The Gift of Tongues, No. 8 -
We come this morning to number eight
in the series on the
gift of tongues, our study on the modern tongues movement, the New
tongues gift, and the claims made by Pentecostalism today.
There is one spiritual gift that is a
corollary of tongues which we have not mentioned up to now, though we
mentioned it in passing. We won’t
it up as a separate special gift, but that is the gift of
interpretation. We have discovered that if
you exercise the
gift of tongues that you must also have somebody who is on the scene
the gift of interpretation.
You will find this in 1 Corinthians
12:10 at the end of the
verse, the interpretation of tongues.
This is from the Greek word “hermenia.”
(This is the noun.) Then
Corinthians 12:30, you have the verb form of this word and it’s a
“diermenuo.” This is an
intensive word. It adds an emphasis. It means a full interpretation, in
detail. This is the word that’s used
Luke 24:27 when we’re told that Jesus on the road to Emmaus
speaking to the
disciples began with the Scriptures and explained to them fully the
concerning himself. It uses this
emphatic word “diermenuo.” In
we have the word used in terms of Tabitha being translated to Dorcas. The meaning of “Tabitha” is
“Dorcas.” That gives us an
indication that the idea
behind this word is simply what we call “translation.” This is the spiritual gift of explaining
words that are given in one language in another language so that every
come to the gift of interpretation you can call it the gift of
Now this of course was a temporary
spiritual gift and it was
a combination gift that was necessary when the gift of tongues was in
operation. When tongues phased out
naturally this gift phased out with it.
Now we have been looking at various
Scriptures. We have been trying to cover,
as a matter of
fact, all of the Scriptures that deal with this gift of tongues because
a major problem today. Anybody who goes
wrong on tongues, it does not mean that he is not a believer, but if he
wrong on tongues he is in all likelihood devastated himself as far as
personal spiritual advancement goes and as far as his hope for
personal reward for his Christian service.
To go wrong on tongues is to immediately be in a
emotions dominate the soul, and when emotions dominate the soul rather
mentality then the grace of God cannot function within us because
works through doctrine, and doctrine works through the mind, so you
curtain between you and God when you get into the tongues movement. From then on you are out of it.
Now that does not mean that God in His
mercy does not bless
and that He does not even give some guidance, but the usefulness, your
responding to God’s guidance, is at a standstill.
So we have spent a good deal of time
because this is a
crucial problem. There is one area of
Scripture however that we have not covered.
We have looked in a major way at 1 Corinthians
chapters 12 through 14
which deal with tongues. We’ve
tongues in the book of Acts. But there
is one other area that people may bring up to you and so therefore you
be briefed on that. That is the gift of
tongues in the gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
One thing we’ve discovered about
the gospels is that God the
Holy Spirit is very prominent through the gospels.
He is God’s agent and He plays a major
role. He is the agent, for example, for
the conception of the incarnate Christ (Luke 1:35).
Some of the believers before Pentecost were
said to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was (Luke 4:1). John
the Baptist was (Luke 1:15). Elizabeth
was (Luke 1:41). Zechariah was (Luke
1:67). And so was Simeon (Luke 2:25). The baptism of the Holy Spirit was predicted
as a major even which was coming upon believers (Matthew 3:11). We’re told in the gospels that the Holy
Spirit would direct the believers as to what they would say when they
their persecutors (Matthew 10:19-20).
The gospels tell us about the coming of the Holy
Spirit into the world
and into the lives of the believers (John 7:37-39, John 16:16). Jesus Christ outlined the relationship to the
Holy Spirit to believers in the church age in the upper room discourse
chapters 14 through 16). It was Jesus
Christ who breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy
So God the Holy Spirit plays a major
role in the
gospels. Therefore if speaking in
tongues is a normative feature of the church age, we would expect to
considerable association (or at least some association) between the
and these things that were said concerning what He was coming to do (if
gift of tongues was a permanent expression of the Christian life). However, we discovered that tongues in the
gospel is never associated with the works of the Holy Spirit. No one is reported to have spoken in tongues
in the gospels. Tongues were not
presented as the physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Tongues are not mentioned at all in
the Upper Room
discourse. The gospel of John was the
gospel written directed toward the church age.
Every gospel had a particular slant.
John was written for Christians.
