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WHY PROPHECY, TONGUES and KNOWLEDGE GIFTS CEASED IN THE FIRST CENTURY AD.

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    WHY PROPHECY, TONGUES and KNOWLEDGE GIFTS CEASED IN THE FIRST CENTURY AD.

    Bible Reading: I Corinthians 13:8-13.

    Aim: To show that tongues ceased in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem.

    To show that prophecy and knowledge gifts ceased in 96 AD with the completion of the New Testament.

    Introduction: If these three gifts ceased in the first century, then the modern tongues movement is not of God and should be rejected as unbiblical. The following exegesis of I Corinthians 13:8-13, is intended as a springboard to understand how the entire Bible teaching on this subject fits together to show that the purpose of tongues was a warning to Israel, and hence, ceased by 70 AD. It will be shown that prophecy and knowledge gifts were God’s temporary means of revelation to the early Church until the completed New Testament had been given. Today, God speaks through His Word, not through some person claiming to give a prophecy from God.

    I. TEMPORARY GIFTS of PROPHECY, TONGUES and KNOWLEDGE contrasted with PERMANENT FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY for the CHURCH AGE. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. 13:8. “Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail (Greek:

    Katargethesontai); whether there be tongues, they shall cease3973 (Greek: pausontai), whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away” (Greek: Katargethesetai).

    Question 1: When does CHARITY (Agape love) stop? Answer: “Charity never faileth” (v.8). This means that love will continue on forever. It is the only one of the 6 phenomena discussed here that continues forever. This means that faith, hope, prophecy, tongues and knowledge all stop, but when?

    a) I Corinthians 13:13 tells us “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

    We learn here that faith, hope and charity continue all through the church age.
    b) This means that prophecy, tongues and knowledge are not said to continue all through the Church age, but cease sometime before the second coming (rapture) of Christ.

    Question 2: When does FAITH stop?

    Answer: When Christ returns at the rapture to catch the church up to heaven.
    • II Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

    When we get to heaven we will see what we had faith in, so that faith will give way to sight.

    • I Peter 1:9 “Receiving the end5056 (Greek: telos) of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” This tells us that faith will end when we get to heaven, thus enjoying salvation or deliverance from the presence of sin. “Telos” means “end, result, termination, ultimate fate, completion in respect to time, or fulfilment.”

    Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher5047(teleiotes) of our faith.” Jesus Christ finishes our faith when He returns for us at His second coming, and we “reach our goal” (“teleiotes” in Greek) of heaven with our resurrected, glorified bodies.
    Hence faith ends for all church age believers at the second coming of Christ.

    Question 3: When does HOPE stop?

    Answer: When we get what we are hoping for in heaven. For example, if you are married, you are not hoping to get married because you then possess what you hoped for. Believers are hoping for Christ’s second coming (Titus 2:13), and the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6). When we have what we hope for, then hope finishes. “Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13.

    “....of the hope and resurrection of the dead am I called in question.” Acts 23:6 and Acts 26:6.
    “....hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” Romans 8:24.

    Hope will only remain until we see Christ and receive our resurrection bodies at His second coming. Hence hope is valid only until the second coming.
    Knowing that love continues forever (“charity never faileth”) we can draw the following graph:

    FAITH, HOPE, LOVE LOVE

    LEVEL OF FAITH

    EXISTENCE HOPE

    TIME

    PENTECOST CHRIST’S
    SECOND

    COMING

    Key: Hence faith will be lost in sight; hope will be lost in reality; and love continues for all eternity.
    “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” I Corinth. 13:13. Because only faith, hope and charity are abiding throughout the church age, these three alone, then prophecy, tongues and knowledge must cease sometime INSIDE the church age. The time these (and the other temporary gifts) ceased had to have been before the completion of the New Testament.

    Question 4: When do PROPHECY and KNOWLEDGE gifts cease? Answer: “Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail (Greek (2673): Katargethesontai);......

    whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away (Greek (2673): Katargethesetai).” Meaning: “Katargeo” means to render inoperative, to make inactive, to be done away, to supercede, put an end to. With Paul it always denotes a complete cessation, not a temporary or partial ceasing.

    Every occurrence of “Katargeo” in I Cor. 13:8,10 is in the passive voice, indicating that something shall make prophecy and knowledge inactive.
    Question 5: What are prophecy and knowledge?

    1. The gift of prophecy in the apostolic church was speaking new revelation from God, to instruct and edify. Prophecy has a secondary meaning of forthtelling God’s Word to teach and comfort the Church. This is Bible teaching of today. Teaching replaced first century prophecy. A person knew, then prophesied. They were twin gifts.
    2. The gift of knowledge in the apostolic Church was the ability to understand and know the mind and will of God. It was revealed truth, not learned. It is seeing as the Holy spirit sees. It was used to teach believers certain doctrines which had not as yet been written as part of the New Testament.eg:
    Peter knew who Jesus really was. Matthew 16:17.
    Agabus knew and then prophesied about Paul being bound at Jerusalem. Acts 21:10-12.
    Paul knew the demonised damsel’s message to be false. Acts 16:18.
    Such knowledge, like prophecy, was as authoritative as the scriptures in the early church.
    Each of these gifts can refer to either:
    a) an action - the exercising of the gifts in the church where he prophesies or gives a word of knowledge.
    b) content - in Matthew 13:14,15 Christ quotes what Isaiah said 750 years earlier, which was now part of Scripture. When prophecy or knowledge became codified as scripture, they stood alone, no longer as the “act” of prophecy and knowledge, but as the “content” of prophecy and knowledge, now become written scripture.
    3. The gift of tongues (or unlearned languages), was similar yet inferior to prophecy and knowledge in that the tongues speaker needed to be translated. Paul said in I Corinthians 14:18,19 “Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”
    Speaking in a tongue and having it translated only allows the speaker to say half as much in a given time, as could a prophecy or word of knowledge in the common tongue. Tongues were cumbersome verbage. Prophecy, tongues and knowledge form the subject of 1 Corinthian 13:8-13. Something is going to happen to each of them. None of them are to abide during the Church age, as will faith, hope and love. They are transient gifts.

    13:8 “Whether there be tongues, they shall cease 3973” (Greek (3973): pausontai). Here “pausontai is used in an absolute sense, to cease, to come to an end.”

    [“The Complete N.T. Word Study Dictionary”, S. Zhodiates, p.1132.]

    “Pausontai” is in the middle voice, indicative mood, meaning that the action of ceasing will come from within, rather than from outside.
    “Cease” means that tongues would fulfil their function (of warning Jews of coming Judgment), and render themselves obsolete, unneeded, ended. Literally it means “tongues shall make themselves to cease, or automatically cease of themselves.” [A.T. Robertson Vol.IV, p.179.]

    13:9 “For we know in part , and we prophecy in part.” Since v.9 omits tongues, it would appear that tongues would cease before the removal of prophecy and knowledge. “In part” defines quantity, and the word “perfect” meaning “complete” is the opposite to “in part.” Knowledge of doctrine in the pre-canon period of the Church Age was fragmentary. The 14 mystery doctrines of this dispensation had not yet been completely given in New Testament Scripture. They could only teach from the Old Testament and by direct revelation from God via prophecy and knowledge. They knew in part, and consequently, they prophesied in part.
    13:10 “But when that which is perfect (Greek: “teleion” meaning complete) is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” (Greek: “Katargetheseta” meaning to render inoperative).

    Prophecy and knowledge, both being “in part”, will be done away with when the perfect shall come.

    Question 6: When does the PERFECT come?

    a) If it is the second coming of Christ, then prophecy, tongues and knowledge are allowable today.
    b) If it is the completed New Testament Scriptures of 96 AD then prophecy, tongues and knowledge have all ceased in the first entury and are not for today.

    Question 7: To answer Question 6, we must ask another question: What is ‘that which is perfect?’

    Answer: Several opinions are:

    1. Jesus Christ at His second coming.
    2. The perfected state of the believer at Christ'’s return.
    3. After the millennium in the new heaven and new earth.
    4. The completed New Testament Scriptures.

    II. 12 REASONS WHY THE “PERFECT” IN V.10 REFERS TO THE COMPLETED NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES:
    1. “When that (Greek: To Teleion) which is perfect is come.”
    The pronoun “THAT” in Greek, describing the perfect, is neuter.
    Christ however is masculine, not neuter, so “that which is perfect” cannot refer to Christ or His return. The Bible is neuter. This fits the context perfectly.
    2. “Perfect” in Greek means “complete, finished”. The N.T. by 96 AD was completed and finished as God’s revelation for this Church age. The completed N.T. canon of Scripture would serve the same purpose that prophecy, tongues, knowledge, apostleship, healing, miracles and other temporary spiritual gifts had once performed. Christ is never called the complete or finished one.
    3. “Perfect” cannot mean Christ’s return, becaue Christ’s second coming is foreign to the
    context of I Corinthians 12,13,14 being mentioned nowhere in these 3 chapters. The subject of I Corinthians 12,13,14 is spiritual gifts to the church in the church age. To extend prophecy, tongues and knowledge into the millenium or after the millenium is to miss the focus and context of the passage.

    4. James 1:25 describes the perfect as the Bible, the perfect law of liberty.
    The meaning of “perfect” in scripture can be determined by it’s use in other passages of scripture. “Teleion”, the “perfect” or “completed” was already in the New Testament when Paul wrote. James had already referred to the Word of God as the “perfect law of liberty” in James 1:25.

    “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves.”
    “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:22,25.
    “Perfect” in James 1:25 in Greek is “teleion” the same as “perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13:10.
    In James 1:25 “perfect” clearly refers to the soon to be completed Bible, and this must be the same meaning in I Corinthians 13:10.

    In James 1:22-25 the perfect law of liberty is the Bible. Therefore, in I Corinthians 13:10 the perfect is the Bible.

    Summary question: If James 1:22-25 says, Perfect (v.25) = Mirror (v.23,24) = Bible
    (v.22,23,25)
    then what is ‘perfect’ in I Corinthians 13:8-13, Perfect (v.10) =Mirror (v.12) = ?

