Speaking in Tongues – Paganism and the Occult in the Church (Part 2)

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THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE MOST DISHONOURED PERSON OF THE GODHEAD!

The Holy Spirit has become the most mocked, the most blasphemed, the most dishonoured, the most misrepresented, the most insulted, the most exploited, the most desecrated, and the most prostituted person of the Godhead by the modern-day Christian and Christian Churches…

As I said in my previous blog, how can it be that the same “Tongues”, and by that I mean that; each tongue-speaking and tongue-practicing charismatic person has there own sort of repetitive tongue that they have learned and developed almost like a mantra. The question that I raised and, which I feel is a crucial and logical question is this: How can it be that the very same tongue i.e “KAMANTA BANTANTA SHAMAKABALA…” can mean something different every single time? Common sense tells us that specific speach and articulated words are used by humans to provide an understanding to their conversation with others for one reason, and that is to have them understand what they are saying and, more importantly, what they mean by what they are saying.

This is why, in any society, work place, home etc. people groups with their languages and different dialects are able to function within society; within conversations or wherever else. This is the whole point of communicating in a language, notwithstanding ambiguity or clarity of speech and meaning.

 

BABIES SPEAK LIKE THAT, NOT ADULTS!

Now, I want to tell you that babies, way before they can even utter some sort of coherent speech and sentences say things like “Googoo, Gaaga, Googoo Gaaga”.

The problem, of course, would be that if that baby grew up to be five years old or even 10 years old or even 20 years old and was still uttering the same incoherent sounds; still speaking the same gibberish, you as a parent would either have failed miserably in teaching your child to speak in your mother tongue, or that child should have been given some serious medical attention.

Furthermore and, by the way, you as a parent should have noticed something was wrong with your child way before that child was five years old. Actually, I would venture to say that if you had never picked up on the fact that your child was still making unintelligible sounds (Googoo Gaaaga) then, perhaps, you as the parent should have been the one who also needed serious medical or even psychiatric attention and treatment!

 

MYSTICAL OR OCCULTIC EXPERIENCES – A HIDDEN SECRET!

Now I want to tell you that, not just in the days of the New Testament but as old as the earth was, there have always been people who have been mystics and into the occult. People such as these had spiritual experiences which were inaccessible to the understanding of the one who was practising those things and also to the ones who were with them. Such an experience was beyond human comprehension and apprehension. It could not be understood or described and therefore was hidden. The very same word, glossolalia was also attached to the mystical and Occultic practices of the Orient and the ancient world.

“Mystical” or “Occult” are two words that come from a root word which means “Hidden Secret”.

The word “mystical” stems from a Greek root and the word “Occult” stems from the Latin root and both of them mean the same thing; a “hidden secret” that no one can understand – even the one who is babbling away in that strange gibberish.

Would God want His word Hidden from His Bride – The Church?

Again, let me emphasise something of absolute importance. Do you honestly think that whatever God apparently has to say through someone in the church babbling away in tongues that God would want that “HIDDEN” from the Church? No!!! The Church is Christ’s Bride and Jesus wants the Church to know what He has to say. Furthermore, and most times, whatever God wants to say to His Church is already found in His word. His word is the Beginning and also the final authority for His Church! If someone ever speaks in a “Tongue” it always, every single time, has to tie up and be in agreement with the word of God.

The ancient practice of glossolalia!

Glossolalia is a very old and ancient practice and even to this day is practised by occult groups like the voodoos (voodooism), witches (witchcraft) and Satanists (Satanism), and Sharmans (shamanism) etc.
Even the Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam is probably the most famous of those who practised glossolalia and he did this by placing himself in some sort of trance.

Again, this type of ecstatic speech known as glossolalia or mysticism or occultic practice was strictly prohibited by God, Himself, concerning the nation of Israel before they entered the land of Canaan.

 

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

9“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.10There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering [making his son or daughter pass through the fire], anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD.

 

Glossolalia – Omens and Sorcery!

Take note of Deuteronomy 18:10 where it says “there shall not be found among you… Anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer…”

Therefore, and in this cae, the word, “glossolalia” or better known as “speaking in tongues”, in the context of Deuteronomy was about OMENS, SORCERY, and CALLING ON EVIL SPIRITS. This, according to God, was devilish witchcraft and was strictly prohibited. Again, this type of ecstatic speech known as glossolalia or mysticism or Occultic practice was strictly prohibited by God, Himself, concerning the nation of Israel before they entered the land of Canaan.

