False Accusations and False Assumptions Against Tongues
There are those who out of sincerity come against the baptism of the Holy Spirit and tongues because of the false teachings of some who support tongues. Just as those who support tongues can be extreme to defend tongues, those who are against tongues can become extreme against those who support tongues. They accuse those who support tongues to be to emotional, but those who are against tongues can also allow emotions to get in the way of the biblical support of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the speaking in tongues.
Tongues are the result of hypnosis
This accusation is that all tongues are a result of a person being hypnotized. As seen by our previous study there certainly could be in some pentecostal circles the possibility of techniques used to get someone to speak in tongues to be close to hypnosis. However, because of the errors of some does not mean there are errors with all. Here is what can happen in the anti-tongue camp. They can say over and over again it is all hypnosis, deception, etc. so many times that it does not matter if they have proof or not-they say it enough that listeners believe what is being said must be true. They will repeat the same stories over and over again of proof of hypnosis, totally ignoring the many instances of no potential of hypnosis being used. There are multitudes of cases where there is no suggestion of hypnosis or manipulation. To deny that is error and willfully ignoring of facts-that is just as wrong as manipulating people to speak in tongues. Those who were baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues in the New Testament were not hypnotized. Tongues were never done away with, so there must be those who speak in tongues now that are hypnotized. Otherwise it would mean that there is no true example of tongues today-thus tongues was done away with.
Those who speak in tongues are more submissive, suggestible, emotionally unstable, anxious than non-tongues speakers
Yes, there is certainly some truth in this regarding some who speak in tongues. But to make a general statement like this is judgmental and again totally ignores the facts. There are many tongues speakers who are highly stable emotionally, are not foolishly submissive to authority figures around them, not walking in anxiousness, etc. There are certainly non-tongue speakers who have the same qualities that tongue speakers are accused of being like. What these accusations are saying is that those who speak in tongues are emotionally unstable, suggestible, deceived sincere Christians who asked God for a gift-the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and God allowed them to be deceived by the devil and allowed them to have false tongues. Those are strong accusations. Taken to its logical conclusion, this argument would then suggest that those in the Book of Acts had the same negative qualities.
Those who speak in tongues are deceived
This accusation is that anyone who speaks in tongues are deceived-the tongues are never real. How can this accusation ever be proved? Yes, it can be proved if a person claims to be speaking Hebrew and they are not speaking Hebrew. But the Bible at times describes tongues as a heavenly language, unknown language, or strange language. So, that means there is no way to prove if this type of tongue is false or not. If it is an unknown tongue-it is unknown. Because it is not known, to go and say it is not real-a deception from the devil, is an extreme accusation. Were those who received tongues in the Book of Acts deceived? I do acknowledge that there are those who are deceived that speak in tongues, just as there are those who are deceived that do not speak in tongues. However, if a person has pure motives, a sincere, obedient follower of Christ and they ask for the promise of the Holy Spirit, God is not going to allow them to be deceived.
Luke 11:9-13 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
There is no biblical basis for tongues
We have more than proved this accusation as false. If a person takes a look at bible studies that are against tongues, you will find that most bible studies will totally ignore many verses found in the Bible. Or the context of the verses are ignored. Or there will be verses quoted out of context. Almost all bible studies against tongues, will have much more commentary than allowing scripture to define scripture. There are statements made like, ‘tongues were done away with’, tongues have to be understood, those who speak in tongues are easily deceived, tongues are for the preaching of the Gospel, yet there is no biblical basis for these statements. Thus many will continuously make these comments, but will never quote the Bible to defend these arguments. Instead stories of false teachings are told. Notice that in this study I did not give stories to defend the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.
Those who speak in tongues have been programmed to speak in tongues
This argument against tongues is no stronger than the argument that those who do not speak in tongues are programmed against tongues. Of course there are people who have been ‘programmed’ either way. These kind of statements are just that, statements. These type of statements should have no bearing on a person seeing what the Bible has to say about this subject.
Those who desire baptism and the Holy Spirit are just seeking a feeling
Some who are against speaking in tongues make the accusation that there has been a greater interest in tongues because Christians are becoming less interested in truth and more in feelings, thus more open to spiritual manifestation including false tongues. Yes, there is certainly a number of pentecostal Christians that are not theologically sound. But to say that this is mostly those who are pentecostal is not accurate. There is a very large movement within evangelical churches that is more concerned about being seeker sensitive than to be doctrinally sound. They are more interested in people feeling good, than confronting sin. So, the problem is among both camps. If tongues has not been done away with, thus a gift from God, then of course there is an interest for the supernatural.
Tongues are not mentioned other than once in Mark, three times in Acts, and 1 Corinthians 12,13, 14, so they must not have occurred any other time
The fact that they are not mentioned does not mean they did not occur. There are many things in the Bible that are not mentioned more than a couple of times. That does not mean they do not apply for today. To base doctrine on what the Bible does not say is not wise. There are verses that say decisions can be made based upon 2-3 witnesses. There are three Scriptures showing tongues occur during baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV)
1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Matthew 18:16 (KJV)
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
There are many accusations that those against the speaking in tongues use to come against tongues, but several of these accusations have no biblical basis whatsoever. They are based upon the opinions of men, not on Scripture. They are based upon an overemphasis on the errors of some in the pentecostal camp. T
In our last lesson we will have a challenge for each reader of these lessons. The challenge will be for those who are for and those against tongues.