    5. James 1:23 and 1 Corinthians 13:12 both describe the Bible as a mirror/glass that we see our reflection in.
    “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.” James 1:23.
    “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then (when the perfect, completed Bible has come) face to face.” 1 Corinthians 13:12.
    As we look into a mirror to see the true physical condition of our face,
    so we look into the Bible as a mirror to see the true spiritual condition of our heart and life.

    Some people look into a mirror and forget their physical appearance.
    Some people look into the Bible mirror and forget their spiritual appearance.
    Therefore, GLASS MIRROR = PERFECT = the WORD OF GOD.
    Therefore, 1 Corinthians 13:12 describes the “perfect” as a glass mirror, just as James 1:23 does.
    6. II Corinthians 3:18 also shows the glass, and hence the perfect to be the Word of God, which transforms us.
    “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

    The mirror/glass is a symbol of the Word of God. (James 1:22,25).
    As we look into God’s Word and we see Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit transforms us into the very image of Jesus Christ. “We all” means all believers, seeing in the Bible/glass, the glory of the Lord. “Open face” means that we can hide nothing from God; We must be open and honest with Him.
    We can be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (“He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son....”. Romans 8:29) and go from glory to glory, by the Holy Spirit changing us as we saturate ourselves in the Word of God.
    “are changed (Greek: metamorphoumetha) into the same image from glory to glory.” The Greek word “changed” gives us the word “metamorphosis” which describes the process of an insect changing from an ugly worm into a mature beautiful butterfly. The changes come from within. So it is when we meditate on God’s Word and in it see Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Jesus Christ.

    In the Bible we see the glory of Christ and are changed into His image.

    13:12. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;….”
    In I Corinthians 13:12, only a few New Testament books were completed. The glory of the Lord revealed in the word was not complete. First century believers could neither see Christ, nor themselves, in the full light of God’s revelation. They could only see darkly or dimly. However with the completion of Scripture, not only would the glory of Christ be revealed in greater fullness, but so would the believer’s own reflection become clearer. Why? Because the believer after 96 AD has more Scripture to transform him into Christ’s image. The “perfect” is the opposite of that which is “in part.”
    Paul viewed his own writings as Scripture (1 Thessalonians 2:13). He knew that new revelation was being given and that one day it would cease. In the same way that God had completed the Old Testament, God would also complete the New Testament. Paul’s use of the phrases “we know in part and we prophesy in part” (13:9) show that he is dealing with a partially completed Bible that was being added to by the Apostle’s revelations from God.

    7. The Second Coming is never called “perfect” in the New Testament, but the Bible is called the perfect law of liberty in James 1:25.‘The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.’ Psalm 19:7
    8. The completed New Testament fulfilled the same job as did the temporary gifts of prophecy and knowledge. Once prophecy and knowledge were codified (written down) as the New Testament, then prophecy and knowledge ceased. ie. New revelation of prophecy and knowledge ceased when the full N.T. revelation for this age was completed.

    9. Christ’s second coming is neither complete nor morally perfect. In the millennium, the sinner will die 100 years old (Isaiah 65:20). The millennium ends with satan’s release from the pit and some nations rebelling to attack Christ at Jerusalem.This is not a perfect or complete situation at all.
    10. Faith and Hope finish at the second coming (13:13).
    Therefore, prophecy, knowledge and tongues, each not abiding during the church age, must end well before faith and hope ends (compare 1 Corinthians 13:8 with 1 Corinithians13:13).

    Prophecy, knowledge and tongues end well before the second coming.
    Prophecy and knowledge end by the coming of the perfect, completed Word of God in 96 AD.
    Tongues ended by 70 AD, with Titus destroying Jerusalem and the judgment predicted coming on the Jews for rejecting Christ’s gospel. You don’t warn people after the punishment has fallen.
    11. The completed Bible is able to make believers complete by giving us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (II Peter 1:3,4). We don’t need new revelation. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory (in heaven) and virtue (now on earth).

    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises (in the perfect Bible) that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature (changed from glory to glory).” II Peter 1:3,4.

    This is obtained through:
    1) the knowledge of Christ found in the Bible, and
    2) by claiming the exceeding great and precious promises in the Bible.
    Everything that we need today for life and Godliness to make us mature, completely equipped Christians is found in the Bible. Hence, the Bible is appropriately called the “complete Completer” for us today, the exact meaning of “teleion” in I Corinthians 13:10.

    12. The completed Bible (all Scripture) can make the man of God “perfect” (Greek: “artios739” meaning “complete, sufficient, completely qualified; a synonym of “teleion”), throughly furnished unto all good works.” II Timothy 3:16,17.
    Here again, “all Scripture” making the man of God perfect, supports “perfect” in I Corinthians 13:10 as meaning the Bible, and not the second coming of Christ. Therefore, when the perfected, completed Bible comes, then the “in part” prophecy and knowledge shall be done away. This happened in 96AD when John finished writing Revelation 22:21.
    Question 8: Why is tongues not mentioned in I Corinthians 13:9,10 as being done away with by the perfect?

    Answer: It is because tongues had already ceased in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem, being the judgment on the Jews that tongues pointed to (I Corinthians 14:21,22). After 70 AD, there was no more purpose for tongues, so the tongues gift ceased forever by 70 AD. Tongues were not in existence to be done away with by “the perfect.” Tongues had ceased 26 years earlier.

    Those who think that the “perfect” is Christ’s return and reject it as meaning the completed New Testament Scripture, do so because:
    1. They have not studied every word, phrase, or verse of I Corinthians 13 in its context, or
    2. They are mentally influenced by someone with leaning towards Pentecostalism, or

    3. They are influenced by some interdenominational teacher whose decision about this scripture is non-committal so as to retain his popularity with both charismatic and non charismatic groups.
    4. No scripture is ever produced in proof that the Holy Spirit did not mean the complete N. Testament.

    If knowledge ended at Christ’s return, and if knowledge meant normal knowledge, then all Christians would be imbeciles in heaven.

    Note: It is not good to say that God spoke to you and told you to do something, because if you are wrong, you lose your credibility. Instead, say “I felt led or burdened by the Lord to.....”.

    13:11‘When I was a child, I spake as a child (tongues), I understood as a child (knowledge), I thought as a child (prophecy is verbalised thoughts): but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

    Question 9: What have childish things got to do with temporary gifts of prophecy, tongues and knowledge?

    Answer: Paul is comparing a human advancing from childhood to adulthood, with the church passing from infancy in the first century marked by prophecy, tongues and knowledge gifts, to maturity marked by believers depending on the Bible, faith, hope and charity from 96 AD to the rapture. By 96 AD the childish gifts of prophecy, tongues and knowledge had ceased, and church manhood had been reached.

    So Paul used 2 illustrations to show the passing of prophecy, tongues and knowledge, and the permanence of the completed Bible, along with faith, hope and charity for the church age:

    a) A person growing from childhood to adulthood and putting away the childish temporary things of prophecy, tongues and knowlege in I Corinthians 13:11.

    Paul is here saying to the Corinthian believers “put away the childish things of prophecy, tongues, and knowledge, because manhood will soon be reached.”
    In the first century, a boy was recognised as a mature man when he got married, left his parents home and established his own home.
    In the first century, Judaism was regarded as the parent religion, where Christianity (the child) resided. The early Christians enjoyed the protection of Judaism as an officially recognised religion. Christianity seemed like another Jewish sect.

    Sulpicius Severus in discussing Titus’ destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, states that: “Titus formed the deliberate purpose to destroy Christianity and Judaism in one blow, believing that if the Jewish root were torn up the Christian branch would soon perish”. [F. Farrar “The Early Days of Christianity” p.326.]

    Judaism was the parent/home religion and Christianity was the child religion. But with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, the church moved out of its childhood home. It became a separate, independent, distinct religion, able to grow without the Jewish temple and without the protective umbrella of the Jewish religious sytem. Christianity had left the Jewish parents home and had reached manhood. It had left childhood behind.

    This was another reason for putting away the childish things of tongues.



    JUDAISM (PARENT) 70 AD CHRISTIANITY
    CHRISTIANITY (CHILD) (INDEPENDENT MANHOOD)
    TONGUES OF CHILDHOOD NO TONGUES IN ADULTHOOD

    In Revelation 22:18,19 God finished prophecy and knowledge revelations by giving us the completed Bible with a warning against new prophecies.There would be no more partial revelations given by prophecies or knowledge. They had forever been superceded by a completed Bible.

    Tongues ceased in 70 AD, prophecy and knowledge ceased in 96 AD. This graph summarizes it:


    FAITH, HOPE, LOVE LOVE
    LEVEL OF TONGUES PROPHECY FAITH
    EXISTENCE KNOWLEDGE HOPE
    TIME
    70 AD 96 AD CHRIST’S
    JERUSALEM BIBLE SECOND
    DESTROYED COMPLETED COMING

    When Paul wrote I Corinthians 12,13,14 around 55AD, the infant church was still a child in its childhood home. Tongues still had a purpose. No one then was to forbid speaking in tongues.

    However, after Jerusalem’s destruction in 70AD genuine tongues ceased, never to be heard again from the lips of the matured church (13:11).

    With manhood reached by 96AD, heralded by complete/perfect knowledge in the Bible (“understanding” in 13:11) and complete/perfect prophecy codified in the Bible (“thought” in 13:11), childish things of prophecy, tongues and knowledge were forever put away. To revert to these would be a tragedy, a breakdown in manhood, and a pathetic regression to infancy. Tongues are not for the church today, because they ceased in 70 AD. Church history agrees with this.

    C.L. Rogers analyses the writings of Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Chrysostom, Justin Martyr from 100-400 AD from every area of the Roman Empire and states that:

    “the miraculous gifts of the first century died out and were no longer needed to establish Christianity.” (p.143).
    Language is the verbalising of one’s thoughts and denotes one’s level of understanding. Tongues in the early church, were thus like infancy childish language to a man.

    When we hear a baby speaking childish language, we think it is cute and normal. However, when a full grown man reverts to baby talk because of some mental breakdown, we think it is a pathetic disability, horrible and to be pitied. This is because men are expected to have “put away childish things.” What is normal in infancy is abnormal in adulthood.

