The Pentecostal Difference
They Heard Them Speak With Tongues
By: Arthur L. Clanton
THE SUBJECT OF THIS MESSAGE is a portion of Acts 10:46, which, in turn, is taken from the account of the receiving of the Holy Ghost by Cornelius and those of his household.
Earlier, on the day of Pentecost, approximately 120 were gathered in Jerusalem, tarrying for the promise of the Father — the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Suddenly “. . .they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The original word for tongues in this verse is glossa, which means either language or languages, depending upon whether the usage is singular or plural. From the original comes the word glossalalia, which is now used to denote speaking with tongues.
All true Pentecostals believe that speaking with tongues is the initial sign or evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This belief is based upon what is stated in Acts 2:4,10:46; 19:6, and upon what is unquestionably implied in Acts 8:17, 18. To put it another way: Pentecostals are fully
persuaded that those who have not spoken with tongues have not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
The importance we attach to the receiving of this experience, and its evidence, is reflected in our Fundamental Doctrine, which reads:
The basic and fundamental doctrine of this organization shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
Since we are convinced that the receiving of the Holy Ghost is essential to full salvation, and since we are also convinced that those who receive this gift will speak with other tongues, we are faced with certain unavoidable responsibilities.
We must PREACH and TEACH the essentiality of receiving the Holy Ghost. In the New Testament, the first recorded instance of preaching the Holy Ghost baptism is found in Matthew 3:11. The preacher was John the Baptist. Later, when Paul went to Ephesus, he found twelve disciples of John the Baptist who had not even heard that there was a Holy Ghost (Acts 19:2). Apparently, these twelve had never heard John personally, but had been converted and baptized by one or more of his disciples. But somewhere, between the preaching of John and the conversion and baptism of the twelve, part of John’s message — the promise of the baptism of the Holy Ghost–had been lost. The twelve men, therefore, had to admit that they knew nothing of this glorious experience.
May no one who ever attends any of our churches have to make such a statement. Let the trumpet give forth that certain sound, so that all who hear will know about God’s unspeakable gift.
We must PREACH and TEACH that all who receive the Holy Ghost will speak with other tongues, and make it clear just what such speaking means. It should be taught that speaking with tongues is not, as some call it, gibberish. Nor is it the rapid, over-and-over speaking of a word of praise, or any part thereof, until one’s tongue is “tangled,” and his speech becomes unintelligible. To speak with tongues is to miraculously speak, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, a real language that has not been learned. This can be any earthly language (perhaps a dead one) or even the language of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1).
In teaching this subject, we should warn those who do not have the baptism of the Holy Ghost to avoid the error of placing improper emphasis upon speaking with tongues. We should admonish them to focus their attention upon the Giver and the gift, rather than upon the evidence of the gift. It should be made clear to them that they are to not try to speak with tongues. They should be taught to repent, and then to pray and praise God, with the expectation of receiving the Holy Ghost immediately.
One who has repented, and who will believe God, can receive the Holy Ghost anywhere. During a spiritual service, such a one should join in the worship, and expect God to fill him. If he does not receive the Holy Ghost as soon as he repents, he should be baptized in the name of Jesus, and praise God as he comes up out of the water, believing that God will fill him then.
In any case, his attention should be focused upon the gift, and not upon the evidence of the gift.
We should help those who desire the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but we should do so in a Scriptural manner. This includes praying with and for them, urging them to pray and worship, and encouraging them to believe God. It also includes the laying on of hands by those qualified to do so, if the Spirit so moves. Altar workers have no Scriptural right to shake the chins of those praying for the Holy Ghost. They have no Bible basis for urging them to talk “faster and faster.” This is, in effect, trying to make them speak with tongues, And such has the added harmful effect of causing the “seeker” to concentrate upon trying to speak with tongues, rather than upon worshipping God.
