Prophesy Versus Tongues

The newest commodity being offered the world public in the name of
Evangelism is the excitement of speaking in tongues.  Having failed to
convince the world to ignore the reality of the Falling Away in favor of
signs of revival {as Falwell stated shortly before his death, there are 3
great signs of current revival of Christianity in this nation, and those are
the National Evangelistic Movement under Ted Haggard, the purpose
driven movement under Rick Warren, and the end times books by Tim
Lehaye}, now “the church” {a favorite term of evangelists like Jimmy
Swaggart} has turned to a re-emphasis from Donnie Swaggart on the
speaking in unknown tongues.  Oh, they have always been on the
religious scene; and of course any historian on Christianity, especially
in America, knows that the Pentecostal movement broke out all over
America in denominations from Catholicism to Presbyterianism
approximately in the 1980s, largely under the leadership of the
Evangelists Oral Roberts and Jimmy Swaggart.
Falwell’s signs of revival having failed--Lehaye’s books are becoming
seen as fiction based on fiction with a non-biblical “rapture” and “one
thousand years”, Warren’s purpose driven books are more realistically
seen as a substitution of individual Christian wants and desires for the
spirit or Christ driven life, and Ted Haggard, well you know about Ted
Haggard--the new “itching ears” doctrine and preaching is centered
around unknown tongues.

A5-1:  Although the Bible in I Corinthians 14 recognizes a second
kind of speaking in tongues, that magnifies the individual over the
group, “tongues” in I Corinthians and more importantly in Acts 2:4
are always other known languages.  In fact, the original purpose of
tongues as given by God through the Holy Spirit was to
communicate the Gospel with understanding in other known
languages.

1.  God the Holy Spirit is a Master Linguist:  God the Holy Spirit used
the gifts of other known tongues to communicate with understanding to
the Jews from all over the known world who were there at Jerusalem for
the celebration of the first Day of Pentecost after the Ascension of
Christ.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
with other tongues {other known tongues to communicate with
understanding to the Jews who were there for celebration of the
first Day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ} from all over
the world}, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  (Acts 2:4)

2.  God the Holy Spirit also knows how to attract the right kind of
multitude:  Yes, there was confusion on this first day of Pentecost after
the Ascension; however unlike the confusion today which is caused by
the abuse of an unknown tongue that no one in the congregation knows
except the plant of one of the 250 staff members, the confusion back
then was the marvel of hearing uneducated Galileans speak in the
natives tongues {“there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men,
from every nation under heaven”} of all the Jews present.

“And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and
were confused {a far different kind of confusion than that of
speaking in unknown tongues, it was rather amazement that each
from every nation under heaven being able to hear and understand
in their native tongues}, because everyone heard them speak in his
own language.”  (Acts 2:6)

NOTE:  Christianity at large would come closer to believing that
another Day of Pentecost is happening at the Family Worship
Service in Baton Rouge Louisiana if the rapid movements of these
tongues let loose by pent-up emotions actually communicated in a
few of the many known languages of the world.  However, it is
obvious to those who listen that it is the repetition of learned
behavior, not really a known language from the Holy Spirit of God.

Second NOTE:  Now, note that there is another category of
tongues, that of an unknown tongue that is permitted  under the
rules of the Bible, and in I Corinthians and other scriptures, that is
primarily for private devotions in a closet and are carefully fenced
in with many rules of the Word of God to prevent confusion in
public worship, primarily to enhance communication in the worship
service by the use of prophesy over unknown tongues, or the use
of prophesy in a known tongue if the congregation demands it, say
in French or Spanish.

If some of these members of the Family Worship Center would during
worship service suddenly start speaking in another real language, then
we would be amazed that a movement of the Spirit of God had taken
place.  {This is not what is happening, but this is exactly what the
Evangelists of this church want us, by confusion, to think is happening!  
It is obvious that they are trying to identify with what happened on the
Day of Pentecost, and what should happen in I Corinthians 14 without a
close reading and exegesis of I Corinthians 14.}

A5-2:  Listening to the Gospel in our own language of birth (Acts 2:
8) is far different from being confused as to the source, distracted
by the disturbance in public worship, and with the substitute of
hidden code for a communication in understanding.

1.  These modern day marvels of the Day of Pentecost might as well
try to convince us that they are Galileans.

“Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another,
‘Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?  And how is it that
we hear, each in our own language in which we were born.”  (Acts
2:7,8)

2.  “Understanding” is the key word of the Word of God in I Corinthians.
Granted that the subject under discussion in I Corinthians is that of
“tongues” and of the speaking in tongues during public worship;
however the key word to the understanding of the both the spirit and
intent of I Corinthians 14 is the key word of “understanding”.