    So, also for the Church to revert to tongues, is to revert to babyhood. Paul at that early date (55AD) is telling the Corinthians to recognise tongues as a passing phenomena. The time was fast approaching when they would have to grow up, put away their tongues babytalk and become full grown men, living by faith, hope and love as taught in the perfect/completed Bible.

    b) Looking into a mirror of the Bible to see one’s true spiritual conditon.

    “For now (55AD) we see through a glass (mirror) darkly; but then (96AD) face to face: now (55AD) I know in part; but then (96AD) shall I know even as also I am known.” I Corinthians 13:12.

    An expanded explanation of this would be:
    “For now (55AD) we see (prophecy as a temporary gift) through a mirror (a partly given New Testament) darkly (a blurred image, partial revelation by prophecy and an incomplete New Testament); but then (96AD when the full New Testament is given) face to face (we see ourselves clearly in the completed New Testament, as we see our true physical condition in a perfectly reflecting mirror): now (55AD at the time of writing) I know (I have the temporary gift of knowledge) in part (only part of the New Testament was given, along with the gift of knowledge only gave a partial view of God’s full New Testament revelation due to be completed by 96AD); but then (96AD when the full New Testament would be given) shall I know (I will have the full New Testament revelation intended by God to equip me for the ministry, for a holy life, and for godliness (II Peter 1:3,4)) even as also I am known.”
    With the completion of Scripture, there was a completion of the portrait of Christ that reflected His glory. What was “dim or dark” at the writing of I Corinthians 13:12 (at 55AD) became clear at the completion of scripture in 96AD, so that believers could see the Lord and their own changing likeness to Him “face to face.”

    In 13:12 Paul compares the New Testament Church without a complete New Testament to a person looking into a polished metal mirror giving a blurred reflection. All they had was the partial revelation of prophecy, tongues and knowledge to tide the church over until they received the full New Testament in 96 AD. This only gave them an imperfect understanding of divine truths, like a blurred mirror reflection.

    “But then face to face” refers to the time when the full New Testament would be available to allow accurate and full understanding of spiritual truths for this age.

    • “Then shall I know even as also I am known.”

    • When the full, complete finished New Testament is available for personal study (96 AD)

    then shall I know the necessary spiritual truths for living a godly life in the church age now as well as God knows and reveals my true spiritual condition through His Word, the completed Bible.

    This is not talking about knowing Christ face to face in heaven or knowing as much as God knows, because this would require us to have the infinite knowledge of God in heaven. We will never be as all knowing (omniscient) as God.

    Literally: “Then shall I know (God’s mind about every situation of life), even also as I am known (by God about every situation and problem that I may encounter in life).”

    That is, the Bible has the answer to every situation of life. How true.
    13:13. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.”
    At the time of writing (55 AD), only faith, hope and charity were continuing during the church age to the rapture. “These three” emphasises that it is only faith, hope and charity that will abide. Prophecy, tongues and knowledge are excluded as not abiding, and hence ceased in the church age by 96 AD.
    Today, we have the apostles and prophets with us only in the sense that we have their New Testament writings which are still their prophecies. They laid and finished the New Testament foundation. Ephesians 4:11 lists three of the gifts that will be with us until Christ’s return: evangelists, pastors and teachers. For these three types of men, there are 3 qualities to be displayed: faith, hope and love, as shown in I Thessalonians 1:3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope.....”

    Faith, Hope and Charity as Triplets elsewhere:

    Another key proof that prophecy, tongues and knowledge are finished by 96 AD, and are not for today is that we often see faith, hope and charity mentioned as triplets being all that we need for a God-pleasing Christian life. Note the absence of prophecy, tongues and knowledge in these passages, showing that they are not needed today.

    1. I Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three.”
    2. Galatians 5:5,6 “…the hope of righteousness by faith. …faith which worketh by love.”
    3. Ephesians 1:15,18 “I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and of the love unto all the
    saints,...that . ye may know the hope of his calling....”
    4. Colossians 1:4,5 “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth (perfect Bible) of the gospel.”
    5. I Thessalonians 1:3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    6. I Thessalonians 5:8 “But let us who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”
    7. I Timothy 1:1,2,5 “Lord Jesus Christ which is our hope; unto Timothy, my own son in the faith:
    Now the end of the commandments is charity out of a pure heart....”
    8. I Peter 1:21,22 “that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth (perfect Bible) through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love..”

    Conclusion: All we need is FAITH, HOPE and LOVE to live pleasing to God. Eight times it is repeated. You don’t need a prophecy, tongue or word of knowledge. They are not mentioned. So drop prophecy, tongues and knowledge, and build up ourselves in faith, hope and love.
    II. FURTHER QUESTIONS.

    Question 10: Why would God allow Dedicated Christians to experience the sign and revelatory gifts if they are not from Him?
    Many evangelical churches have lapsed into cold, lifeless formalism. They may be doctrinally right, but they have lost their fervent love and zeal for God. If a charismatic church has a high regard for the Bible, prayer, soul winning zeal and a willingness to attempt great things for God, then this fills a void left by dead Churches. Among these good things there resides a deceiving cancer that undermines the good that is being done. This cancer is the matter of new revelations from God of tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, visions or dreams.

    Neil Babcox, a former charismatic pastor left the charismatic church because of this issue. He says,

    “When a prophet said “Thus saith the Lord”, he meant that the very Word of God was being proclaimed with infallibility, purity and divine authority. The prophecies that I had spoken and heard others speak paled and diminished to the point of nothingness compare with the Bible.
    Ezekiel protested, “Thus saith the Lord God, “Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!”” Ezekiel 13:3.
    Isn’t that what we were - “prophets who had seen nothing?”

    When the genuine prophets of God spoke, they spoke with certainty regarding every word. This finds no parallel today. The Bible’s prophets knew with 100% certainty that they were speaking the very words of God.

    “The spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.” Ezekiel 2:2.
    Many who prophesy and claim to speak new revelations from God today know in their own hearts that they don’t have the certainty of the Bible prophets, yet they continue to speak “new” revelations.

    “Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” Jeremiah 14:14.

    “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name....they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart….I will even punish that man and his house.” Jeremiah 23:25,26,34.

    “they …have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them.” Jeremiah 29:23.
    “Because Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you,and I sent him not,.I will punish Shemaiah.” Jer.29:31,32
    “The prophets prophesy falsely,…and my people love to have it so:..” Jeremiah 5:31.
    It is serious error to claim to speak new revelation from God,given the deception of Mormon prophecy.
    This emphasis on new revelation undermines the authority of Scripture. Dave Hunt rebukes the positive and possibility thinking of Paul Yonggi Cho and Robert Schuller with their occultish visualisation techniques, temptation to power and deification of man which is invading the church.
    Charismatics teach that a proper understanding of Scripture does not come through correct interpretation, but through revelation (only to certain leaders), and that these new revelations supplement the Bible, and that these must be accepted as a “great move of God.”

    • Charismatics often say: “...we have revelation knowledge as God continues to speak to His people.” This sounds really spiritual, but it is adding to Scripture.
    Because the Scriptures are perfect, we cannot add to them.

    • John Wimber states: “rational control (of the mind) must be forfeited for tongues speaking to occur, for ecstatic worship, for messages from God to be received directly into the mind, and for miraculous healings to happen.”

    • Charismatics Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin’s heresies were exposed in “The Agony of Deceit.”
    Kenneth Copeland claimed that Jesus spoke new revelation to him, saying: “Jesus did not come to earth as God, but only as a man; Jesus never claimed to be God during his earthly ministry.”

    • John White, a famous author, claims that Jesus Christ personally appeared to him on three occasions to give new revelation that would become part of Scripture.

    Question 11: Why would God allow dedicated Christians to experience and give in to influences that are not from Him?

    Answer: Every moment of his life, the Christian must battle spiritually with the world, the flesh and the devil. This is part of the maturing process. All believers are tempted with pride, worry, fear, sin and disobedience. Does God allow believers to sin? Yes, of course.

    “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12.

    The Lord allows us to test every experience by Scripture, or to go by our feelings. God will allow us to be tempted in all forms. This includes the temptation to depart from Scripture by believing false revelations. Signs and wonders can have sources other than God (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; II Thessalonians 2:9,10; Revelation 13:13,14; Matthew 24:24). Jesus warns four times of deception at the end of the Church age in Matthew 24.

    If a Christian swaps the sword of the Spirit, and takes up feelings or human reasoning, he opens himself up to satan’s deception.

    Many Christians in dead churches know very little scripture. In daily struggles with sin and temptation, believers are most vulnerable to the attraction of false instant spirituality. Rather than live by the Word of God for victory, one may seek the apparent short cut of tongues, prophecy, power evangelism, healing, etc as the answer to his problems.
    Charismatic leaders who criticise Bible teachers who urge careful study of the Bible, are hence criticising the legitimate spiritual gift of teaching. They urge charismatics to follow them without questioning their interpretation. They oppose non-charismatics by asking: “Who did God use, the educated Pharisees or the simple apostles?” They thus forget II Timothy 2:15,

    “Study to show thyself approved unto God...rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    Along the way we all have difficult times, as seen by Elijah under the Juniper tree (I Kings 19:4,5), David fleeing from Saul, Paul’s beatings, etc. Don’t seek a quick fix to gain instant spirituality. The devil offered Jesus a short cut to earth’s kingdoms by avoiding the cross. The devil will offer us many short cuts seeming to easily solve our problems. We must stick to the basics: study the Word, pray, confess sin, yield to Christ, abide in Christ, and take up the cross daily. These require work, watching and warfare. Don’t swap the Word of God for an experience.

    The main damaging side effect of charismaticism is the welcoming and accepting of heretics, apostates, nominal Christians and Roman Catholics into the Church. A person can pray to Mary, then speak in tongues, thus being accepted into many charismatic fellowships. Charismatics emphasise unity at the expense of doctrine.
    Question 12: Why would God allow dedicated Christians to continue in error and deception to their hurt or spiritual detriment?

    Answer: I Kings 13 reveals that even a dedicated and fearless prophet of God must suffer the consequences when he chooses deception over the clear revelation of God.