When you get to that Upper Room discourse, just
before Jesus walked out
to go to Gethsemane, you have some of the purest church truth found
the Scriptures. He was talking in the
Upper Room beyond His mission now as the Messiah to the Jewish people. He was laying the ground work for the new age
of grace which was coming. And in all of
that discourse in John 14 through 16 you have no single mention of
having any permanent place this age.
Now thumbing through the book of Mark
we do find a reference
to tongues. It is the only gospel that
does refer to tongues. So please turn
with me to the Gospel of Mark. It’s
last chapter. Mark chapter 16 verse
15. This is the Great Commission portion
of Mark. It says, “And He (Jesus)
unto them (His disciples), ‘Go ye unto all the world and preach
the gospel to
every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow those who
believe. In my names they shall cast out
demons. They shall speak with new
tongues. They shall take up
serpents. And if they drink any deadly
thing it shall not hurt them. They shall
lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.’”
Now here you see five signs that are
going to follow the
believers in the church age. That’s
this passage is saying. They are, for
example, one: to cast out demons. They are to speak in new tongues.
They are to be able to handle serpents.
They are able to drink poison. They
are able to heal the sick. Now the
Pentecostalists today claim that all
five of these should be and could be true of Christians today. These are characteristics, they say, which
were to follow believers as long as the believers accept by faith the
of Jesus Christ. If you make Jesus
Christ Lord in your life, if you believe in Him as the Lord, then these
qualities can be present and should be present and would be present in
Now this implies that the godly
Christians and the spiritual
leaders over the centuries who did not evidence these five signs were
respects short of making Christ Lord of their lives.
They simply had not looked to Him in total
personal confessed sin filled with the Spirit fellowship.
That’s how you make Christ Lord of your
life. You take Him and where you come
into this circle of eternal fellowship at the point of salvation you
inner circle of temporal fellowship, and this is where Christ is made
Lord. Now don’t go running around
to figure out how you’re going to make Christ Lord of your life
you can do or by something you can say or by some way you can act. The way you make Christ Lord of your life is
to have all known sins confessed. Then
you are in the center of His will and He is Lord of your life. When you sin, you step out here into the area
of carnality, then He’s no longer Lord of your life.
But when you are here in the area of
spirituality He is Lord of your life.
So it’s saying quite a bit that
godly Christians through the
ages, great Christian leaders, none of whom exhibited these signs were
at the center of the will of God in their lives. He
was not Lord with them.
Now I have to tell you something about
the book of Mark, at
the end of Mark, from verse 9 through 20.
We have some question that these verses actually
belong in the
Bible. When we look at the original
Greek manuscripts, the two best Greek manuscripts we have preserved for
today come from the fourth century. They
are called Sinuiticus and Vaticanus.
Neither one of these manuscripts have these verses
from 9 through 20 in
them. The book of Mark in those
manuscripts ends in verse 8. We have no
manuscript earlier than the fifth century that includes these final
verses. The church fathers, Clement of
Alexandria, Origin, Eusevius, three of the outstanding ones, all
verses and did not accept them as belonging the canon of Scripture. Eusevius actually says that most copies of
the best manuscripts in his day end with verse 8, and he lived in the
the Emperor Constantine. He was actually
a historian and a contemporary of Constantine.
In his day, the best manuscripts did not include
these final verses.
This seems to make sense because when
you look at verse 8,
it seems to have a rather abrupt ending.
The whole book just ends, “For they were
Drop. That’s it. But this also, scholars have discovered, is
what would cause some scribe to say, “That’s not very
smooth. I’ll smooth it out with a
few verses here
that I know from other gospels as to how this story ended up, and
this story out.” And so that
is what happened. Actually,
historically, we come up with about four major different endings for
gospel in Greek manuscripts. But there
is some internal evidence against these verses being genuine.
For example, in verse 9 you have the
word “weak” used. It is not
the same word as used in verse two
of this chapter. You would normally
expect that somebody who is writing and uses this certain Greek word
word “weak” in verse 2, that he would come down to verse 9
and use the same
word, but it’s a totally different word.
Also, let’s go back first to
verse 1 in chapter 16. It says, “And
when the Sabbath was passed,
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome brought sweet
that they might come and anoint Him.”
