|1 Corinthians 14:1-3 |
1 [This chapter largely speaks about tongues or languages. The King James Version added the word "unknown" to become "unknown tongues," in verses 2, 4, 13, 14, 19, and 27; the original Greek has no "unknown" in it, and therefore no other Bible translation included the word unknown, click to see. Even the New King James left the word "unknown" out. Further the word in Greek glossa means both the tongue of the body and a language, click to see. Most of the occurrences of this word in this chapter should have been translated as language, rather than tongue. So the word unknown has been eliminated, and the word language has been substituted for tongue where appropriate. In all cases of this chapter below (2,4,5, etc.), the Greek word for tongues or languages, (glwssai <1100>) is the same (glwssai) as used as in Revelation 17:15: the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and languages. Clearly the whore sits on the world of languages, not supposed heavenly tongues; clearly this chapter also speaks of the different languages of the world.
Mark 16:17, says "they will speak in new tongues;" yet the New International states "The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20," (see explanatory note at center of NIV chapter). So, the whole concept of "new tongues," (along with handling snakes, and drinking poison), is without foundation.
Now look at Pentecost, described in Acts: And they were all astonished and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, are not all these who speak, Galileans? How is it that we hear, every man, in our own tongue in which we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:7-11. Steven Crisp, an English early Quaker, writes in his Journal of the Lord giving him the ability to speak in the tongue of his Low Countries' listeners.
The gift of the Holy Sprit is a gift in speaking diversities of languages, not some fabricated, meaningless speech that no one can understand. Further, 1) the Holy Spirit is given only to those who are obedient, as in obedient to the word of God in their heart that commands them, and 2) languages are given as a sign to unbelievers. Now what unbeliever is going to be impressed by what is not understood? None to few. Paul even says, unless there is someone to interpret the language being spoken, will they not say that you are mad? Yet, the tongues of the Pentecostal movement today are exactly unintelligible speakings spoken by people who don't even believe the word is in their heart and speaks to them; and so they are not obedient, and so the Spirit has not been given to them. Look at the typical Pentecostal service; do you see anyone interpreting? Glossolalia, (speaking in unintelligible tongues), has been around for thousands of years before Christ, even used in ancient Greek pagan temple sexual rites. During the time of the Apostle Paul in Corinth, pagan temple prostitutes were among the gibberish tongue babblers.
Now ask yourself: would the Holy Spirit want to gift people with an unintelligible utterance so that they speak what no one else can understand, when Paul has told us that outsiders will think them mad? (They often dance around with rock and roll bands accompanying their speaking too!) 1 Cor 12:29-30 reveals that not all faithful Christians are to expected to speak in tongues; yet today the Pentecostals believe that speaking in tongues is the proof of all true Christians and evidence of their being Spirit-filled. If someone is Spirit-filled, their thoughts, words, and deeds are controlled by the Holy Spirit; they would be unable to commit any sin. Yet if you ask these Spirit-filled people if they are purified and without sin, they will quickly deny it. They think they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit; yet the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a baptism of burial and death that burns up the chaff, (sin), with unquenchable fire after the Lord has thoroughly purged the floor (your heart) and gathered the wheat, (the changes made in your heart, mind and spirit, from the engrafted words he has spoken to you, which are Spirit and life-giving), into the garner, (a new heart from God that has Christ formed within it). Those so deceived then never get quiet to listen to hear the Lord because they are continually speaking what they think is pleasing to God. If a man loves me, he will obey my words, my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23. Unless they listen, hear, and obey, there is no spiritual progress. The tongues of the Pentecostal movement are not the Holy Spirit's gift of languages that Paul references in this Chapter.
Paul said to pray for understanding of the language your spirit prays, otherwise your understanding is unfruitful; and Paul said he would not pray or sing with his spirit unless he also understood what he said. (verse 13-15 below). He further said that to speak in words that are not easily understood was no better than speaking in the air, (verse 9 below). What good is it to mouth words that have no meaning to you? None! What good is it to speak words that have no meaning to others listening? None! Paul also said in verse 22-23 below: "Therefore tongues [languages] are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to those who do not believe, but prophesying is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe. Therefore the whole church comes together into one place and all speak with tongues [languages], and those who are unlearned or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are mad?" Only tongues that could be understood by the unbeliever would be of any value. Otherwise, if you, the unbeliever, or someone else cannot interpret, the unbeliever will think you are mad.
