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Day 169 - 2 Thessalonians 3

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Just Gibberish

Friday, August 25, 2017
I grew up in a Oneness Pentecostal church, and I was taught that every baptism of the Holy Ghost was accompanied by speaking in tongues.  This created a lot of psychological trauma because I never spoke in tongues, at least beyond the threshold of doubt in my mind; others who had prayed with me that I would receive the Holy Ghost claimed that I did, but this only confused me further.

How is it that one knows he has spoken in tongues under the control of the Holy Spirit, as opposed to merely babbling in a highly-charged emotional state?  I witnessed a lot of "speaking in tongues", especially when converts supposedly received the Holy Spirit, but I never could discern anything beyond babbling from their lips and that they were obviously joyful.

Sincerely,
Not Speaking The Same Language

Dear Not Speaking The Same Language,

You are not alone in your frustration and suffering over this issue.  The Pentecostal teaching that speaking in tongues is necessary for salvation and that you aren’t truly faithful unless you do it is a false teaching.  The Bible simply doesn’t support it.  You might find it interesting to read a fellow reader’s question and sorrow over not speaking in tongues (“Stage Fright”)… many people are devastated because they can’t play along with the charade of the Pentecostal church.

Every time someone spoke in tongues in the New Testament, it was a REAL language that people could understand (Acts 2:7-11).  The “hidden” or “secret” languages that the Pentecostal church tries to get people to believe are total rubbish. The whole purpose of speaking in tongues was to allow the gospel to be spread rapidly.  The gift of speaking in tongues was only useful if it allowed someone to teach another person God’s prophetic Word (1 Cor 14:6-9).

Miraculous gifts were given to the first century church because they did not have the complete Bible as we do.  Miracles were a confirmation that those preaching were sent by God (Mk 16:20); miracles were how God bore witness that these men were His servants (Heb 2:2-4).  These miracles were necessary at that time, but now that the perfect Word of God has been completed, they are no longer needed (1 Cor 13:8-10).  We have all the prophecies of God written down (2 Pet 1:13-15), all the divine knowledge is in God’s Word, and the Bible is translated into every language on the planet.  Speaking in tongues simply isn’t necessary anymore, and it was NEVER necessary for salvation.  If you would like to know what the Bible does say is necessary for salvation, read our article “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”.

Day 168 - 2 Thessalonians 2

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Instrumental To Worship

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Why do some churches not allow musical instruments?  Ephesians 5:19 says to speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord...”  The Greek definition of psalms says “from a set piece of music or a sacred ode accompanied with the voice, harp, or other instrument”.

Sincerely,
Don’t Mean To Harp

Dear Don’t Mean To Harp,

The reasons some churches don’t use musical instruments (ours included) is because of the very verse you mentioned.  In the New Testament, we are commanded to “speak to one another” and “make melody in our hearts” (Eph. 5:19).  Col 3:16 says that we should “sing with grace in our hearts”, and 1 Cor 14:15 says that we should “sing with our spirit” and “sing with understanding”.  All of these verses clearly tell us what to be offering God in worship – heartfelt singing.

It is true that a psalm means “a piece of music or sacred ode accompanied with the voice, harp, or other instrument”, and if God hadn’t specified what accompaniment we should use, we could use any instrument we wanted… but God did specify what instrument He wanted us to use.  He wanted us to use our voices and heartstrings.  Incidentally, the word ‘acappella’ means ‘as the church’ because the early church never used instruments in their worship.  Instruments weren’t introduced into worship services until the sixth century.  The church of the first century understood that when God asked for them to sing – that meant they should only sing.  Since we desire to do exactly what the Bible says and neither add nor subtract from God’s Word (Rev 22:18-19), we simply use our voices.  God doesn’t ask for instruments in His worship, and we don’t go beyond what He has written (1 Cor 4:6).

Day 167 - 2 Thessalonians 1

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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