THE GREEK AND ROMANS PRACTISED GLOSSOLALIA!

This phenomenon on of glossolalia or “speaking in tongues” was very well known and practiced by the Greeks and Romans. It was often used to know the thoughts of a “god” or a “daimanon”. You will recognise, almost immediately, the word “daimanon” because that is where the word “Demon” comes from.

 

The Charismatic movement – Where did it all start?

 

MONTANISM – GLOSSOLALIA WITHIN CHRISTENDOM!

Now, allow me to take you through a bit of history to the second century A.D., in Phrygia (modern-day Asian Turkey) in the region of Laodicea. In Phrygia, there was a pagan priest by the name of Montanus who founded a charismatic movement called, Montanism. Montanus claimed to be the incarnation of the Holy Spirit.

Montanus held a few similar views to the Christians but was more into ecstatic experiences like prophetic utterances and prophetic revelations which, he said was given to him by the Holy Spirit in order to reveal mystical things to him and his followers.

The problem, of course, is that all of these prophetic utterances and revelations were extra-biblical i.e. they were not found in the Bible – God’s word – and, therefore, contradicted what the Bible had to say. Remember, the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God and everything else that anyone may prophesy or wants to prophesy has to be found in Scripture and supported by Scripture. However, this was never the case with Montanus and his cult; Montanism.

The main signs of the Montanists were their dramatic and ecstatic behaviour i.e. convulsions, rolling around on the floor, and gibberish (tongues) that no one had a clue what was being said; neither the speaker nor the hearer, unless, of course, the interpretation was revealed by the “god” or “omen” – The Demon.

 

THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS PROVED THE MONTANISTS TO BE HERETICS!

By the way, the Montanists were proven to be heretics and demonic and involved in demonic occult practice by the early church fathers. The early church fathers outrightly rejected the Montanists and equated them to people who practiced witchcraft and Satanism for many reasons i.e. giving revelations that were completely contrary to God’s word; rolling around, convulsing, slithering around like snakes on the ground, false prophecy and many other things that brought complete mockery and disdain to the church and the Christian.

THE MODERN-DAY CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT!

You need to be aware that Montanism was not only declared heretical but also satanic and, in the scheme of things, didn’t last very long and soon died out.

However, and unfortunately, at the dawn of the 20th century (the 1900s) Montanism was rebirthed and re-rooted itself through the birth of the charismatic movement in the early part of the 20th century.

Just like the Montanists, the charismatics were not satisfied just by the word of God because God’s word was not good enough. To them, surely God had much more to say to the cultures of the day – the 20th century – because, after all, things had changed and people were no longer living in an antiquated, uneducated and peasant-like culture like they did 2000 years ago.

According to the charismatic movement, what the church needed most was “to get with the times of the culture”. And, in order to get with the times and in order to achieve that, they turned to the Holy Spirit to give them more revelation than the Bible had already given and which was already ingrained within Scripture.

For them, surely the Bible was not as relevant to the culture of the day and, therefore, the Holy Spirit had to give extra-biblical revelation about the Christian life and how to make Christianity more relevant and plausible to the society of that time.

For these charismatics, the writings of the Apostles in the Bible were not just “Incomplete” but, moreover, completely “Outdated”! Therefore, a new revelation and a new experience had to be given to the so-called Christian and the church to be able to make the gospel more palatable and applicable to the person living in the 20th century (the 1900s).

 

17 CENTURIES LATER!

Again, let me remind you that Montanism had died out for more than 17 centuries and was completely rejected, not only by the early church fathers but by the church itself throughout those 17 centuries. Unfortunately, as I said it was once again resurrected by the charismatics – those people who call themselves Christians.

 

THE PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL OF 1904 – ONLY THOSE WHO RECEIVE GLOSSOLALIA ARE SAVED!

In 1904 a movement was birthed which was called “THE PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL”. For them, a “PENTECOSTAL RENEWAL” had come to Christendom. It was the people of the “PENTECOSTAL RENEWAL” who invented the doctrine that only those who spoke in tongues (glossolalia) were the ones who were actually saved. This, by the way, spread like wildfire throughout most churches. In other words, if one spoke in tongues then that proved that you were genuinely “baptised in the Holy Spirit”. And if you were baptised in the Holy Spirit, it meant that you were a genuine born-again saved Christian.

This whole premise or ideology was based solely on a generalisation of the three cases of foreign languages miraculously spoken at Pentecost. I’m not going to go there right now but you are welcome to jot them down. The three cases of these miraculous foreign languages are found in nine chapters of the Book of Acts namely, acts 2 through 19.

