James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell. “
Speaking in tongues…is it biblical, or is it a man made tradition that has been passed down in many churches? There are some churches that believe the “Holy Ghost” means that you speak in an unknown language to God. They typically use Acts chapter 2 to back up this claim, but let’s go through this chapter and see what was actually taking place here.
Acts 2:1-12, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?”
So what happened to the apostles on Pentecost? The Holy Spirit spoke through them. What does this mean? They spoke in a cloven tongue, meaning a language that went out in all directions. Notice how verse 5 tells us that there were people there from every nation under heaven, and then the next few verses go on to tell us examples of the different nations that were there. When the apostles began to speak and the Holy Spirit descended upon them, everyone that was there of all those different nations heard the apostles speaking in THEIR OWN NATIVE TONGUE. That’s the evidence of the Holy Spirit. Everyone understood it in their own language. There was no need for an interpreter. The Holy Spirit tongue talking you hear about in Pentecostal and charismatic churches today is not at all what happened here on Pentecost day. It is pure gibberish! It is a made up tradition of man that makes void the word of God. There is nothing in the bible that backs up what these people are doing in churches today. God is not the author of confusion, and the babbling that goes on in these type of churches where people are rolling all over the floor, running up and down the aisles, falling over, ect. is NOT of God!!!!! I know this may offend some, but you know who it really offends? Our Heavenly Father. Jesus did not roll around babbling, the apostles did not do it, and neither should you! The word tongue means language.
Strong’s Concordance G1100
glóssa: the tongue, a language
Original Word: γλῶσσα, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (gloce-sah’)
Short Definition: the tongue, a language, nation
Definition: the tongue, a language, a nation (usually distinguished by their speech).
If you have the gift of tongues, like Paul did, it means you can speak and understand many languages, like Spanish, Greek, Japanese, German, ect. An unknown tongue would be a language that you do not know. If you went to another country such as China, and you didn’t understand their language, it would be unknown to you therefore you would need a translator. When the Holy Spirit spoke through the apostles, it was heard by each and every person there in their own native language, even down to the exact dialect from where they were from. Meaning if you were from the south, and you were there, you would have heard them speak it with a southern accent. So what was the purpose of the Holy Spirit coming upon the apostles on this day? Father knew that there would be people gathered there from many nations, and when this happened to the apostles, the people of the different nations heard the true word of God spoken, and 3,000 people were converted and followed Christ!
There are a few other scriptures in the book of Acts that go over tongues just like the tongues spoken of in Acts chapter 2. Let’s look at Acts chapter 10 and Acts chapter 19.
Just to give an overview of Acts chapter 10, Peter was given a vision from God while he was on his rooftop praying. Many use these verses to condone eating unclean foods, which is not at all what this chapter is about. This vision was to show Peter that people who were born Gentile’s could receive God as well as long as they believed on Him. When Christ died on the cross, and the veil was rent, all were able to come to God if they believed on Him, and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Gentile’s would now be able to be grafted into the Father’s fold. Let’s take a look at the word Gentile to see what it means. It’s important to do this because most churches teach that people who practice the religion of Judaism are Israelites, and Christians are Gentile’s. This is NOT true! Christians are the true Israelite’s. You can’t deny Christ and be called one of God’s chosen people.
1 John 2:22-23, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”
Christ also goes over this in John chapter 8.
John 8:38-45, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”
These who practice the religion of Judaism, who call themselves Jews, but do lie, those who are actually the children of the devil are actually Gentile’s!
We will go into more detail of that in a future teaching, but for right now, let’s look at the word Gentile in the Strong’s Concordance:
ethnos: a race, a nation, pl. the nations (as distinct from Isr.)
Original Word: ἔθνος, ους, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (eth’-nos)
Short Definition: a race, people, the Gentiles
Definition: a race, people, nation; the nations, heathen world, Gentiles.