Now here Mary Magdalene is introduced in this book
at the cemetery, the
graveyard scene of the Lord Jesus. Now
along comes verse 9 and Mary Magdalene is again referred to, and
it says. “Now when Jesus had risen
on the first day of the week he appeared first to Mary Magdalene out of
had cast seven demons.” It seems a
little odd that here Mary Magdalene should be identified relative to
background at this point where she wasn’t up in verse one. There are quite a number of Greek words which
are used in verses 9 through 20 which are used only in these verses and
common as you would generally expect in the rest of this book.
So the most reputable Greek experts
authenticity of verses 9 through 20.
This is not to say that the passage may not be
genuine. We don’t know for sure. We just have some doubts about this area such
as we do not have about any other area of Scripture, on the basis of
manuscripts and the best manuscripts. It
may be genuine but the evidence for doubt is sufficient to make it
us to base any doctrine or any practice on these verses alone. Anything that you find in verses 9 through
20, before you believe it and act upon it, should be confirmed by other
Scriptures, just to have a backup that you are not acting upon the
opinion of some scribe who added these verses.
So the internal as well as the
external evidence that we
have mentioned is against these passages.
Therefore, this passage is weak support for
Pentecostalism which wants
to make a big support on the basis this section and these signs that
In verse 16 we read, “He that
believeth and is baptized
shall be saved.” Now what kind of
is that do you think? Well that’s
belief that has to do with entering eternal fellowship.
That is the belief that has to do with
salvation. This is not the belief that
has to do with making Christ Lord of your life by coming into the inner
of fellowship. Now that does happen at
the point of salvation, but the belief that the Pentecostalists are
talk about here is the belief of making Christ Lord.
But that belief is spoken of in the other
verses previously. That’s true. In verse 15 you have salvation referred
to. In verse 16 is salvation.
Then on the basis of that belief in Christ as
Savior, these signs will follow those people.
It does not say that these signs will follow the
people who make Christ
Lord in their life. It says it will
follow those who are believers. In other
words, if this passage is true, then everybody in this room who is a
this morning should expect these five signs to be in his life as
The “believe” in verses 16
and 17 is in the Greek aorist
tense which means it’s at a certain point which would indicate
than a continuing attitude such as would be in making Christ Lord,
the inner circle. Verse 17 says,
these signs shall follow those who believe,” and “those who
plural. It’s a category of people. Every single one in this group who believe
this particular thing, the gospel, are going to have these signs.
Now unfortunately most tongues
advocates today are not ready
to claim that they have all of these signs.
You’ll find it very difficult to find some
tongues advocate who will
come up and drink a glass of hydrochloric acid for you.
If we’d have had a tongues advocate in camp
last summer, he would have played with copperheads in camp. Every time we had a campfire, in would come a
copperhead slithering toward the warmth of the fire.
It finally became so regular that we had to
set out outriders around the campfire as observers and guards to catch
copperheads seeking in.
Now I wished at the time that
I’d had some tongues advocates
there because we would have put them out there and let them just grab
snakes. When we saw one, we had to use
sticks and maneuver around and shout and scream and yell and everything
until we got them into the fire. So they
don’t hold to all these five (things).
Let’s take a look at them:
casting out demons. What
references do we have for this in the New Testament?
Well we have some leaders who did cast out
demons, but we have no indication that this was the general practice of
Christians. Speaking in new
tongues: We have no indication
whatsoever that every Christian in the New Testament spoke in tongues
every believer could do this.
Incidentally, the word “new” (I want to
remind you again here) is the
Greek word “kainos.” “Kainos”
is a word
that means new in quality; that is, it’s fresh; it’s unused. So that it is the proper word to use here
where it means a foreign language. These
people spoke in languages that were fresh to them.
They were unused to them. They
were languages which existed but which
were fresh relative to the use of these people.
There is another Greek word for “new”
and that’s “neos.” “Neos”
means new in reference to
“recent.” That would fit
speech. That it’s a brand new kind
language. What it means is it’s new
terms of unused, not that it’s a recent brand new language.
So it says they would speak with
tongues. Generally in the New Testament
would not speak with tongues. They would
take up serpents. We have no single
example of this in the New Testament of anybody picking up serpents. Now it’s true the apostle Paul was
a serpent, but he wasn’t picking up the snake.
It was in the process of his putting wood on the
Now in the explanation of Oral
Roberts, for example, on this
passage is that this does not mean, when it says serpents, it does not
real live moving snakes. Oral Roberts
says it means your enemies. It means
none of your enemies would be able to do you in. That
you would be able to confront and take
up your enemies and you would not be injured by them.
