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By Atif Himadeh

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Also never in the Bible is it mentioned that any disciple or apostle or believer spoke in the tongues of angels. So Paul's statement above does not prove that man could speak in the tongues of angels.
6- They spoke tongues (languages) glorifying and magnifying God.
When today we hear the Pentecostals and the charismatics speak in tongues (languages), if they speak a real language, do they speak about the wonderful works of God. When they speak what is their message today? One person came back from the mission field in China where he had spent most of his life. He went, the first Sunday, to his home church in London. In the prayer meeting one person stood up and spoke in "tongues" and did so in the Chinese language, which he translated for himself as almost all charismatics do. The translation was a verse from the Bible and everybody was happy. At this point the missionary to China, who knew the Chinese language, stood up to announce that the man was cursing Christ in the Chinese language. This man cursed the Lord Jesus Christ instead of glorifying Him. This is satan speaking in tongues. This did not happen on the day of Pentecost, it happened in a charismatic church.
My dear reader, to be sure you are glorifying God, never try to speak in tongues unless the Holy Spirit gives you utterances. Do not speak in the flesh, that is to utter whatever the tongue wants to utter. The tongue does not want to glorify God unless he is moved by the Holy Spirit. James the Apostle said about the tongue, "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell .... But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:6,8.
Once I was visiting a church which was not supposed to be charismatic. After the meeting an English lady started to speak in tongues. She spoke in tongues in Arabic, and she started repeating the worst curse in Arabic, and when she had finished she translated the repeated words as verses from the Bible. I believe that this lady was sincere, but she was sincerely wrong. So let us be careful not to be misled.
Receiving the Holy Spirit
Now that we have studied the Pentecostal speaking in tongues, Let us proceed to study the other passages about receiving the Holy Spirit.
"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:17. I am sorry to say that a lot of people misuse this passage which speaks of receiving the Holy Spirit, no more and no less. If you say that these people who received the Holy Spirit spoke in tongues, then, equally as ridiculous, we would ask you if you believe the disciples spoke in tongues before the day of Pentecost? The answer is no, everybody knows that. Therefore what right do you have to interpret "received the Holy Ghost" in two different ways?
"And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" John 20:22. The disciples received the Holy Spirit before the day of Pentecost. They had received Him without the accompaniment of the gift of speaking in tongues, or the gift of boldness to testify, or the gift of preaching, or the gift of doing miracles.
I believe that the Holy Spirit was given that evening after Jesus rose from the grave. But they were not clothed with power from on high until God the Holy Spirit came down to dwell in the church. "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49. And so the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost and they spoke in tongues. But the purpose of the Holy Spirit was to cloth the disciples with power, that they would be His witnesses all over the world.

The power from on high was not to clothe us with pride, and to teach that unless we speak in tongues we will not enter heaven; and that the five wise virgins are those who speak in tongues, etc. Everyone that will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved and he will have the Holy Spirit flow from him like a river. "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38.
The purpose of the power from on high is not to perform miracles but to enable endued people to witness. "But ye shall received power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8.
But some people have lost the purpose of the power from on high and yet claim to have that power because they mumble words nobody can understand. And when they finish, they claim to translate the gibberish as a verse from the Bible.
When the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples they spoke in languages. They never mumbled something nobody could understand.
When the three thousand believed they received the Holy Spirit, but they did not speak in tongues. When the Samaritans believed, they also received the Holy Spirit but did not speak in tongues.
So whenever the Bible mentions that they received the Holy Spirit or were full of the Holy Spirit it does not mean they spoke in tongues.
Now let us move to the next passage in question and study it carefully. "And they of the circumcision, which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God." Act 10:45,46.
These were Gentile Italians. Their Hebrew language might have been broken and have known very little, but these people spoke in such a way that Peter and the brethren understood what these Gentiles said. And what they said magnified God. Peter and those who were with him heard them speak in tongues, and magnify God. The Gentiles spoke with tongues (language) in such a way that the uneducated fishermen understood.
This is why Paul wrote, "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. 14:11. The word barbarian is transliterated from Greek. The meaning of barbarian is a foreign language to the Greek speaker. The English speakers use the term "It is Greek to me."
So when a person speaks in tongues and I do not know the language (or the power of the sound), that is to say, the meaning of the sound, then I will not understand anything that is said. Paul did not say, "Not knowing the power of the language we proceed to translate." This kind of translation is not taught in the Bible. I have never heard of anybody who could translate without the knowledge of the language spoken. Why don't people who claim to speak in tongues ever stand up to translate for a person that speaks a real foreign language which he has not learned? For this simple reason, no one can translate a language he does not know. No Pentecostal is ready to accept the challenge of proving the above statement. They are only willing to translate something that has no meaning, so that nobody can prove the falsity of their translation which is a lie to both God and man.
Actually it is wrong to pray that God will give us the gift of speaking in tongues. We can pray to the Lord to give us the Holy Spirit and to fill us with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes He will give us what we need. John writing around 60 years after the day of Pentecost said, "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment ." John 16:8. "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself: but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He shall show you things to come." John 16:13.