On a radio program I recently heard a well known Trinitarian Pentecostal preacher say that God had revealed to him a new way for people to receive the Holy Ghost. It went something like this: All those who had received the Holy Ghost were asked to form a line. All those who had not received this experience, and who desired it, were asked to form a line facing them. Then each one was told to join hands with the one in front of him. At a given signal, those who had received the Holy Ghost were to begin speaking with tongues. Those who had not received the experience were told to speak no more English, but to begin, by the power of their own wills, to speak with tongues, as those in front of them were doing.
Such a plan is based entirely upon the power of psychological suggestion, and is wrong. Speaking with tongues is not of God unless it occurs as the Spirit gives utterance.
We should never tell a person he has received the Holy Ghost, or allow him to believe he has received the experience, if he has not. Is this ever done? Yes!
One tragic result of this is that the person sooner or later meets a trial or temptation, and, not having the Spirit within to give him strength, he fails to overcome. Is it possible that many leave the church because they did not actually receive the Holy Ghost in the beginning?
Consider another aspect. Suppose there are those who mistakenly believe they have received the Holy Ghost. Having strong wills, and perhaps not being subjected to the severe
trials faced by others, they remain in the church, and live good moral lives by their own power. Still, they are unspiritual because they are not filled with the Spirit. If the Lord tarries, and the number of such increases, what will our church be in a generation or two?
In view of all these things, it is important that we LISTEN. How did Peter and the Jews with him know that Cornelius and his household had received the Holy Ghost? “They HEARD them speak with tongues. . . .”
Of course there are times when the gathering is large, and it is well-nigh impossible to hear whether one is speaking with tongues. But should not someone always try to get close to this person, and LISTEN?
We must do our best to see that all who come under the influence of our ministry really receive the Holy Ghost. To do anything less than this is to short change them for time and
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By: Arthur L. Clanton
The WORD “TONGUES,” as it appears in the King James Version of the Bible, is undoubtedly familiar to all Pentecostals. They believe that speaking with tongues as the Spirit gives utterance is the initial sign or evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism. Those who have not spoken with tongues have not received the Holy Ghost, though they may have been blessed of God in repentance or in baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tongues at Pentecost
So far as tongues are concerned, what actually happened on the day of Pentecost?
Acts 2:4 declares: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The original word for “tongues” in this verse is “glossa,” which means either “language” or “languages,” depending upon whether the usage is singular or plural. From this original comes the modern word “glossalalia,” which is often used today to denote speaking with tongues (languages not learned, but used as the Spirit gives utterance).
In verse 8, this question was asked by the multitude that assembled after the Holy Ghost was poured out on the day of Pentecost: “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” The original word for “tongue” in this verse is not “glossa,” but “dialektos,” which means “dialect.” A dialect is defined as “the form or variety of a spoken language peculiar to a region or community, differing from the standard language in matters of pronunciation, syntax, etc.” The language of one country may have in it several different dialects, spoken in different areas of that country. India is a prime example of this.
Verses 9-11 mention approximately sixteen different groups present on the day of Pentecost. It is generally thought that these were descendants of Jews of various dispersions, who had settled in these countries, and now spoke their languages. Approximately sixteen languages were spoken, but there could have been many more dialects spoken, as the Holy Ghost miraculously have these Galileans utterance. Notice that every man heard them speak in the dialect (dialektos) wherein he was born.
As mentioned earlier, Pentecostals believe that speaking with tongues is the initial evidence or sign of the Holy Spirit baptism.
This belief is founded not only upon what occurred at Pentecost, but upon other records in the Book of Acts. For example, at Samaria (Acts 8:18) Simon the sorcerer saw something which made him know that those upon whom the apostles laid their hands received the Holy Ghost. What was this? It could not have been the manifestation of joy, or divine healings and miracles,
for these had already occurred. These Samaritans must have spoken with tongues (languages which they had not learned).
The same was true at the house of Cornelius. Peter and the Jews with him knew that Cornelius, his kinsmen and his friends had received the Holy Ghost, “For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God” (Acts 10:46).
Later, Paul found certain disciples at Ephesus who had not heard of the Holy Ghost. When they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, Paul laid his hands upon them, and they spoke with tongues (languages) and prophesied (Acts 19:1-6).