THE AZUSA STREET REVIVAL OF 1906!

I want to make mention now of an apparent revival that happened at Azusa Street in America known as the 1906 Azusa Street revival which spawned a brand-new movement; a movement that would have a dire and absolutely negative and even demonic impact on the church as a whole from then until now – this very day.

Going forward, the church would become a place for edifying the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit over and above Jesus Christ. The great tragedy for this would be that people would not only forget that the Holy Spirit is the one who edifies Jesus Christ and glorifies Jesus Christ and empowers people to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ which leads to salvation.

Instead, the church would now become a playground and a circus where people would no longer yearn after Christ and His word but rather, after “EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES” and “HAPPY PLACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”. It would become a scapegoat – an escape from reality – a doctrine that would infiltrate the churches, convincing Christians that they are meant to be prosperous and wealthy; name-it-claim-it, and have the power to decree to God anything that they wanted. In other words, Christians were led to believe that they were now empowered to tell God anything they wanted to; how He should act and how He should behave in the lives of Christians. Moreover, they would now become little gods. Does that sound familiar? The Beelzebub Network (TBN) – Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyers, Jesse Duplantis, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar Jnr, Paul Crouch, Joseph Prince, Joel Olsteen, and the list goes on and on.

THE TORONTO BLESSING – 1994!

88 years later, in 1994, the Toronto blessing would be a spillover – A NEW WAVE – of the 1906 Azusa Street revival.

No longer would Christians accept the fact that to follow Christ would be a shameful thing because they would have to take up their cross and follow Him. Instead, from now on Christians would long after the experiential ecstasy of the Holy Spirit – rolling around on the ground, barking like dogs, roaring like lions, and speaking in all sorts of gibberish languages that had no meaning and were absolutely unintelligible to the ear and to the mind.

 

WILLIAM JOSEPH SEYMOUR!

William Joseph Seymour, the man who started the Azusa Street revival, was invited to come and preach at the church in Texas in southern California. However, when the pastor heard about what Seymour was going to preach, she immediately changed your mind. Hmmm? I wonder why?

Seymour was what was then known as a Negro and, accordingly was well used to rejection because he grew up in a nation that saw Negroes as slaves and made Negroes into slaves. However, the rejection of his ministry at that church in Texas did not stop him at all.

THE EVENING LIGHT SAINTS!

Seymour eventually joined a group called “The Evening Light Saints” where he came to believe that they were the ones that cause people to be really saved and sanctified. However, The Evening Light Saints believed that Christ was coming back to establish his kingdom. Just before this happened, they believed that there would be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit – “A Latter Rain” according to Hosea 6:3.

This group told all other Christians from all denominations to leave their churches and join up with them so that they could become part of the interracial church God was raising up and coming to fetch.

Let me remind you at this point, that obviously never happened and, therefore, it should already have given the Christians of those days some sort of inclination that the group – The Evening Light Saints – were false and actually a cult.

LEARNING TO SPEAK IN TONGUES – LUCY PARROW, THE TONGUE SPEAKING WOMAN!

 

On a certain day, Seymour met a woman by the name of Lucy Parrow in a church meeting. Then he heard her speak in some strange language (which I still maintain was gibberish) that he had never heard before. He later learned that this was called “Tongues”.

THE KU KLUX KLAN!

Now, Lucy Parrow, the “TONGUE SPEAKING, HOLY SPIRIT-FILLED” woman happened to work for a boss who was a white preacher by the name of Charles Fox Parham who was the head (Provost) of “The Holiness Bible School”. Now, get this; Charles Parham, the white preacher belonged to the infamous and notorious Ku Klux Klan – you know those guys who would find Blacks and hang them or even burn them alive just because they were black – sub-human! In other words, Parham hated Blacks.

 

IRONICALLY, THE BLACK-HATER TEACHES HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Now, I want to tell you that this is not only ironic but, more so, very disturbing and perplexing by its very nature because, it was Charles Parham who introduced Lucy Parrow to the “BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” and “SPEAKING IN TONGUES”. Do you see the irony?

1 John 4:20

The Bible tells us that, “… IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE GOD BUT YET HATE YOUR BROTHER; YOU ARE A LIAR (A DECEIVER, JUST LIKE THE DEVIL) (1 John 4:20)

1 John 1:6

“IF WE SAY WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM YET WALK IN DARKNESS, WE LIE [WE ARE DECEIVED AND SELF-DELUDED] AND DO NOT PRACTICE THE TRUTH.”

