So far we’ve established…
- Speaking in tongues is a sign to those who do not believe
- Biblically, “tongues” refers to languages
- There were only three cases of speaking in tongues in the Book of Acts: 2:4-11, 10:44-48, and 19:1-8
- All three instances of speaking in tongues, Apostles were present, and Jews were present. In all three cases, unbelieving Jews were in the vicinity to witness.
- speaking in an unknown tongue probably refers to speaking in Hebrew, according to two commentators (Adam Clarke and Charles Hodge)
- Speaking in tongues must be done one at a time.
- there must be no more than three people per service speaking in tongues.
- Someone must be there that understands that language to interpret.
- There must be no more than three people to preach at any service.
- women may not preach or speak in tongues.
- The sign gifts can be demonstrated departing somewhere around 60AD.
- Paul was unable to heal three of his friends of sicknesses, one of them sick near to death.
- Prophecy has demonstrably passed away
- Many false and pagan religions speak in modern tongues
- Modern Tongues has too small a vocabulary to be a real language
- Modern tongues lacks the grammar structure to be a real language.
- Modern Tongues have been studied by language experts and declared not a real language.
- Modern tongues have been described as essentially the same as pagan speaking in tongues
That concludes the vast majority of our study in speaking in tongues.
We will shortly be departing from any doctrines that are merely Pentecostal, and we will begin to venture into Word Faith doctrine area. Again, i point out that many Pentecostal churches will be hard pressed to prove they do not have members holding to the Health and Wealth word faith doctrines. The word Faith doctrines swarmed up and over many Charismatic churches, swallowing them whole.
We’ve dealt with prophecy and speaking in tongues. The last parts of the Pentecostal faith concern healings. There are a few snake handlers, but not many. Apparently, few Charismatics possess that much faith to drink strychnine and carry rattlesnakes around in church services. I’ll just deal with it by pointing out the founder of that movement died of snakebite.
We’ve already partly dealt with healings yesterday. Paul was unable to heal his friends in 1 Timothy and Phillipians. Indeed, one in Phillipians was near death!
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Philippians 2:25-27 (KJV)
It has been pointed out a few times that we never see of the claimed healings, anyone with an amputation being restored. I’ve heard stories that such things happened… but nobody ever popped up and showed a healed arm, with records of an amputation, x-rays, etc. It’s always “at so and so’s church someone got their whole arm grown back!”
What was there name? Were you there?
“No, uh… a friend of mine’s best friend from Hyannisport was there on vacation and saw it…”
What was that person’s name, so we can verify it?
“I don’t know.”
the stories break down there. This is your big chance, people! If you’re the one… stand up! Bring your doctor and the x-rays showing the amputation! If it’s that big a miacle, you won’t mind showing the world, and proving it! In this Internet age, you’d think these same people would have before and after pictures, and would have documentation from their doctor to prove it. If this happened to me, I’d have already made a website http://www.mywholearmgrewback.com, complete with pictures, x rays, affidavits, and handwriting samples from that re-grown arm!
Where are the people who some evangelists claim were raised from the dead? Benny Hinn both claims to have raised a dead man back to life. Todd Bently claims to have raised over 30, if I understand his claims correctly.
Instead, most of the healings are, “My back…. my knees… my neck…” always something you cannot see and verify. And apparently always the kind of thing that could be healed by time and a couple of aspirin. Have I ever had my back healed by prayer?
I do believe God heals, miraculously. When God wants to, when it suits God’s purposes and plan. I do acknowledge that there are indeed miracles!
However, where are the confirmed healings of William Branham? A man who, incidentally, claimed the doctrine of the Trinity was of the devil. I’m sure Branham regrets that claim right now. You cannot be saved and make that claim. And since his death, he’s by now had not only ample proof that any claim against the Trinity is of the devil, but that he was himself of the devil as well! Those never ending flames – it’s a clue.
Where are the confirmed healings of Oral Roberts, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and others?
What about Finis J. Dake, a man who claimed God was a man, who lived on another planet? Where are his confirmed healings? Or Smith Wigglesworth – who if you believe his writings and sermons, healed everyone in London and New York City three times over, it would seem! Usually by punching or kicking them.
Not the bad backs, headaches, knee pains and assorted pulled muscles. Where’s the amputees? Where’s the cancer healings? They all claim them. Let’s see them.
Apparently all the healings they can document, all have the healing power of… Aspirin.
I do not believe God will heal upon demand by a faith healer who makes millions upon millions of dollars, and makes the most outrageous pronouncements about Bible doctrine.
- The Word Faith Movement Answered 2 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Word Faith and Charismatica (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- The Word Faith Movement Examined 1 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)