One of the easiest ways to infiltrate and deceive Believers is by “unknown tongues.” The use of “unknown tongues” has been touted as a key way for “communing with God” and “bringing in the Holy Spirit:”
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (1 Corinthians 12)
30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! (1 Corinthians 12 NLT)
30 But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. (1 Corinthians 12 MSG)
Paul’s statement that he “spoke in tongues more than anyone else” is often cited by Sid Roth on his TV program It’s Supernatural:
SID: When I became a believer it was in the early ‘70s, Pat, the charismatic movement. Everyone was speaking in tongues. I have to tell you, as an unsaved Jewish man…
SID: I went into a prayer meeting one day and they were speaking in tongues and everyone says, don’t do it front of a non-believer. Don’t you, I have to tell you, Pat, it was so exciting. You mean to me, tell me you’re speaking a language you’ve never been taught? Can I do that? That was the coolest thing I ever heard. Why has tongues been demoted to the back room or demoted out of the church when it’s Paul himself said, “I speak in tongues more than any man.”1
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (1 Corinthians 14:18)
Unfortunately, Sid is using the apostle Paul’s statement out of context. When read in context, it means the opposite of what Sid teaches, and he will be held accountable for misconstruing Paul’s words and leading people into error:
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
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. (1 Corinthians 14:18–19)
7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! (Matthew 18:7 NIV)
1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! (Luke 17:1)
How is speaking in “unknown tongues” “offensive,” or causing people to “stumble”? Simple, there are counterfeit tongues. Satan and the other one-third of God’s angels that defected can mimic any and all “signs,” “wonders,” and “miracles” except creative miracles. John Ramirez, an ex-Satanist after 25 years of service, has confirmed there are deceptive tongues called “tongue of demons.”
Because the tongue speaker has no idea what it is they are saying, i.e., “unknown tongues,” they may unknowingly be using the tongue of demons to pray AGAINST God and invoking curses, not blessings; inviting demon possessions, etc.
Sid (as well as many others) uses and encourages the use of speaking in “unknown tongues” in his gatherings, contrary to what Paul taught. Paul limited tongue speakers to “two or three,” and ONLY if there was an interpreter present:
27 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.
28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. (1 Corinthians 14:27–28)
Jesus not only warned against those who would bring stumbling blocks, but He warned against those who teach others to break commandments:
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19)
Paul gave other commandments, like NOT to encourage everyone at a gathering to speak in tongues, saying people will think you are “mad”:
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? (1 Corinthians 14:23–28)
God is not the author of “confusion” but rather “peace”:
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Sid’s gatherings are anything but peaceful; they are loud, chaotic, and resemble a mental hospital.
Paul said “unknown tongues” only edify the individual, therefore they are not to be done in front of others – unless an interpreter is present:
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. (1 Corinthians 14:4-5)
Paul said that the gift of tongues would “cease” which begs the question, “Why invest in a temporary gift?”
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Tongues is a “selfish” gift because it’s possible to have it, and yet be uncharitable at the same time:
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1)
Day of Pentecost
What occurred on Pentecost has no resemblance to the tongue-speaking going on in churches around the world. The infilling of The Holy Ghost and the speaking in tongues were two different things. The first came as a mighty rushing wind, and the second by way of cloven tongues:
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.(Acts 2:1–4)
The apostles had already been baptized in The Holy Ghost:
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: (John 20)
There is no mention of them speaking in tongues when they received The Holy Ghost by Jesus. What they received on Pentecost were “cloven tongues,” which enabled them to speak known languages.
Paul was slain in the spirit, healed of blindness, and baptized by water and at no time spoke in tongues:
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:5–17)
One of the most important elements of Pentecost was the fact that the “tongues” the apostle spoke in were known languages:
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (Acts 2:5–6)
If you believe that you have received the same gifting as occurred on Pentecost, you should be able to demonstrate it by speaking in a foreign language. In truth, tongue speakers rarely, if ever have that ability – even though it is GREATLY NEEDED when they speak in foreign countries.
Peter, incorrectly claimed fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel which mentions nothing about speaking in tongues, known or unknown:
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:14–21)
The simultaneous mentioning of “tongues,” “wine,” and “drunken” has led some to associate a state of “drunkenness” with being slain in the spirit, acting crazy while speaking in tongues:
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judæa, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. (Acts 2)
What is missed is the mention of “new” wine, which is simply grape juice. Notice, verse 13 establishes the fact that it was a joke (“mocking”) i.e. they knew the apostles did not drink real wine. And verse 11 makes it clear they were not speaking craziness because they could understand what they were saying.
The Holy Ghost is a “teacher.” It’s impossible to learn if you don’t know what it is you’re saying:
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. (Mark 13:11)
When The Holy Ghost comes, it reproves a person of their sins. A true outpouring of The Holy Ghost will cause wide-spread repentance because it is a “holy” influence:
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16:7–8)
There are far safer ways to attract the spirit of God. For example, reading The Holy Word of God will bring in His spirit. Fasting will cause the arrogance of man to cease. Prayer is the true method for communing with God. You know what you are saying, and if we ask not amiss, have faith, and wait upon the Lord (i.e., take time to listen), we will hear from Him in a way we can understand. [See Spirit for more suggestions.]
Tony Kemp Prophecy
It shall come to pass in the last days of the great Pentecostal movement three things are going to occur:
1. The people will praise a God that they no longer pray to. [Remember, the apostle Paul said first prayers, supplications, intercessions then giving thanks, and praise and worship to the Father.]
2. The leaders, the ministers, the people would emphasize power instead of right living.
3. The third thing the prophecy said was people will emphasize the gifts of the spirit instead of the lordship of Jesus the Messiah. (Tony Kemp, Sid Roth Transcript, December 10, 2012, p.1)