “glossolalia;” (senseless, useless babble;) effectively blaspheming 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 emotional or mind growth in the contextual truth of Jesus’ Word, and in every other situation of our lives. “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, “[If you ask and seek] you will know the truth, and the truth [about all things] will set you free.”
Tragically, the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit did “cease” in most denominations because they rejected the Biblical rebirth and water baptism as Jesus Himself had demonstrated and commanded, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20.) 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 Reality and True Gifts of the Holy Spirit without Scriptural evidence or legitimate cause. So, in their rejection of the Supernatural Holy Spirit of the Bible, Who is God Himself, (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 teachings on all the gifts of the Spirit, the 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...”
THE HISTORIC ORIGINS OF THE PENTECOSTAL/CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT AND IT’S “BAPTISM OF TONGUES”
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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,” the Pentecostal Movement focused only on certain verses in the Book of Acts, (K.j.v.: Ps. 119:160; 1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) This allowed for eisegesis or their own interpretations of those events, which moved the Biblical faith and practices of the New Covenant, personally born again body in Christ, out of Scriptural focus.
As recorded in the Book of Acts, confusion ran rife among the first believers after the once-off 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, (Acts 2; Gal. 2:1.) It seems that before then, these explanations were not available to Jesus’ body of believers.
So, 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; Gal. 4:6-7.) As most still do today, they often confused the “apostolic age” after Pentecost with Jesus’ ministry under the Old Testament Covenant before He suffered, died, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven. Jesus’ ministry to the Hebrews was before His establishment of the New Testament Covenant at Calvary and before Pentecost, when He sent the Holy Spirit to, for the first time in all of history, constantly indwell His blood-cleansed temple of believers, (Jn. 7:39, 1 Jn. 2:20, 27 KJV.) During the Old Testament Covenant, the Spirit “came upon” certain believers, but He did not indwell them. Erroneously, they also related Jesus’ Baptism with the Holy Spirit to the apostles’ laying on of hands to pray for the manifestation of the gifts from the already indwelling Holy Spirit, (2 Tim. 1:6.) In addition, they confused the gifts that “follow” personally born again, water baptised disciples, (tongues in particular,) for ecstatic pagan experiences when heathens are progressively possessed by more and stronger demons, (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Mark 16:16-18; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27.)
As a result, they believed they had to be “continually filled” with the Spirit and experience great ‘hypes’ each time the Spirit supposedly “descends on them.” Yet, John the Baptist declared, “...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 Spirit Himself] which you received from [Jesus at your rebirth] abides [or stays continuously] in you…”
Þ Paul explained in 1 Cor. 12 & 14, “Concerning spiritual gifts… I do not want you to be ignorant… You were Gentiles [led by demonic spirits. Now, do not relate the anointing and gifts of the Holy Spirit to those experiences, (12:1-3.)] There are diversities of gifts… and ministries, but the same [fully indwelling] Spirit.. gives all this for the profit of all… as He [Alone] wills… [So,] 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 occultic 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.) Still, Paul was indeed one of the “chosen vessels” used by Jesus to clarify many of His supernatural mysteries.
►►► Tragically, the dawn of the Pentecostal Movement pivoted on the deception that the gifts of the Holy Spirit “ceased in 100 A.D. when the last apostle, John the Beloved, died.” By 1900, it’s founders insisted that “the church” must have “a new Pentecost Revival: a [second] outpouring of the Spirit as described in Acts 2; evidenced by the speaking in tongues.”
This forces one to ask, When and Why did the Spirit leave His temple of true believers, the body of Christ? If a ‘second’ Pentecost were possible at the turn of the 19th century, it could only have happened if Jesus annulled His New Testament Covenant with believers, (Acts 2:16-21.) But Paul declared in Rom. 8:9, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” This means, if the Spirit ‘left’ His temple, the blood-bought body of believers, no one could been saved since 100 A.D. when the last apostle died. So, did Jesus lie when He promised at His ascension that He will be [in] and with all His disciples “until the end of the world?” (Mt. 29:19-20.) Where are such serious allegations documented in the truthful context of New Testament Scripture and substantiated, not by gift-rejecting denominations, but by true history?