Today, when one receives the Holy Ghost, he will speak in a tongue (language) he has never learned, as the Holy Ghost gives the utterance. It is not essential that the individual speak in more than one tongue (language), though he may do so. The tongue in which he speaks may be one of the many earthly languages (perhaps even a “dead” earthly language) or the language of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1).
This rule concerning speaking in only one tongue is not meant to apply to the gift of tongues. The Bible says, “. . .to another (singular) divers kinds of tongues” (plural). One who has the gift of tongues may, on a given occasion, speak in more than one tongue (language) as the Spirit moves him. Or he may, at a certain time, speak in one tongue, and, at another time, speak in an entirely different tongue.
To be perfectly fair in Scriptural interpretation, one must admit that the word “unknown,” as found in I Corinthians 14 (KJV) is not in the original manuscripts. (This is why the word is italicized.) But any tongue is an unknown tongue if it is not known by the one who miraculously speaks it.
Speaking with tongues must be kept in the proper perspective, and rightly related to the receiving of the Holy Ghost. To do otherwise is perilous, indeed.
In certain circles today, undue emphasis is being placed upon speaking with tongues. This has led honest but misguided individuals to “seek” tongues rather than the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
What emphasis did Jesus and the apostles place. Upon speaking with tongues? Jesus, after His resurrection, said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; . . .they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16 : 17 ). In his sermon on the day of Pentecost Peter said nothing about speaking with tongues. He emphasized the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. And he told his hearers to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
At the house of Cornelius, Peter preached the same message. As mentioned earlier, his hearers received the Holy Ghost, and were heard to speak with tongues, yet Peter had said nothing about speaking with tongues.
The same pattern was followed at Ephesus, where twelve received the Holy Ghost. The twelve admitted that they had not even heard of the Holy Ghost. In spite of this, Paul said nothing about speaking with tongues. Perhaps they had no idea that they would speak with tongues when they received the Holy Ghost. And yet they did! This is not meant to imply that it is wrong to teach people that they will speak with tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost. But it is wrong to so overemphasize this evidence, that those who desire the Holy Ghost will have their minds overly centered upon the evidence, rather than upon the gift itself. Such people will seek to speak with tongues, rather than seeking the Christ who gives the Holy Ghost, and also the evidence of this divine gift.
By the same token, it is wrong for Pentecostals to try to “make” those desiring the Holy Ghost speak with other tongues. What better method can be found than the one in Acts 2:38? One who would receive the Holy Ghost must first repent. Then, if God does not fill him immediately, he should be baptized in Jesus’ name. He is then promised the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This gift may fall upon him, or he may receive it through prayer and the laying on of hands. (It is unscriptural to so lay hands upon one unless there is the assurance that he has repented.)
“They HEARD Them Speak with Tongues”
Look again at Acts 10:46–“For they HEARD them speak with tongues. . . .” If speaking with tongues is the evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost, if those who have not spoken with tongues have not received the gift, then we should “listen” for this evidence. We should not be satisfied, nor should the one desiring the Holy Ghost be satisfied, until he has spoken in another tongue (language) as the Spirit gives utterance. Of course, if one receives the Holy Ghost when he is alone, only he can be the judge.
It is our prayer that what happened at Pentecost will occur again in our day, only upon a vastly larger scale. And what happened on that memorable day? “. . .they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
(The above article appeared in an issue of Gospel Tidings.)
THE PENTECOSTAL DIFFERENCE
By: Michael W. Hudspeth
“…but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II peter 1:21).
“(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on himshould receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified”) (John 7:39).