NOTE:  If Swaggart only sought to represent his Pentecostal
denomination rather than “the church”, as we so often hear from
him, then we could tolerate such outrageous worship behavior in
the name of evangelism more readily!  And there is no doubt that
all of us in this nebulous organism called the church {supposedly
the same thing as Christianity}, all of us Christians could use more
of the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and churches;
however, it can not and should not be made to be synonymous
with the speaking in an unknown tongue.  You will find that those
who speak publicly in unknown tongues are by and large not at all
7 day a week Christians:  unknown tongues is a characteristic of
those who get excited for a few moments on Sunday and then the
rest of the week forget about the influence of Christ and the Holy
Spirit.

(1).  While there is an unknown tongue {not a real language} where a
Christians speaks mysteriously to God in the spirit, this is far different
from the speaking with “understanding” to other men in public worship.
NOTE:  Sorry, but what is going on in churches like in Baton Rogue--
really a sorry misrepresentation of Christianity and the Gospel to the
world--is more closely akin to the hypocrisy in prayer of the Pharisees
that Jesus condemned than it is of the speaking in known tongues of
the Day of Pentecost.

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites.  For they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the
streets, that  they may be seen by men.  Assuredly, I say to you,
they have their reward.  But when you pray, go into your room, and
when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the
secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you
openly.  And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the
heathen do.  For they think they will be heard for their many
words.”  (Matthew 6:5-8)

And we keep hearing a lot from this new generation of Pentecostals
about “the language of prayer”.  Well, the real language of prayer is
given in the following words (Matthew 6:9), starting with the easy to
understand words of “Our Father which art in heaven”; then continuing
with the straightforward and boring, but not to God, words of “hallowed
by Your name”; and so on and on through the Lord’s prayer which is the
real language of prayer.
3.  What we marvel about today is that in spite of the clear teachings of
I Corinthians a younger generation of Pentecostals is willing so willingly
and fragrantly, in the name of notoriety, able to violate the rules and
regulations of speaking in tongues.  {Granted Donnie has a plant staff
member in the congregation to give the appearance of honoring
Scripture by interpreting his mumbo-jumbo, but we also can not
understand the interpreter; and quite frankly we think that interpreter
delivers the same line not matter what one speaker of tongues, or
another, says.}

NOTE:  Why should we other Christians be subjected to the
authority of the Word of God with its rules and regulations for the
proper use of tongues, when one church at one point in history,
and in Baton Rogue can so openly violate the rules and regulations
of I Corinthians 14.
A5-3:  We must come back to “understanding” in favor of a
present emphasis of what is the gist of I Corinthians 14:  while 2
kinds of tongues are recognized in I Corinthians 14, first an
unknown tongue with restricted guidelines for use and then the
known tongues of other languages, PROPHESY, PROPHESY, and
more PROPHESY is to have pre-eminence, priority, and public
presentation over Tongues.
How can you miss reading in I Corinthians the emphasis of
Prophesy over Tongues.

1.  Prophesy provides to the whole church the “edification and
exhortation and comfort to men” that Tongues can not provide.

NOTE:  Have we at the same time lost the real preaching of
prophesy at the same time we have lost Evangelism in the mire of
money making and worship in tongues and advertisements for
money and profit.

“For he who speaks in a tongue...BUT he who prophesies speaks
edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”  (I Corinthians 14:
3)

2.  The prophesy of Jeremiah has the tendency to jar the church today
back into the spiritual realities that are being conveniently ignored.
(1).  The Promised Covenant of the Spirit in the mind and heart of the
Christian (Jeremiah 31:33) was introduced with Prophesy, not Tongues.
   a.  The New Covenant of the Spirit of God in heart and mind.

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the LORD:  I will put My law in their minds,
and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall
be My people.”  (Jeremiah 31:33)

   b.  The democratic nature of sin forgiveness and prophesy.

“No more shall every man teach his neighbor; and every man his
brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from
the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD.  For I will
forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”  
(Jeremiah 31:34)

NOTE:  Hopefully you see in the tenor and intent of this, the
democratic nature of prophesy that started in Christianity
simultaneously with the coming of the Holy Spirit in great power
and glory on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of
Christ, and hope that you also see the connection to the Ascension
of Christ.

