Had a great time yesterday, sharing scripture with a customer. He was a Baptist, and clearly did not believe, that Tongues are for today.
He told me things I did not know. Catholics, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses… ect all spoke in Tongues. (?)
He said that these false religions are claiming the same gift as Penticostals, so the Gift of Tongues, was not of God.
He said Catholics aren’t Christians, which promoted this question. How do you become a Christian?
Repent, Believe and Confess Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Sorry, I grew up a Catholic, they believe this.
Now, they truly have error, works not faith, praying to Mary… ect…
But, they have the main question down, is God so small, He would keep them from Salvation, because they believed the bad Doctrine of the Church.
You are calling for more than Christ did.
We all have errors in our Denominational beliefs, we don’t understand the Doctrines of Laying on of hands, or Baptisms.
Never mind the Gifts of the Spirit. I believe those who teach against the Gifts of the Spirit, (all of them), are doing great harm to the body.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:
~ to desire spiritual gifts,
~ he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (This is our prayer language)
~ He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; (prayer language)
~ I would that ye all spake with tongues (prayer language, but in Church interpret)
~ Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. (Must interpret in Church, not in prayer language).
~ For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Prayer)
~ What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (Public)
~ I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (Prayer)
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. (Public)
~ Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
~ If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. (Public)
~ And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
~ But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
In the early Church, all spoke with Tongues, some in prayer others in public.
It is the first Gift of the Spirit given and is available to all who believe.
In Matthew 25, the Talents are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Lord didn’t leave us money till He returns, but the Gifts, to build His Church. (Don’t bury them).
When we have Denominations teaching against the Gifts, I believe it is close to Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.“
Instead of looking for reasons to reject God’s Gifts, we should be searching the Scriptures to see if they are true.
They are for today, to build His Church.