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And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be ye filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Speaking In Tongues: Self-Suggestive Hypnotism?
Can we know what physically happens in the modern-day Pentecostal experience of talking in a tongue? There is evidence, which we will come to later, that there is often some degree of faking. But it cannot be all a hoax — they cannot be all faking? With the great majority, as in the case of Pat Boone, something really happens. A good illustration to begin with, is the testimony, back in the 1960s, of a [brother] who was brought up in a Pentecostal atmosphere before he [left]. He wrote:
Did John Actually Have the Holy Spirit Before Birth?
Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist was informed by the angel that his son would be special. He told him: “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:15). Did John actually receive this gift before his birth? If so, what would be the purpose?
Is Pentecost Happening Today — (Part 2)
Since penning the opening article in this series, considerably more evidence has come to hand of the great upsurge in Roman Catholic circles of claims to have the gift of tongue-speaking. One Catholic paper has reported.¹
Is Pentecost Happening Today?
It is the conviction of the present writer that the broad, general answer is a clear—“No”. Those communities which claim the name “Pentecostal” are far removed from the communities pictured in the Acts of the Apostles and letters of Paul. It is easy to dismiss the matter from the mind, perhaps indulge in a little scoffing, and leave the matter there. But the easy way is not the right way. The right way demands that we know something about this problem, because it is a major problem; and if we are to witness the truth of the Gospel effectively, we must become far more aware of the problems which are generated by the “cult” of tongue-speaking which is sweeping through much of the religious world.
The Gift of Tongues: Two Schools of Thought
E. S. writes: There seem to be two schools of thought regarding the phenomenon in the 1st century church called in the New Testament the Gift of Tongues. One is that in every case the gift was the capacity to speak in another language. Adherents to this view base their arguments mainly on the narrative of Acts 2 concerning the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
Should the Holy Spirit Be a Present Possession?
In The Testimony for August 1949, appeared an article by the present writer under the above heading; and more recently a somewhat detailed criticism of it has been received. Even the very title of the article has been assailed, it being suggested that this might be better worded “Should the Holy Spirit be a present possession?” The critic added, “For obviously a non-recipient cannot judge” and quoted 1 Corinthians 2:11-14 to support his view. Superficially regarded, this reference would appear to be to the point; but when more closely examined it is not established. The 16th verse was not quoted, yet it governs the whole; but even this needs comprehension. This “mind of Christ” is not a thing flashed upon one, but is attained by “judging all things” (v. 15) with “spiritual discernment” (v. 14). This discernment arises from considering “the words which the Spirit teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things” (v. 13). We learn elsewhere that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” and that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”¹ We are also expressly told that “faith cometh by hearing the Word of God.”² No man unacquainted with the “things of God” can “know” such things—he is so “natural” (uninstructed) that he “cannot know” them, yet he is often more highly mentally endowed than the spiritually minded one.
Speaking in Tongues
An ABC investigative report on the phenomena of tongues (or glossolalia) in the Pentecostal Charismatic movement in the United States with parishioner interviews from the congregation of the Randy and Paula White ministries.
What is Speaking in Tongues?
Pentecostalism has a particular focus on faith healing and speaking in tongues. ABC News Online goes behind the scenes to see what’s involved.
Glossolalia: The Science of Speaking in Tongues
Dr. Indre Viskontas speaks with young members of the Freedom Valley Worship Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania about their first experiences of speaking in tongues. Next, Paul De Lacy, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University, speaks with Indre about the language of speaking in tongues.
What is Speaking in Tongues?
So what does the Bible really say about speaking in tongues? Nathan Busenitz, Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary, explains in the latest edition of “Ask a Professor.”
The Shocking Truth About the Gift of Speaking in Tongues
What does the Bible teach about this gift of speaking in tongues? This video addresses the touchy subject of speaking in tongues. What is the gift of tongues? What are some misconceptions of tongues? How should it be used in the church?
Ex-Christian Answers “What’s Up with Speaking in Tongues?"
Lee, an ex-Pentecostal Christian, regularly answers questions about Christianity, and in this episode, addresses questions concerning the practice of speaking in tongues. Forced by her mother at an early age to speak in tongues, Lee provides some insights into this trademark of Pentecostalism.
Speaking in Tongues: Alternative Voices in Faith
Those Christians who speak in tongues say they don’t care at all about what others think. What matters most for them is that they believe that God is speaking through them. Their experience, also known as “glossolalia,” is their unique connection to God, they say, in a language He understands, even if they don’t.
Solving the Samaritan Riddle
What is the “baptism of the Holy Spirit,” and when and how does a Christian obtain it? Is it received in the holy sacrament of Confirmation? Is it a second blessing which is always evidenced by the gift of speaking in tongues? Or is this something every Christian gets automatically when she believes?
What If You Used to Speak in Tongues?
Listen to a first person testimony on how she used to speak in tongues.
Glossolalia or speaking in tongues, according to linguists, is the fluid vocalizing of speech-like syllables that lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases as part of religious practice in which it is believed to be a divine language unknown to the speaker. The term derives from glōssais lalō, a Greek phrase used in the New Testament meaning “speak in, with, or by tongues [i.e., other languages]” (1 Corinthians 14:18). The related term “xenolalia” or “xenoglossy” is used to describe the phenomenon when the language being spoken is a natural language previously unknown to the speaker. Glossolalia is practiced in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity as well as in other religions.
Xenoglossy (/ˌziːnəˈglɒsi, ˌzɛ-, -noʊ-/), also written xenoglossia (/ˌziːnəˈglɒsiə, ˌzɛ-, -noʊ-/), sometimes also known as xenolalia, is the putative paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write a language he or she could not have acquired by natural means. The words derive from Greek ξένος (xenos), “foreigner” and γλῶσσα (glōssa), “tongue” or “language”. The term xenoglossy was ostensibly coined by French parapsychologist Charles Richet. Stories of xenoglossy are found in the Bible, and contemporary claims of xenoglossy have been made by parapsychologists and reincarnation researchers such as Ian Stevenson. There is no scientific evidence that xenoglossy is an actual phenomenon.