Of course what you see is happening here is
that he is spiritualizing a passage of Scripture, one of these signs,
and he is
holding the others as real. He is saying
this one is symbolic, and that violates every principle of
interpretation. You can’t say one of
these signs is symbolic
and the rest are literal.
“Drink any deadly thing:”
This is the Greek word “ti” and it means
“any,” any kind at all, and
“you shall not be hurt.” This
Greek word “oume,” which is the double negative in
Greek—the strongest way to
say, “No way. It cannot hurt
you.” This is a categorical
statement that covers
all believers in Christ. It may have
been that Timothy, in 1 Timothy 5:23, we have a reference that Timothy
stomach problems that made him ill by polluted water.
Paul had told him to lay off the water.
Here he could drink water that was polluted
and become ill. And yet if this were
true, like the Pentecostals claim, he should have been able to drink a
thing of any kind and survive.
“Lay hands on the sick:”
Now we have many accounts of healing in the New
touching. We have some with
touching. But we do not have indication
that every Christian could lay hands and heal people.
For example, the Philippian jailer.
You will remember that as soon as he was
converted, if this were true what the Pentecostals are saying, then he
have been able to heal the wounds that he had inflicted on Silas and
Paul. Instead he had to get some
medication out and
wash the wounds. So this again is a
categorical statement and not even the modern faith healers claim this
that they can heal everybody.
So this is a doubtful passage in Mark. It alone lists these signs and makes the
claim that it would be true of every convert.
If Mark 16:9-20 is authentic, then we may say that
these signs were true
in the New Testament period only, and they are no longer true now. There were many things that were true in the
transition period of the New Testament, and that is a fact. Things were true then but they are no longer
true in our age now. And we have no
that these signs are the experience of New Testament Christians nor of
modern tongues movement devotees. These
signs are not mentioned in the other three gospels, and the
today are really inconsistent in selecting only certain signs like
tongues, and ignoring the others.
So we come to the question:
What’s the explanation for what we see in the
movement. The explanations may be, first
of all, physiological. That is, it may
be a physical matter. We all have a
human brain, hopefully. The brain
however is not the mind. It is simply
the organ that the mind uses. The mind
is part of the soul. When does a human
being die? Some of you might say when
his heart stops beating. Not so. A human being can have his heart stop beating
and he’s still living. He’s
living being. He dies when his mentality
leaves, because when his mentality leaves you know that the soul has
left. And the soul leaves at death and it
mind with it. So if a doctor wants to
test to see if a person is still living he has to run a test on the
indicate whether or not the brain is still functioning, and then you
whether the soul is still there or not.
But we do have a brain, a physical organ. Every expression that you have comes from
this physical organ via the mind.
There is a science that has developed
in recent years called
the science of cybernetics. Now
cybernetics is a result of our computer age.
We have built marvelous mechanical
brains—computers. As the scientists
built the computers, they
got to thinking about the human mind.
They looked at the computer and what they had to do
to make the computer
work, and they got to thinking, “You know, I wonder if this is
something about how the brain work.” And
they have discovered some very astounding things about the human mind
result of applying principles that they learned about making computers
the human mind, because the human mind is a computer.
Now the machines that man makes are
goal-directed. They solve problems but
they can only act on
the programs that man has put into them in the first place. If you were to try to build a computer
comparable to the human mind, to the human brain’s functioning,
tell us it would be a computer the size of the Empire State Building in
York City. It would take all the power
of the Niagara Falls to turn the turbines to run the electricity for
computer, and it would take all of the water of the Niagara River to
it. That’s the infinite complexity
the brain and of the mind functioning in the brain over against
computers, but there are similarities.
The brain, like the computer, has a memory
storehouse, but it is far
more capable. We have discovered that
the brain retains everything that you have ever experienced, everything
you have ever seen, everything that you have ever heard, everything you
ever read, and everything you have ever felt is all stored in the brain. It’s there.
It never leaves you. All
to do is flip the (right switch), the signal is made, and the imprint
on the brain cell. You have ten to
twelve billion of them. The result is
that there it is. Now all you need is
the proper stimulus and that thing is brought back.
Brain surgeons discovered this in the
course of operating on
the brain. They could take an electrode
and they could touch a portion of the exposed brain and the person
would begin to speak. He would record
certain words relating an incident. Then
they would come back and they would take an electrode and they would
exact point again on the brain and the person would say the same thing
relating the same incident in the identical words as if it were a
record in the groove. And this indicated
that with the right stimulus, what’s in the brain can be brought
out. So nothing comes from the brain but
first been stored there.