Some might say, "but I am worshiping God in the Spirit." Are you sure! Might you be worshiping Satan instead? You don't know unless you can interpret the words you are praying or singing. Further, God must be worshipped in Spirit and Truth, (read the link). To worship in truth is to worship in the truth of the life, which He produces in your heart, which life is the light, which light is the anointing, which is truth and is no lie — the inward truth; and when you have the anointing, you are guided by His light in words to speak and deeds to be performed to His glory. When you have the anointing, you know all things. In addition be sure you know what you are worshiping; a god who accepts people continuing in sin until death and then embraces them into heaven is not the Jesus I know, who insists people stop sinning, that they repent, that they lose their life to save their life, that they forsake all, that they deny themselves and take up their cross every day, that they hate their life, and that they must be perfect, holy, righteous, pure, and merciful.
I know there is some incredible power experienced with the speaking in tongues, (to the point of being taken over), but as Paul said, unless you or others are edified by your speaking, it is as worthless as speaking to the air; and it could be harmful if coming from other than the Spirit of God. Unless you know what you are saying, don't say it. We have many scriptures that tell us to keep our words to few, particularly in the presence of God. Speaking words without understanding on your part is extremely risky to you. There are even reports of people thinking they were praising God; but when a visitor arrived who understood the language being spoken, they were cursing God instead.
That incredible power, (which takes people over), has recently evolved so that same Pentecostal movement has now devolved into a circus of uncontrolled laughter, screaming, shouting, animal sounds, drunkenness, collapsing and unable to get up, people twitching and jerking spasmodically — everyone displaying a lack of self-control. To be filled with the Spirit is have your thoughts, words, and actions controlled by the Spirit; not drunkenness, revelry, foolishness, or harsh uncontrolled laughter — all of which are fruits of the flesh and violate self-control, peace, and gentleness, which are fruits of the Holy Spirit. Regarding false prophets, Jesus told us: "you will know them by their fruits;" do not be misled. This movement, known as The Toronto Blessing, has services fueled by a strong delusion that fools people to think they are experiencing the power of God, but leaves them stuck in their sins. This same incredible power, (that takes people over), is seen in Hinduism, known as Kundalini, (awakening the serpent power).
The leaders of the Pentecostal movement try to excuse the Pentecostal movement's drunkenness by saying that Peter and the disciples were all drunk on the Spirit when the Holy Spirit was poured on them in Acts 2. There is radical difference between being in uncontrolled drunkenness and a controlled elation of joy. Peter and the disciples were in perfect control, speaking in the many of the languages of the dispersed Jews who had returned to Jerusalem. Their speech in all the different languages was recognizable. Peter then preached by the Holy Spirit and convinced 3000 men to become believers in Jesus Christ. If Peter and the other disciples has been staggering around, falling down drunk, and mumbling like the Pentecostals do, they would have been totally ignored or stoned. Trying to justify their uncontrolled, Satanic behavior by claiming Peter and the disciples were drunk on the Spirit, is without reason and shameful. They have joined with the mockers of the disciples who mockingly said: "These men are full of new wine," Acts 2:13.
Thus the Pentecostal leaders mock Pentecost as well as Peter and the disciples; to mock is to make someone or something look stupid by laughing at them, copying them, or saying something that is not kind; that is what the mockers did at Pentecost, calling Peter and the disciples drunk with new wine. Whatever the cause, drunkenness is the complete opposite of self-control, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. Drunkenness and revelry are not fruit of the Holy Spirit; they are fruit of the flesh and "those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God," Gal 5:19-21.
1 Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
2 For he who speaks in a tongue [language] speaks not to men, but to God; for no man understands him; because in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
3 But he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, and exhortation, and comfort.