So, as we see, the word Gentile, is translated as “ethnos” or those of a different race, nation, or who do not believe on God. Many gentile’s mentioned all throughout the bible believed in pagan god’s. When one of these came to believe on Christ, and followed our Father’s word, they now could become an Israelite, or a Christian, and this is what God was pointing out to Peter. God knew Cornelius loved Him, and followed Him and that’s why He sent him to Peter. Now that we’ve established that, let’s move forward.
Acts 10:34-48, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 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. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
Notice when Peter starts out talking that he points out how God is not a respecter of persons. Father used many people in the bible to do His will, and everyone that is on this Earth is a child of God. Christ didn’t just come for Israel and Judah, but for everyone! It’s important to know though, that if you do not believe on Christ, then these blessings are not for you.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
It doesn’t matter what country you come from, what race you are, what language you speak, Christ paid the price for all of our sins and is faithful and just to forgive us of them as long as you repent, and believe on Him!
Now I want to point out the word “Jews” in this verse, and a little bit of background on this word. Many have been taught that Jesus was a “Jew” or that Jesus was “King of the Jews.” This is one of the many things Satan’s children have done to the more modern versions of the bible written after the 18th century. The original manuscripts did not use the word “Jew.” This is why many confuse those of our brother Judah with those who practice the religion of Judaism. We pointed out some scripture earlier to point out who those are that practice this religion.
The Jews admit that they are not the descendants of the Ancient Israelite’s in their writings. Under the heading of “A brief History of the Terms for Jew” in the 1980 Jewish Almanac is the following:
“Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.”
(1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3).
The etymology of the word “Jew” is very clear. Although “Jew” is a modern translation, its roots lie in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. That is, the modern English word “Jew” is the 18th century contraction and corruption of the 4th century Latin “Iudaeus” found in St. Jerome’s Vulgate Edition and derived from the Greek word “Ioudaios.” The Greek word “Ioudaios”simply means someone who lives in Judea. Satan’s children purposely corrupted this word so that people would be confused. Automatically when they hear the word “Jew” they think of someone from the religion of Judaism instead of what it’s true meaning denotes. Father warned us of this in His word:
Revelation 2:9, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.“
Revelation 3:8-9, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”
Now that we’ve briefly discussed the word “Jew,” let’s move on to the rest of what is happening in these verses. Peter is telling Cornelius and those of his household about all the things that they had already been hearing about Christ, and what him and the apostles witnessed first hand. He is also letting them know what job Christ gave them as His apostles, to go out and spread the word of God. This is the same job we as Christians are called to do today! That way we can help those who are spiritually dead or blind to the true word of God. It was right after Peter spoke these things to these Gentile’s that they received the Holy Spirit. Why? Because they believed in Christ, and were followers of the One True God! This amazed those that were with Peter because there was evidence of the Holy Spirit, being that everyone there heard these Gentile’s speak in their own native language! So basically when these native Italian’s received the Holy Spirit, they sounded just like they came from Joppa, the place where Peter’s friends came from, while he was living at Simon, the tanner’s house. This is exactly like what happened in Acts chapter 2 on Pentecost day. It was then AFTER they received the Holy Spirit that Cornelius and those who were with him were baptized.
Now let’s look at Acts chapter 19. This time we will be looking at Paul while he is in Ephesus talking to a group of Christian believers.
Acts 19:1-7, “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.”
So we see Paul asking this group of Christians if they have received the Holy Spirit. They tell him that they were baptized by water, but not by the Holy Spirit. They hadn’t even heard of it. The baptism they received from John was a baptism of repentance of sins. They were saying that they had a change of heart, were turning from sin, and believed on Jesus Christ. These Christians had been baptized before Christ died on the cross approximately 20 years prior, and at the time being a Christian was dangerous. That is why they hadn’t heard about the Holy Spirit. When Paul laid hands on the men, they received the Holy Spirit. This was the same thing that happened in Acts chapter 2 and Acts chapter 10. The men spoke in the cloven tongue that went out in all directions and everyone present heard it in their own native tongue. Once again, no need for an interpreter.