    An unnamed man of God (v.1) was sent to Bethel “by the Word of the Lord” to prophesy against King Jeroboam and his idolatry (v.1-3). When the King tried to arrest the prophet, the King’s hand withered (v.4,5). He begged the man of God to intercede to God to restore his hand. (v.6). The man of God showed mercy, prayed to God and Jeroboam’s hand was restored. Then King Jeroboam offered him a reward (v.7) but the man of God refused (v.3-10).
    Why? He refused to stop for food because the clear revelation of God forbad him from receiving food or drink or retracing his steps (v.9). So far he had walked in complete obedience to the Word of God. He had passed the tests of:

    1. Fear because he had boldly carried out his job of proclaiming God’s Word to the King.
    2. Compassion/Mercy. He had not allowed the King’s threats to dry up his mercy. He willingly, lovingly prayed for Jeroboam’s hand to be restored without revenge.
    3. The test of faithfulness to God over human favour had been overcome, because he turned down the King’s offer of hospitality and reward .
    4. The test of deception, was the final test which he sadly failed.
    Why? God had clearly told him not to receive hospitality, but he rejected the clear revelation of the Word of God for a new revelation, and it cost him his life.
    There was an old prophet living nearby who heard about his faithful stand. The old prophet had lived in compromise at Bethel and invited the man of God home to dine with him (v.11-15).
    The man of God refused saying that he was under strict orders from God not to eat, drink or retrace his steps (v.16.17). The old prophet replied in v.18,
    “I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.”

    Why did he lie? We are not told.
    a) Maybe he was envious at seeing a true prophet faithfully discharge his duties, when he had lived in compromise.
    b) Maybe he resented the man of God and had a convicted conscience.
    The old prophet claimed a new revelation from God. The man of God had to decide:

    a) Would he accept at face value the new revelation, or
    b) Would he continue to cling to God’s previous revelation?

    Sadly, the once fearless and faithful prophet succumbed to deception. God allowed this to happen to a dedicated man of God. Why? Because in our pilgrimage on earth, there will always be the choice to follow the clear teaching of God’s Word, or to replace it with the shallow promises, prophecies and deceptions of man.
    The man of God retraced his steps back to the home of the old prophet and ate with him (v.19). Over the meal, the old prophet revealed that because the man of God had disobeyed the Word of God, he would die (v.20-22).

    And that is exactly what happened (v.23-26) because a lion slew him in the way.

    From this we see that if God allowed a dedicated prophet of God to choose between the clear teaching of the Lord and deception, surely the Lord will let us have this choice today. Many Christians suffer poor spiritual lives because they give up the Word of God, and embrace teachers who prophesy or give new revelations of their own spirit.
    Question 13: But why doesn’t God step in and chasten His children to woo them back to obedience? (Hebrews 12).

    Answer: The Holy Spirit and the Word of God continually call the believer to faithfulness and obedience (Phil. 2:12,13). Deception and impoverishment are the bitter fruits of turning away from the Word of God. Sometimes God will allow His children to remain deceived as a chastisement until they turn again in submission to the Word of God. Their salvation in Christ is secure through Christ’s blood sacrifice. They may serve the Lord faithfully in other areas and even be used successfully by God, but they will miss God’s best blessings on earth and they will lose rewards in heaven.

    God will allow believers to choose whether to glorify Christ through submission and obeying scripture or to rebel. For dedicated servants of God who put aside the clear revelation of God and embrace new revelations, in this life they will be deceived and impoverished, and in the next life they will suffer loss of rewards at the judgment seat of Christ (II Corinthians 5:10).
    Examples of charismatic deception are tongues, false healings, new revelations, words of knowledge spoken about other people, slaying in the “spirit”, “Toronto” experience, etc. Consider two examples:

    Slaying People in the Spirit is a Charismatic invention whereby hands are laid on a person’s head and they lose consciousness, causing them to fall backwards onto the floor. THIS IS NOT IN THE BIBLE, so forget it. Laying hands on people is well known in the occult as a means of transferring demons. It is more likely demonically influenced and all the more reason why we should avoid this movement.

    Surrender of Mind and Emotions to Group Pressure. On entering a Charismatic meeting, we meet many people dancing, throwing arms in the air, speaking in tongues, on an emotional high and appearing very happy. The average Christian realises that he is not always like this, nor is the church from which he has come (which is made to appear dead and lifeless in comparison). He and his church are made to feel inferior and below what God expects. He has always had thoughts that his Christian life hasn’t always been as good as it ought to have been. He immediately concludes that these people have a one-shot-sure-fire-answer to spirituality when they ask him if he has been baptised in the Holy Spirit or spoken in tongues. If he is not careful, he will assume that these people are right, without studying the Bible or without praying the issue through. He may then agree to speak in tongues (gibberish), which makes the Charismatics very happy. He feels much love, acceptance and unity as a result, all because of an experience that he has had. He then begins his Christian life by making his experience the authority on which he determines spiritual truth, and not the Bible. He then defends his decision logically by saying what wonderful love and unity these people have and “power” (false albeit). He asks, “how can they be wrong when they show such qualities?”

    Why do charismatics succeed so much?

    i) Because most churches are DEAD and show no spiritual life, no one ever gets saved and nothing miraculous ever happens.
    ii) The Bible teaching on this issue is not taught.
    iii) People equate emotional show and bubbliness with spirituality.
    iv) Everyone would like an instant formula for spiritual success in the Christian life. Tongues is easy.

    v) People are lazy. They find it easier to believe what they are told, especially by “happy, persuasive people”, than to study and search the Bible for themselves.
    vi) It looks as if all churches are uniting by tongues speaking and this is, on the surface seen to be a good thing, yet it ignores Bible doctrine. People are told to hold hands, form a circle, and this show of “love” causes many well-meaning Christians to sacrifice dearly held essential Bible truths for which our ancestors died, and to unite with error. This is just what Rome wants to bring us all back to the “Mother of Harlots” and form the Super-church of Revelation 17, which will be destroyed by the antichrist that she brings to power.

    Question 14: If sign and revelatory gifts are not for today, and are not from God, why do they produce apparently good effects in believers lives?

    Step 1. Many Charismatics claim to be enriched by speaking in tongues, making prophecies, words of knowledge, casting out demons and sign gifts, etc. They may have a greater interest in the Bible, prayer and witnessing. How could such positive results not be from God?

    Step 2. Any military strategist knows that an enemy will often give up ground in order to gain a greater victory (Israel defeated Ai with this tactic.Joshua 8:15-21). Satan is not afraid of prayer, Bible study or bold witness that is contrary to the Word of God, especially when it promotes error and advances his own kingdom. Satan does strongly oppose genuine prayer, Bible study and gospel preaching when it is done Biblically and in the filling of the Holy Spirit. Satan is happy to pull back opposition to Bible study, prayer and witness, if he can woo the believer away from Bible decision-making and into experiential decision-making (which is Satan’s greater sought-after victory).

    Step 3. If a believer moves into experiental decision making, Satan can withdraw his opposition to Bible study, prayer and witness. The believer then attributes his advancement in prayer, Bible study and witness to his new tongues experience. This serves to lure the believer deeper into his experiential decision making, and hence further away from 100% Bible authority only. Hence, by giving some ground, Satan leads believers into greater deception. The believer thus more strongly clings to non Biblical experiences.

    Step 4. The believer who accepts sign and revelatory gifts is replacing Biblical authority with experiential authorities. Interpretation of verses becomes heavily weighted towards vindicating his experiences.

    Step 5. People are genuinely saved, they in turn accept the signs and wonders message, and the deception grows. The basis for Christian fellowship is no longer the Bible, but a common experience such as tongues. That is why Roman Catholics, liberal protestants, some evangelicals and heretics unite in ecumenical charismatic fellowship. Tongues causes divisions in churches, just as it did at the Tower of Babel.

    Many Charismatics are not completely sure that their prophecies are from the Lord. Many are troubled at healings that relapse. Many Charismatics say that they are Spirit-filled yet live inconsistent lives.

    Satan’s contest in Eden was to steal Adam’s loyalty away from the Word of God (“Yea, hath God said?”) and for him to live independent of God and His Word.
    Question 15: Do Christians know when they are being mislead?

    Answer: No, not always. In Matthew 16:21-23, Peter in expressing his love for Christ, was deceived by Satan in trying to stop Christ from going to the cross. Jesus looked past Peter’s love and saw Satan leading Peter away from the revealed will of God. Note:

    1) With the heart one receives or trusts Christ for salvation.
    2) With the will one obeys Christ.
    3) With the mind one abides in Christ.
    Heart means: Intellect, will, affections, loyalties. Will means: Action, commitment.
    • Many Christians spend hours in Christian bookshops looking for a book to give them the secret of victorious living. If they can’t find the power of God in a book, they will seek it in an experience.

    • The goal of the Christian life is to remain Spirit filled, to find the will of God and do it.

    Question 16: Are there any Biblical examples of Satan giving up spiritual ground in order to gain spiritual advantages?

    Answer:

    1) Satan offered Christ the world’s kingdoms in exchange for Christ’s worship. Matthew 4:8-10.
    2) The demonized damsel proclaimed that Paul’s team were servants of the Most High

    God who showed the way of salvation. Acts 16:16-18.Why? So the gospel would be associated with the occult.
    Many churches have changed from being a lighthouse to a weather vane. Instead of lighting the way in the darkness, many churches merely turn with whatever fashion or worldly wind blows at the time. Our Lord Jesus Christ is to take pre-eminence in all things. The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal and exalt Jesus Christ. The problem of powerless Christians is due to believers failing to surrender totally to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

    Living the Christian life is described by: “Warfare”, “fight”, “run the race”, “yield not”, “work out”, and “press towards.” The Christian life is a disciplined life of constant vigilance and taking up the cross daily. There are no short cuts to instant spirituality.

    Roman Catholic charismatics have greater zeal for Mary, Mass, the Papacy, and praying to saints etc. If Satan can achieve this, he will stop opposing Charismatic churches so that apparent growth occurs.

    Question 17: If the sign and revelatory gifts today are not from God, why are Charismatic churches the fastest growing churches in the world?

    Answer:

    1. Much Charismatic growth is by attracting Christians from other churches. Because many Charismatic churches place little emphasis on sound doctrine, this breeds an
    atmosphere of acceptance, which assists numerical growth. If you never rebuke sin, have worldly attractions, and give people everything they want, you’ll see growth, but you won’t please God.

