Back in August of this year I received the link to this article within my feeds. After reading the article I decided to hold on to it in the hope of posting it some day, along with a personal comment and important question.
The gist of the article can be summed up with this extensive quote,
The gift of tongues in the New Testament were known human languages, exercised for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission (evangelism). In fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to Abraham that through his seed he would be a blessing to all peoples the supernatural gift of speaking and understanding foreign languages, which had never been learned, was essential to fulfilling the Great Commission at that time, but as Paul noted there would come a time when tongues would no longer be necessary and would cease (1 Cor. 13:8-10, being temporary), and that corresponded with the passing of the apostolic age and the completion of the written revelation of God.
In the Acts of the Apostles Luke records several distinct one-time Pentecost type out-pouring’s of the Spirit to different people groups in fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to Abraham. The first was to the Jews (Acts 2); the second was to the Samaritans (Acts 8:14:17); third was to the Gentiles (Acts 10:34-47 ); the last was to the Old Covenant saints/disciples who only knew of the baptism of John (Acts 19:1-6 ), The subsequent three occurrence to the Samaritans, Gentiles, and OT disciples of John were all identical to that of the Jews in Acts 2, the Apostle Peter stating as such (Acts 11:16-18); the “gift” mentioned by Peter is the Holy Spirit.
Taken in context there is no scriptural basis for a teaching of a “second blessing” or a subsequent “baptism of the Holy Spirit”, these would seem to be doctrines of men.
How then do we account for the “experience” which some Christians have today of a second blessing or subsequent “baptism of the Holy Spirit”? With it not being biblical it is either the flesh via an emotional response through the power of suggestion, or demonic. While some reports of tongues as a known human language surface from time to time, for the most part the tongues practiced today in no way resemble the tongues we read about in the New Testament (known human languages), and that alone ought to be the first cause for warning. Rather the ecstatic utterances of today have been linked by respected linguists to resemble almost identically tongues used by primitive pagan tribal sects around the globe who employ witchcraft and divination.
Please read the entire article here
Now, here is my question: If what this author claims is true, how do you explain the incident below.
Years ago the Church in our small neighborhood was excited to hear an evangelist they knew of was going to be visiting the area, and subsequently would be holding a series of meetings at their Church. Everyone made plans to attend every night, not wanting to miss out. They also held a number of prayer meetings prior to the evangelist coming, praying that God would anoint him to bring forth the word to the congregation.
I can’t tell you on what night this occurred, but I can tell you it absolutely did happen.
One of the members of this Church worked in a local firm and handled the firms business abroad. He had set up a meeting with a gentleman who was suppose to arrive after this series of meetings at the Church was to end. But through some type of mix up, this gentlemen arrived from Africa early.
I guess the most logical thing this Church member could have done was forgo attending Church that evening and entertain this potential new business associate, but he didn’t. Instead he invited his guest to attend Church with him. Later, after what occurred that evening, our Church member found out this man from Africa had never set foot inside a Church in his life.
During the service that night, one of the older sisters in the Church unexpectedly stood up and began to pray. After a minute or so, she began to pray and speak in tongues. This lasted for perhaps 3 minutes.
After this dear sister sat down this man from Africa stood, and weeping cried out “How can I be saved?”.
Here is the ‘gist’ to my story folks. This gentleman, a business man from Africa, said “God revealed the secrets hidden within his heart” through this elderly sister…in his native tongue.
I laugh with joy writing that last sentence! At the knowledge that God, through His Holy Spirit used that old Kentucky sister who most likely only finished grade school. Used her to speak to this lost man, in his own language!
And that through this, a new name was entered that very night, into the Book of Life.