|1 Corinthians 14 |
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.
4 He who speaks in a tongue [language] edifies himself; but he who prophesies edifies the church. [But if you can't understand what you are speaking, then you do not even edify yourself; and for every worthless [idle, ineffective] word you speak, you will give an account at judgment. Mat 12:36]
5 Now I wish that all of you spoke in tongues [languages], but even more I wish that you all prophesied, because he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues [languages], unless he interprets so that the church may receive edifying.
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues [languages], how could I benefit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 Even things without life that give sound, whether pipe or harp, if they do not give a distinct sound, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for the battle?
9 So likewise with you. Unless you utter words by the tongue that are easily understood, how will it be known what you are saying? You might as well be speaking to the air.
10 There are many different languages in the world, and none of them is without meaning.1
11 Therefore if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall appear to speak as a foreigner, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
12 Even so with you. Since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek what will allow you to excel in the edifying of the church.
13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue [ language] pray that he may interpret.
14 For if I pray in an tongue [ language], my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What am I to do then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with understanding; I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with understanding.
16 Otherwise when you bless with the spirit, how will anyone without understanding of tongues [languages], say "Amen" at your giving of thanks, since he does not recognize what you are saying?
17 For you truly give thanks well, but the other is not edified.
18 I thank my God that I speak with tongues [languages] more than all of you.
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, so that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue [language].
20 Brethren, do not be children in understanding. Be children in evil, but be men in understanding.
21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues [languages] and other lips will I speak to this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, says the Lord.
22 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. [Paul wrote that tongues (languages) are for a sign to unbelievers; so, unless there are unbelievers present, no one should be speaking in tongues (languages); and if they are speaking in tongues with no unbelievers present, the tongues are not from the Holy Spirit because that would contradict the restriction in this verse, which restriction originated from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not going to be supplying words, which violates its own command and guideline.]
23 If 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? [The Holy Spirit is not going to be supplying words that could result in the church being thought to be mad; so if there are many people speaking in tongues (languages) together, those tongues are not from the Holy Spirit, because as Paul wrote in verse 33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order." The fact that Paul is chastising the Corinthians for doing exactly that, indicates that they were infected with false tongues, which have been common in pagan religions throughout the world, (see Footnote 1 below for two links).]
24 But if all prophesy, and one who does not believe or who is unlearned comes in, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all,
25 And thus the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is in you of a truth.
26 What then, brothers? When you assemble together, may everyone of you have a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27 If any men speaks in a tongue [language], let it be limited to two, or at the most to three, and that by taking turns; and let one interpret. [If two or more people are speaking in tongues simultaneously, then the tongues are not from the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is not going supply words to multiple people simultaneously; that would contradict the instructions Paul has given to take turns, which instructions originated from the Holy Spirit. As Paul wrote in verse 33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order."]
28 But if there is no interpreter, let them keep silent in the church; and let them speak to themselves and to God.
29 Let two to three prophets [those inspired by the Spirit to teach or preach — at that moment] speak, and let the others judge what they hear.
30 If anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first stop talking [so that the second may declare his or her revelation]. [If the first speaker were only speaking words as heard from the Holy Spirit, he would cease hearing further words so that another could speak words supplied by the Spirit. This guideline is for those who get "carried away" and keep talking after they have ceased hearing from the Spirit what to say next. The Word of the Lord within specifically told me, "When you stop hearing what to say, Joan will have words to speak," (Joan is my wife).]
31 In this way you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be encouraged.2
32 For the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints.3
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as the law also said.4 [Notice, this applies to women not yet led by the Sprit, and still under the law: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. Women in the church led by the Spirit of God were expected to prophesy, (for edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3), proven by Paul requiring them to keep their heads covered when prophesying or praying, 1 Cor 11:13, and proven by Acts: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.]
35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for women to speak in the church. [Paul is speaking about newly initiated women, not under control of the Sprit. A mature woman in Christ needs not to ask her husband anything to learn: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:20,27]
36 What? Did the word of God originate from you? O has it come to you only?
37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commands of the Lord.5
38 But if any man is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
39 Therefore, brothers, covet to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking with tongues.
40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
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1 There are many different languages in the world, and none of them is without meaning. Tongues are supposed to be other nations' languages, used to communicate to people from other countries; so if the people speak in tongues, they should be understandable by the hearers, or there should be an interpreter present. But to dance around, speaking unintelligible sounds, with no one understanding, is from chaos, not the Spirit of God, which is a spirit of order. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints. There are many internet articles on the counterfeit tongues of the Pentecostal movement; two of the many are: http://www.babylonforsaken.com/counterfeittongues.html and http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1871.
2 In this way you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be encouraged. Notice: there is no one preacher, who regularly preaches. Rather, all are supposed to prophesy if anything is revealed from the Spirit of God given to them to share with all. This is a meeting under the total control of the Holy Spirit. And, if anyone is going to hear the Spirit, they must be quiet to listen. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another [with words from Christ in your hearts] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also should wash one another's feet. John 13:14. This verse refers to the true worship service, where mature believers who can speak words immediately heard from the Spirit minister to one another, there being no one minister who is the only preacher:
Let two to three prophets [those inspired by the Spirit to teach or preach — at that moment] speak, and let the others judge what they hear.
If anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first stop talking [so that the second may declare his or her revelation].
In this way you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be encouraged. 1 Cor 14:29-31
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another [with words from Christ in your hearts] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16
As every man has received a gift, use it to serve [minister] one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Pet 4:10
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
that he might sanctify and cleanse it [the church of believers] with the washing of water by the word,
So that he might present it to himself as a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph 5:25-27
When a group assembles, which includes mature believers who can speak words immediately heard from the Spirit, the spoken words of those mature believers wash the feet of those who come with the pollutions of the world affecting their spirits and minds. Their words from the Spirit of God wash that filth away, helping the believers to forget the world that is perishing and focus instead on their future home in the Kingdom, strengthening them, encouraging them, and teaching them.
As Jesus said: Now you are clean through the word that I have spoken to you. John 15:3. From the Word of the Lord within: "Like the Apostles, you too must be cleansed." Spoken words heard from the Spirit before speaking are equivalent to words heard directly from the Spirit; all words from the Spirit, spoken by someone whose speech is controlled by the Spirit, impart the life of God to the listeners. Words heard from the Spirit immediately before being spoken are the only words that cleanse and impart life to the listener. Reading or quoting from the Bible does not cleanse or impart life to the listener for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Oh Christendom, be not at ease in Babylon! In your worship service look around you; do you see the Holy Spirit? Proper worship is for two or three to speak as moved by the Spirit."
3 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace and order, as in all churches of the saints. God is a Spirit: and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24. So worship from your carnal mind, speaking from your mind's will, praying from your mind, reciting a previous teaching, singing from your mind, reading from the Bible — they are all out of a worship that is in spirit and truth and an abomination to the Lord. The Apostle Paul and the early Quakers termed such worship: will-worship. So no worship is in the Spirit, unless the Holy Spirit is controlling the sequence of events and the words, be it talk, singing, or prayer.
Regarding 1 Cor 14:26-33. Think about it. How can the Holy Spirit lead a service unless everyone is subject to the Spirit's direction by being simultaneously quiet to listen for the Spirit's teachings and promptings? Unless a person is prompted (at that moment) by the Holy Spirit to preach or prophesy, sing, or pray, the service is without the Spirit's control. If someone is preaching, singing, reading, and praying from a planned agenda, therefore from their carnal mind, etc., the Spirit can not be heard or lead — “Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord.” Zech 2:13. Paul said, so all can prophesy one by one. Note: there is no one preacher. Every person, as prompted by the Spirit, is to speak; and there will not be multiple people speaking simultaneously, because the spirit is in control. If one man is speaking, and another has something to say; the first is to yield to the second. This is the orderly service described in the Bible, but missed by almost all, due to preconceived notions of what a worship meeting must be.
Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. Jesus said:
4 Let your women keep silence in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as the law also said. Notice, this applies to women not yet led by the Sprit, and still under the law: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18. A woman led by the Spirit, following the commands she hears spoken to her, is free from the law of sin and death, freed by the law of Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:2. No one is supposed to speak in a worship meeting, unless they are prompted by the Holy Spirit. And if women or men are prompted to prophesy, then they are to speak. Per Gal 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. There are hundreds of records in the Bible of women prophesying. Paul was speaking in regard to unruly Greek women, not yet under control of the Holy Sprit, still subject to the law. For extensive discussion on this point, see Margaret Fell's writing and George Fox's letter. I might add, I have personally been very strongly commanded by the Lord to accept women who have been ruled by him, as unequivocal equals.
In 1 Cor 11:13, Paul says: But every woman who prays or prophesies. To prophesy is not just to predict the future; it is to speak for edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 1 Cor 14:3. Here Paul shows that women who prophesy, that is who speak from the Holy Spirit's promptings and teachings to them, are speaking in the Church. To prophesy is to speak out in the presence of listeners who are interested in what is said — women speaking in the church, but speaking under control of the Spirit. This proves Paul's restriction to women asking their husband a question, should not speak — those were women who were newly initiated in the Church, whose tongues were not yet under control of the Spirit of God, which Spirit was poured out on all men and women at Pentecost: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
5 In all ages, the Lord will give commands for gospel order within the assemblies of believers in the true hope, gospel, and faith. These commands can differ from age to age. For example, George Fox and the early Quakers were given several commands including: 1) to address all individuals as thee and thou, and not you; for at the time, you was demanded by important people who were insulted if addressed as thee or thou, which was how the commoners were addressed, and 2) to never address anyone as " Mr.", because it was a contraction of the word Master, only given again to important people. Both were terms (in that age) that expressed honor to men. The commands made sense at the time, but today they clearly don't because the words do not demonstrate a respect to only important men, so the Lord no longer desires these commands to be observed. The same can be said about some of Paul's commands of his time, particularly relating to the need of the woman's head to be covered when prophesying. To retain elements of gospel order from centuries past, results in a form being created; the form being external observations, rituals, or practices that supposedly grant godliness, but in fact betray faith, grace, and obedience to the word heard from within.
These commands are different than the outward law and moral law that is written on everyone's hearts: do not steal, do not lie, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not covet, etc.; those laws never change with the time, and extend through the entire New and Old Testaments.
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