Now this applies to languages. Any time you have been in the presence of a
foreign language when you did not know a certain word of what was being
every word of that language is now stored in your brain.
It is there and it can be triggered (this is
called exalted memory) into your conscious vocal patterns.
So the brain, like a computer, can
store things. But a brain can also be
overloaded and so can
a computer. Once in a while a computer
is given so much information and it is asked to do so much that where
computer is supposed to kick out a check for five dollars, it kicks one
$5 million because the computer has developed a neuroses.
It has more information than it can cope with
so it goes kooky for the moment. It
spews out nonsense. And it is no
surprise therefore that the intricate human brain can also slip off
unintelligible nonsense. Now this is one
explanation for the occasions when people have spoken in tongues and
spoken in a real language. That somehow
frequently these things have been run down and here is somebody that
enough was in the presence of this language at one time and now under a
control the brain is triggered and they’re repeating what they
though they themselves were not aware of it or know anything at all
Now this of course is not to say that
what happened in the
New Testament was not genuine tongues.
We’re talking about the tongues movement today. One of the explanations is
Then of course another explanation is
psychological. The New Testament tongues
controlled by the Holy Spirit in existing languages foreign to the
speaker. Modern tongues is an
gibberish which lacks any kind of message.
Here is the view of the psychologists today who have
phenomena of tongues. They concluded
that it’s a neurotic manifestation and it’s in a certain
category of abnormal
psychology. Tongues attracts a certain
type of person—the person who goes for the spectacular, the
emotional—he thrives on it.
Neuroticism is evident in the tongues
practices. There are patterns of hysteria
degrees among tongues advocates. There
is the ecstasy of emotion because normal self-control is lost. Personality disintegrates, as evidenced in
the speech. The higher critical control
centers are taken over by subconscious levels. There
is uncontrolled behavior and jerking of
muscles. There are auditory
hallucinations—hearings sounds and hearing voices.
There is tremendous power of suggestion of
the leader over the crowd. There is the
tremendous power of the expectation which is built up in the crowd
as they listen to a leader.
In a little volume called The Modern
Tongues and Healing
Movement by Carroll Stegall, Mr. Stegall says concerning the fantastic
of the human mind. What is taking
place? Why is this neurotic?
He says, “Dr. Loman made a study and the
scientific explanation of the nature of the human brain and
here’s what he
said: ‘Powers and possibilities have
been discovered in man which until now have been totally unsuspected. There are designs / subliminal powers when we
speak of sub-consciousness. What
physical occurrences accompany these phenomena?
The lower nerve centers, the ganglionic system, or
the vegetative nerves
as they are called, which have the chief seat in the region around the
the stomach (the solar plexus) are excited to increased activity.
“At the same time, the central
region of the higher nervous
system (the cerebral system at the base of the neck) which is the
of affairs is the medium of conscious perception and action becomes
paralyzed. There is a reversal of the
of nature. The lower nerves take over
the body of the higher ones, … compensation.
This state of things comes to pass negatively by the
higher organ losing
its natural supremacy under the pressure of illness or artificially by
hypnotism, auto-suggestion, and so on, and positively by the lower
somewhat excited artificially, the increased activity, whereby they get
upper hand. These nerves then display
abilities which our ordinary organs as sensors do not possess. They’re receiving impressions from a
that is usually closed to us, such as clairvoyance, presentments,
speaking with tongues, and so on. When
in a state of somnambulism (sleep-walking), the inner sense, heightened
activity perceives outward things as clearly and more so than awake,
recognizes tangible objects with eyes tightly closed and unable to see,
well as by sight. This takes place
according to the anonymous declaration of all somnambulistis through
the pit of
their stomach, that is through the nerves which have their seat in that
and it is from this part that the nerves are set in action which move
organs of speech, in speaking in tongues and so on.
“Numbers of cases through false
mysticism through all the
centuries of church history display the same characteristics, the
being always the medium of such perception and function.
They are morbid, coming under the god of
divine manifestations to lead souls astray.
Now it is very significant that according to the
assertions of the
leaders, it is an activity of the sub-conscious that we meet within the
Pentecostal movement. Those in whom the
sub-conscious becomes active in the manner described above feel as if
an electric stream passing through the body which is an exciting of the
which have their central seat in the pit of the stomach.