The Holy Spirit comes for the purpose of conviction, guidance, and teaching. The Lord Jesus, to teach the disciples and the Jews the principles of the NT church, had to speak to them directly and in a miraculous way so that they will believe. To teach them to accept the Gentiles in the church, God gave the Gentiles the same gift of speaking in tongues as the day of Pentecost.
We could say today, that there is no resemblance between the experience of believers on the day of Pentecost and the experience of Pentecostals and charismatic today, except in name only. Why? Because they show, instead of "one accord" and unity, a diversity of opinions and doctrine. The Pentecostal movement today lacks the tongues of fire of conviction which was strong and powerful in the first church. I pray that the Lord will send the power of the Holy Spirit of conviction and guidance on these people that they may realize how far away they are from God.
The believers on the day of Pentecost spoke in languages, but the Bible tells us "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." 1Cor. 13:8.
The Bible says that tongues shall cease. "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." ICor. 13:10. In another words when the perfect thing shall come (the article "the" before the word perfect is "to" and not "o". The article "to" in Greek denotes a perfect thing and not a perfect person).
The only perfect "thing" we know of is the Bible. So when the Bible came and was complete there was no need for speaking in tongues and also there was no need for prophecy of new knowledge about God. Once the Bible was completed, we could not add to it nor take away from it. We cannot add to the Bible what people prophecy today or what they claim to speak in tongues. So when the Bible was complete in our hands, knowledge vanished away, prophecy failed and tongues ceased. The best knowledge of knowing God is now found in the complete Bible. The best prophecy concerning God's plans for the future is declared plainly in the complete Bible. God did not forget any of His plans, all the needed prophecy is in the Bible already. Why should we speak in tongues? To add what God forget to tell us!
If the speaking in tongues is by the Holy Spirit, then this for sure must be a message from God. "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, of by doctrine? ICor. 14:6. Did God forget to write this revelation, or prophecy, or doctrine in the Bible? For sure God is not man to forget. Why then after he sent us the complete Bible, is He still sending us these new messages? He told us not to add to the Bible and not to subtract from it. Does God change his mind? Therefore we are left with one solution these are not from God. We must take a stand and say we will not listen and we will not accept any thing that is not mentioned in the Bible. The Bible is for the building of the church. The Bible is the message of God. All that God wants to declare to us is found in the Bible. We do not need fresh new visions, prophecies, or the speaking in tongues. What we need is to believe and preach the Bible. The Bible includes every thing we need for salvation and for our spiritual life, so we do not need new revelations.
From the time the Bible was complete, any person who claim he is speaking in tongues is saying, "God forgot to tell you what He is revealing to me today". And for those who speak in tongues and in translating they quote a verse. God inspired this verse once and that is enough. If you are full of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you to quote it directly without the excuse of tongues.
Healing was not said to cease, so God is still in the business of healing those who believe Him and ask in His name. The apostles had the special gift of healing; that is, by laying their hands on the sick or by their shadows falling on them. But the other disciples did not have this gift. James tells us that if we have sick people among us, we are to call the elders of the church to pray and not the women. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:" James 5:14.
So there is a great gulf between the believers on the day of Pentecost and the Pentecostal Charismatic people of today in doctrine, in faith and practice. Above all, in the "assurance of salvation" in which the real Christians believed, while the Pentecostal Charismatic believers today, in general, reject.
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