    Charismaticism weakens churches that are committed to the fundamentals of the faith, while it energises ecumenical liberal, worldly churches.

    2. Numerical growth does not equal God’s stamp of approval. Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and cults can boast amazing growth statistics, yet their beliefs are very unbiblical. What about growth of Charismatic churches that hold to the fundamentals of the faith? Jesus’ parables of the wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43), mustard seed (13:31,32), and the leaven (13:33) all predict outward growth in Christendom, but this growth would be accompanied by growth in evil influences (leaven, birds) from within. Numerical growth does not mean that God approves all a church’s doctrines.
    Numerical growth, even by true conversions can occur amidst false doctrine. eg. The Corinthian church grew rapidly, even though it had many false doctrines and sins.

    Many churches claim to be evangelical, but challenge them on:
    1) The 100% inerrancy of Scripture.
    2) The historical, literal accuracy of Genesis 1-11.
    3) The factual nature of Jonah being swallowed by a whale.
    4) The scientific accuracy of a literal 6 day creation week, and they prove to disbelieve
    the Bible.

    Christ prayed that the Father would sanctify believers through His Word (John 17:17), before he prayed that believers would be one (John 17:21).

    If we loudly profess to believe every Bible truth, except where the world and devil are at the moment attacking, we are denying Christ and proving disloyal. Today’s battle against the Bible takes the form of an invasion of new revelations. This is why Rome can happily endorse the Charismatic movement because Rome also has her new revelations that are contrary to the Bible. We must be sound in belief, sound in a Godly life, and sound in serving Christ.

    III. 20 REASONS THAT TONGUES CEASED IN THE FIRST CENTURY.

    1. Tongues were a sign of judgment against Jewish unbelief as a nation.

    With the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, God’s judgment on Israel had been executed, and the tongues gift as a sign of coming judgment on Israel was no longer needed. I Corinthians 14:22 says,
    “Wherefore, tongues are for a sign NOT to them that believe, but to them that believe not.”
    “In the law it is written, with men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people (Jews); and yet for all that (all the tongues) will they (Jews) not hear me (warning ignored), saith the Lord.” I Corinthians 14:21.
    Tongues here were clearly a warning to the Jews that they ignored. Paul quotes I Corinthians 14:21 from:
    i) Deuteronomy 28:49 where God warns of judgment coming from “a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand.”

    ii) Jeremiah 5:15 “Lo I will bring a nation upon you from afar...a nation whose language thou knowest not....” (612 BC). Hence, Babylonian tongues warned Jews of coming judgment.

    iii) Isaiah 28:11,12 “With another tongue will he speak to this people.” (712 BC). Here, Assyrian tongues warned the Jews of coming judgment.
    iv) Isaiah 33:19 “Thou shall not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than

    thou canst perceive: of a stammering tongue that thou canst not understand.” Here the absence of foreign tongues will be a sign that Israel is under God’s blessing.
    Paul applies the Jewish unbelief of Isaiah 28:11,12 from 712 BC to the first century Jewish unbelief. “This people”, “they”, and “them that believe not” all refers to Jews. There were many Jews at Corinth who did not believe (Acts 18). Hence, tongues were a sign of future judgment to the Jews.

    2. There are 3 major outbreaks of miracles in Scripture:

    i) Moses and Joshua (1441-1370 BC) of about 71 years duration.
    ii) Elijah and Elisha (870-785 BC) of about 85 years duration.
    iii) Christ and the Apostles (28-70 AD) of about 42 years duration.
    Continuous miracles in the Bible are the exception, and do not occur always, but in three periods. The miraculous gift of tongues occured from 30 to 70 AD.

    3. Tongues belonged to the infant days of the church.

    “But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I Corinthians 13:11.
    Tongues (along with prophecy and knowledge) would cease when the church became mature. The childhood days of the church ended, when Israel as a nation was judged. Then there was no longer any need for a sign to authenticate the apostles’ message (Mark 16:17-20) which started the church. Nor was there need for a sign against the extinct Jewish nation.
    The gifts of tongues, miracles, healing, etc had stopped by 70 AD, but of course God still performs miracles and heals as He chooses today in answer to prayer. Since some foundational gifts were temporary. Tongues, a lesser miraculous gift, was temporary also.

    4. Tongues authenticated the apostles’ message as from God.

    “And they (apostles) went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs (tongues, healing, exorcism etc.) following. Amen.” Mark 16:20.
    Today the need for tongues has ceased. God has authenticated the apostles and the New Testament that they penned. This proves the temporary nature of tongues.

    5. Hebrews 6:5 shows that the only other age of miracles will be the Millennium described as “the powers of the age to come.”
    Q. What are the powers?
    A. The word rendered “powers” is “dunamis” (1411) in Greek, which is the usual New Testament word for miracles. These people had tasted, experienced or witnessed the apostles’ miracles.
    Q. What is the “age to come”?
    A. A common Hebrew expression for the millennium where the Messiah will rule as King on earth.
    Q. Why therefore are miracles referred to as “powers of the age to come”?
    A. Because they would not characterise the church age (which Hebrews 6:5 was quoted in), but the millennial Kingdom age to come.

    6. Hebrews 2:3,4 shows miracles (such as tongues) to be in the past tense, and not continuously being experienced by the Hebrew Christians of 64 AD.
    “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation which:
    1) At the first began to be spoken by the Lord (in Jesus’ 3 year ministry) and
    2) was (past tense) confirmed (same as Mark 16:20) unto us (second generation Christians) by them (apostles and first generation Christians) that heard him (Jesus Christ),

    3) God also bearing them (the apostles, not us or every generation of Christians) witness, both with signs (eg: tongues, miracles, healings, etc) and wonders, and with divers miracles (miracles belonged to the apostles, not to every Christian. II Corinthians 12:12), and gifts of the Holy Ghost (eg. the temporary miraculous gifts), according to His own will.”
    a) Notice the phrase “at the first”. This gives the time element which governs all these signs, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost.
    b) All Greek verbs in Hebrews 2:3,4 are in the aorist tense indicating a past completed act which can never be repeated.
    7. This is also seen in Acts 11:15, where Peter describes tongues at Cornelius household, not as a regular occurrence weekly in every church, but only something that happened last time at Pentecost (Acts 2) “as on us at the beginning.”

    8. The Process of Elimination shows tongues to be not for believers of today. Tongues primary purpose was to warn unbelieving Jews to repent, or God would judge them. They refused to repent, so God judged them in 70 AD, thus making tongues as a warning to the Jews no longer necessary. I Corinthians 14:22 is a key verse which says:
    “Tongues are a sign, NOT to THEM that BELIEVE, but to them that BELIEVE NOT...”

    Tongues are a sign for one of three types of people. Which one?
    a) NOT FOR BELIEVERS. 14:22. This means that tongues have no purpose for believers. For Christians to speak in tongues is not valid.
    b) NOT FOR GENTILE UNBELIVERS. 14:23. Those unlearned in the Old Testament meaning of tongues, or unbelievers, “will they not say that ye are mad?” This describes unsaved Gentiles. Tongues are not for this group because the history of Assyrian and Babylonian tongues as a warning of a judgment to Israel meant nothing to them.
    c) JEWISH UNBELIEVERS. 14:21. “In the law (Isaiah 28:11; Jeremiah 5:15 and Deuteronomy 28:49) it is written, with men of other tongues (Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman) and other lips will I speak unto this people (Jews); and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.”

    9. Tongues had ceased by 70 AD because their use is only mentioned in the earlier New Testament books, such as Mark 16 (57 AD), Acts (54 AD), I Corinthians (55 AD).
    In all the latter books, tongues are never mentioned.
    Why? Because they never happened after 70 AD and were of no relevance to any churches thereafter. Tongues are never commanded in any New Testament book for believers to practice.
    I Corinthians 12,13,14 rebukes the Corinthians wrong use of tongues. It is not endorsing tongues to be practised. Charismatics think that the key to spirituality is tongues, a phenomena that is not mentioned in 24 out of 27 New Testament books.
    Why are tongues ABSENT from II Corinthians to Revelation? If tongues were so necessary, you would definitely see them in the rest of the New Testament.

    The book of Romans, which is well known as the most complete summary of Christian doctrine and practice in the Bible, does not once mention tongues. Why not? Because tongues, by the time Romans was written (60 AD) was almost finished as a gift and would be of no relevance in the Church age after 70 AD when God judged Jerusalem.
    Think about it, if tongues were important, God would have mentioned them at least once in Romans, or II Corinthians, or Galatians, or at least in one letter to a church in a positive context.

    10. The gift of tongues was never endorsed or practised by early church leaders. Clement of Rome in 95 AD wrote a letter to the Corinthian church rebuking every problem that Paul rebuked except tongues. Why did he not mention tongues or miracles?

    Justin Martyr (160 AD) visited many churches but never once mentions tongues, not even in his lists of spiritual gifts.
    Origen (250 AD) in his voluminous writings never mentions tongues, but argues against Celsus that the sign gifts of the apostles’ age were temporary and were not exercised by Christians in the 3rd Century.

    Chrysostom (347-407 AD) commented on the I Corinthians passage: “This whole place is very obscure: but the obscurity is produced by our ignorance of the facts referred to and by
    their cessation, being such as then used to occur, but now no longer take place.” [Homilies, XXIX, 1].

    Augustine (354-430 AD) said in speaking of Acts 2:4, “In the earliest times, the Holy Ghost fell upon them that believed: and they spake with tongues....these were signs adapted to the time. For there behooved to be that betokening of the Holy Spirit...that thing was done for a betokening and it passed away.”

    11. “Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three...” I Corinthians 13:13.

    Now (55AD) abides (continues) faith, hope, charity, these three” (not “these six prophecy, tongues, knowledge”). Since faith and hope finish at Christ’s return, then prophecy, tongues and knowledge had to have finished by 96 AD because they were not abiding, but declining in 55AD.

    12. Tape Recorder Test (Independent interpreters) Disproves Interpretation of Tongues.
    If no one passes the Interpretation test, then neither does anyone possess the genuine gift of tongues.
    This scientific test will disprove anyone’s claim to have the gift of “Interpretation of tongues.” Assemble one person who claims to have the gift of tongues, and another two people who claim to have the gift of interpreting tongues, keeping both groups separate.
    Let the first person speak in tongues, while you tape record him speaking. Then bring the first interpreter into the room to hear the taped tongue replayed. Tape record his interpretation of the tongue.

