The end of a previous section, The Upper Room Fallacy, exposed another quite serious deception. It is the issue of the speaking in tongues and baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you are one who has received this apparent ‘gift’, examine what I am writing here and the Scriptures carefully.
The Church was founded in A.D. 30 on the Day of Firstfruits called Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on the 120 disciples gathered in the temple in a miraculous display not heard about since.
They were all of one accord. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind (ACTS 2:1-2). The sound filled all the house where they were sitting. Next there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. I’ve had the prayer myself many years ago. Nothing happened. No tongues. No mighty rushing wind. No cloven tongues of fire on my head. Nor have I witnessed it anywhere else. I’ve never again witnessed this sort of ‘baptism’ for I left the church quickly, but I have heard much gibberish, none of which is ever understood or interpreted.
Notice the languages spoken in A.D.30. Many were there celebrating with the 120. They were from many countries all speaking their own different languages. They were strangers to the 120 Galileans (v.7). Yet these devout men, out of every nation under heaven all heard them speak in his own language (v.6). They were all amazed and marvelled. And how hear we every man in our own language, whereupon we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Yudaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of YHWH (v.9-11).
Hear this! A great number of mostly men, for women were not required to come up to the temple three times a year, heard the 120 Galileans speak in over sixteen different languages. As if that is not fantastic enough, every spectator heard them speak in their own language! The Greeks heard the 120 speaking Greek, the Egyptians heard Egyptian, the Arabians heard Arabic, the Romans heard Latin. They all understood the message being spoken. That is why the Galileans were thought to have been drinking–not because they were staggering about and falling on the floor. It was simply a possible explanation someone plucked out of the air for the incredible behaviour of their tongues!
Today in ‘Pentecostal’ meetings, not only is gibberish that is seldom understood spoken, but the pure Word is disobeyed when the ‘tongue’ is not interpreted (I COR. 24:28). Does this tongue imbue them with power as is believed? I have seen no such evidence. And if it does, why do such as I have power to pray, witness, heal, and deliver through Yahshua though I do not have this ‘gift’?
On the original day of Pentecost, 3,000 were convicted and baptised after a very real repentance and professed belief in Messiah. A couple of days later Peter healed a cripple and 2,000 more were baptised. Now that’s power!
According to Paul there are tongues spoken by angels (perhaps to confound demons when the angels are in the second heaven), probably heard by the apostle during his trip to Heaven where he heard things too wonderful to be uttered. But now, also according to Paul and the writings of the New Testament fathers, tongues have ceased (or will cease at some future period from their time) [I COR. 13:8].
Originally this gift was given as a sign for unbelieving Jews (this people in I COR. 14:21-22) that the Gospel and salvation was no longer just for the Jewish nation, but for all nations and people. I REPEAT: TONGUES WERE A SIGN FOR UNBELIEVING JEWS WHO JEALOUSLY BELIEVED YHWH WAS FOR THEM ALONE AND THAT HE UNDERSTOOD ONLY HEBREW. The tongue was to be spoken unto YHWH, not unto men (I COR. 14:2), to praise Him and to edify the Church.
Now that this mystery is widely known throughout the world, including by the Jews, it is not necessary. However the miraculous gift of being able to speak a previously unknown language to evangelize a foreigner of another tongue is an offshoot of this original sign, for Yahshua declared they shall speak with new tongues (MARK 16:17) as one of the miraculous signs that would distinguish His people.
Having said all the above, let the Pentecostals explain the so-called falling of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost when He had already been given to the disciples by Yahshua. Yes, that’s right! They already had the Holy Spirit, if not from keeping the Law, then definitely when Yahshua breathed on them after His resurrection, but before His ascension: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” He said in JOHN 20:22. Pentecost was little about the falling of the Holy Spirit as an awesome statement given to the Jews that the Gospel was for the entire world.
In conclusion, Peter, the now apostle, declared to the gathered thousands in the temple, “Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Yahshua Messiah for the remission of sins, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST”. All one must do to receive YHWH’s Spirit within after believing is to repent and be baptised in water.