Part 2 ofThe bible is Tongues‘. 

In part 1 of this article, I showed how at least four groups holding mutually exclusive and contradictory doctrinal positions on how people become Christians, have the exact same supernatural babbling experience which they assume is, in fact, biblical Pentecostal ‘Tongues’.  I discussed how this proves that the experience cannot be genuine in the context of Scripture. I showed also that biblical Pentecostal tongues were not, in fact, ANY form of babbling but were in fact heard as actual languages understood cognitively as the mother tongue of each individual in the crowd simultaneously. This miracle is called “universal translation”. Dozens of languages were heard simultaneously from each speaker. The listeners were from a variety of nations and areas where numerous languages were spoken. They were for the most part of Jewish heritage and descendants of Israeli natives born and living in expatriate communities. Their mother tongues were native to their respective nations. The miraculous Tongues of Acts chapter two don’t exist today. It is, therefore, A-Biblical to say things like ‘I am a pentecostal’ or to call a church ‘Pentecostal’. It is a great error.

We discussed the origin of the nations, God’s plan to reach ALL the nations and we saw the method. Salvation would come “through the Jews” (John 4:22).

The Scriptures ‘able to make [all nations] wise for salvation’ (2 Tim 3:15) were Jewish. They were recorded in a prophetic process of revelation and inscripturation (2 Pet 1:20-21) at the time in human history when the earliest, easily mobile form of human writing and it’s satellite technologies and industries (making ink and paper etc)  were established across a great deal of the planet. The period of revelation took approximately 1200 years. That is how long it took the various prophets to write what many people call The Old Testament. The writing and copying processes were protected in Israel by a standing army within a well-fortified nation experienced in conventional and guerilla warfare. Most men of fighting age could be called to battle at short notice.  This situation protected the process until technology reached the point in the first century where explosive proselytisation was possible via established international shipping routes, a huge network of Roman roads and using the lingua franca of the entire Hellenised world. 

The nation of Israel and the religion of Judaism fulfilled its 1300 year purpose to inscripturate God’s Word and almost immediately, its destruction was exacted by the Roman General Titus in 70AD. Biblical Judaism has never been practiced since. After the proliferation of oil based human technology between 1890 and 1910 a nation state called Israel came into existence first in political opinion as the Balfour Declaration and then in Palestine from 1949 as a foothold for Caucasian interest in and manipulation of, Middle Eastern oil production, but this modern nation does not share either the purpose or religion of the biblical nation state.

The salvation message came to the world in multiple directions, to all nations, from Jerusalem (Isa 2:2-4). The Scriptures poured out in thousands of copies from the first century onward. The fact that the texts were so well used (2 Tim 3:16-17) led to the need for frequent copying. Hence many thousands of early copies still exist.

The Bible and Pentecostal Tongues have some things in common. The process of the inscripturation of the bible was limited. It had a beginning and end well within the timeline of human existence on earth. The miracle of universal translation on Pentecost also had a beginning and end well within the biblical timeline. It no longer exists on earth.

God used human languages to communicate with man in both the bible and Pentecostal Tongues. God choose the scriptural languages to be Greek and Hebrew at a time when translation itself was a well established human industry. God, therefore, does not have His own specific native language. He has used man’s (Gen 2:19) languages and indeed the invention of man’s writing technology to communicate with man. He used man’s languages to communicate the arrival of the gospel for all nations on the day of Pentecost. He used man’s languages to inscripturate the gospel itself. The Bible is in fact Tongues!  The Bible itself is God using human languages to speak miraculously (2 Pet 1:20-21) and directly to men (Heb 4:12-13). It documents God’s will in an age where the document has become the standard for the most powerful human communications.  It prophesies both forward and backwards in time.

Isaiah 41:21-22,26

“Present your case,” says the Lord. “Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King. “Bring in your idols to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,
Who told of this from the beginning, so we could know, or beforehand, so we could say, ‘He was right’? No one told of this, no one foretold it, no one heard any words from you.

Isaiah 42:9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

The fact that the Holy Spirit prophesies both forwards from the point of the inscription and backwards beyond the invention of the written form gives the bible as a whole its uniqueness among all documents. Before God’s choice to use the Scriptures that we call the bible He often used a prophet with whom he had an audible relationship and through whom he communicated to the people. Prior to Moses, it seems there were exceptions limited to periods where God used Scripture in limited ways and exceptional circumstances as with the lost book of Enoch (Jude 14-15). The Inscripturation process is now finished however and has been for two millennia (Rev 22:18, 1 Cor 13:8, Ephesians 2:19-20, 2 Pet 3:15-16). This method of communication happened within a specific time frame to serve a long lasting and eternal purpose. In the same way, Pentecostal Tongues also happened at specific moments in time but serve as an inspiration for us through the rest of history.

Where do the church ‘Tongues’  of today come from? 

Around the summer of 1997 about six and a half years after my baptism I was walking down a back street in Camden near a pub which is frequented by English witches and I saw coming towards me a young man wearing a priest’s cassock that reached down to his ankles and carrying a large makeup box. He had long black hair swept back in the style of the lead singer of ‘The Damned’. I felt drawn to invite him to church and stopping him,  I politely asked him my usual question which is, Are you interested in finding out about what people believe about God, Jesus, Bible and Church?  His answer was ‘yes’ quite simply stated but I found it to be put in a mischievous tone and so I quickly retorted ‘Why?’ He said that he was a witch and that he was interested in what people believe.  I found his honesty refreshing. He had a very posh English accent and a disposition not dissimilar to Rowan Atkinson’s, Mr Bean character but with a much more deliberate stare. We agreed to meet the next day for a Bible study and parted on a cordial note. I went home and did a typical search within the scriptures for witches and the teaching regarding witchcraft. I discovered some things which I found quite astonishing. There were cases in the Old Testament at least, where God has put his Holy Spirit on pagan witches. I reasoned that this must have been in order to give them some small chance of seeing his great power and perhaps converting to be true believers. I determined then that I would try to give this gentleman that exact same chance by having a frank and honest conversation with him. During my devotional study I also asked the question as to why witchcraft was a sin. The Bible acknowledges that witchcraft has power. It acknowledges that witches tap into supernatural power. It gives examples of necromancers. It gives multiple examples of pagan religions. All these religions have merit and power in their own right. The leaders of those religions have very different morality from the God of the Bible. Time and again we see in certain Pagan religions that there was sacrifice of children or shrine prostitution cultivating promiscuity (surely leading to all the usual consequences of that behaviour). Laws on sexual morality practiced in Judaism and Christianity are more strict than pagan religion and are protective of human health and relationships. My witch friend was involved in a promiscuous lifestyle. Just in case there would be any negative consequences for this man, I will not mention his name but suffice to say we met together for a study the next day and one of my most poignant opening questions was about whether or not he had ever wished to leave his religion. Again he was very open and frank with me when he admitted that there was one occasion. He related to me the story of a ceremony that happened one evening when he and the coven of which he was the leader, summoned the spirit of a very masculine and angry pagan being. He described a manifestation of a presence within the circle which was pure masculine with no feminine counterbalance. He said it was pure anger,  wrath and murderous rage. He said he was shaking with fear and wanted to get up and run away and that some of the other members of his coven felt similarly, but they persisted. When he had finished talking I asked him why he had stayed a witch after this experience and he comically replied that he loved being a witch and he just hated that particular ceremony which he never did again.

As this young coven leader told his story I was shocked at how much I could relate to his experience! There were stark similarities to my Pentecostal ‘Holy Spirit Baptism’ experience that I found impossible to deny. The presence he described was physically felt. It was invisible but clearly experienced as a felt presence. The presence was understood to be a supernatural being that had been summoned.  The presence was invited via a ceremony of words and actions conducted in a certain liturgical order and it was practiced as a group. The feelings were experienced by multiple members of the group.  The feelings were not connected to a preceding or subsequent moral change in those who experienced them. The recipients had an emotional response. The experience was prized for its supernatural and emotive quality. All these dynamics bring two important conclusions regarding the babbling supernatural experience in today’s so-called Pentecostal churches etc. None of these dynamics are associated with the biblical accounts of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. These descriptions are however common to both Necromancy and Pentecostalism.

I came away from my lifetalk with that young man with some questions. He told me that witch’s do not believe in the worship or existence of the biblical Satan. He told me that this was a myth and that Satan worship started in the 1400s. I went away to look into this claim and I found that the documentary evidence did not hold up to his view. First of all, fourteen centuries earlier, the Bible in the New Testament, shows that Satan wanted to be worshipped (Mt 4:9). This information was disclosed to men in the best-selling book of all time! The bible also shows in the Old Testament the earliest copy of which we have from 200 BC, at the beginning of the book of Job that Satan was a very powerful figure. He was able to move back and fourth and interfere in the lives of human beings. So we have multiple references that predate this young man’s claims and once I discovered this, I let him know that I wanted to get back together again. I sent him an email and he did not reply. This is a very common experience for me. I meet a religious person and I offer them a chance to look at things from a different perspective and they simply refuse even to get together for a coffee and open the Bible. This ended up being a very important lesson. I now see witches not as scary figures in pointed hats but simply very typical and sometimes very arrogant religious people who have their views from their own religious perspective and who for the most part are completely unopen to looking at anything that contradicts their own held beliefs and world view. This had particular resonance owing to the fact that this young man was raised by his parents to believe in witchcraft. Hence, quite literally witchcraft was his religious tradition.

When I ask church going religious people the above question I also often get an answer in the form of a list of their own held beliefs. They assume that my boldness in asking the question is best answered with a disclosure of their own beliefs rather than dealing with the question itself. I often respond to this with feigned pleasant surprise and ask permission to ask them another question.

Then I ask the exact same question again with slight variation in emphasis and get a variety of unfavourable responses! So many religious people including those of pagan religious traditions choose to be ignorant of the teachings I have followed for 26 years.

The question remains however as to the origin of the manifestation common to witchcraft and Pentecostals etc. This is illuminated by the Scriptures.

1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Already in the 1st century church there were deceiving spirits being received in churches. Demons are responsible for the passing on of the associated teaching. Demons are simply angels living in rebellion to God under the leadership of the chief Demon-Angel,  Satan. Quite literally then, the babbling of the Pentecostals is metaphorically speaking the Tongues of Angels.

Simply put then, the reason that the experience of witches and my Pentecostal friends is so similar is that they, in fact, have the same power source, that of demons supplying a form of supernatural power. They give this sensational experience (as a ‘gift’) on the one hand to mischievous (and in former times oft persecuted)  witch figures who do not even believe in the existence of these demons and on the other hand to well-meaning often racially segregated church people who do in fact believe in demons but are unwittingly subject to their deceitful schemes! Having experienced the Pentecostal phenomenon and had a detailed description of the equivalent experience in Pagan necromancy this has been my own firmly held belief now for 20 years.

To those among my readers who call themselves Pentecostal, I say this…

The bible is speaking in Tongues from beginning to end! If you must seek powerful Tongues to feel God’s presence then seek the bible. Come away from satanic ritual. Don’t be deceived by demons. Give up speaking in the Tongues of evil angels.  Do not remain in confusion. Pagan religions abounded all over Europe before the rise of Christianity in the first century. Paganism-witchcraft is still strong in Africa and reported as prevalent also in Australia today.  Even in the first century, the same demons were deceiving true Christians into sensationalism. This same deceit has gripped churches today. Millions confuse physical and spiritual sensations with a true God experience. This should serve as a warning that we who are free from this delusion, do not fall into this very same trap and so be deceived.

How does one actually receive the Holy Spirit? What does the Bible say?  I’ll get to that next!

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