IN ORDER to understand what the baptism of the Holy Ghost is, one must see the difference in the role of the Holy Spirit before Pentecost and after made a difference in the Spirit’s role. Before Pentecost, the infilling of the Spirit was not universal. Only a special few were moved upon by the Holy Ghost for special purposes. Of course, these special few were not filled or baptized with the Spirit in the same manner as the Pentecostal pattern. The Spirit did not permanently indwell them, neither was the accompaniment of tongues present. Before Pentecost, the Spirit rested upon Moses and seventy elders (Numbers 11). Bezaleel and Aholiab were moved on by the Spirit to make the tabernacle according to divine plan (Exodus 31, 35). Many men such as Balaam, Othniel, Gideon, Samson, Saul, David, and Simeon were moved on by the Spirit for special occasion. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15), but he was not filled according to the Pentecostal pattern that came later.
Pentecost changed the role of the Holy Spirit in the earth. At Pentecost the prophesies concerning the new dispensation of the Spirit Age were fulfilled. After Pentecost, the role of the Spirit was not merely to “move upon” or “rest upon” individuals. Since Pentecost the Spirit “indwells” men. The Prophet Ezekiel spoke of the coming Spirit baptism indwelling the heart. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Jesus Christ referred to the indwelling Spirit also. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: But ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). The Apostle Paul referred to the indwelling Spirit in Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you,
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Paul again referred to the Spirit in I Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This indwelling of the Spirit first came at Pentecost!
After Pentecost, the infilling of the Holy Ghost became directly connected with salvation! The infilling and the baptism of the Spirit became synonymous. When we are now filled, Jesus, the baptizer (Matthew 3:11) baptized us into His body (Acts 1:5; 2:4; I Corinthians 12:13). There is no distinction between the infilling and the baptism, for when we are filled we are immediately baptized into the body of Christ by Christ Himself.”
Before Pentecost, the infilling of the Spirit was for special purposes and did not pertain to salvation; but since Pentecost, Jesus, the Savior, the Comforter, indwells every believer! How wonderful! Jesus actually lives in our hearts! (John 14:16-20). Jesus is in us! Jesus is the Holy Ghost! We do not receive another person apart from Jesus. The Holy Spirit within us is the Spirit of Jesus for there is only one Spirit(Ephesians 4:4). The baptism of the Holy Ghost puts us into
Christ, and Christ into us. “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). And it all started at Pentecost!
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is Prophecy Fulfilled
Many years before Pentecost, the Old Testament prophets spoke of the coming Spirit baptism. Isaiah said, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing. . .” (Isaiah 28:11, 12). The Prophet Joel described the baptism of the Holy Ghost, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those day’s will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:28, 29). Jesus Christ prophesied concerning the baptism of the Spirit, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (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” (John 7:38, 39). Jesus also referred to the baptism of the Spirit as the “promise of the Father” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4).
When the Holy Ghost first fell with the evidence of tongues, the Apostle Peter quickly identified this phenomenon as being fulfillment of prophecy, “But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). Peter quoted the prophet Joel to link the Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Ghost with Bible prophecy! (Acts 2:16-18). So the Comforter had come to stay! (John 14:16-20). The disciples had waited for Him. A new day had dawned! For the “last days” God would pour out His Spirit upon “all flesh.” The baptism of the Holy Spirit is prophecy fulfilled.
What relation do tongues have with the baptism of the Holy Ghost? Do tongues save us? Tongues within themselves do not save us, but tongues cannot be divorced from salvation. How can this be? It is the Spirit that fills us, but tongues are inseparable from the baptism of the Spirit. What happened to all of the people who received the baptism of the Spirit in the Bible? They spoke with tongues:
Do all speak with other tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost? The answer is yes! The Apostles did: (Acts 1:13; 2:1-4; 11:15-18). Mary, the mother of Jesus did! (Acts 1:14; 2:1-4). The Samaritans did: (Acts 8:14-20). Cornelius and his household did: (Acts 10:44-48).
(The above article appeared in an issue of Gospel Tidings.)
Speaking With Tongues
By: Larry Blake
In the Old Testament dispensation “. . . holy men of Godspake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 3:2).
In the New Testament it is written of Mary that theSpirit of the Highest was to “overshadow” her; of John the Baptist, that he was “. . . filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb” ; of John’s father Zechariah, that he was “… filled with the Holy Ghost” and he prophesied; and of Simeon, that the “Holy Ghost was upon him” (Luke 1:15, 35, 67; 2:25).