(2) In Jeremiah, Christ, the Promised “Branch of Righteousness”
(Jeremiah 23:5,6), is presented suddenly and in the context of false
prophesy and false prophets.   
a.  Before introduction in Jeremiah 23:5-6 of the Christ, the Branch of
Righteousness.

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My
pasture!’ says the LORD.  Therefore thus says the LORD God of
Israel against the shepherds who feed My people:  ‘You have
scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them.  
Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,’ says the
LORD.”  (Jeremiah 23:1,2)

b.  After introduction to the Branch of Righteousness.

“My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my
bones shake.  I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine
has overcome.”  (Jeremiah 23:9)

“For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in My house I have
found their wickedness,’ says the LORD.”  (Jeremiah 23:11)

“Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem:  
they commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the
hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his
wickedness.  All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants
like Gomorrah.”  (Jeremiah 23:14)

A5-4:  The Prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter Explain the Day of
Pentecost in Acts 2:14-21 and with the quote from Joel 2:28-32 in 4
primary stages that we dare not neglect if our Preaching is to fall
into the category of PROPHESY.

1.  COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EARTH:  The Spirit is
democratically poured out on all Christian flesh and with the Spirit
comes democratic prophesy.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will
pour out of My Spirt on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall
prophesy.”  (Acts 2:17 and Joel 2:28)

2.  CREATION CONTINUES TO GROAN:  Wonders in the heavens
above and the earth beneath start, or really continue as the whole
creation groans, which finally climatically just before the Second
Coming of Christ lead to the end of this old earth and the ushering in of
a new earth.

“I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth
beneath:  blood and fire and vapor of smoke..”  (Acts 2:19)

3.  ALL FINISHED IN ONE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD AND LORD:  
That great and awesome One Day of the LORD and Lord, of OT and
NT, all to happen in a finished manner at the Second Coming of Christ.

“...before the coming of the great and awesome day of the
LORD...”  (Acts 2:20)

4.  SALVATION:  Democratic and widespread salvation, “whosoever
calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

NOTE:  You did not see tongues anywhere in those 4 great
historical events that are sent from the presence of God; however
you did see twice, in 2:17 and again in 2:18, PROPHESY.  

A5-5: Jesus, the Ascended Christ, Appointed the Prophets of
Prophesy the same time He appointed evangelists, apostles,
prophets, and teachers; and it has fallen to the contemporary
church to ignore “prophesy” at the same time as the heralding of
“tongues”.

NOTE:  Yes, we would know some so-called pastors and
evangelists who would say that it is a spontaneous movement of
the Spirit; and yet we know well how every Friday night is
appointed by the pastors, not the Spirit of God, to be a speaking in
tongues night!

Why should they be inversely proportional:  that is as the speaking in
unknown tongues goes up, the speak in the known languages of known
tongues by way of prophesy goes down.  One would think it was a
conspiracy!
1.  Jesus Appointed Prophesy.

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers...”  (Ephesians 4:11)

2.  Today the church is ignoring “prophesy” and “prophets”.  You hear
of all these evangelists, every church has some pastors and teachers,
and we study and preach the apostles and prophets; however you do
not ever again hear of any prophets, to speak of, and you do not hear
Bible teachers making it clear that real preaching--that is of edification,
exhortation, and comfort--is PROPHESY.
3.  Tongues take the place of the testimonies of prophesy.  Think of
these TV services, you do not hear any testimonies in plain known
languages democratically from the people, especially those not on the
staff, but you do hear unknown tongues.

NOTE:  It is almost as if to “entertain, convince, and inform”, the
goal of good writing and speaking has been put in for preaching
and tongues what is supposed to be “edification, exhortation, and
comfort”.

A5-6:  Exegesis of I Corinthians 14.  Pentecostals go to I
Corinthians 14 to prove the validity of the speaking in unknown
tongues, and other denominations go there is justify a lack of
tongues in their worship service.  Would it be possible to
objectively read and do a straightforward exegesis of that famous
chapter?

1.  However first we should look at the bottom line of this chapter; for in
most cases where churches violate the rules and regulations of I
Corinthians 14, they are also guilty of:  “did the word of God come
originally from you?  Or was it you only that it reached?”  (I Corinthians
14:36)

NOTE:  Some, failing to acknowledge the proper authority of
Scripture (14:37), would even ignorantly (14:38) defend their own
authority to initiate revelations from God to add to the 66 books.

