By Derek Elles
Before I get into the danger that this supposed gift causes, I would like to point out one other thing that shows this is not a genuine gift. The churches that support this doctrine claim that they are able to teach their members how to do it. There are also books and videos that claim the same. Interestingly enough, each of them is different; some tell you to start talking like a baby – after all you are learning a new language; others tell you to repeat a phrase such as “I love you Jesus” over and over and faster and faster until it just comes out as mumbo jumbo, unintelligible words. Still there are other methods, but I do not have the space here to write them nor the time to investigate them.
Now the problem with this should be obvious. If somebody teaches this, then it is definitely not a gift from the Lord. I learned to speak Spanish, from a human, and so it is not a gift from the Lord. Had I not learned, whether from a teacher or on my own, and just began speaking it to Spanish speaking people, then it would most likely be such a gift; however, what is being spoken would have to be the Gospel.
Now let’s get into this danger I mentioned. Many of those who support tongues, as I have presented it these past several weeks, are quick to tell others that if they are truly saved and have the Holy Spirit, then they should be able to speak this way. There is the danger. These are supposed leaders of churches, pastors, elders, evangelists, etc. and have an assumed position of authority and knowledge which they are responsible for imparting upon their congregations. When someone hears this, the immediate thought is that “I must not be saved since I cannot do it”. Some people have fallen out of the church and left their Christian beliefs as a result; while others have faked it in front of those teaching it to them – I am not making this up as I have talked to people of both groups.
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So where does this teaching come from? How can these so-called leaders make such a profound statement? They get it from Mark 16:17-18. This passage says that, among other signs, speaking in tongues is a result of believing. Before I get into the validity of these verses (9-20), I would to point out that these people who claim this and who speak tongues are not doing any of the other signs. The next time I encounter someone telling me this, and I encourage you to do the same, I will immediately find some Liquid Plumber or other poisonous substances and ask them to drink it – after all, it is a sign.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
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