Let’s take a look at some videos that show how tongues or the “Holy Spirit” doctrine has been taught in churches today. These are not true examples of the Holy Spirit. This would be the man made tradition of tongues and is in no way biblical. Christ and His apostles would not have had any part in this type of actions, they would have likely rebuked it and bound it. No one will be speaking in the cloven or Pentecostal tongue until Satan is here pretending to be Christ, and God’s elect are delivered up. Then and only then will the Holy Spirit speak through them so that they may testify against Satan.
Luke 21:12-15, “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”
Mark 13:9-11, “But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.”
If you do not allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you at the time you are delivered up that, is the unforgivable sin.
Luke 12:9-12, “But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
Brainwashing children in the church today with this false “tongues” gospel from the documentary “Camp Jesus.”
False prophet, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries, “The Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey.”
Matthew 6:7, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
Nowhere in Father’s word does He say we should be doing these things. Father doesn’t change, and His word stays the same, but man tries to corrupt His word to fit their own evil doctrine!
Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.“
This “Holy Ghost” movement we see in the churches today is demonic! It’s a spirit, but not a spirit of God! Satan preys on those who are out of their good heart seeking what they have been taught through false doctrine is speaking in tongues. It is not of God at all, and Father is highly against these things, and the evil preachers who are teaching this to the churches. They will be held accountable for teaching this false doctrine. Judgement begins at the pulpit, and those preaching this false and evil speaking in tongues doctrine will receive judgement from the Lord for misleading His children.
1 Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Corinthians 14 is another chapter that talks about the word tongues, but this chapter is not speaking of the same type of tongue that Acts chapters 2, 10, and 19 were talking about. It isn’t speaking of the cloven tongue that goes out in many different languages, but a single tongue or language. This chapter is improperly taught in most churches and one of the main reasons is because of the word, “unknown.” The word “unknown” was never intended to be put in this chapter, and was not in the original manuscripts. Anytime you see a word in your bible that is in italics, it’s because it wasn’t in the manuscripts. Sometimes they were added because there wasn’t a word that would translate from the Greek or Hebrew into English.
1 Corinthians 14:1-4, “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
So what are these verses saying? Well first let’s look at the word prophecy here. The prophets that came before us wrote these words of the bible because they were divinely inspired by God. We therefore as Christians, when we go out and teach these words to others are teaching about these prophecies that came from the divine inspiration of our Heavenly Father.
prophéteuó: to foretell, tell forth, prophesy
Original Word: προφητεύω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (prof-ate-yoo’-o)
Short Definition: I foretell, prophesy
Definition: I foretell, prophesy; I set forth matter of divine teaching by special faculty.
When you teach others about the word of God, it edifies them, and they are able to learn and understand things. However if you were speaking to a group of say, Spanish people, and you couldn’t speak Spanish, the language you speak, English, would be unknown to them. Since your native tongue would be unknown to them, there would be no way for them to understand what it is that you are saying. Only you would be able to understand what you are saying. The babbling and gibberish we see these charismatic and pentecostal preachers teaching their flock today isn’t God’s prophetic word, it doesn’t lead to the edifying of the church, and it certainly doesn’t help the members understand anything that is going on in the bible. These people truly think they have the Holy Spirit, but there is no confusion with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us and guides us, it has nothing to do with vain babblings. Confusion is from the devil! The very verse that speaks of this is in this chapter (1 Corinthians 14:33.) The word babble itself means confusion!
1 Corinthians 14:5-9, “I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.”
These verses make it perfectly clear! Paul is saying that it’s better that they go out and teach those who understand their language than to speak in a language to people who wouldn’t understand it. Paul could speak several different languages, and he is telling them, that it wouldn’t benefit them at all, and it wouldn’t bring them revelation, knowledge, or anything if he spoke to them in a tongue, that is language, that they did not know. He even takes it a step further by using things that make a sound. If it doesn’t make a distinct sound, you wouldn’t know what the object was. If a trumpet squeaked or whistled instead of making a regular trumpet sound, you wouldn’t be ready for battle. If you were teaching at a church, and they didn’t understand your language, you might as well be speaking into the air because they will not be able to understand you.