2.  Bottom, bottom line--I Corinthians 14:39:
(1).  “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy...”
(2).  “...do not forbid to speak with tongues”

3.  I Corinthians 14:1:  Seek earnestly after love and spiritual gifts,
giving priority in all gifts to the democratic preaching of prophesy.

4.  Paul wishes that all Christians could speak the many languages of
tongues, but at the top of the list is that they might all prophesy (14:5a).

5.  The Christian that prophesies in the sight of God is greater than the
Christian who speaks in tongues (14:5b).

6.  Of course that bad habit in public worship can be turned around if
you bring the interpreter up to the microphone and let him carefully and
clearly interpret {equivalent of speaking in a known tongue} so that the
whole “church may receive edification” (14:5c).

7.  What good is it to you even if the Apostle Paul, or one like him,
comes to your public service speaking with some tongues that you do
not understand.  (14:6a)

8.  The congregation is profited by the already revealed revelations of
Paul and the other Apostles, of the revealed 66 books from the
Prophets and the Apostles--as we know where they came from.  (14:
6b).

9.  Your congregation is profited when there is known verbal
communication by teaching or preaching {prophesying}  (14:6c)

10.  We enjoy the music so much, with its distinctions in sound.  (14:7)

11.  Many of us do not know what to do with such jarring and uncertain
sounds, like a trumpet being mouthed by a kid (14:8).  You are certainly
not preparing us for anything useful that I know of, certainly not the
language of prayer with which we are well accustomed and should not
be so insulted.

12.  Like in your famous music, we want more “words easy to
understand” (14:9).  You are putting on TV some peoples whose
tongues are moving rapidly without real sounds coming out, speaking
only in the air.

13.  Since there are so many languages in the world, we can not say for
certain this mumbling is not a known language--and certainly all
languages in the world are important--however if we participants in
worship by TV or in person do not get the meaning {and we don’t,
believe me}, then that person speaking is a foreigner and we are a
foreigner to them, hardly people without communication that feel a
oneness in worship (14:11).
14.  Zeal for a demonstration of spiritual gifts is admirable, yet one of
the prime rules that zeal from the pulpit and from the congregation “be
for the edification of the church”; for surely it is for the excellence of the
total church that you are speaking (14:12).
15.  Do you preaching and praying half-heartedly with your spirit in an
unknown tongue, but your understanding is not there; and it is the
understanding plus the emotion that yields real Christian fruit (14:13).
16.  Always in worship you must keep in mind the “uninformed” listener,
and what he understands of what you are preaching or praying (14:15).  
They will think that you are crazy or at best, a little weird and not in a
good way.
17.  You can give thanks very well using an unknown tongue, but no one
is built up (14:17)  It is not that emotion only that builds understanding,
but spirit and understanding.
18.  If you have to chose between only 5 words spoken with
understanding or 10,000 words in a foreign tongue, chose the path of
understanding that will teach others (14:19).
19.  In your worship service be mature in understanding and babes only
in devious motivations.  (14:20)
20.  Tongues are a sign for the unbelievers of the world, prophesy is
for believers.  (14:21)
21.  When your church comes together in worship with the uninformed
or unbelievers present, they will and do say that “you are out of your
mind” (14:23)
22.  Let all revive the old fashioned Bible-based custom, tradition, and
command of prophesy {testify in a clear fashion}, then the unbelievers
in attendance by TV or in person are both convinced and convicted (14:
24)

NOTE:  I guarantee you that few, except the most weird, are
listening to or understanding that staff member at the back
shouting out.
23.  You want the attendee to fall down and worship God in
repentance and faith, free from the pressure of your congregation
to speak in an unknown tongue, then give him more to understand
along with the spirit of emotion and from all.  Also it will increase
the reports that God is among us, rather the reports now that God
can not be there in all that pretence, self-edification, and confusion
(14:25)

NOTE:  These rules and regulations regarding the speaking in
tongues during public worship will be continued in the next
chapter, those of I Corinthians 14:26-40.  In the mean time “Let all
things be done decently and in order.”  (I Corinthians 14:40)

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Appendix to NATIONAL DENS OF THIEVES, coming
out of Jeremiah and Prophesy Part 3:

A1:  How to Study the Bible.
A2:  Background Study for Jeremiah.
A3:  The END!
A4:  Church House/Den of Business.
A5:  Prophesy Versus Tongues.
A6:  National Leadership Drunk on Power and Privilege.
Appendix Chapter A-5: