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 Will it be Jesus or Drugs?
 

This story could be yours. Sharon came to a life-defining crossroad in her life. Jesus is beckoning her to choose between Him or drugs. She had been using drugs heavily and it now came to the point where her drug habit could end her life. Jesus reached out to her in His loving grace. He promised if she will turn to Him He will restore her life and her dreams. He will make her whole again. She reached the point where only Jesus could help her out of her deadly drug habit.

Sharon is haunted by the memories of what her life could have been. She was a promising movie actress who had loads of natural talent on the screen and the stage. Her dreams lie in pieces at her feet shattered by her drug habit that has consumed her life. She lives for the next drug high 24 hours a day. She breathes, thinks, and talks drugs all her waking hours. What happened? Where did she take the wrong turn? How many times has she asked herself these questions?

Sharon came from a strong religious background. Her father and mother and two brothers were devout church goers. Sharon and her family said all the right religious terms, prayed the right religious prayers and attended church faithfully. Sharon has always felt an empty void in her life that her church activities could not fill. The emptiness in her heart became so unbearable she had to fill it with something. Unfortunately, she turned to drugs to do the job. Oh it was great at first Sharon thought but after a year or two of the marijuana use it no longer filled that familiar pang of emptiness.

She risked taking her drug habit to the next level-cocaine. The cocaine thrill came at a high price; her habit accelerating to thousands of dollars every month. Sharon could not make enough money to keep her cocaine beast under control. She decided to do the one thing she swore she would never stoop to; she became a prostitute selling her body to the highest bidder.

She switched to a deadly heroin addiction (thinking it would be cheaper) that spiraled out of control, quicker than the cocaine, taking its toll on her pocketbook, health and relationships faster than the sun rose the next day. Her daytime and nighttime jobs could no longer keep up with the expensive new habit. Sharon fell into a deeper black hole turning  to drug dealing. She dealt exclusively in heroin and nothing but the highest grade. She quickly used all her drug supplies. Sharon sunk one level lower as she now turned to stealing just to maintain her daily heroin addiction.

She began stealing from her high profile clients she had made from her call girl business. She brazenly broke into their mansions in broad daylight. Finally, her life of crime caught up to her in a big way. She sold one of her stolen acquisitions to an undercover policeman who had been tracking her movements for a while. He slapped her in jail to wait for her eventual trial and sentencing. She faced a very long jail term for all of her illegal activities from drug dealing to stealing. She went a couple of days without her daily ingestion of heroin. Her body had become so dependent on the heroin that she fell violently ill. The next morning the guard found her lying on the floor, of her cell, in a coma. They rushed her to the hospital and the doctors worked feverishly to save her life. That night as she laid in her hospital bed a sweet whisper spoke to her heart. Sharon are you ready for Me to help with your problems? She wondered who in the world

I Am Jesus and I am your only hope to free you from your drug addiction and give you your life back. Here was her  life-defining event! Will you accept my grace? Yes, oh yes Jesus! she cried out.

You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. You do not own yourselves.

                                                                                      I Corinthians 6:19

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 08 - Principle 4 God Directed Churches Needed
 