SEYMOUR SOUGHT AFTER AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOT WITH JESUS!

Nevertheless, by Parrow’s request, Parham allowed Seymour to attend his church. However, Seymour was only allowed to attend the church meeting by sitting on a chair outside of the Church; from an outside window of the building, so that he could not mix with the white people. Nevertheless, Seymour listened intently, especially when Parham had all these extraordinary things to say about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. This intrigued Seymour despite the fact that he was prejudiced and ostracised.

DOES THE “SPEAKING IN TONGUES” CHANGE THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE?

Now, there are just so many questions that are raised, at least in my mind. But, for the sake of time, I just want to raise one. Why is it that Seymour, despite all adversities, was bent on an experience with the Holy Spirit? Did he think that the “SPEAKING IN TONGUES” would change the hearts and the hatred of these people and perhaps all other people?

 

 

CALIFORNIA – AZUSA STREET!

Later on, Seymour, who was still longing for those supposed tongues, was invited to preach at a storefront church in Santa Fe Avenue in California. Seymour saw this as his own version of the apostle Paul’s “Macedonian vision” (Acts 9-10) and, therefore, he believed that God, just like he did with the Apostle Paul, was calling Seymour to a new place of ministry.

However, and unfortunately, once again, the person who had invited Seymour, Sister Julia W Hutchins, who was pastor of the church, immediately recognised some serious differences in Seymour’s preaching and what she believe the Bible to say, especially concerning this “imminent second coming of Christ”. Hutchins considered Seymour a heretic and therefore would not work with Seymour. When Seymour arrived that afternoon at the church to preach, he found the doors locked and chained.

Therefore, Seymour went out, found, and preached down the street in someone else’s home on Bonnie Brae Avenue. It was a shabby neighbourhood with most of the congregation being domestic servants and laundry maids and slaves. Nevertheless, people came to hear a preacher who was preaching about tongues and the “anointing and outpouring of the Holy Spirit”. Ironically, Seymour, himself, had never spoken in these apparent tongues as yet. However, Seymour convinced the crowd that God was going to pour out His Holy Spirit on everyone as a unique gift.

That same night, on April 9, 1906, before Seymour began to preach, a man came to him and told him that he had received a vision and claimed that the 12 Apostles came to him and told him how to receive the gift of tongues.

That night, apparently “The Power Fell” and apparently every single person in that shabby little house was speaking in tongues. As the news spread about this massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues, people started flocking in from every part of the neighbourhood and city. Soon, the little-dilapidated house became too small and the weight of the crowd caused the porch to collapse,

Seymour, therefore, sort out a new place to meet and that place was found at 312 Azusa Street which would become known as the “AZUZA STREET REVIVAL.” Every time they met, all the congregants would go into a frenzy and babble away in tongues.

 

THE SPEAKING IN TONGUES DID NOT HEAL THE HATRED!

In fact, a reporter who caught wind of this strange phenomena was sent to make a report on what was happening.

The next day, he reported, amongst many other words, “WILD SCENES… A WEIRD BABBLE OF TONGUES… BREATHING STRANGE UTTERANCES AND MOUTHING A CREED WHICH IT WOULD SEEM NO SANE MORTAL COULD UNDERSTAND… THE NEWEST RELIGIOUS SECT HAS STARTED IN LOS ANGELES… [IT WAS] DISGRACEFUL INTERMINGLING OF THE RACES…THEY CRY AND MAKE HOWLING NOISES ALL DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT. THEY RUN, JUMP, SHAKE ALL OVER, SHOUT TO THE TOP OF THEIR VOICE, SPIN AROUND IN CIRCLES, FALL OUT ON THE SAWDUST BLANKETED FLOOR JERKING, KICKING AND ROLLING ALL OVER IT. SOME OF THEM PASS OUT AND DO NOT MOVE FOR HOURS AS THOUGH THEY WERE DEAD. THESE PEOPLE APPEAR TO BE MAD, MENTALLY DERANGED OR UNDER A SPELL. THEY CLAIM TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT. THEY HAVE A ONE-EYED, ILLITERATE, NEGRO AS THEIR PREACHER WHO STAYS ON HIS KNEES MUCH OF THE TIME WITH HIS HEAD HIDDEN BETWEEN THE WOODEN MILK CRATES. HE DOESN’T TALK VERY MUCH BUT AT TIMES HE CAN BE HEARD SHOUTING, “REPENT,” AND HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE RUNNING THE THING… THEY REPEATEDLY SING THE SAME SONG, “THE COMFORTER HAS COME.”

