One thing I have noticed happening a lot more since I started to write down my convictions about the true teachings of the Bible regarding the Holy Spirit is that my old friends who go to Pentecostal churches or others that I have met on the street or visiting my church have become much more engaging! They’ve started to aggressively invite me to their church. (that’s always a little amusing as a response) Others have started to try to justify their position although not with scripture. They have said a lot of strange things and particularly made statements that I know to be false teachings. Therefore I will deal with a number of these subjects next in my articles about the Holy Spirit.

The first assumption that I’ve noticed is that when people see miracles in their Pentecostal churches they assume that this is evidence that their teaching about salvation and their state before God is good. I have already shown that Pentecostal tongues do not exist in the world today. I have shown that the multi sylabic babbling in Pentacostal churchs has many things in common with necromancy.   I’ve already shown clearly that the gift of tongues does not exist in the world today either. The gift was an actual language. Having already proven this from the scriptures I have observed that people I know from Pentecostal churches respond by pointing to miracles in their churches as evidence that they are following the scriptures. As I have shown already, demons are leading them astray. Therefore, to consider that it is even possible today, to have Pentecostal tongues or Pentecostal churches or to have the gift of tongues is a serious error. Clearly, all that happens in those churches is babbling and not actual tongues. Anyway, some of my friends have made the claim that miracles are happening in their churches, such as healings or other things and they claim that these show that God is with them. Let’s look at a few passages that clear up this is common misperception. Let’s first of all go to the law of Moses and see if during the Old Testament times, miracles were proof of salvation.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

Here we can see that certain people may come along who can perform miracles. Like the witches that I spoke about in my previous article these people are actually able to tap into supernatural power to predict future events or perform miracles. The emphasis was not in the miracles but rather on which God, the performer of the miracle was to represent, after the miraculous actions exhibited their power. In the case of pentacostals they are already calling the source of their demonic babbling ‘God’.  After these trance like ‘miraculous’ utterings actually happen, pentacostals are leading new followers to follow a spirit very different to the Holy Spirit of the Scriptures (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). The early church came across men who were not Christians who were even able to drive out demons with the name of Jesus but they were clearly not true disciples. God allowed this for a limited time but they had no real protection in the end because they were not actually following Jesus but merely using his name like an incantation (Acts 19:13-16)! In the same way I find my Pentacostal friends can be effective in some aspect of church life and perhaps even very polite and loving people as well. Sadly, sincerity does not equal truth. Anyone can be sincerely wrong!

Let’s now move forward hundreds of years to the time of the Kingdom of Israel and look at how Saul was able to prophesy with the Spirit upon him whilst in a state of utter disobedience to God.

1 Samuel 19:18-24 When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”; so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men and they also prophesied. Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Secu. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” “Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said. So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. He stripped off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay that way all that day and night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

We know from 3 chapters earlier that Saul had been rejected and abandoned by God due to his persistent disobedience and persecution of true believers like David.

1 Samuel 16:14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

There is a double lesson in this account. Firstly, miraculous prophesying does not proove salvation. Secondly, the Holy Spirit can come upon persons that are not saved or have fallen from grace. This particular measure of the Holy Spirit happens during both the ‘Old Testament’ times and continues under the new covenant. When the Spirit comes ‘upon’ someone it happens to fulfill some specific intervention of God in the situation. It does not confer salvation. It comes upon believers and non believers. Salvation only happens when the Holy Spirit becomes indwelling (living within) which I will discuss later. Saul had the Spirit upon him but he was not right with God. The Spirit being ‘upon’ is different from the Spirit being inside.

There comes a time when it is too destructive to the increase of good to allow evil to increase. At that point God will withdraw His Spirit from a non-christian person or even from a believer that has fallen away from grace. This is the big lesson from the case of King Saul. Once that happens the person is given over to demonic influence. While they have the Spirit they are protected. When their own actions make it impossible for God to protect them any longer they are open to demonic influence.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

When people refuse to believe the truth they will be subject to delusion. Even as I have clearly outlined these teaching about Pentacost and Tongues I have had former disciples reject clear and simple evidence based teaching and respond to this series of articles with what are obviously deluded beliefs.

Ultimately it is Satan and the demons who control the miraculous acts that delude the religious.

Revelation 13:13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.

Jesus predicted this kind of religious apostasy.

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible.

Can you see him?

False miracles are something to be scared of. I don’t want to be around them. I am creeped out, to be around Pentacostal babbling. Much as I love my Pentacostal friends and often see their love for their ‘faith community’ and strong intellectual faith, I can no longer bear to witness their babbling. Who would knowingly want to be in the presence of demons?

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

This is serious stuff. Miraculous activity does not prove your salvation.

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