We can take heed to the admonition given by the Psalmist: Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.85 If we attempt to start a Church gathering without the calling of the Lord, the entire endeavor can be in vain. If the Church model is not built solely upon the Word of God then we can end up building our own church86 and not the Lords. To have a desire to escape a religious atmosphere in order to have a less formal meeting where people are free to just be themselveswithout reverence for God or submission to authorityis not the Church. We are deceived if we think we can redefine the body of Christ to be a place where there is no leadership, no holy presence of God, no conviction of the Spirit, no crying out to God in prayer. We live in a world where comfort, happiness and financial prosperity are the goals, but we know that, friendship with the world is hatred towards God.87 We must look not to the culture around us for our example, but to our Lord and to the example of the early followers of Christ.
Another helpful thing for us to do, is to look outside ourselves to countries where there are true organic models of New Testament Christianity being formed by the Holy Spirit. We think of the house Church movement in China, the underground Church in North Korea, and many others who are forced to rely solely on the Holy Spirit to guide their meetings. Such believers are not looking to find a model of Church that fits them or feels right for them, rather God is leading them to be His Church. Many of us reading this volume live in Western countries where not only the secular culture, but the church itself, has become saturated with a busy worldly mentality. The work of the Church cannot be done with the worlds ways or methods. There must be a divorcing of this system of men when we are seeking to be involved with the Lord in the building of His Church on this earth. Clever ideas never build the heavenly Jerusalem but just build Babylon on the earth. We are to be led by the Spirit of God submitting to what the Lord wants according to His Word. If our heart cry is, Not my will, but Yours be done,88 when looking to establish a more Biblical meeting of the Church, we should come to the Scriptures and ask, God, what does Your Church look like? He is faithful to show and guide.
We should nurture the type of mindset the Apostle Paul had when he declared to the Church in Corinth that we are only servants doing Gods will. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?89
A servant has one purpose only and that is to please his Master and receive directions from Him.90 Thus we must hear the Holy Spirit of God directing us when setting out to start a fellowship gathering and we must remember the Spirit of God will never lead contrary to the revealed Word of God.91 So we should be careful not to follow any method of man92 but rather endeavor to be led of Gods Spirit back to the Word of God.
As God directs in the formation of the body of Christ, and as we follow the whole counsel of the Word of God, sharing our faith freely, the Lord will add to the Church daily.93 We simply need to follow His directions by the Holy Spirit of God. The New Testament writings with divine direction from the Holy Spirit will guide you. Holy reliance on His Word and obedience to the direction of God will build your gathering into the Church God desires.


85 Psalm 127:1-2
86 3 John 9, Philippians 2:21
87 James 4:4
88 Luke 22:42
89 1 Corinthians 3:5
90 Colossians 3:22
91 John 16:13
92 Galatians 1:1
93 Acts 2:47

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 Free Will
 

Free Will
"You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
(Gen. 2:17)

Man has always had the free will to choose right from wrong. When God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), Adam had the freedom to choose whether or not to obey and we know the result. Some say that free will ended when Adam sinned but the Bible tells us otherwise.

In Gen. 4:6-7, the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it". So, just like Adam, Cain had the free will to choose what is right and  please God.

Then, in Josh. 24:15, Joshua told the Israelites that they had a choice to make. He said, "… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". So we can see that in the Old Testament man had the free will to choose whether or not to be obedient.

The New Testament also makes it clear that we have free will and, added to that, we have the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us to choose what is right. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is outlined in 2 Pet. 1:3-4 which say, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness [so that]… you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires". These verses tell us that the Spirit empowers us to say no to sin and live a Godly life.

This work of the Spirit is further explained in Php. 2:12-13 where it says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose". Here we are told that the Holy Spirit is working within us, convicting our conscience (John 16:8) and willing our hard hearts to do what God desires of us (Ezek. 36:25-27). He softens our heart of stone and strengthens us to choose to do what is right rather than hard heartedly continue in sin. Notice that we are told to "continue" to work out our salvation. The onus is on us, in a lifelong process, to submit to the Spirit’s leading and choose what is right. We are not at the pointy end of a Holy Spirit remote control. It’s entirely our responsibility to choose obedience and the failure to do so will result in damnation.

The Bible gives Christians many serious warnings about the need to persevere in holiness in order to be saved eternally (Heb. 12:14). It’s a common belief that all who receive the Holy Spirit will persevere because the Spirit will see to it that we do. But if that was true then we would not have to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" as Php. 2:12-13 tell us. If we have no free will, but are kept in check by the Spirit, then God’s many warnings are simply a waste of words and He is a Toothless Tiger. But the truth is, we have free will and God is not a Toothless Tiger. He is a Consuming Fire and will consume His enemies just as Heb. 10:26-27 make so clear:


"If we [Christians] deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and
of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God".

Finally, God has given man the free will to accept or reject His call to salvation through obedience (Rom.1:5). All who accept this call receive the Holy Spirit who empowers believers to live obediently. If anyone later chooses to return to a life of unrepentant, wilful sin then he will be consumed by God’s wrath. The choice lies with each of us so let’s be like Joshua and say, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord".