 

THE NEW HOLY GHOST CHARISMATIC MOVEMENTS – THE N.A.R!

Now, to cut a long story short, the Azusa Street revival was the prototype and the brainchild of what was to follow and remain in the church environment up till this very day in our 21st century.

By the way, the Assemblies of God church (a church that I was a member of for 28 years) and all other Charismatic movements afterwards was spawned out of that apparent “Revival”.

Today, it continues, and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is an offshoot of that very same Azusa Street revival.

Since then, people have been “slain in the spirit”, “convulsing in the spirit”, doing “gymnastics in the Spirit”, “breaking wind (farting) in the spirit, “burping in the spirit”, “roaring like lions in the spirit”, “slithering around like snakes” and the list goes on and on.

Let me say to you with great emphasis that; all that I have told you so far is absolutely deeply rooted in most churches today but yet is not found anywhere in Scripture, including the book of Hosea which I quoted earlier on and, by the way also the Book of Joel 2:28-32 which these people lean heavily on even though it is completely out of context. I mention the book of Joel because this is one of those go-to verses that these heretics turn to every single time. Again, by the way, Joel 2 is quoted by Simon Peter in the book of Acts 2:28 but, again, there is context to what Peter was saying.

 

 

 

 

 

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Speaking in Tongues – Paganism and the Occult in the Church (Part 1)

Bible Texts: Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-11; 41, Deuteronomy 18:9-10

THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE MOST DISHONOURED PERSON OF THE GODHEAD!

I want to talk about one of the gifts that were bestowed by the Holy Spirit on the early church and, by the way, which I still believe is operational to some extent within the Church today, especially when it comes to Missionary work.

However, it is this very gift which I believe that has been completely abused, reviled, disdained, dishonoured and mocked in the most extraordinary and insane ways by the modern day church, that is; at least in the last 100 to 200 years.

The Holy Spirit has become the most mocked, the most blasphemed, the most dishonoured, the most misrepresented, the most insulted, the most exploited, the most desecrated, and the most prostituted person of the Godhead by the modern-day Christian and Christian Churches, that is; by the Protestant and the Charismatic Movement and especially by THE WORD OF FAITH Movement.

THE FUNCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Just like Jesus Christ brings honour and glory to the Father (God) so it is the same with the Holy Spirit who, not only leads people in righteousness and truth but ultimately, in that righteousness and truth, brings honour and glory to God the Father.

According to Scripture, it has never been the work of the Holy Spirit to glorify Himself but rather, He shows the power of God, the truth of God and, in so doing, brings glory and honour and praise to God the Father.

In fact, in doing so, it is the Holy Spirit who brings glory and honour to the entire Godhead – God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit.

When we are told that we are to worship God and Him alone, I believe that includes the Trinity as one God. (Revelation 22)

 

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – THE MOST ABUSED AND PROSTITUTED GIFT IN THE CHURCH TODAY!

One of the most abused gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to the church and which has been impregnated into the hearts and minds of Charismatic, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals is the apparent “Speaking in Tongues”.

TONGUES ARE A LANGUAGE, NOT GIBBERISH AND UNINTELLIGIBLE SOUNDS!

I will tell you what I have heard though. I have, indeed, heard people speak gibberish (rubbish) and, to my own discredit, I too have spoken in that gibberish language. It is because we were basically taught in our Pentecostal and Charismatic churches how to babble away in any type of sounds that came to mind and then we were told that we have that gift of tongues and were “BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT”!

 

WHAT IS “SPEAKING IN TONGUES” ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE?

In Acts 2:6-11 it tells us that each tribe present there that day at Pentecost heard Peter and the rest of the disciples (120 of them) spoke and presented and evangelised the Gospel in, what they thought was their own language, but, yet, The Holy Spirit was able and willing to use their language and make a public translation into other languages in order for the “World” to hear – those gathered at Jerusalem that day. Notice that all the disciples in the room were speaking in another language – another tongue. God empowered them by the power and enablement of His Holy Spirit to do so because there were so many other nations around them that day. There were about 16 different people groups from different tribes and towns, each with their own language, who heard the Gospel that day and were able to understand perfectly what Peter and the other disciples were saying. The message was so powerful and well understood in every tongue that, as verse 41 tells us, “…There were added that day about three thousand souls.”

 

GLOSSOLALIA!

