|Acts 2:1-13 |
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all of one accord in one place,
2 When suddenly a sound came from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And what appeared to them, looked like cloven tongues of fire, and the fire rested upon each of them.1
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [The greek word for languages, "glwssaiv", is the same word used for tongues of fire in verse 3 .]
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem, devout Jews from every nation under the heavens.
6 And when this was noise was heard outside, a multitude assembled together who were perplexed because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all astonished and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, are not all these who speak, Galileans?
8 How is it that we hear, every man, in our own tongue in which we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, 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 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 does this mean?"
13 Others mockingly said, "These men are full of new wine."2
2 "we hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" Others mockingly said, "These men are full of new wine." The 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. Their drunkenness is supposedly from the Holy Spirit; they are often unable to say anything except mumble a few words, falling down frequently, and usually staggering around. They try to excuse their drunkenness with these verses in Acts, saying that Peter and the disciples were all drunk on the Spirit. There is 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, mumbling, like the Pentecostals do, he would have been totally ignored or stoned. The Pentecostals claimed justification for their uncontrolled behavior is without reason and shameful. The Pentecostals, trying to justify their Satanic behavior with this scripture, join with the mockers of the disciples who mockingly said: "These men are full of new wine."
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.
To be filled with the Spirit is have your thoughts, words, actions controlled by the Spirit; not drunkenness, revelry, foolishness, or 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.