It is from thence that the jaws are moved in
speaking with tongues.
“This feeling of bliss is
another characteristic feature of
this class of occurrences. By exciting
the lower nervous system, a feeling of intense rapture is regularly
produced. At first we find connected with
contraction and muscles and movement of the limbs in consequence of the
invasion of the nervous system.”
So what he is saying is that it is
well known that down and
behind the area of your stomach is a secondary control system. There is an intertwining system of nerves
that are able to trigger and control your body entirely on its own. But God’s design is for the cortex of
brain to be the control center. But when
these are flipped, then you lose full control.
This is exactly what undoubtedly is regularly
happening in Pentecostal
circles. The nerves at the base of the
neck which normally control the vocal cords are overwritten. The nerve center in the solar plexus takes
over under some emotional stress or some frustration and they gain
dominance. Then the words that we speak
under that condition no longer go by the mind for inspection as to
rationality or their purpose or their sense.
Instead their jaw just flaps, the sounds come out
directly out of the
organs, and it feels good as it comes up the esophagus.
In a biblical manuscript written by
Jody Dillow called The
Biblical Evaluation of the Twentieth Century Tongues Movement, he
this statement, in quoting again the study of psychiatrists: “A number of psychiatrists have come to
conclusion that the phenomena (that is, of tongues) is completely
psychological.” Many times,
incidentally, people who have been deeply in tongues come out and they
and you ask them, “Why did you do this?
How do you explain this?”
inevitably they will say, “It’s psychological.
It’s a psychological experience that clipped
example, Dr. E. Mansil Prodesun, a member of the Christian Association
Psychological Studies, and currently an instructor at the University Of
Washington School Of Medicine, said recently, ‘The product of our
the demonstration of the very natural mechanisms that produce
glossolalia. As a psychological
phenomenon, glossolalia is
easy to produce and readily understandable.’
He adds, “I can add my own observations from
clinical experiences with
neurological and psychiatric patients.
In certain types of brain disorders resulting from
tumors, and so on, the patient is left with disruptions in his
physical speech circuit pattern. If we
study these … patients, we can see the same decomposition of
speech that occurs
in glossolalia. Similar decomposition of
speech occurs in schizophrenic thought and speech patterns which are
structurally the same as glossolalia.
This data can be understood to demonstrate that the
same stereotypes of
speech will result whenever conscious willful control of speech is
with, whether by injury to the brain, by psychoses, or by passive
of willful control. This corroborates
our previous assessments that glossolalia is a stereotype pattern of
control of vocal behavior which appears under specific emotional
Tongues is actually viewed by the
psychologists as being a
very dangerous thing. In Speaking
With Tongues by Stewart Bergamot, “The reasons people turn to
involve the whole life with unconscious parts of the personality trying
through into consciousness. It is a
dangerous movement for the disassociation, the de-personalization, of
glossolalia goes off without being related to the wholeness of the
person. Glossolalia (that is, speaking in
isolates one part from the rest of the psyche, and this is
So the doctors who have looked into
this find this not an
unusual occurrence. They find it taking
place in other situations, in other problems that people have, and they
the identical expression when it comes to the tongues expressions. The use of LSD produces similar symptoms as
you find among Pentecostalists. Deep
profound found soul-shaking experiences (and the same look in the eyes)
the self is released.
Now there is a third explanation. What explains what is going on?
We have said there is the physical
explanation. There is the psychological
explanation. Then there is the satanic
explanation. Demons seek to prevent
truth from being understood (1 John 4:1-3).
Ignorance of Bible doctrine makes a person receptive
to what 1 Timothy
4:1 calls the doctrine of demons.
Ecstatic speech was produced by demons in the
religions. It’s produced in modern
spiritism. It’s produced in
cultures. A Christian cannot be indwelt
by a demon but he can be deceived, and thus he can be controlled (2
11:3, 11-15). Some of the modern tongues
expressions are undoubtedly demonic.
In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 you have
declaration concerning such a demonic expression. In
2 Thessalonians 2, beginning at verse 7,
the apostle Paul says, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already
work, only He
who now hindereth will continue to hinder until He be taken out of the
way.” The mystery of iniquity refers
evil activity. The Holy Spirit, through
the filling of the believers, acts as a restraining influence upon
but there will be no restraint in the tribulation period upon iniquity
passage is describing. The mystery of
iniquity is operating, but not in its fullest way because He (God the
Spirit) through the filling of the believers is restraining it until He
taken out of the way which happens at the rapture of the church.
