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  1. ian vincent Says:

    CESSATIONIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT by Lynette Hughes: Although not all true Christians today speak in tongues, nevertheless, they may, they can and they should – when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit! This is the will of God for all Christians. Paul said, “I wish you all spoke with other tongues” (1 Cor 14:5) and “Do not forbid to speak with tongues.” (1 Cor 14:39) Some Christian leaders discourage speaking in tongues or even forbid it because they teach that it’s not Biblical and it’s not for today. People who believe miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit have ended when the apostles died are called cessationists.

    John McArthur teaches the work of the Holy Spirit within Charismatic Churches is a counterfeit of Satan. The assault upon those of us using the gift God has given us when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit will only intensify. Even now men like John McArthur, Charles Stanley and David Jeremiah are slandering the entire Pentecostal/Charismatic movement because of false teachers like Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn and Steven Furtick.

    As Christians, our theology cannot be knee-jerk, reactionary theology. The gifts can be abused. Isn’t that why Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians regarding the proper use of the gifts? Charismatic craziness is not anything new. Paul encountered charismatic chaos in the Corinthian church. Those folks were absolutely out of control. They were trying to out-prophesy and out-tongue each other. Many good things in the church are abused. Preaching is abused. Worship is abused. Money is abused. Authority is abused. Don’t let those in the charismatic churches who are unbalanced in doctrine rob you of one of the most significant blessings of the New Covenant.

    In spite of all the abuses occurring in the Corinthian church Paul did not command them to cease and desist with the spiritual gifts. Paul corrected them and told them to do things in an orderly, peaceful fashion. So much of the chaos that exists in charismatic churches is the result of failing to obey this simple command. Everything that occurs in a church must be tested against the clear revelation of God’s word. Every prophecy, tongue, and “revelation” must be tested against the Word of God. So we need to get on with scriptural teaching and correction when people are abusing or misusing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    Satan must do everything he can do to discredit and hinder Christ’s people from experiencing the power of God and be used of God to “cast out devils” and “lay hands on the sick” as they are used of God in the ministry of reconciliation as His very “ambassadors.” The most powerful way the enemy can do this is by having his agents on the inside, posing as representatives of Christ, while robbing Christ of His glory and His divine power from His body in the earth.

    1 Cor 4:20: “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” For the many who think erroneously all we need is the written word, many scriptures contradict such a notion. We need more – we need the power of God demonstrated.

    Heb 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Has He changed? Is sound doctrine all we need now? Didn’t Jesus and His apostles and His disciples cast out devils, lay hands on people and heal the sick, and perform miracles under the Spirit’s power? If Jesus is no longer doing these things, He is not the same.

    New Testament Christianity is walking with the Lord in the Holy Spirit and His power; not just learning facts about God. Paul, who gave us the gospel of Jesus Christ says in 1 Cor 2:4: “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”

    Jesus told the false teachers of His day that they went into error for two reasons – they rejected the full counsel of His word and they rejected His divine power in their lives. It is the same today.

    Matt 22:29: “Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”

    Mark 16: 15-20: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.” Notice Jesus doesn’t say “These signs will follow my apostles” or “These signs will follow the early Church believers.” He says “these signs will follow those who believe..in my name”

    Signs (healing) and gifts (tongues) did not only accompany the apostolic preaching of the gospel. 1 Corinthians 14:26 makes it clear that the Corinthians experienced supernatural gifts in the regular church gatherings: “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”

    Signs certainly do follow the preaching of God’s Word and absence of such power and blessing is evidence that the pure Gospel of Truth is not being taught or preached as set forth in Holy Scripture.

    I was raised to believe speaking in tongues was evidence of demonic possession. When I was born-again, I saw the verse that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and He will guide you into all truth. I prayed and asked God for His Holy Spirit to teach me and lead me into the truth of His word. And God showed me the truth of the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit;” that it was neither demonic nor had the spiritual gifts passed away. The Holy Spirit taught the gifts did not cease with the death of the Apostles and the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy was to speak in tongues. I wasn’t taught by mere man.

    We can understand the basics of the Bible all by ourselves just by reading God’s Word. We don’t need a priest, a preacher, a scholar, a teacher, a church denomination, to interpret it for us. If we’re willing to approach the Scriptures with an open mind, set aside our preconceptions and traditions, and believe what God teaches us, He will show us the truth. The gross lack of divine power in the modern day Church is because the divine truth of God’s word has not been rightly studied and rightly divided. The gifts of the Spirit have in no way ceased.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    I disagree that all should speak with tongues, because scripture says not all speak with tongues.

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