Now, according to the Greek language, speaking in tongues comes from two Greek words namely, “Glossa” which means “Language” and then the Greek word “Laleo” which means “To Speak”. Therefore, glossolalia is the word that is formed from the Greek which means “to speak in a language [that is intelligible and can be understood]” even though, the person speaking that language does not understand it at all. In other words, “Tongues”, in this context of the Bible means; languages that are known to people, even though people come from different nationalities but, nevertheless, they are phonetic languages that are spoken and understood by the people in their own language.

Therefore, Glossolalia is a phenomenon where a human being, and in this case, a Christian, speaks in a language that he or she does not understand and therefore those sounds and those phonetic words, according to Scripture, would be inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to speak and articulate a message that comes from God through His Holy Spirit and be well understood by the recipients.

EEESTORTANEE EEESTORTANA.

Being a member of a certain Charismatic Church for over 28 years; one thing that got me thinking at a certain stage that there was something desperately wrong with this type of “speaking in tongues” was when the same people, Sunday after Sunday after Sunday would say the exact same words (those words that they learned just like a parrot learns to repeat sounds and certain words), so much so that, after a while, I would know exactly what they were going to say every Sunday, even before they opened their mouths. However, this is what I could never understand about this type of glossolalia (speaking in tongues).

Just to give you one example, among other well known “Tongue Speakers” there would be a certain man, almost every single Sunday, who would say these words which I remember to this very day: “EEESTORTANEE, EEESTORTANA. ESTORTANA-STORTANEE, EEESTORTANANA”, and so on and so forth…

Now, here is the enigma of it all; here is what is absolutely baffling to my mind.

On the one Sunday, all that gibberish; those apparent “Tongues from the Holy Spirit” would mean, “COME MY CHILDREN COME, COME TO ME THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, THE ONE WHO IS LIKE A MOTHER HEN AND WHO WANTS YOU TO COME UNDER HER WINGS…”

 

Then, on the very next Sunday the same person would utter the very same gibberish, exactly the same words, but only this time those apparent “Tongues” would suddenly mean the following, “THUS SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS: I AM GOING TO BLESS YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU; I AM GOING TO OPEN THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN AND POUR OUT ALL MY LOVE AND BLESSINGS ON YOU… I WANT TO FLOOD YOU WITH RICHES”

 

LOGIC TIME!

Now, let me ask you with a simple and logical question. If I tell you today, “EEESTORTANEE, EEESTORTANA; ESTORTANA-STORTANEE, EEESTORTANANA”, and then tell you that the interpretation thereof means that, “THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH IS CLOSED; PLEASE USE THE OTHER DOOR…” How then, and I say this with complete seriousness, can that very same gibberish, “EEESTORTANEE, EEESTORTANA, ESTORTANA-STORTANEE, EEESTORTANANA” the very next Sunday mean; “THUS SAYS THE LORD, PLEASE STOP THROWING STOMPIE’S IN MY BACKYARD”?

Now, without a shadow of a doubt, most of you, if not all of you, including anyone else in society that has some sort of sanity and common sense, would think that I am stark raving mad and probably an absolute imbecile.

 

Why is it then that we don’t question the very same thing that is happening in our charismatic and Protestant churches this very day?

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED……

 

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WE ARE ALL ON LEVEL GROUND!

WE ARE ON EQUAL GROUND!

There is no such thing a a strong Christian or even a stronger Christian. We are all on equal ground. There is no such thing such as Clergy and laity, that is to say, that the clergy is holier than the laity. Really? We are justified by faith and sanctified by the same Holy Spirit. We are all on equal ground. People so often perceive that the Pastor is exempt from trials and tribulations and only the congregants go through troubles and hardships. No! We are all on equal ground. Many times, those who proclaim the Good News go through even greater testing to refine them in order that what they are preaching may be found true in their own lives and in order that God’s Word may be found to be true in them so that Christ’s light, His Glory, may be placed on a hill as a glorious and heavenly light for all to see in order that people will come to the One who saves – Jesus Christ! . Nevertheless , being a Christia – a Christ Follower – places all of us on equal ground. Even in our trials, troubles, and suffering; when all seems lost, the Holy Spirit intercede for us with a groaning too deep for words (our own human language and ability)

…. To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:1‭-‬2 ESV

Watch “It Will Cost You Everything” on YouTube

The Authentic Gospel.