However, in the church age (Pentecost to the rapture), believers have a richer blessing of the Spirit, known as the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Many church people have been kept from receiving God’s fulness by being satisfied with a blessing they mistook for the baptism of the Spirit, because they were ignorant of the Scriptural truth that the initial evidence of every baptism of Holy Ghost is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
After Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples and instructed them to go to Jerusalem and tarry until endued with power from on high. In obedience, the disciples, Mary the mother of Jesus, Jesus’s brethren, and others — in all about one hundred twenty persons went to Jerusalem to seek God.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come . . . they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues. . . (Acts 2:1-4). Plainly the Bible states that all were filled and that all spoke with tongues — not merely eleven but all one hundred twenty. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).
In Acts 9:17 it is recorded that Paul received the Spirit. Paul, having been converted on the way to Damascus, was given a vision of a believer by the name Ananias, who would tell him what he ought to do. Ananias said, “. . . Saul, the Lord even Jesus, that appeared unto thee . . . hath sent me that thou mightiest . . . hath the Holy Ghost.” Years later Paul wrote of his experiences with God, to a church in Corinth, stating that he spoke with tongues more than they all (I Corinthians 14:18).
Cornelius was a devout man who was honored by God,in so much that an angel visited him and told him to send for Peter, who would tell him how to be saved (Acts 11:14). Peter was at Joppa, south of Cornelius’ hometown, Caesarea. Peter cameto Cornelius’ house and preached to all who were there. “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision (six Jews from Joppa who accompanied Peter) 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” (Acts 10:44-47).
The foregoing verses prove that when all Cornelius’ house received the Holy Ghost they spake with tongues. In verse 45 the word “also” proves that the Joppa brethren received the like gift and evidence.
The great Samaritan revival is described in Acts 8: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed. . .” News of this revival spread to Jerusalem. Peter and John came to Samaria and “. . . when they were come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. Then laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost” (Acts 8:14-18). A sorcerer saw this, and offered to buy the gift.
Following the Samaritan meeting, Philip departed, and preached Jesus to an Ethiopian traveler. After the conversion of the Ethiopian, “. . . the Lord caught away Philip . . . But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea
(Acts 8:40). This is a very relevant verse. Philip preached from Azotus to Caesarea. A glance at a map of the area reveals that the cities of Azotus, Joppa, and Caesarea are in almost direct line with one another. The logical conclusion is that Joppa heard the word by Philip. The men of the Joppa assembly, as has already been stated, received the Holy Ghost with the same evidence of tongues as Cornelius! This is known from their astonishment when Cornelius spoke with tongues. Philip’s converts received the Holy Ghost, speaking with tongues !
After the revival at Cornelius’ house, Peter went to Jerusalem to report the revival. He addressed the “apostles and brethren” (Acts 11:1), saying, “And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them as on us at the beginning.” Peter added,”. . . God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ . . .” (Acts 11:15-17).
Who were the Jerusalem believers? Acts 4:32 states that a multitude believed in Jerusalem. One could not say this one hundred twenty people are a multitude, much less eleven, as some contend. The multitude of believers was made up of the three thousand of Acts 2:41, the five thousand of Acts 4:4, plus the one hundred twenty. And all these believers received the Spirit in the same manner, and with the same evidence, as the Gentiles of Caesarea !
The disciples of John the Baptist received the Spirit under the ministry of Paul. “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they, spake with tongues, and prophesied” (Acts 19:6).
A scripture often misused to disprove the truth stated in the paragraphs above is I Corinthians 14:27. “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.” Paul is here writing concerning the gift of tongues a gift of God has given to many in His church. This is not the tongues given as an evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost, because one hundred twenty were all, at one time, speaking with tongues in the upper room (Acts 2:4). To say that I Corinthians 14:27 is speaking of the tongues as evidence of the Spirit baptism would be to accuse God of being confused and out of order for “the Spirit gave utterance” on the day of Pentecost
Hungry souls are turned from the blessings they crave by such statements as “Tongues are of the Devil.” This cannot be true.