    Then bring the second interpreter into the room to hear the same tongue replayed.
    Tape record his interpretation of the same tongue. You will find that the second interpretation will disagree with the first person’s interpretation.
    Why is this? It is because no one today has the first century supernatural gift of interpretation of tongues, this gift having passed away by 70 AD.
    It follows therefore, that if the interpretation gift is found to be NON-GENUINE, then the tongues gift is also NON-GENUINE.

    Notice that when someone speaks gibberish, claiming that he is speaking in an unknown tongue, he is, by deception, taking advantage of the fact that his hearers do not know every language in the universe. The hearer, who is caught off guard, finds it hard to state that this gibberish is not a language.
    So let us turn the tables and ask if his two interpreter friends can interpret any tongue in agreement.
    Note: A variation on this test is to get up in a Charismatic meeting, speak something in a foreign language that you know the meaning of, and then ask for it to be correctly interpreted, e.g. quote the Lord’s prayer in Latvian. You will find that the interpretation given, will be nothing like the true meaning of what you said. You may then expose them publicly as deceivers and as being deceived.

    13. Ephesians 4,5,6 describe thoroughly the Walk and Service of a Spirit-filled believer. Nowhere in this key passage is speaking in tongues mentioned.
    Conclusion: “Walking worthy” does not include tongues.

    14. Phonetics Test. Every language must have hundreds of different syllables to express the wide range of ideas in a society. Charismatic tongues only have less than 12 syllables repeated constantly. This is typical of gibberish that comes from a mind that is not expressing thoughts, but from a tongue out of control from the mind. Note: 4 syllables are, for example, seen in “Cha/ris/ma/tic”. This shows that tongues are not real languages, but are just sounds made up on the spot at random.
    15. Majoring on tongues REVERSES the order of importance of spiritual gifts. In I Corinthians 12:28, God lists tongues as the least important of 8 gifts.
    In I Corinthians 12:31, God tells the church to seek the “best” gifts.(ie: give more emphasis to teaching)
    God gives gifts to believers “as HE will” (12:11), not as we insist. Charismatics tell people to pray long and hard for the gift of tongues.

    We are not to deliberately choose and insist on having the least gift and exalt it above the others. Why not place greater emphasis on the gifts of pastor-teacher, evangelists, helps, government, giving etc.? It is because these gifts involve hard work, but tongues (gibberish) is easy.

    16. The context of I Corinthians is rebuking 13 errors, such as tongues. It is not recommending tongues. The Corinthian church was filled with problems that Paul corrects in this book, such as:

    1. They were following their favourite human leaders causing divisions. 1:11-14.
    2. “ “ favouring human wisdom. 1:18-2:13.
    3. “ “ carnal, living for self, not being controlled by the Spirit. 2:14-3:7.
    4. “ “ forgetting the future Judgment Seat of Christ. 3:8-23.
    5. “ “ proud, thinking of themselves more highly than they ought. 4:1-21.
    6. “ “ failing to discipline, by tolerating a fornicator. 5:1-13.
    7. “ “ taking fellow believers to court. 6:1-20.
    8. “ “ confused about marriage. 7:1-40.
    9. “ “confused about liberty thinking it meant licence to do anything,even stumbling others.8,9,10
    10. “ “ confused about clothing, long hair on men and the Lord’s Supper. 11.
    11. “ “ confused about spiritual gifts, especially tongues. 12-14.
    12. “ “ confused about the resurrection. 15.
    13. “ “ confused about the collection. 16.

    As we can see the Corinthian church was deep in error and false doctrine. It was the only church that emphasized tongues as today’s Charismatics do. Charismatics therefore place themselves in very bad company. Charismatics fail to understand that Paul is not endorsing tongues, but is rebuking the wrong use of tongues and is strongly regulating tongues contrary to today’s Charismatics. The Corinthian church was the worst church for Charismatics to follow as an example.

    17. They fail the “Easy to be entreated” test.

    It is amazing how tongues speakers often become very angry, intolerant, irritable, impatient, nervous, very dogmatic, and extremely touchy when anything is said which disapproves of or corrects their idea of speaking in tongues.

    “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, easy to be entreated...” James 3:17.
    “The works of the flesh...are wrath, strife...” Galatians 5:19,20.

    “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.” Hebrews 12:15.

    18. The First Mention Principle of Tongues is in the Context of Judgment.

    This is a well-established principle for correctly interpreting Scripture. It states that:

    When any subject, word, expression or idea is first mentioned in the Bible, this shows God thinking on that subject, and is a guide to how we should understand this subject in the rest of the Bible. Example:
    The first mention of Babylon, Babel, and languages is in Genesis 11:1-9 where God confused man’s languages so that they did not understand one another’s speech. “The Lord scattered mankind abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Man has remained divided by different languages ever since. Hence tongues are associated with division and confusion (the meaning of Babel), ever since the Tower of Babel; not with the blessing of God, but with the judgment of God.

    “Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” Psalm 31:20.

    19. PRAYING IN TONGUES is WRONG because UNDERSTANDING is ABSENT.

    “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the UNDERSTANDING also.” I Cor. 14:14,15.

    Paul is saying here that if you pray in tongues, your spirit might be trying to express something, but your MIND (or understanding) has no idea what is being said. This is wrong behaviour, Paul says. For prayer to be genuine, we must pray with our spirit and with our understanding.

    Praying in tongues fails the test of understanding. The mind and voice are disconnected. Many Charismatics will try to justify praying in tongues by quoting Romans 8:26.

    “...the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which CANNOT BE
    UTTERED”.
    This verse is not talking about praying in tongues because tongues are uttered vocal sounds.
    The Holy Spirit speaks our thoughts to the Father with groanings which cannot be uttered by us, yet prayer tongues are uttered by people.

    20. Mark 16:11-20 (especially v.17) shows that the signs that were to follow them that believe related to a brief period, not longer than that covered by the book of Acts,and described in v.19,20

    “And these signs shall follow (3877) them (apostles because the context of v.11-14 shows unbelieving apostles four times) that believe; ......they shall speak with new tongues.” v.17.

    This refutes the Charismatic idea that everybody who believes all through the Church age should speak in tongues, lay hands on the sick and they shall recover, etc., because this belief only refers to the unbelieving apostles in v.11-14 who refused to believe in Christ’s resurrection (v.11,12,14).
    This continues as part of Christ’s rebuke to the apostles for “their unbelief and hardness of heart.” v.14.

    IV. 7 REASONS WHY “THEM THAT BELIEVE” REFERS ONLY TO THE APOSTLES.
    If we fail to read the entire context of Mark 16:9-20 we may get the impression that the v.17,18 sign gifts apply to all believers during all the church age.

    There is good evidence that “them that believe” refers to only the apostles. Why?

    Reason 1: Context is the Apostles’ Unbelief in Christ’s Resurrection.

    In Mark 16:14, Jesus rebukes the apostles for their unbelief in His resurrection.

    In v.11-14, four times the apostles’ unbelief is mentioned as Jesus addressed the apostles: v.11 “They (apostles), when they had heard that he was alive .......believed not.”

    v.13 “......neither believed they them.”
    v.14 “He.....upbraided them (apostles) with their unbelief and hardness of heart.”

    v.14 “because they (apostles) believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.”

    After this rebuke Jesus gives the apostles the Great Commission in v.15,16. Once the commission is given, Jesus returns to his immediate audience of the eleven apostles when He says in v.17,18 “These signs shall follow them that believe” (ie. those of you eleven apostles who believe in my resurrection).

    In my name : 1. they shall they cast out devils.
    2. they shall speak with new tongues.
    3. they shall take up serpents.
    4. if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.
    5. they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.

    Reason 2: Practical experience shows that promises 3,4,5 are not true for every believer today. In spite of continued failures to heal, Charismatics still think that these 5 promises are for all believers today. The obvious problem with this interpretation is that it does not deal with everything mentioned in the text.

    a) No Charismatic can always fulfil the 5th promise. It says that they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. This means 100% recovery all the time. No one can heal every sick person today, as the apostles could in Acts 5:12-16.

    “By the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people.....they (believers) brought forth the sick into the streets.....and they were healed every one.” v.16.

    John Wimber, a famous Charismatic laid hands on 250 Down’s Syndrome children with no cures.
    Reinhard Boncke tried to heal over 200 Kenyans at Kisumu in Kenya without any success.
    b) “If they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.”
    “If” means accidentally. The problem here is that many good Christians have become sick or died by poisoning. Have you as a believer ever vomited?
    c) “They shall take up serpents.”

    We ask a Charismatic to take up a deadly snake. He replies by saying: “No, that would be tempting God.” Yet in the first century this was a sign that the apostles did (shall do) to prove the Word of God and their authority. Some believers today have died in trying this. This shows that this is not for today.

    Reason 3: AORIST tense of “believe” in Mark 16:17 refers to those who did believe in the past, not who will believe in the future.

    “These signs shall follow them that believe.” The Greek word for believe here is “pisteusasin” which is an aorist participle referring to those who did believe in the past.” [S. Zodhiates, “Complete New Testament Word Study Dictionary,” p.1107],

    “not those who would believe in the future.”
    [S. Zodhiates, “Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible,” p.1223].
    The aorist tense refers to a past action at a point in time, not an event that recurs again into the future, as it would be if it was true of all believers.

    Reason 4: Belief (Gk: pisteusasin in Mark 16:17) does not refer to saving belief. In John 3:16 and 5:24 saving belief is “pisteuwn”, a different word ending. Hence, “belief” in Mark 16:17 refers not to all future believers, but to the apostles believing in Christ’s resurrection at a point in time, once for all time.

    Reason 5: “Do All speak With tongues?” 1 Corinthians 12:30 requires the answer “No, not all believers have the gift of speaking with tongues.”
    Reason 6: The Purpose of these signs was to confirm the Word of God spoken and written by the apostles, as Mark 16:20 says.

    “And they (apostles) went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them (apostles), and confirming the Word with signs (eg. tongues) following.”