This is not the Gospel people want to hear. They want the “Social Gospel”. They want to hear how good they are in making the good choice. They want to hear how special they are when they chose Christ. Jesus says, “… You did not choose me… No one comes to the Father accept by me….”
You chose Christ because it was the right thing to do? That is not the Gospel. IT IS BY GRACE (GOD’S DOING) THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, NOT OF YOURSELVES (NOT BY YOUR OWN DOING) BUT IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD SO THAT NO ONE CAN EVER BOAST (AND SAY I CHOSE CHRIST). THE Gospel will cost you everything. To follow Christ will cost you everything. The only choice you can make once Christ, by His sovereign Grace, has saved you, is to take up your cross (your shameful state) and follow Him daily.
People, Christ is coming back, whether you die today or whether you never see Him come back in your lifetime ; THE KING IS COMING…

Being Prepared – Part 2

 

Grace and Peace to You – Being Prepared!

Part two is a continuation of the previous video.

I would like to do a bit of a historical reconnaissance and go back in history and tell you a story about an attack that happened on 7 December 1941, and that is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It was an attack that not only obliterated the American naval fleet and most of Pearl Harbour but, it was also an attack that seems to me, in my opinion, that is filled with much irony: the Americans were prepared and unprepared all at the same time

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THE BIBLE GIVES CONTINUOUS WARNINGS OF BEING PREPARED AT ALL TIMES AND NOT FINDING ONE’S SELF UNPREPARED INSTEAD!

The Bible gives so many warnings about “Being prepared” to Christians and, again, the great irony of it all is that there are just so many supposed Christians who THINK THAT THEY ARE PREPARED BUT, SADLY are, in fact, and, according to Scripture, absolutely unprepared and, therefore, the consequences thereof are very dark and terrible indeed. It is very similar to the saga of Pearl Harbour but, according to Scripture, it will be exponentially worse!

NOAH, THE HERALD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – REPENT AND BE PREPARED

(Genesis 6:1-13)

Genesis 6:9 calls Noah “a righteous man”. Therefore, not only was Noah righteous before God but also preached the righteousness of God. And, if Noah preached the righteousness of God then he would have also preached truth and repentance.

You see, preaching righteousness is always accompanied with the truth. And if Righteousness is accompanied with the truth then it is also always accompanied with repentance as well. Truth and repentance are as inextricable as Grace and peace are – the two cannot be separated at all!

In other words, in Noah’s preaching, he was telling the people to be prepared for what is to come – something that was completely unimaginable, unthinkable, inconceivable, dreadful, and deadly for all those who did not believe and did not repent of their wicked ways.

2 Peter 2:5 (Cf. Hebrews 11:6-7; 1 Peter 3:20)

“… If He [God] did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness [a proclaim of truth and repentance], with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly…”

BEING PREPARED!

Now, everything that I have just said all boils down the point of; us as Christians, being prepared at all times for Christ; whether He returns today, or whether we die and only then see Him, that is; if you are indeed a Christian.

The point is, we need to live our lives in complete preparedness, that is to say; we are to continually live our lives as Christians not just on Sundays but throughout the weeks and for our entire lives because none of us knows when the final second, minute, or hour will come.

WARNINGS ALL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE!

If one takes a closer look at the Bible then you will quickly realise that all throughout the pages of Scripture there is always some sort of continual warning given both to the ungodly and also to those who belong to God.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins!

To understand the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-10, one thing I know for sure is that the context thereof proceeds from Matthew 24:37-51.

One cannot read this parable as a stand-alone without seeing the deeper warning pronounced by Christ in Matthew 24:37-51.

The parable of the Ten Virgins is just one of many illustrations of the “Prepared” and the Unprepared”

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Being Prepared – Part 1

 

Grace and Peace to You – Being Prepared!

I would like to do a bit of a historical reconnaissance and go back in history and tell you a story about an attack that happened on 7 December 1941, and that is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It was an attack that not only obliterated the American naval fleet and most of Pearl Harbour but, it was also an attack that seems to me, in my opinion, that is filled with much irony: the Americans were prepared and unprepared all at the same time

.

THE BIBLE GIVES CONTINUOUS WARNINGS OF BEING PREPARED AT ALL TIMES AND NOT FINDING ONE’S SELF UNPREPARED INSTEAD!

The Bible gives so many warnings about “Being prepared” to Christians and, again, the great irony of it all is that there are just so many supposed Christians who THINK THAT THEY ARE PREPARED BUT, SADLY are, in fact, and, according to Scripture, absolutely unprepared and, therefore, the consequences thereof are very dark and terrible indeed. It is very similar to the saga of Pearl Harbour but, according to Scripture, it will be exponentially worse!

