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Charles Sulka


A presentation of BIBLE FLOCK BOX

URL (YOUTUBE VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqCMDRBissI

This short (seventeen-minute) video is a refutation of the practice of ‘speaking in tongues’ which is central to the growing Pentacostal movement. The excellent presentation is concise and well organized. The logic is impeccable; the arguments against this spiritual counterfeit are irrefutable.

The video primarily addresses the mindless babbling known as ‘speaking in tongues’ advocated by those who think of themselves as ‘charismatics’ endowed with the Holy Spirit. This video shows us that the modern-day phenomenon of glossalalia — speaking in tongues — is not the ‘speaking in tongues’ referred to in the book of Acts and elsewhere in the Bible. What it is, is … well, demonic in nature. At best it could be regarded as a form of bizarre mass hysteria. More likely, however, it has a darker nature. If there is any actual spiritual basis for the practice, it is not the Spirit of God that is affecting these poor deluded fools.

Other examples of counterfeit spirituality are touched upon: spiritual ecstasies, bizarre bodily movements, shaking, shouting, screaming, uncontrolled laughter, undignified lolling about (the original source of the term ‘holy rollers.’) Although not specifically addressed in this video, snake-handling and poison-drinking must be included in the list of misguided practices of the Pentacostals. As the video shows, such practices are not limited to American Pentacostalism. Deviant behavior, delusions, hysteria, and bizarre physical animations are common in witchcraft, voodoo, and the primitive heathen religions of the world.

Religious ecstasies are primordial and do not emanate from God. One need think only of the Israelites’ bacchanalian orgies that so enraged Moses that he destroyed their idol, the golden calf. Religious ecstasies in worship service clearly predates Christianity and thus cannot be Christian in nature. (Jesus said the Holy Spirit would not be in the world until He sent it at Pentacost.) In the video it is pointed out that, “Ecstatic language was a common form of worship in pagan temples. It was well established in Ancient Biblos (1100 BC). Plato (429-347 BC) mentions it as a phenomenon of his time. He tells us that a person under divine possession received utterances and visions that the receiver did not understand.” (T: 05:10)

Note that the video exaggerates the growing threat of Pentacostalism, numerically speaking (although published sources are cited.) There surely are not eighty million Pentacostals in America, as the video claims. Nonetheless, the number does seem to be growing, and the danger is real. Religious ecstasies provide no Christian spirituality nor doctrinal understanding to participants. And some bogus religious practices can be quite dangerous. It is not unusual to hear reports of snake handlers being bitten by poisonous serpents, many of them suffering fatal snakebites. Fortunately, it is usually the Pentacostal preachers who are bitten, and not the congregants … probably because it is the preachers who stick their hands in a bag of rattlesnakes to pull out the serpents, then, looking to heaven, wild-eyed, pray to the Lord for protection before passing the slithering creatures around the circle of believers. (It is little consolation, but it does get some of the stupidest ones out of the gene pool.)

Note also that while there still are snake handlers among the Pentacostals in the isolated valleys of Appalachia, there aren’t many poison drinkers left. They are all in heaven — or wherever these types end up. The 900 victims of Jim Jones cult at Jonestown don’t count, for while they were Pentacostals, they all fully expected to die from drinking the poison kool-aid. They weren’t testing God.

The ten points the author describes as ‘facts’:

#1: The modern day gift of tongues is not biblical.
#2: Speaking in tongues is not for everyone (any more than everyone receives all spiritual gifts — spiritual gifts are distributed)
#3: The gift of tongues is not a test of salvation or of having the holy spirit.
#4: Charismatic speaking on tongues is rejected by language experts.
#5: Charismatic speaking on tongues has pagan origins.
#6: Charismatic speaking in tongues shows signs of demonic possession.
#7: Satan can counterfeit miracles of God.
#8: Charismatic speaking in tongues is an end-times deception.
#9: Charismatic speaking in tongues is a characteristic of end-times Babylon.
#10: The Charismatic movement is helping Catholics and protestants unite.

To allay concerned viewers’ fears … I doubt if speaking in tongues and religious ecstacies will lead to the much-feared one world religion of the New World Order. I just can’t see Buddhists, or Hindus, or Mohammedans making a spectacle of themselves speaking in tongues. (Or ‘taking up serpents’ for that matter. If you want to clear a room filled with Islamic jihadists, just pull out a common black snake. You’ll have the room to yourself faster than you can say, “Allah akbar.”) They’ll probably never know what it means to be ‘baptized in the spirit’ as the Pentacostals call it. (Or bitten by a pit viper.) Let us pray that it be so. Amen.

People of all religious persuasions should watch this video, as a warning.

(chs 08-17-2016 1628 -0500)