    Once the Word of God (the New Testment) had been confirmed by the apostle’s signs, then further signs were not needed. The signs had done their job of proving the New Testament as being from God. When the Word of God was completed, then miraculous apostolic confirmatory signs were no longer needed.

    Reason 7: Mark 16:20 continues the context to mean apostles.

    This tells what happened to the apostles after they changed from unbelief in Christ’s resurrection, to believing it and preaching it everywhere with signs following.
    Hence, in v.20, the context is still only the apostles doing signs, not every believer doing signs.

    Conclusion: Either all five signs are valid for today or none are valid today. They only refer to first century apostles.
     
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    It has been my experience that Jesus still heals, and reveals things prophetically. Often when I am witnessing Jesus reveals things to me about the person I am speaking to. Often things like what they do, or what religion they are a part of. As an example as I was out preaching, a man approached me, the lord told me he was a Muslim and a Sunni. As the man passed I said are you a Muslim? He said yes I am. I said are you a Sunni. To which he replied yes. I was able to start a conversation with him about Jesus, and let him know that God had revealed to me the info on him. I went on to share the gospel with him. God has not ceased any of the gifts. I have also seen people healed of physical ailments. In Jesus name.
     
  3. Kiwi Christian

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    Absolutely. God can heal WHO He wants, WHEN He wants and IF He wants.

    For us to DEMAND God that He MUST do this or He must do that makes us HIS God.
     
  4. FutureAndAHope

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    The bible says "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". I feel that your doctrine is diminishing the power of God's word. To me God's word speaks volumes that the church is called to share in God's works, this includes works of power and knowledge. Works of power and knowledge bring glory to Jesus, and build faith in people. They show the reality of God. Anyone can be kind, and show charity, but not anyone can perform acts of power, only those who represent God. Yes God must allow it, we don't control God, that is a biblical concept, for the bible says "God has put with in the church..those who...perform wonders.. heal ... etc", we don't set our selves in those positions by our will, nor will power. But God still wants those gifts active.
     
  5. Kiwi Christian

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    No, God doesnt want these gifts today. The gifts fulfilled their purpose when they were given tonthe apostles. GIVEN. Not asked for or demanded from.
     
  6. pescador

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    The next time I'm praying in tongues I'll ask God why some people think that His gifts were taken away. ^_^
     
  7. pescador

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    So what in your opinion does God want today? A bunch of zombies sitting mutely on benches one day per week with no gifts from the Lord?
     
  8. Oscarr

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    There is no evidence that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit were designed to cease at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. If that was the case, then the book of Revelation could not be valid because it was compiled as the result of a supernatural vision given to John well after that period. The fact that John received a supernatural vision on the Island of Patmos contradicts the cessation theory right at the outset. John was one of the Apostles who guided the Christians out of Jerusalem to safety when the armies of Titus were approaching Jerusalem. Also, it was after that period when John cast the demons out of the temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the altar split into a number of pieces and half the temple fell down.

    It has been proved by the most reliable eminent Bible scholars that the time when these things will cease will be at the second coming of Christ. The basic law of Hermeneutics is that establishing a doctrine on half a verse is unreliable. Cessationism is based on the phrase "when that which is perfect is come." and the "perfect" is not defined. To say that the perfect is the establishment of the canon of the New Testament is pure guesswork, unfounded in the rest of the New Testament and in Christian history.

    There is not shred of evidence that prophecy, tongues and knowledge will not continue to the end of the church age when Jesus comes again.

    While faith hope and love will continue until Christ comes again, to say that prophecy tongues and knowledge must cease is pure conjecture without any scriptural or historical foundation.

    Although it is true that these gifts will pass away, there is no actual time frame stated, so to put a time frame on it is the same as some end time theorists putting a definite date when Jesus comes again.

    Guesswork. Paul does not define prophecy in this way.
    This is also guesswork because because Paul does not define "knowledge" as the gift of the word of knowledge. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that it was general knowledge, not revelation knowledge.

    These examples are irrelevant. They show revelation knowledge, and there is no proof that these are the knowledge that Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.

    This also guesswork unsubstantiated by anything in 1 Corinthians 14. This is an example of reading into the chapter what is not there.

    This is true, and will happen when Jesus comes again. The principal Bible authorities agree.

    This is also conjecture based on one word in the passage. Unconvincing to any serious student of theology and hermaneutics.

    Unconvincing. Putting words into Paul's mouth that weren't there. Paul never said that his letters were Scripture. Any reference to Scripture in Acts is to the Old Testament. Jesus went to the trouble of explaining all the areas of the Old Testament that referred to Him. It was that which formed the Scriptural basis of what Paul and the other Apostles taught. It was the Church at the end of the Apostolic age that decided that the gospels and letters were to be holy Scripture.

    Even in AD96 there was disagreement in the Church about some books that should be added to the Canon. The final list was not actually completed until well into the Second Century.

    Unsubstantiated.

    Pure guesswork. Shows incompetent scholarship and a lack of balanced research.

    Not supported by any clear indication in the New Testament, nor in many accounts in Church history that shows that tongues continued in the Church well into the Fourth Century, and continued in the Greek Orthodox Church into the 12th Century. This is clearly stated in historical accounts. Obviously these are being ignored.

    I would say that the rejection of the New Testament as being the perfect is gained from an unbiased study of the New Testament and the application of simple hermaneutics.

    Also, repeating the same things over and over again is a good sign that the argument is weak and unsupported, so the only way to try and be convincing is to keep repeating it.

    Not proven. Faulty thinking.

    Guidance through the voice of God to a person's heart is a personal thing and no outside person can reliably say whether the person is right or wrong. Personal guidance is subjective to the person receiving it. It is impossible to give an objective opinion concerning personal guidance.

    Paul is not referring to the gifts as being childish in themselves. He is comparing what we have in this life to what is to come in eternity. It is true that we will not need the gifts when we are fellowship with Christ face to face. Referring to church manhood, we know that the Church is a divided and imperfect mess and large areas are failing to accurately represent Christ. In actual fact, with all the different translations of Scripture and the imperfect nature of the Church, we are far from any level of perfection.

    Paul is not saying that at all! This is a blatant twisting of the text in order to prove an unreliable point.
    Not the Gentile Christians. Paul called the Jews "mutilators" because they practiced circumcision. He called Jewish believers who came teaching the Gentile churches that they had to be circumcised and follow the Mosaic Law "false apostles". That shoots that point down in flames.

    Doesn't prove anything.

    Did not apply to the Gentile churches.

    John was referring to the revelation he received, not the New Testament. There is no evidence at all that he was aware of a New Testament canon.

    Not supported by numerous Church historical accounts well into the Fourth Century.

    Church history doesn't agree with it at all.

    This is the unproven theory of one man. Augustine doesn't say that, neither does Calvin in his commentaries.

    Paul never taught that in 1 Corinthians 14. This is pure speculation and does not stand up to good scholarship.

    Unreliable assumption and twisted application of scripture.


    Incorrect assumption. Even though we have the New Testament it is obvious that we still don't know as we are known. That is still for the future.

    All this is repetition bordering on tautology.

    Just cobbling a few unrelated references doesn't prove any point and so it is fairly well unconvincing.

    Not supported by scripture.

    This comes from a person who has very limited experience of Charismatic churches.

    This comes from a defective knowledge and understanding of the difference between Old Testament prophecy and New Testament prophecy. There is a major difference and anyone who understands that difference would not make statements like this.
    Here we go again. Accusing Charismatics of being deceived by Satan.

    I couldn't be bothered carrying on with my analysis of this very long repetitive article. He has made no new points that generations of cessationists have not made before. This is old news - the old worn out chestnuts that have been offered by cessationists to try and prove that modern Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements are false and motivated by the devil. It is obvious to me that the author does not love Pentecostals and Charismatics. And the central principle of the Law is that we should love God with all our hearts and love our neighbour as ourselves. It seems that the author is not fulfilling that law in accusing a whole section of the Church as being deceived of the devil.

    In actual fact, most Charismatics encountering this article wouldn't bother to read it through because it is too long and contains all the worn out boring stuff that has been dribbled out by so many before. I think that his article could have been a quarter of the size if he had not continually repeated the same points over and over again.

    Also, I have doubts whether he is a Bible scholar, because his research is just about non existent and what material he does use is misapplied in trying to prove his points. There is a wealth of history and research that supports the continuance of the spiritual gifts, but he has chosen to ignore all this because it does not fit into his thesis.

    As an academic with an M.A. and a M.Div, I would give his essay a D- because it falls short of the scholarship required to present an unbiased and factual account and a fair analysis of the strong and weak points of the Charismatic movement.

    Also, I think that to accuse a church group of being of the devil, or being deceived by the devil could be a violation of the forum rules. However, his essay deserves this rebuttal and it may motivate the author to do some deeper research into the strengths and weaknesses of the Charismatic movement so that a further essay may earn him much more respect.[/quote]
     
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  9. pescador

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    If the gifts of prophecy, tongues, and knowledge ceased on the first century, then how do people exercise these gifts today?

    God distributes his gifts to whomever he wants. There is no time limit on God's interaction with people.
     
  10. Peter J Barban

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    I've received prophetic revelation from God before, so my testimony stands against the theology of the OP.

    Here is a survey of such gifts in the early church by Sam Storms. I can verify the information concerning Justin Martyr. He claimed prophecy was active in his day.
     
  11. Ron Gurley

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    “And how is it that we each hear them in our own "language" to which we were born?
    “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
    Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene,
    and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

    2:11 (NASB)...Pentecost: The birthday of the "CHURCH" and the PERMANENT coming of God the Holy Spirit

    Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own "tongues" speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”


    tongues...Greek 1100...glossa...II.a tongue
    A.the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations

    Apostolic "Healing": dependent solely on the will of the healer.

    NOW: See James 5

    Apostolic "Prophecy": 100% accurate spiritual fore-knowledge of events..."Thus says the LORD:"

    The SIGN GIFTS were given to ONLY to authenticate the apostles/early disciples as "men of God"...NOT TO build up the Body of Christ...the "CHURCH".