NOAH, THE HERALD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – REPENT AND BE PREPARED

(Genesis 6:1-13)

Genesis 6:9 calls Noah “a righteous man”. Therefore, not only was Noah righteous before God but also preached the righteousness of God. And, if Noah preached the righteousness of God then he would have also preached truth and repentance.

You see, preaching righteousness is always accompanied with the truth. And if Righteousness is accompanied with the truth then it is also always accompanied with repentance as well. Truth and repentance are as inextricable as Grace and peace are – the two cannot be separated at all!

In other words, in Noah’s preaching, he was telling the people to be prepared for what is to come – something that was completely unimaginable, unthinkable, inconceivable, dreadful, and deadly for all those who did not believe and did not repent of their wicked ways.

2 Peter 2:5 (Cf. Hebrews 11:6-7; 1 Peter 3:20)

“… If He [God] did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness [a proclaim of truth and repentance], with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly…”

BEING PREPARED!

Now, everything that I have just said all boils down the point of; us as Christians, being prepared at all times for Christ; whether He returns today, or whether we die and only then see Him, that is; if you are indeed a Christian.

The point is, we need to live our lives in complete preparedness, that is to say; we are to continually live our lives as Christians not just on Sundays but throughout the weeks and for our entire lives because none of us knows when the final second, minute, or hour will come.

WARNINGS ALL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE!

If one takes a closer look at the Bible then you will quickly realise that all throughout the pages of Scripture there is always some sort of continual warning given both to the ungodly and also to those who belong to God.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins!

To understand the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-10, one thing I know for sure is that the context thereof proceeds from Matthew 24:37-51.

One cannot read this parable as a stand-alone without seeing the deeper warning pronounced by Christ in Matthew 24:37-51.

The parable of the Ten Virgins is just one of many illustrations of the “Prepared” and the Unprepared”

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Not Worrying # Not Caring!

Those nights when you lie awake, restless and tossing and turning, your mind churning over a future that is uncertain and unknown. Those days when your heart is heavy and your spirit is sorrowful while you imagine what will befall you or that person you love. There isn’t a human being alive who doesn’t know the agony of worry. There isn’t a human being alive who hasn’t allowed legitimate concern to devolve into illegitimate anxiety. But just because worry is universal does not mean it is right or good. To the contrary, God warns us against it: “Be anxious for not h fting,” he says, and “do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

But it’s not so easy in the moment, is it? If God forbids worry, why do we still spend so much time doing it? If God warns us against anxiety, why we do we still find ourselves racked with fear as we consider what we’ve done and are doing and will do? Why do we waste days and squander nights in the joyless captivity of worry?

We think worrying is caring. We associate the issue or concern with the anxiety we feel for it. In fact, we may go so far as to sanctify our anxiety, to elevate it to the status of virtue. “I worry so much because I care so much.” And maybe we turn on people who don’t feel the same: “You don’t worry because you don’t care.” But worrying is not caring. Or, to turn it around, not worrying does not equal not caring. Our willingness to fret about something is not a necessary indication that we care deeply about it. Our unwillingness to fret about something is not a necessary indication that we are ambivalent about it. In those times we are fearful or uncertain, we can make ourselves believe that our worrying displays just how much we care, just how much our hearts are engaged. But it’s a false connection. The fact is, we can care deeply and never feel a single pang of worry.

We thinking worrying is effectual. “Effectual” is “producing or able to produce a desired effect.” We want our problem to be fixed and convince ourselves worrying will help. We think our worrying will accomplish something. Especially, we think our worrying may convince God just how much we care and cause him to respond to our pleas. But worry is not effectual. It does not accomplish anything—or anything good, at least. Worry is not the means through which God wants us to express our desperation to him. Worry is not the means through which God hears us or responds to our pleas. Worry is not a shortcut to the ear of God or the key to unlock his attention. To the contrary, it may be the very opposite. Our worry may cause God to allow our trial to continue until we have calmed our hearts and submitted them to his good purposes.

God does not mean for us to worry, but to pray. He does not mean for us to bear our own burden through anxiety, but to entrust it to him through prayer. It is not God’s will that we fret, that we feel deep anxiety, that we spend days and nights running over all the terrible possibilities in our minds. Rather, we are to “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt us, casting all our anxieties on him, because he cares for us” (1 Peter 5:6-7). His care, not our anxiety, is our refuge. When we hand it all to him, we can truly be anxious for nothing. We can care deeply without worrying for as much as a moment.

Tim Challies

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