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By Atif Himadeh

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i- They speak a foreign language. (Do they really do that?)
ii- They translate without the knowledge of the language.
iii- They give the explanation of what was said without a single mistake.
If a person has the gift of translating one language to another without knowing the language, then this gift should be exercised. Such people are needed all over the world. If the Charismatics really have this gift they claim to have, why don't they use it? All over the world translators are badly needed. Here is a challenge to all those who claim to speak in tongues, prove your gift or else keep quiet.
Some tongue twisters might answer, "We translate only the language that is spoken in 'tongues' not an already known language." This can't be right, because the gift of translation is not part of the gift of tongues, but it is a separate gift. When a person claims the gift of translation he must be able to understand the language he is translating from. There is no trace of a miraculous gift of translating a language you don't know in the Bible.
I met a young American who believes in speaking in tongues. He believes that the gift of translation means you can translate a language without knowing that language and without any mistake. I challenged him to test that theory. The young man was living in Turkey for two years and during this time he studied the Turkish language. He went to a charismatic meeting and he prayed in Turkish. A young American Pentecostal charismatic woman translated his prayer. After the service he asked her "was that what you said a translation to my prayer?" She said, "Yes, word for word, God gave me the right translation." He said, "You did not translate one word of what I have said." Raging in anger she said, "How do you know?" He said, "I know Turkish and I prayed in Turkish." She said, "I only know how to translate what is said by the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is God and he knows everything. If the Holy Spirit is really in this woman He would have guided her to know everything.
You may say she was fooled, but nobody can fool the Holy Spirit. If she translated through the Holy Spirit she would have known that this man was not speaking in "tongues." When Ananias and Sapphira lied to the apostle Peter, he knew about it because the Holy Spirit told him. The Holy Spirit is God and no one can lie to him. If the Holy Spirit did the translation, why did He not faithfully translate the words said in the Turkish prayer? How can people ever know what charismatic people are praying if this is the way they translate. How can we discern the spirits?
How could we know if these charismatic people are praising God or cursing Him in their unknown language? Since nobody knows the language that was spoken, and those who are translating are saying what comes to their minds, how am I to know that they do not speak gibberish while speaking in tongues? The Bible tells us to try the spirits. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." I John 4:1. How could we try the spirits if each person mumbles unknown words, and then says the first verse or idea that comes to his mind.
A woman must not teach men. "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. "ITim. 2:11,12. The majority of the people who are speaking in tongues are woman who are commanded to be silent in the church. Women are commanded not to teach or usurp authority over men. The Majority of the charismatic churches are pastored or lead by women.

Where is the fire of conviction now in the church? They claim the speaking in tongues and the translation of tongues falsely with no fire of conviction. Women teach, preach and usurp authority over men with no conviction that they are disobeying the word of God. The gifts spoken of in ICor. 12 are only for men in the church. ICor. 12:1, ICor. 14:6,20,26.
There is no difference between a man and a woman in heaven. But here on earth God has called men to do His public preaching, teaching and leading the church. When a woman disobeys the word, the Holy Spirit will convict her of her sin.
4- All were filled and they started speaking in tongues (languages) as the spirits gave them utterance.
The believers, who were filled with the Holy Spirit, were given to speak in tongues. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not the speaking in tongues. When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is given utterances to convey a message. The Holy Spirit is God and He gives everything in a perfect way. The Holy Spirit may speak through one person in tongues and one translator so the people will understand or choose the language that the majority of the people hearing knows the best as in the day of Pentecost.
On the day of Pentecost each one heard them speaking in his own language. The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes. When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will not make a mistake. The people who speak in tongues today make a lot of mistakes. For example a person hearing the speaking in tongues counted the number of times a name was used and it was seven times, and when he translated the speaking in tongues that name was mentioned only four times. The Holy Spirit is Perfect because He is God and He does not make these mistakes. So this man was not speaking in the Holy Spirit even if you could prove that he was speaking a language. God is not a man to forget to translate the name of the person three times. That man was a false christ, claiming to be led by the spirit of God while he was led by a false spirit.
On the day of Pentecost the disciples spoke languages that were mentioned in Acts chapter two. All of them spoke languages which were understood. None of the disciples spoke in an unknown tongue, gibberish or in an angelic tongue. Because all the languages spoken were mentioned in the Bible. If one of the disciples spoke in an angelic tongue, God would have inspired Luke to write that down.
Paul, in writing his First letter to the Corinthian church, he was warning them about the wrong teachings that were spreading in the church. When he reached chapter thirteen he was saying to them that love, faith and hope are more important then knowledge, prophecy and speaking in tongues. In chapter fourteen, Paul was rebuking the Corinthian church for the gibberish speaking which was practiced by that church. "Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?" ICor. 14:6. In other words Paul is saying "speak something we understand" "...,except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? For ye shall speak into the air. There, it may be so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me." ICor. 14:9,10,11.
What is happening today in the charismatic churches is like what happened in the Corinthian church and Paul rebuked that in chapter 14. Paul cannot forbid the speaking in tongues, because the Bible, the complete word of God, did not yet come. The people in the Corinthian church actually were not speaking languages as they should. Paul was not against speaking in tongues,

