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.
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.
Rev. S.C Bryant (OMIN CLC) BDiv Cum Laude, MI
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