Every believer needs to receive the Holy Ghost, speaking with tongues, not merely because it is a necessity (it certainly is, however) but because it is a privilege.
They spoke with tongues, and so will you, When He sends the Holy Ghost; His power will fall upon you too, As it fell at Pentecost.”
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Another Holy Ghost
By: Rev Ronald Berry
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. II Cor. 11:4.
Then Paul said in Verse 13 and 14: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves Into the Apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Then turning to Ezek. 13:1 and 2, it says “prophets that prophesy out of their own hearts.”
The Lord said: Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
In Verse 7, the Lord said He hadn’t even spoken to them.
Isa. 30:1 speaks of a people that cover with a covering but not of “My Spirit” that they may add sin to sin
I like the scripture in Num. 14.24 that tells us why Caleb reached the Promised Land: “Because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully.” There is more said about the Holy Ghost and speaking in Tongues today among all denominations than in the history of the world.
This is our day to talk to people about the real Holy Ghost and the real Spirit of God.
Speaking in tongues and receiving the Holy Ghost is no longer a bad taste in the mouths of the “Worldly Churches.” They agree to this experience. But . . . the Holy Ghost these Worldly Churches and preachers are claiming to receive is a different Holy Ghost than we Pentecostal people preach and receive. It is positively another spirit.
This so-called “Tongues Experience” that has broken out in the past year or so does not give these people a real experience with God.
John 16:7-13 speaks of the work the Holy Ghost and Tongues these “Modern Preachers” and churches are receiving is not the same one as Jesus said He would send:
1. It is not reproving sin.
2. It is not changing hearts.
3. It is not causing righteousness.
4. It is not guiding people into all truth.
The Holy Ghost that some are receiving is leading them into error instead of the truth.
I talked with a Methodist pastor a while back about the Holy Ghost and Tongues. He said, “I believe in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Tongues and am praying that I can receive all the nine gifts.” He said he was praying one Saturday night with a man that had the “tongues” and he believed we need to get back to Pentecost.” He said he saw Jesus sitting on his wife’s washing machine, and He told him to go preach. (Probably the Lord was trying to show him he needed to get in the machine and get a good washing up before he did anything!) But the sad note in talking to this modern preacher who claimed he had received the Holy Ghost and tongues, was to see a package of cigarettes in his pocket.
A fake Holy Ghost
I tell you people frankly, the devil as an angel of light ha come along with a fake holy ghost (another) to deceive the “Church World,” to keep them from finding the truth and genuine Bible experience.
The Assembly of God pastor told me that some are receiving the
“Tongues” baptism, but they don’t want to be “branded Holiness.”
I write this message because I believe in real Pentecost and speaking in tongues as the spirit of God gives utterance, but we are living in a day of strange fire, strange tongues, imitation Pentecost, babblings, and unreal tongues — a covering, but not of my spirit saith the Lord.
We that are in the truth need to be “cautious” Lest strange and unreal tongues creep in among us and we just “railroad” people through in our altars just to report so many received the Holy Ghost.
It would be better if only ten that spoke in “genuine tongues” were in our churches, than a hundred that spoke in tongues that was fake and not of the utterance of God.
A Holy Ghost that doesn’t lead and guide people into all truth and righteousness is not the real thing.
A holy Ghost that won’t cause people to dress and act different, and talk different, is not the true Holy Ghost. It’s “another one.” Let’s don’t accuse the real Holy Ghost of living in an unclean temple.
The Bible Holy Ghost doesn’t continue to go “mixed bathing” and run around “half nude.” The Holy Ghost I received doesn’t keep running with the worldly crowds.
And the real Holy Ghost doesn’t believe in soaking up all this “television” and then going to church with the victory!
This may sound a little rude, but I think it is better never to go to the altar if we don’t receive the real Holy Ghost experience.