The manifestation of the Spirit’s gifts only ceased in man-made churches once the religion of Christianity, the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, was established. However, Jesus’ promise in Mt. 28:19-20 refers only to true disciples, who were water baptized as per Jesus’ example, and taught to obey everything He has said. The church with its false dogmas, norms and forms began to replace the ecclesia, the gathering of Jesus’ first disciples, during the latter part of the 1st century A.D. “The Way,” as the ecclesia was called before then, was first changed to “Christianity” at Antioch, (Acts 7:48; 9:2; 22:4: 24:14; 19:9, 23, 11:19-26.) When Christianity was turned into the official State religion of Rome under Caesar Constantine in 4 A.D., Mary worship ruled the church system, but not the persecuted “Way” or the Holy Spirit’s ecclesia!
Hence, it is logic that “the glory of the Lord departed” from the church system. However, Jesus, Who is not a man that He could lie, promised to “never leave or forsake” His true body of believers called “The Way,” (Heb. 13:5; Acts 5:32; 1 Jn. 2:4.)
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, sincere believers were immensely persecuted and oppressed by the Christian church system. During the Middle Ages, the Calvinist-Lutheran inquisitions, with the help of ruling monarchs and the Mother Church of Rome, also brutally tortured to death, hundreds at a time, those who followed Jesus through His Scriptural truth, and especially because they obeyed His commandment to water baptise sincere believers by submersion.
One can safely say, because the gifts of the Spirit “follow” those who believe and water baptize themselves as disciples according to Jesus’ own example, (Mark 16:16-18,) His gifts, tongues included, were manifested throughout the ages. However, where the persecuted body of Christ was concerned, these manifestations were erased from official history books.
Þ Still, even in church circles, recorded accounts of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s gifts are too numerous to publish here. Chrysostom of Constantinople, Eusebius, and Augustine of Hippo apparently 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 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 manifestation of tongues. In 330 Esebius, in 340-398 Ambrose, Athanasius, and Lactantius (296-373) spoke in tongues and cast out demons. Pachomius (d. 346) preached in Latin, which he did not know. Bede's “Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum,” (completed in 731) contains references to healing. In 975-1038, Stephen spoke in Greek, Turkish, and Armenian. 1098-1179: Hilgegarde sang in tongues. 1100: Albigensians spoke in tongues. Jean of the Cross spoke in Arabic. Jean of St. Francis, according to J. Gorres, spoke in Spanish. Martin Valentine spoke in tongues. In 1247, Thomas Aquinas said many spoke in tongues as at Pentecost. St. Clare of Monte Falcone spoke in French. Vincent Ferrer (1419) did many miracles, and “spoke in languages understood by Greeks, Germans, Sardinians, Hungarians, and people of other nations.” The cruelly persecuted 16th century Baptists spoke in tongues, although modern Baptists reject this gift. “Dominic spoke in German. Francis Xavier and 17th century Quakers 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 have ceased.
►►► The continuance of the Spirit’s gifts through the ages prove that the Pentecostal Movement was not made from Biblical beginnings. It originated from the Holiness Movement and 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.”
However, John Wesley and Pentecostals missed Jesus’ vital truth that declares, “He [completely] delivered [personally born again believers] from the power of darkness and [fully] conveyed [or placed them] into His [Spiritual] Kingdom…” (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-14.) Hence, salvation, redemption, blessing, and holiness are not attributes of ritualized religion, which believers must earn or achieve. These God-given “benefits” describe the spiritual position, which all sincere, born again believers constantly occupy in Jesus from the first moment they accept Him, (Gal. 4:6-7; Jn. 18:36.) Paul explained in Gal. 2:19-21, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ, [through His indwelling Holy Spirit,] lives in me…” Jesus does not hover over believers; they are wholly in Jesus and His Kingdom is “within” them, (Lu. 17:20-21, K.j.v.)
Therefore, all true believers are already “complete in Christ,” (Col. 2:10; Gal. 3:10-14.) All true believers are “saints not “saved sinners.” True believers cannot get “more saved,” “more redeemed,” “more blessed,” “more holy,” or “more of the Holy Spirit.” All that has to be continually “renewed” are their “thoughts” or “minds” to “know the perfect will of God,” so they can be doers of His Word; glorifying His Name by striving to obey the Truth of His Word in Holy-Spirit leading, (Rom. 12:1-2.)
