True Revival or Chirstian Hype
I suppose this will anger some people, but I cannot deny Scripture. "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar....." Much of what we call the working of the Holy Spirit today is anything but the work of the Holy Spirit.
There are two elements in church worship that have no place, but we have been taught differently. We are warned in Colossians 2:8 not to give heed to vain philosophies and traditions of men. I hope you will be honest enough to search for the truth for yourself and not allow a church doctrine to influence you. It is not my goal to be unkind or judgmental--just to expose error that can hurt.
Speaking in Tongues
The gift of tongues is terribly abused today. We must understand the the gift of tongues was given for one purpose--that of witnessing. When tongues were given in Acts 2, they were given so that people could hear the Gospel. I Corinthians 14:22 tells us that tongues were given for a sign. Further we are told in I Corinthians 1:22 that signs were given to the Jews. Rule number one:If we are not witnessing to a Jew, do not expect a miraculous utterance. Face it. That is not the way tongues are used in 99% of today's churches. Bible tongues are languages used for the communication of the Gospel.
Rule number two: I Corinthians 14;27 tells us that there is to be no more than three utterances of a spoken language in any one service and each must be accompanied by an interpreter. I have personally been in services where most participants were "speaking in tongues" at the same time, and certainly no one was interpreting. My friend, God is not the author of confusion.
I hear someone say, "Tongues is evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit". Never once is it recorded that Jesus spoke in tongues according to today's methods.Be assured, He was Spirit-filled.
Slain in the Spirit
Just exactly what someone experiences when they are slain in the spirit I do not know. What Bible passages are used to establish the doctrine? There is absolutely no evidence for this practice from Scripture when we take the Scripture in the context of which it is given. It grieves my heart that God's clear Word has been twisted and misinterpreted to allow all kinds of confusion in the church. Oh, how I pray that we would just turn to God for who He is without the hype, without the emphasis on emotion and experience. God is holy and is to worshiped in a holy way.
I just came home from a Prayer Summit held at Calvary Bible Church in Centre Hall, PA. The weekend was led by Evangelist Tom Palmer. God was moving and His presence was very noticeable and real. Matthew Skariah was the keynote speaker. He spoke with the the power and authority of God, pulling us all closer to the Lord. We were all very conscious of the Lord's actual presence.
God met with us in a real, tangible way. No one fell backwards. Not a tongue was spoken, or an interpretation given. No extracirricular hyping of the crowd--just a sense of the overwhelming presence of God.
If we truly meet with God, the "fluff" will not matter. Oh please understand. I am not criticizing. That is not my place. I am not judging. That is not my place. My only desire is to call you to the One and Only True God. Worship Him and Him alone.
This hub just skims the surface of these topics. If you have any questions and are truly seeking answers about these matters or anything else, please drop me an email. I would be glad o discuss it further.