    1 Cor. 12:10...all at the will of the receiver of the gift
    and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

    1 Cor. 13:8
    ....but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is (fore-?) knowledge, it will be done away.


    1 Corinthians 14:22 (NASB)
    So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.
    Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues, and ungifted men or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are mad?

    but prophecy...Greek 4394...propheteia...
    1.prophecy
    1.a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God,
    whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden;
    esp. by foretelling future events
    2.Used in the NT of the utterance of OT prophets
    1.of the prediction of events relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph,
    together with the consolations and admonitions pertaining to it,
    the spirit of prophecy, the divine mind, to which the prophetic faculty is due
    2.of the endowment and speech of the Christian teachers called prophets
    3.the gifts and utterances of these prophets,
    esp. of the predictions of the works of which, set apart to teach the gospel, will accomplish for the kingdom of Christ

    The miraculous "sign" gifts used by God to authenticate men as spirit-led MESSENGERS of the Gospel and TRUTH
    (aka apostles/disciples) CEASED when the last of the original MSS of the Bible were "produced"...~95-100 AD.


    Have the charismatic gifts ceased? | carm

    When Did the Gift of Tongues Cease?
     
  12. Oscarr

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    If your case was bought to a court of law to decide whether the supernatural gifts of the Spirit are for today or not, in the face of thousands of eye witnesses to the accurate prophecies, words of knowledge, healings, understandable languages spoken by those who had never learned them and deliverances from demons, your case would be laughed out of court. The case would be thrown out through lack of evidence from your side of the proceedings.

    To maintain your position, you would have to say that every person who received an accurate prophecy, spoke in tongues which was understood by someone in their own obscure dialect, or who were instantly healed of cancer or arthritis, is a blatant liar. You would then be accusing thousands of godly and good people of being dishonest.

    You would also have to say that the thousands upon thousands of souls who accepted Christ because of accurate prophecies and instant healings both experienced and observed, were converted because of lies.

    You would also have to say that Martin Luther who had prophecies and healings take place during his ministry; John Wesley, who had 250 documented healings happen during his ministry, including his horse which was instantly healed of lameness; St Bernard who prayed and saw a worker crushed and killed by falling masonary, instantly healed as the result of prayer; Guy Bevington, the Methodist Holiness evangelist who testified to hundreds of divine healing during his ministry in the late 19th Century; the Scottish Covenanters, John Knox and John Welsh who, in the 17th Century, gave accurate prophecies and saw them fulfilled, one famous one was that a prophecy was given during the time of the great plague, that if a town repented and got right with God, the plague would not enter it. The town repented, and although the plague was rife in the districts all around it, it did not enter that town. Gregory the Wonderworker, after the canon of the New Testament was accepted, spent the night in a pagan temple and cast the demon out of the statue. The high priest could not do his ministry as a result so he pleaded with St Gregory to allow the demon back into the statue, so Gregory have his permission so the high priest could continue. But it was too late. All the pagans saw that Christ was more powerful than the pagan god demon so they all accepted Christ. Even the high priest came to Christ and replaced St Gregory as the bishop when Gregory finished his ministry there. Smith Wigglesworth had a world-wide ministry during the 1920s-1940s. Healings that happened in his meetings were documented in newspapers in the UK, USA, Australia, Sweden, and New Zealand. These healings were confirmed by medical experts. The ministry of Kathryn Khulman was famous in the USA during the 1950-1960s and many of the healings that happened are fully documented by medical experts as happened to those who were incurable and given up by doctors. Are you saying that all these were false or mistaken? Because if you maintain your position, then that is what you are saying.

    This is why I maintain that if all these people came as witnesses in court to support a law suit against you for millions of dollars because you are accusing them of lying, their evidence would win their case and you would be totally discredited and bankrupted; and that would happen in a secular court according to the laws of your own country!!
     
  13. mark kennedy

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    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. (1 Cor. 13:8-10)
    The Apostle Paul tells us, love never fails, it's not like a flower that withers and falls to the ground:

    (Fall, Fallen, Falling, Fell G1601 - ekpiptō ἐκπίπτω) "to fall out of" (ek, "out," and No. 1), "is used in the NT, literally, of flowers that wither in the course of nature, Jam 1:11; 1Pe 1:24; (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)​

    Prophecy would cease, as would knowledge they would essentially fade away. Tongues would be stopped:
    • whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; (G2673 ‘abolish’ lit., "to reduce to inactivity" kata, "down," argos, "inactive”. Vine’s)
    • whether there be tongues, they shall cease; (G3973 "to stop, to make an end," is used chiefly in the Middle Voice in the NT, signifying "to come to an end, to take one's rest, a willing cessation" (in contrast to the Passive Voice which denotes a forced cessation. Vine’s)
    • whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (G2673 same as prophecy)
    Prophecy and knowledge are special revelation, a direct communication of God to a prophet or teacher. Tongues were a sign to unbelieving Israel, a miraculous ability to speak in a previously unlearned language. Of the 13 places mentioned in Acts 2, 11 languages were spoken. What some scholars conclude is that each of the eleven Apostles came out of the Upper Room each speaking the native tongue (language) of the Jews they were proclaiming the wonderful works of God to. Pentecost was the last of the fall feasts, all of Israel was required to be there for the fall feasts according the the Mosaic Law. These were the Jews of the Dispersion and would have spent most of the year in other countries. They were shown a sign that the word going forth was from God.

    I've studied this a lot, early on I became acquainted with Pentecostals. I decided that what they do isn't New Testament tongues even though I'm convinced they are New Testament Christians. Paul goes to great lengths to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit and lists tongues, prophecy and word of knowledge as part of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Tongues are a unique manifestation, not seen much since the first century. When Peter preached to the Gentiles and spoke in tongues Peter tells the Jews, the Holy Spirit has come upon them even as the Holy Spirit came upon us at the beginning.

    Ultimately it was a sign to unbelieving Israel that the promise of the gospel was going to the Gentiles.

    Grace and peace,
    Mark
     
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    If that is so, how do you explain the experience of a group of my friends in a prayer meeting and a visiting brother from Ghana heard one of the others speaking in his village dialect, a language completely unknown to anyone else in that prayer meeting except the brother who came from that village in Ghana? Also, how would you explain when I was praying in tongues during an altar call at my church and a sister was sitting beside me who was bilingual in English and the New Zealand Maori language heard me speaking in fluent Maori, which she understood as words of encouragement to her from the Lord, a language I had never learned at that time. How would you explain the many testimonies of the same things happening right around the world? Another friend who grew up in Kenya in the early 1960s, witnessed men coming in from the remote bush having no previous contact with white Europeans nor any language except their own village dialects, getting baptised in the Spirit and speaking in tongues - clear Oxford English without any trace of an African accent? And the words were of praise and worship to God.

    To say that tongues is not for today is calling these people, who are my personal friends, and me along with them, blatant liars. Or could it be possible that your view is a mistaken one when examined against the many eye witness accounts of modern day tongues occuring in Pentecostal churches that have been proved as being absolutely authentic?
     
  15. mark kennedy

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    Of course I've heard these stories before and I never said this manifestation can't happen today. What I've experienced hasn't been human language but what I heard was this monosyllabic utterance, and a very general interpretation. In my opinion this isn't New Testament tongues, however if this manifestation like your describe actually happened, that would be New Testament tongues.
     
  16. Oscarr

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    Have you ever sat on a bus or train among Indian or Chinese nationals? Their language sounds like gibberish to me, and yet the language is understandable. I have heard an Indian man speaking in what I was hearing as repetitive sounds and yet it was the Hindi language. I worked with Chinese, Cambodian and Samoan people through an interpreter while I worked as a victim advisor in my local district court, and I have heard tongues quite similar to those languages. I live in New Zealand where Maori language is the second official language, and it sounds like gibberish when it is spoken rapidly.

    My friend who spoke in a Ghanaian village dialect spoke in tongues with very simple repetitive sounds and it would have been hard to believe that it was a real language at all. But in that prayer meeting he spoke clearly in a Ghanaian village dialect.

    However, when a person is praying to God in private using tongues, who has the right to judge? God is the only one listening to it and so praying in tongues in that environment is way out of the range of any person who says that modern tongues is not real.

    Of course, there is a lot of incompetent teaching about tongues and there are those who think "babababa" or something similar is actual tongues. This because people are not encouraged to take the steps of faith in order to prepare them to receive the genuine gift. Also, they try to speak from their mouths and not from their hearts. I made the mistake of encourage a person to speak from deep inside of themselves instead of just from their mouths, to give greater expression to it. He then started speaking like a Japanese sumo wrestler with constipation! I had to laugh and correct him, and then he relaxed and spoke an expressive and fluent language.
     
  17. klutedavid

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    Hello Kiwi Christian.

    I find your claims baffling and bizarre to say the least.

    Here for example is what you wrote.
    You have three of the gifts mentioned, prophecy, tongues and knowledge. What about the other gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are the other gifts still functioning?

    Of course you realize that faith itself is a gift of the Holy Spirit?

    I find no trace of the ministries of the Holy Spirit mentioned in your post?

    Are the following gifts also obsolete?

    1 Corinthians 12:28
    He also has given the gift of helping others and the gift of guiding the church.
     
  18. Ron Gurley

    Ron Gurley What U See is What U Get!

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    RESPONSE to post #12..."If your case was bought to a court of law..."

    God is the Only JUDGE. He sees in the hearts/souls/spirits of all Men for all time. This thread is about the miraculous SIGN GIFTS manifested in the early "church". He alone knows whether the manifestations of the SIGN GIFTS come from:
    1. God the Holy Spirit
    2. Man
    3. satan / followers.

    The BEST EVIDENCE: The absolute spiritual truths in the "word of God"...The miraculous Bible. And Paul is the ONLY spirit-led commentator!

    The WORST EVIDENCE: false doctrines of the modern Charismatic Movement.

    INADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE: the unprovable emotion laden conflicting testimonies of human beans.
     
  19. Ron Gurley

    Ron Gurley What U See is What U Get!

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  20. Oscarr

    Oscarr Senior Veteran Supporter

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    So when it was reported that there were 250 documented miraculous healings in the ministry of John Wesley, are you then saying that he was either motivated by man or the devil? If not, you would have to acknowledge that they were of God. If of God, then your Cessationist theory is blown, and any comments you make about any movement that promotes the miraculous sign gifts has to be very unreliable.
     
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