►►► Nevertheless, in its fetal stage, Pentecostalism was typified by Jesus’ Gospel of salvation: they could only be saved by personal faith in, and acceptance of Jesus. Then, they had to follow Him in obedience to the Scriptural water baptism of disciples, (Mt. 28:19-20.) After that, repentance from immorality and worldliness had to become a lifestyle, while they magnified His Name through charitable works 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. Praise His Name [with Holy Spirit inspired not worldly] dance; sing praises to Him with the timbrel, harp… trumpet, flute, stringed instruments [like guitars and violins,] flutes, cymbals…”
Because of this Core-Gospel preaching, striving towards holiness, and their passionate praise and worship, since 1900, they harvested 500 million God-hungry souls 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 there where I first heard the Gospel, coming from a Calvinist background. The water baptism of believers followed the rebirth. And because I, by His grace, ‘unwittingly’ “tested the spirits” by asking God to show me the truth about speaking in tongues, a few days after water baptism, the Spirit “naturally” manifested this gift through me, just as explained in Mark 16:16-18. Worryingly, the pastor remarked that “God made a mistake to ‘baptize me “in” the Spirit’ at home and not at church!”
►►► As said, at the turn of the 19th century, in its final stage of development before its birth, Pentecostalism was guided by the deception that “the gifts of the Spirit had ceased with the death of the apostles.” Thus, they began insisting on “a new Pentecost: a second outpouring of the Holy Spirit [allegedly] ‘evidenced’ by the manifestation of tongues as in Acts Chapter 2.”
Þ After that, in 1901, the Pentecostal Movement was officially born – but it was established on sinking sand, dragging Jesus’ blood-bought, personally born again disciples to just another Scripture-compromising church level. As every other denomination or division of the Roman Catholic Church, this Movement, after using the Bible to draw in disciples, then set out to make them slaves to their new-found church system.
At present, Pentecostalism is in its “Fourth Wave” of spiritual decline called “Charismatic Hermeneutics,” as it drifts further and further away from Biblical and Holy-Spirit truth. “Hermeneutics” in this sense means, “broad or general, non specific interpretations of Scripture.” This ‘justifies’ disobedience to the God of the Bible to “be the Bible; be the Light, be Christ...”
Þ Hence, they are now calling for a “fourth Pentecost” to “save the whole world” through their so-called “river of anointing,” not through the preaching of Jesus’ Gospel. All this is the result of building another global church on sinking sand through “lawlessness,” (Mt. 7:21-24;) typified by false spiritual manifestations, satanic chaos, and masonic teaching, controlled by greedy, power-crazed clergy and even so-called Roman Catholic “bishops!”
►►►This “Fourth Wave” of Charismaticism might never have come into being if it weren’t for one catastrophic catalyst.
Þ In 1901, the main doctrine of Pentecostalism was brought into this world — a special “super charm” that plays on the sinful, self-enriching, power-seeking nature of all those, who were not truly “crucified with 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 established a new, worldwide church denomination on one abysmal doctrine; severing two of Pentecostalism’s main Biblical roots in the process, (Col. 2:10; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)
►►► Before that, Charles Parham, deviating drastically from Biblical truth, actually “rewrote” God’s six-day creation to justify his racism. In addition to teaching the masonic dogma of British Israelism, (the so-called elite, lost, ten tribes of Israel,) he taught that God made all the non-white races on the sixth day of creation. But on the eighth day, [how silly; there were only 6 days of creation and the 7th day that God rested,] God allegedly created the supreme, white race to rule over 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 chaos that gradually escalated through Parham’s “special super charm.” By executing the “Azusa Street Revival,” Seymour began to minister mightily to God-seeking and power-hungry people of all races; eventually drawing in millions from across the globe.
►►► To establish the “super charm” that launched Pentecostalism worldwide, Charles Fox Parham substituted Jesus’ salvation through the personal rebirth of believers with his own version of church salvation, (Jn. 1:12-13;3:3-5.)
Þ Jesus saves by 1.) Believers’ acceptance of Him and His Completed Work of Redemption. 2.) Jesus’ Baptism with the Spirit by placing the Spirit inside born again believers at the moment they accept Him, (Col. 2:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:19.)
Þ Parham saves by 1.) The laying on of hands some time after accepting Jesus. 2.) Resulting in a compulsory, utterly ecstatic, superpower “experience” or “baptism ‘in’ the holy spirit; ‘evidenced’ by speaking in tongues.
With this superpower ‘experience,’ Parham effectively nullified Jesus’ baptism “with” the Holy “Spirit,” (placing the constantly indwelling Holy Spirit, the “Spring of Life,” “within believers,” Jn. 4:14 K.j.v.) Then, he officially established his “baptism ‘in’ the ‘holy spirit’” as the new “baptism of salvation,” (placing all his church members ‘in’ the ‘river of the holy spirit,’ where they must continually ‘be filled’ with the spirit; ‘evidenced’ by ecstatically speaking in tongues.)