1 Corinthians 14:10-17, “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.”
Let’s look at the word significance in verse 10. To completely understand the meaning of this verse, you need to know the meaning of this very word in this verse.
aphónos: without voice, i.e. speechless
Original Word: ἄφωνος, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (af’-o-nos)
Short Definition: soundless, voiceless, speechless, dumb
Definition: soundless, voiceless, speechless, dumb, without meaning.
So the word significance in this verse means voiceless, dumb, or without meaning. Now let’s read the verse with this definition in it:
“There are, it may be, so many of the voices in the world, and none of them is dumb and without meaning.”
What is Paul saying? That every word of every language has meaning. It’s not dumb. Every word is important and has an implied meaning. Therefore if you are speaking in a made up jibber jabber, you might as well be blowing hot air because there is no meaning or significance to your words. Barbarian means foreigner, and if someone from another country speaks to you in a language you don’t understand than it will be like a barbarian is speaking to you. The same applies if you are a speaking to someone in a language they don’t understand. It’s foreign to them. Paul is using many examples to point out here that you either need to know the language of the people you are teaching to, or you need to have a translator, otherwise the word you teach will be null and void. The same applies if you are praying in a unknown tongue or language. It won’t benefit you any if you can’t understand what you are saying. If you are muttering sounds and words that have no meaning, your prayer will be in vain and be unfruitful. In verse 15 Paul is pointing out that when he prays and sings in the spirit, he does it in a language that he has full knowledge of and understands. Your mind must be in tune with the Holy Spirit when you are praying and to do so, you have to have understanding of what you are saying. In verses 16 and 17 he is pointing out that if you are speaking to a group of foreigners in a language that’s not known to them, they won’t even know when to say “AMEN.” They will have no understanding of what you are saying, and what you are praying about, and therefore they will not take anything away from what you said, and cannot be edified. Paul has went out of his way to break down things is several ways to show you he is speaking of an actual language in these verses, not a made up language that no one knows. It’s almost impossible to see how so many churches can confuse this with the evil made up act of speaking in a babbling language that goes on in many churches today.
1 Corinthians 14:18-20, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Paul had a gift of being able to speak in many different languages, but he points out in these verses that he would rather speak a few words to those who would understand his speech than thousands of words in a language that people wouldn’t understand. Paul is also telling us not to be like a child who might not be able to understand things, but like a mature adult who should be able to understand things clearly.
1 Corinthians 14:21-25, “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 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. 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? 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: 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.”
Paul is quoting Isaiah 28 when he is speaking here in verse 21 of men who speak in other tongues or languages.
Isaiah 28:9-11, “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. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.”
Isaiah was making irony of the matter, for the message that was brought forth in a different language was one of the judgment of God, and not God’s mercy. The teachers of the end times will not care to look deep enough into the emotions of our Father to know his true feelings, to know what the Father desired. This is why they would come with their stammering lips and foreign tongues.
How are tongues a sign to those that don’t believe? This would be like what happened in Acts chapter 2, and what will happen again when Antichrist, Satan is here pretending to be Christ, and God’s elect are delivered up to testify against him. It’s not what you’re saying that will necessarily make these unbelievers believe you, but the fact that all will be able to understand you in their own native language. That is a sign of the end times, and it won’t take place again until Satan is here pretending to be Christ. If a non believer walked in on a church speaking in a language that they didn’t know, they would be confused if they couldn’t understand the language everyone was speaking in. Verse 24 is moving from tongues to prophesy. The 2 have very different meanings. To prophecy is to teach the deep meaning of God’s word. When teaching is going on in a church in many different languages at the same time, the effect will be the same as it was in Acts 2, for it will be something that has never been seen before. However if the one that is prophesying is teaching the true Word of God in a language they understand, then those coming in that are unsaved hear what is being taught, will be convicted and repent and turn to Christ. The heart is the same as your mind, and when you teach others what you have in your mind after you have come to the full understanding of God’s word, you are giving them the true word of God. Now they will begin to understand their need for a Savior, and they will turn from their ways and repent of their sins because they will feel conviction from the Lord. This can only happen when someone understands the word clearly, not traditions of men that are contradictory to the true word of God and only cause confusion.
