13 truths about speaking with tongues

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1. Tongues are (or were) real languages not gibberish.

2. Speaking with tongues (i.e. miraculously  speaking in a foreign language) was not meant to benefit believers, but to serve as a sign to persuade unbelievers.

3.The spiritual gift of tongues does not empower believers to speak an angelic language

4. The spiritual gift of tongues does not empower believers to speak a mysterious language.

5. “Praying in the spirit” or “praying in the Holy Ghost” is not a command to pray with tongues.

6. Paul criticizes, ridicules and discourages the practice of praying in tongues (without the gift of interpretation).

7. Speaking in tongues is useless unless there is an interpretation.

8. Not all believers are granted the gift of speaking with tongues.

9. God issues the command to be quiet in the church unless it is possible for the tongues to be understood (interpreted).

10. Since God is not the Author of confusion, speaking with tongues in church without providing a valid interpretation is not from God.

11. If tongues are spoken in the church, it should only be done by one person at a time, and then by no more than three persons in total. Therefore, a church collectively speaking in tongues is madness.

12. Women are not permitted to speak tongues in the church.

13. Tongues and other spiritual gifts will eventually cease.


1. Tongues are (or were) real languages not gibberish. See Acts 2:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 14:21-22

The words lâshôn [H3956] in the Hebrew and glōssa [G1100] in the Greek, literally refer to the tongue; a member of the body and the organ of speech located in the mouth. However, to lexicons of both the Old and New Testaments of the bible, this word tongue is figuratively used to refer to any “language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.”¹ In fact, the English words gloss and glossary are both derived from their cognate glōssa. Therefore, when the bible employs the word tongue to refer to the spiritual gift granted by the Holy Spirit to believers, it is the gift of speaking a foreign language that is in scope.

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Is Sin Alive In Our Bodies?

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The Conventional View of Sin

I would venture to say that most bible-believing Christians know how to define sin. In fact, when asked, I suspect that most of them would rightly tell you that sin is the breaking of God’s commandments, or as 1 John 3:4 says, the transgression of God’s law. Sometimes the bible uses other words when referring to sin. These words include: trespass [ma‛al H4604], iniquity [‛âvôn H5771and transgression [pesha‛ H6588]. Though some theologians have argued that there are significant differences between these words , it is absolutely clear that they all refer to the same idea and are thus effectively synonymous. Accordingly, we see the truth of this claim demonstrated in the Scriptures. One example that comes to mind is Psalm 32:1-2 where we read:

…Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity

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Finishing Well!

This past Sunday, our pastor Lon Solomon preached an excellent and heart-moving sermon entitled: “Finishing Well” where he briefly surveyed the books of Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. In the course of his presentation he listed 4 suggestions which would help believers to finish well  in accordance with Paul’s famous analogue about the Christian life as a race (1Co 9:24-25) in which the goal is not to start well but to finish well (2Ti 4:7-8).

1. We need to stay vitally connected to the Word of God (Psalm 119:9-11)

2. Don’t minimize how evil the human heart is! (Jeremiah 17:9, Psalm 139:23-24, Psalm 26:2 )

3. Don’t overestimate yourself (Romans 12:3)

4. Think about the consequences of our actions before we act (Proverbs 23:3)

When I think about the idea of starting well, I am reminded of the Parable of the Sower and the Seed (in Mathew 13:20-21) where the second group that received the Word of God (the seeds that fell on stony ground) are said to have initially and immediately received the Word with joy; in other words, one could say that they started the race well. But as we read on we find out that they never finished the race. Why? Well, they did not begin the race with the intention of finishing the race. They had “no root” in themselves so that when tribulation and persecution arises (and we are promised that all Christians that follow the “How To Be a Christian” Manual AKA the Bible, WILL face persecution) these folks that started the race well end up dropping out of the race. They become castaways.

Consider the following verses by Paul:

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
(1Co 9:24-25)

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Ti 4:7-8)

Let us strive to finish well.

What does the Bible mean by Election?

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What is Election?

Election is the choosing of those who will be saved by writing their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 20:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

Who performs the Election?

God the Father. (1 Peter 1:2, Ephesians 1:3-4, Romans 8:28-29, Exodus 32:31-33)
For more information about Exodus 32:31-33 see Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10, Revelation 3:5, Psalm 69:28.

When did Election take place?

Election took place before the creation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8, 2 Timothy 1:9)

Where did Election take place?

Not Applicable.  There was no “where” before the creation of the world. Election takes place outside of space and time. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8)

Why did Election take place?

God elected so that those He had chosen would be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)

How did God elect?

God used His foreknowledge and grace as the basis or criteria for performing the election (1 Peter 1:2, Romans 8:28-29,  Ephesians 1:11, 2 Timothy 1:9)

Other Points:

– Predestination is the same as Election. (Romans 8:28-29,  Ephesians 1:5,11)

– Foreknowledge is information that is known ahead of time.

– Being “chosen” is the same as Election (Ephesians 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

– The calling of the elect is a holy calling. (2 Timothy 1:9)

– Election is not according to works. (2 Timothy 1:9, Romans 4:5)

 

 

To Love God = To Believe in His Word = Believe in God

Questions:
Why has God magnified his word above his name? (Psa 138:2)

Is there a difference between “trembling at God’s word” (Isa 66:2) and “fearing God” (Pro 1:7)?

 

To Love God means to believe His words (commandments)

1John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1John 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

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John 14:15  If you love Me, keep My commandments.

John 14:21  He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.

John 14:22  Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

John 14:24  He who does not love Me does not keep My Words, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

 

To Believe in God is the same as to believe in His word.

There is no distinction between God and his word. Jesus said I am the truth. Rejecting

Christ is rejecting His word; similarly, rejecting His word is rejecting Christ. Anyone

who says he believes Christ but does not believe His words is lying.

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John 5:38  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

John 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

John 5:47  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

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John 8:31  Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.

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John 8:47  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

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John 20:31  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

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John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Colossians 2:3  In whom (Christ) are hid ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.