HOW TO SPEAK IN LANGUAGES
A guy named Max Pool is a guest on the “Praying Medic” blog. He details his search for the “gift,” with its attendant frustrations, then refers it to others as to the pros and cons of speaking in tongues. But if you are already “all in”, he will show you how to manifest this gift.
Before beginning your infallible remedy, let me remind you that no one, yes, no one, in Scripture “learned” to speak in tongues. Neither are the other gifts, when truly miraculous, a learned process. Remove all disciples from the methods of speaking in tongues, and how many charismatics are left? You, maybe, would you still be on the move?
Anyway, First you have to be “distraction free”. Find a quiet place. (Like maybe the prayer meeting in the upper room on Pentecost? Silence like that? Hmmm.) I have to be totally isolated.
Next step. Open the mouth. (Oh my gosh, thanks Max). Not really. Open your mouth and Begin to make syllables and sounds of words. (There it is. The deception has begun). He says, “Many people incorrectly believe that God’s gifts are given to us all at once and in their entirety …” (Really? That’s exactly my belief, Max, based on the scriptural example. And your Scripture, please?)
Use the example of a baby learning languages. He forgets that the disciples gathered in the Upper Room were far from being babies in Christ. They knew Him, they walked with Him, they saw His glory. This is not a crowd of babies. Come on, Max, anything better than that?
Okay, so I won’t be fluent at first. I will keep saying the same syllables and words. It’s fine. It will get better. And the next step:
Listen to the clues. Hmm? Listen to what he is saying and observe the words he is “seeing” in his mind. Like a billboard or a sign. There will be new words. Your vocabulary will grow slowly.
And then? Ask God for more faith if you start to doubt or run out of experience. God will do that and the flow will continue.
next, do not worry. Don’t overthink it. Just let it happen. Everything that comes out comes out. It is something spiritual, not cerebral.
And this is how you speak in tongues.
Yes, and that is why young children can now be taught the same method. And it’s happening, oh it’s happening. Children, properly taught, also know how to “prophesy” now, and even perform “miracles.” A new generation of Pentecostals is on the way. Fully taught, but experiencing only themselves.
Perhaps even more revealing than this article is the answer in the comment section that follows:
A reader wants to know why, for many years, he has not progressed beyond three words. (Really.) Max comforts her on her plateau and calls her a saint for her willpower, the fact that she keeps going, even without progress. So this ghastly, ghastly advice:
“Let’s say one of your basic sounds is ‘ma’. Then just practice going over the alphabet in order: ba, ca, da, fa, ga, etc.”
Help us, Lord.
Another reader: “I pray in tongues and say about nine syllables over and over. One time I prayed for seven to nine hours in a row with a meal break and got an interpretation … I think praying in tongues not only edifies us, but also edifies God. . We really minister to him !!! How amazing !!! “
Do you see where speaking in “tongues” leads an individual to a new revelation, one that not even the apostles knew about? It is not amazing. Again I say: Help us, Lord! Get your people back to your Word!
THE REAL LANGUAGES
Have you ever tried to imagine how tongues, biblical languages, languages came to be? It was miraculous, but as normal as a gift of teaching. It just appeared. The gift belonged to the recipient and he knew he could use it at any time. He did so. Not everyone had this gift. Paul assures it. And those who did were often magnifying it, wanting the church to look at them.
That’s where Paul’s Corinthian instructions came in and put a stop to their use, making the Corinthians hunger for better things. The tongues stopped starving. After a while, no one asked for it, no one received it.
I hold again, that most languages today is a learned behavior that anyone can do. But even if it could be proven to be “supernatural,” remember that pagan religions have their counterpart.
Could a missionary from a new tribe suddenly receive a word from God in that tribe’s language? Maybe. It would be a miracle. God can work miracles. But I can guarantee that that missionary will soon learn the language of his people the old-fashioned way. If the gift is anywhere today, it is a minor temporary manifestation, not the normal practice of the current church, and it is not a significant practice even in the first century church.
THE OTHER GIFTS
And the other gifts? I believe that if tongues could be proven to have ceased, proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, the Pentecostal / Charismatic movement would double down. People would stop fooling themselves. They would critically examine all the other claims made by the gift mongers and conclude that Paul was right again: “Now,” as now, in this present time, “faith, hope, and love remain.” The rest is gone.
There are many who believe that tongues have ceased and who do not follow that faith with the belief that all the gifts They have gone. John Macarthur, from whom I have drawn so much wisdom on these matters, is one of those people.
The way he and others try to hold onto the miraculous gifts of the first century is to redefine them. For them, prophecy is “preaching.” Knowledge to them is, well, “knowledge.” And according to the text of 1 Corinthians 13, they say, these will be around until that which is perfect comes. And what is perfect is that state of affairs that will accompany the coming of Jesus.
I tend to be more extreme. For me, prophecy is miraculously receiving and giving God’s revelations, necessary until a full revelation comes, as it finally happened. The gift of knowledge, by the way, is more than reading someone’s mail, psychic statements about their address and bank account. I think it was also a miraculous way to learn spiritual truths. Through this knowledge and prophecy, the Word of God was communicated to the apostles who eventually gave us the writings we call the New Testament.
Follow your line of reasoning. All of these gifts are all around us, he says, but even with all of them, we only know in part. Our vision is the Sun. But there will come a time when it will be as if we are looking face to face, unlike one of our dark metal mirrors from the first century. There will come a time when I will get to know him the way he knows me, that is, fully.
And is it not said that the Scriptures are the way in which a man can be fully instructed in the ways of righteousness, complete only in them? Why do we minimize Scripture in our rush to move on to something better? Couldn’t the Scriptures be exactly what Paul was referring to, even though he didn’t know it, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit?
Ephesians 2:20 says that the church is actually built on the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets. The doctrines were given to the prophets, handed down to the apostles, written down, and handed down to us.
But I did mention other gifts. We tend to think of the list in Corinthians as exhaustive, ignoring the list in Romans. I counted nineteen gifts given by God for His church. Some were temporary, others have been delayed. How do we know which are which? Read the rest of the scriptures and then take a quick look at the history of the church.
Here are the nineteen, for those interested.
14. Words of wisdom
15. Words of knowledge
17. Discernment of spirits
19. Interpretation of languages.
And that’s it? Not necessarily. But this topic deviates us from the course of this book. I want to look at the gifts that Scripture and history tell us have ceased, then try to figure out what we should be looking at in the church today if they seem to have reappeared for the last hundred years.
I ask you, if you were the enemy, would you like to infiltrate the vast organism called the church, your sworn enemy? How would you do it? Wouldn’t you start with many teachings that are just like the church teaches, to get an audience of the faithful? So, wouldn’t you stray from there until you had made many of those faithful unfaithful? Sounds logical to me. Hasn’t it happened?
And would you not seek, as prey animals do, the weakest, the laggards? Those who have been taught that experience is more important than doctrine, perhaps? Wouldn’t you then give them the experience they cry for, even if they had to ignore the doctrines they once held high?
Yes, that would be a smart way to do it.