but he was against speaking gibberish. The Corinthian church was better than the charismatics today in that, they never translated any of the gibberish voices. The idea that you translate something you yourself do not know, was not accepted be the Corinthian church, because the Greek word for translate means explain or interpret.
God would never speak to the people in an unknown tongue with every one present. A tongue is unknown to the speaker, but should never be unknown to everybody. If a person speaks a language nobody knows or there is nobody that understands the language to translate, he should cease to speak. The charismatics today are completely different from the disciples on the day of Pentecost.
5- Everyone heard them speaking in his own language.
We must realize that the miracle here was done by the Holy Spirit so that everyone heard them speaking in his own language. The Holy Spirit knows what to give and when to give it so that the one hearing, will understand.
If an American is visiting in Israel and he is in a meeting with Israeli who speak Hebrew, the Holy Spirit will give him the Hebrew language, so that they will understand the message from God. If English speaking people are present in the meeting then a person who knows both Hebrew and English will translate to them what was spoken. Most of the hearers heard them speaking their own language in which they were born. Can you find this to be true in any charismatic church today. In all charismatic churches today they utter sounds that are not languages to hide what they are really saying. Then they camouflage what they are saying by translating these unknown words to a verse in the Bible. In this way nobody can accuse them of wrong utterances, and nobody can prove the falsity of what was said or find fault in the translation.
Are you ever going to hear from a Persian, a Greek, or an Arabic person saying, "These people (tongue speakers) are speaking our languages" No! you will never hear the real speaking in tongues as it was heard on the day of Pentecost.
Some charismatic people claim to speak the language of angels. Who told you that one of the disciples on Pentecost spoke in the language of an angel? All words spoken at Pentecost were understood since each person heard someone speaking in his own language. Actually, at Pentecost there was no translation at all since each one heard the words in his own language. Again we stress the fact that the Holy Spirit never made a mistake when He gave each Galilian the language of the group of people standing around him. What's more, these Galilians did not practice on a tape recorder a sentence in a foreign language. So that they can impress the believers they were going to visit in a foreign country.
Notice in this verse it says "every man" and not "every angel" "... Because that every man heard them speak in his own language." It does not include angels. So on the day of Pentecost, no angelic language was spoken. Among the languages spoken on that day, the angelic language is not mentioned. Paul the Apostle is the only one that mentions angelic speaking, but he says, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have no charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal". ICor. 13:1. The word "though" in Greek however is (ean) which means (if) and it is often used with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty and some times the impossible. So this verse does not say that a person "can" speak in tongues of angels but the verse says "if" he speaks in tongues of angels. This angelic tongue speaking might never be possible, so do not build your house of faith on "if's". And human speaking in angelic tongues is not taught or mentioned any where else in the Bible.
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