Verse 8 says, “And then shall
that wicked one be revealed whom
the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth and shall destroy
brightness of His coming.” The
one refers to Satan’s man the antichrist in the tribulation who
is going to be
destroyed at the second coming of Christ (Revelation 19:15, 20).
Then verse 9 says, “Even him
whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” The antichrist is empowered by Satan and he
expresses this power with what? With
signs and lying wonders. He’s going
do this in the tribulation period. He is
doing it today. The same words are used
here as those which describe the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, in
wonders. But these are
satanic counterfeit. They include the
signs of healing. They include the lying
words of the tongues expression. False
healings can be accomplished by removing demons who have made people
sick. False tongues can be experienced by
of category of demons known as the ventriloquist demon.
If you’ll turn to Isaiah 8:19
you have one of these
ventriloquist demons described. In verse
18 Isaiah says to the Jewish people, “Behold, I and the children
whom the Lord
hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of
who dwelleth in Mount Zion.” The
children, the sons, of Isaiah were signs.
They were signs of the virgin birth by means of the
name which was given
to them. They were signs of national
judgment. They were signs of national
restoration. As the sons were named they
were prophetic signs to Israel. Now
along comes verse 19 and here he is warning against seeking false
signs for guidance from the spirit
world, the demonic world: “And when
shall say unto you, ‘Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
wizards that peep, and that mutter:
should not a people seek unto their God?
For the living to the dead?’”
Now the word “medium”
which in your authorized version may
be translated as “familiar spirit,” is this Hebrew word
“ob.” And “ob” is
the word for a demon spirit who
has the ability to control vocal cords.
We have this indicated to us by the fact that in the
called the Septuagint version we have the Greek word
“eggastrinuthas.” This means
“demon.” This type of demon is
a ventriloquist. That’s what the
word means. It means a ventriloquist
demon; that is, he
can control the vocal cords.
So along comes this medium, an
“ob.” Along comes a wizard,
which in the Hebrew is “one
who speaks because he has knowledge—knowledge from the demon
world.” We would call him a fortune
teller. When he speaks he gives
information. He controls the vocal cords
of those through
whom he speaks. So you can go to a
medium and you can get information from the spirit world because a
ventriloquist demon takes hold of that medium and speaks to you the
Satan. This is what the rulers of the
tribulation are said to have done to them in Revelation 16:13-14. These demons control them.
Isaiah says that they peep and they
mutter, which means they
speak in a high-pitched voice, or they mutter which is a whispering
sound. And it says that they make their
voice (Isaiah 10:9) seem to come from the ground as if they are
the spirit world underground.
Now the living, Isaiah said, should
not look to the world of
the dead. These demons purportedly are
able to give you messages from the dead.
That’s the idea, and we should not look to the
dead for guidance
concerning the Lord.
So back to 2 Thessalonians 2:10,
“With all deceivableness
and unrighteousness in them that perish because they receive not the
the truth that they might be saved. For
this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe
lie, that they might be judged who believe not the truth but have
unrighteousness.” The purpose of
counterfeit is to get people through signs and wonders in the
tribulation to refuse
to accept Christ as Savior. He will give
them false healing and he will give them false tongues, and thus to
deceive them. God permits Satan to bring
strong delusion on
those who are negative to doctrine.
The whole tongues movement has a kind
of a mediumistic quality
to it. Sometimes in a Pentecostal meeting
you’ll be in that room and you’ll all be asked to join
hands, just as you are
at a séance table. Or you’ll
asked to be making some kind of contact.
You’re listening to a speaker on the radio or
on television and you’ll
be asked to go and put your hands on the set.
This is just as in a séance.
Everybody is seated around a table and you’re
all asked to put your
hands on top of the table and then levitation takes place.
The thing begins to rise and move
around. There are fantastic
relationships that we’re going to look at next time on the
the expressions of Pentecostalism and the expressions in the world of
medium. Trances, hypnotic spells, all
are experienced by spiritualistic mediums, and these are identical to
things that take place in the Pentecostal movement.
Dr. John E. Danish, 1971
to the Basic Bible Doctrine index
the Bible Questions index