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 The Holy Trinity and God the Father
 

The Holy Trinity and God the Father:         

There are numerous volumes of writings about the Holy Trinity and they contain many confusing words.  In reference to an explanation of the Holy Trinity, those books will not compare with the simplicity of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, 2 Timothy 3:16, and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for telling us how a Christian should live.  The Holy Trinity means three Gods in one body, and that one body is God the highest.  The one body contains: God the Father God the Son and God the Spirit of God and any one of the three Gods is equally capable of being God the Highest, and each of the three Gods is distinct from one another.       Some Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity teach that Jesus Christ, with the Spirit of God, is God the Highest.  Their teaching not only turns the Trinity of God Into a two-some, but also belittles God the Father.  Numerous verses in the Holy bible disagree with their teaching

 

Some Holy Bible verses about the existence of the Holy Trinity are:    Ephesians 4:4-6.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope for your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  2 Corinthians 13:14 .  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit of God is with all of you.   Matthew 28:19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit of God.   1 John 5:7,  NRSVACE  Footnote:  A few other authorities read (with variations)  7 There are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, the Spirit of God, and these three are one.   

Jesus said, “ I and the Father are one.” John 10:30  

John 12:49-50,   49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”  John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 20:17   Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’  Romans 15:6   that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 John 1:3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.    Ephesians 5:20 give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      John 17:21-23     21 that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be one, and in unity that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given Me I have given them that they may be one, as We are one, 23  I in them and you in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.   1 Peter 2:5 as Spiritual living stones, let yourselves be built into a Spiritual House, to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

When God the Father subjected everything to Jesus, His Son, the Father did not subject Himself or depart from the Holy Trinity.   1 Corinthians 15:27-28.    27 For God (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (The Son’s) feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one (The Father) who put all things in subjection under him (The Son.)  28 When all things are subjected to Him (The Son), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one (The Father,) who put all things in subjection under Him (The Son,) so that God may be all in all (Three in One).   Psalm 110:1  1 The Lord (the Father) says to My lord (the Son,) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Ephesians 6:12   Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places Hebrews 10:12-13.  12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “He sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until His enemies would be made a footstool for His feet.” 

  

The Revelation 11:15 then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord (the Father), also of his Christ, and He (the Father and the Son and the Spirit) will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 12:10   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, have come.    Revelation 5:14   the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.  Revelation 7:10   All cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”      1Corinthians 15:55-57   55 “Where, O death, is your victory?      Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:3-4   3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (the Spirit of God.)

Revelation 20:6.  Blessed, and holy, are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him a thousand years.   Revelation 22:1   1 and through the middle of the street of the city the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God (the Father) and  of the Lamb.   Revelation 21:23   the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The Holy Trinity continues onward from the new heaven and new earth.   Nothing is said about God, the Spirit of God, but He, a God, remains a member of the trinity and He has distinguishable forms:   God the Spirit of God appeared in forms other than a puff of wind or a sound wave.    Mark 1:10 and just as He (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, we saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus.  Acts 2:1-4   1  On  the day of Pentecost they were all were together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, which filled the entire house. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All were filled with the Spirit of God.        2 Chronicles 18:18-22.    18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, with all the Host of Heaven standing to the right and to the left of Him. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said one thing, and another said another, 20 until the Spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ 21 He replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.’ 22 So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.”   Revelation 10:4    when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from Spirit of God in heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   John 14:26    But the Helper, the Spirit of God, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 15:26   “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify on My behalf.   2Timothy 1: 7 for God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but rather a Spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 

The Holy Trinity and creation:      

Genesis 1:2   the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.     Job 33:4   The Spirit of God has made us and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.      1Corinthians 8:6   yet for us there is one God, the Father, from Whom are all things and for Whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and through Whom we exist.

The Holy Trinity and Salvation :         

1 John 4:9, 11, 12   9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1John 5:11   Here is the testimony:  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   Hebrews 10:10    It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   Titus 3:4-6  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Spirit of God. 6 This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,     Romans 8:11   If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.     John 5:21  the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.      2 Corinthians 5:18-20. 18  All is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation and gave Himself (Christ)  for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to His self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.     Hebrews 1:1-3   1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. 3 Christ the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He (Christ)  had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   1 John 4:10   In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:13    By this we know that we abide in Him (the Father) and He in us, because he has given us of His Spirit.