Paul said in II Tim. 4:3 and 4, the time would come when they would not endure “sound doctrine” but heap to themselves teachers having “itching ears” and that they’d turn their ears away from the truth and be turned unto fables (something not real).
I tell you a lot of this so-called tongues movement is fables, having itching ears for teachers that will let them live a loose, lustful life and still claim the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues.
I say some of these “business men’s fellowship” gatherings are fakes and false doctrine and false tongues. Why? They say these men have you sit down and try to get you to receive tongues by saying the “alphabet” fast, and the “musical scale” fast . . . Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do . . . till you get your tongue twisted up. If this is true, this is of the devil for sure.
A witness of these meeting said I know, I went to these meetings and they tried to get me to say words so I’d get the tongues. But there is. . .
A Real, True Holy Ghost
There is real God given tongues. This is the kind that has lasted some of us 40 and 50 years, and we still have it, and it still keeps us different from the world.
I believe this “fly by night” suppose-to-be-tongues won’t last, and somebody is going to wake up some of these mornings and find it’s gone and wasn’t the God given Holy Ghost.
This message won’t harm or disturb those that are solid and have the genuine Holy Ghost.
Let me tell you about the real genuine Holy Ghost. Thousands are claiming a “Holy Ghost” That I never received. The one I received and experienced was real (the tongues came with it):
1. The Holy Ghost I got changed my life completely.
2. The Holy Ghost I got caused me to talk, walk, dress different.
3. The Holy Ghost I received made me quit smoking . . . cursing . . .lying . . . going to “shows” . . . skating rinks . . . ball games…m,.mixed bathing . . . rodeos . . . and all worldly places.
Perhaps Elijah’s Mantle fell on me and I got a double portion of Holy Ghost. Perhaps my trouble is, and the reason I’m such a “straight preacher” and believe in “cutting all shorelines” from worldliness, I may have received a greater experience than thousands of others (I’m grateful). There was no fake Holy Ghost and tongues and saying the “music scale” and ABC’s when I prayed through. I don’t believe an ABC and XYZ experience will change your life completely and hold up for 40 years like mine has, either!
The Holy Ghost my wife received caused her to let her hair grow for 40 years. It caused her to quit wearing “make-up” and even polishing her fingernails. It caused her to quit wearing pants and shorts and overalls, and to dress modest with long dresses and sleeves. It caused her to quit wearing “thin clothes.” It caused her to take off her “beads” and “graduation ring,” etc.
You see, we didn’t get a fly by night experience. We got the real heaven sent kind.
I’m looking at a picture of a Hollywood T.V. entertainer and his family. There’s six of them. He is supposed to have received the Pentecostal tongues experience. There they are with “pink and black” baggy pantsuits on and long strings of beads and long stringy hair. It’s called “The New Road to Glory.” See what I mean about another Holy Ghost?
Also, I have a picture of people praising the Lord and some of the women have “shorts” on and they are called “Pentecostal Catholics.” It says some of these that received the “tongues” experienced many things.
Dear Lord, it’s enough to make you ill the way this age is deceived by “Imitation Pentecost.”
I notice an article where some of the so-called Jesus People are “Heavy Smokers” an they get “High on Jesus.” What a reproach to the cause and name of Jesus!
Let me exhort the true church to hold on to the real Holy Ghost and contend for the faith that was once delivered to us, till Jesus comes.
We need to be “contenders.”
We must be solid.
We must reject anything that’s not Scripture and real.
This is a day that another Holy Ghost and another Gospel is being preached and accepted. Read. Gal 1:6-9.
There’s coming a day when the truth shall be revealed and we’ll know who really had the right Holy Ghost.
Heb. 12:26-28 lets us know when God gets through “shaking and sifting” things, it will prove this Kingdom of God Holy Ghost but the “only truth” that would stand the “fire and judgment bar of God.”
(Remember: the elect has to keep her eyes open and watch and pray or she’ll be deceived!)
As a “watchman of the night,” I will blow the trumpet when I see danger coming toward the “people of God.”
May you be preserved till the rapture takes place by . . . the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. (The original publisher of this material is unknown.)
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