1 Corinthians 14:26-32, “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. 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. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”
When the body of Christ come together at church, each one has knowledge that they can bring to the table, but it’s important that they speak one at a time so that they edify instead of causing confusion. If someone is there that does speak a different language, let it only be 2 or 3, and make sure that there is someone there to translate it to the people there that do not understand that language. If there is no one there to translate, then it’s best that that person keep his words to himself and to God. If they try to speak in a language that no one can understand, it would be a distraction to the church. You never want to have too many people speaking at a church service. Usually only 2 or 3 people, and always one at a time that way they can listen and discern what they are teaching.
1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.“
This verse is so very important! God is not the author of confusion! Satan is though. He is using these charismatic and pentecostal teachers and preachers to mislead God’s children with this evil, false doctrine of speaking in tongues. Does this practice look like it’s of peace? No, it is not peaceful or Godly at all! God has no part in it, and it offends Him greatly!
1 Corinthians 14:34-35, “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
These verses are also some that are taught improperly in the church today, so let’s go over what is actually being said here. When it is speaking about talking in church, it actually means that there shouldn’t be a woman, man, or child chattering while the preacher is teaching the congregation. Remember that the church is called the bride which is a feminine term, but it applies to the whole church. If you look back in 1 Corinthians chapter 11, verses 5 and 13, women were told to pray and prophesy in the church, but they were told to keep their heads covered, meaning that they need to have Christ over their heads. This is why women get a bad rap when the men do the interpretation of the Word. Chatter is a distraction to the one teaching, and also to those who are trying to learn something that may be a bit difficult to understand with clarity. The course of the subject is to convey the message from God’s Word and chatter interferes with that course.
1 Corinthians 14:36-40, “What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.”
Paul is teaching here that the words spoken did not come from man, but they were inspired by God. If someone is claiming to be a prophet, or teacher, their words better line up with God’s words. They should not be their own words and traditions that they are twisting to fit their own purpose or to mislead. Paul’s words always lined up with God’s words. That’s how you check a preacher to know if what they are teaching is true. If it doesn’t line up with the word, then you should find a different church. If someone wants to believe the garbage spouted in most churches today that go against God’s true word, and want to be ignorant, let them be. We are called to go out and teach this word though, line upon, line, chapter by chapter, so that people may come to the true knowledge of it, and have a clear understanding of what is being taught. Most churches nowadays focus on one watered down verse and then give their own life stories to back it up in their own way. Then the rest of the service is spent singing, dancing, drinking coffee, ect. No one really even brings their bibles anymore because churches are now more like night clubs than a Holy place of God. They have big screens for their watered down versions of the word, and light shows. It’s a joke, and if Christ was here, he would be whipping people out of these churches just like he did in John chapter 2!
John 2:13-16, “And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
Out of the seven churches that Father spoke of in the book of revelation, there were only 2 that He was pleased with, and those were the 2 that knew the key of David, that is the true genealogy of Christ, and the truth about Satan’s children that are here on earth today! Those churches were Smyrna and Philadelphia. If your church is participating in the false doctrines we have spoken of in this teaching, and our past teachings, then it is not one of the churches that Father is proud of.
Let’s finish up these last few verses in 1 Corinthians 14. In verse 39 when it says, “and forbid not to speak with tongues,” it is saying that we are also not to forbid an interpreter to follow a teacher that is teaching in another language. But whatever method and process that the teaching takes, let it be done with order, and deliver the message with dignity. The word decently in the last verse would actually be better translated as honestly. When we teach the word to others, we need to remember to teach on their level. Not everyone is on the same level, and not everyone is able to understand God’s word as quickly as others. So when we teach, do it honestly and clearly so that they may understand.
We know there are other verses in the bible that speak of tongues, but these are those that many churches use for their false doctrine of speaking in tongues. Always remember, God is not, and never will be the author of confusion, so if you see things or hear things in church that are confusing, you should know who they come from. We pray that this teaching helped all who read it, and that it opened eyes and ears to God’s true word!