The Holy Trinity and Worship:          

 John 4:21,23   21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.    Revelation 22:3  Nothing accursed will be found in the city of new Jerusalem and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him (God the Father and the Lamb.)  Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.            

The Holy Trinity and Judgment:         

  John 5:19  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise   John 5:30  Jesus said “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My  judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.      

Remember these following words from Jesus Christ before there is any belittling of either God the Father or God the Son.  John 17:1-3   1 After Jesus had spoken these words He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, to know You, Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 

This Article, The Holy Trinity and God the Father, is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an Eighty Seven year old Christian with a no arrest record.

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 Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
 

Like all gifts, speaking in tongues was not for private use but for the common good.

Many believe that speaking in tongues is for private prayer, however, there is not one verse that supports the private use of tongues. The Bible tells us that -

  • All mentions of tongues are in public settings – other people were always present.
  • Interpretation was necessary, meaning others were present (1 Cor. 14:27-28).
  • Tongues were a sign to the Jews, meaning Jews were present (1 Cor. 14:21-22).

1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 say that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion that tongues or any other gift was for private use. 1 Cor. 14:4 says that tongues would edify the individual and that is quite understandable. It would probably be even more edifying to heal someone, however, personal edification was not the intended purpose of any gift. Tongues, with interpretation, were given to build up the church, not the individual, as the following show:

1 Cor. 12:7 - "... the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good..."
1 Pet. 4:10 - "... each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others..."
1 Cor. 14:5 - "... so that the church may be edified." (Note 1 Pet. 4:10)
1 Cor. 14:6 - "... [without interpretation] what good will I be to you?"
1 Cor. 14:7 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:8 - "... [without interpretation] who will get ready...?"
1 Cor. 14:9 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:11 - "... If I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying..."
1 Cor. 14:12 - "... try to excel in gifts that build up the church."
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... how can one who does not understand say ‘amen’?"
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... he does not know what you are saying."
1 Cor. 14:17 - "... the other man is not edified."
1 Cor. 14:19 - "... to instruct others..."
1 Cor. 14:26 - "... all things must be done for the strengthening of the church."
1 Cor. 14:27 - "... if anyone speaks in a tongue ... someone must interpret."

These verses all point to the public use of tongues with interpretation for building up the church. There is not a single verse that supports the use of tongues for private prayer. (This list is taken from All About Speaking In Tongues by Fernand LeGrand)

A passage said to support tongues as a private prayer language is 1 Cor. 14:13-17. These verses talk about praying in tongues but interpretation is called for so that others can say “Amen” so clearly this passage describes a public prayer setting and has nothing at all to do with private prayer.

1 Cor. 14:2 is also used in the attempt to prove that tongues is a private prayer language. It says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit”. Obviously, this verse cannot support private prayer either as it says, “no one understands him”, telling us that it’s a public setting. Three other points about this verse are -

i) Many believe that the “mysteries” of 1 Cor. 14:2 are angelic languages but this comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul uses exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible and fathom all mysteries or have all knowledge etc but even if he could, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels; that too is exaggerated language.

ii) By itself, 1 Cor. 14:2 makes absolutely no sense as it says that no one, except God, ever understood anyone who spoke in tongues. Obviously, this is wrong because tongues were understood (Acts 2:8). To make sense of this verse we need to look at v.28 which is also talking about speaking to God. It says, “If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God”. So, if we consider v.2 in the light of v.28 we see it is saying that, without an interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet and talk to God as no one understands him. Again, this is a public setting and, without interpretation, the speaker would have been uttering mysteries in the same way that any foreign language is a mystery to us, unless interpreted.

iii) The KJV has helped to confuse this issue by adding “unknown” to the text implying that some tongues were unknown languages. However, all tongues from God were known, human languages just as 1 Cor. 14:10 tells us: “There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning”.

Finally, a careful study shows that every verse on tongues, whether about prayer or otherwise, is in the context of a public setting with interpretation called for every time. Not a single verse speaks of the private use of tongues. This is because tongues was a sign of judgement to unbelieving Jews and, once that purpose had been served, speaking in tongues ceased. See “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandasign.pdf


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html



The video of “Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdklmdKG2nY

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Mick Alexander
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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 01/16/2017
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