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A Simple Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:14

Charismatics are big on using this scripture to try and prove that there is a prayer language in tongues that cannot be understood by those who are praying. The fact is, however, that no such prayer language is ever revealed in scripture. When men spoke in tongues in the book of Acts they spoke in the languages of the nations. When Paul speaks of tongues in 1 Corinthians 12-14 he is speaking of the gift of tongues that was manifested on the day of Pentecost or he is speaking of the pagan false god tongues that were being manifested atCorinth.

First I will say that those at Corinthwere using the same pagan gibberish that they were using down at the pagan temples. The terms lalein glossei/glossais (to speak in a tongue/in tongues) that Paul uses so frequently in chapter 14 were commonly used in his day to describe pagan ecstatic speech. Also Paul opened up the whole discussion on spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 by saying, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” In other words those atCorinth were still being led by the dumb idols at the pagan temples. This is why Paul had to write to them. He had to rebuke them and straighten out their church worship. They were getting drunk and dancing into a frenzy till they passed out or went into a subconscious state. (Paul also dealt with this atEphesus see Ephesians 5:18).  While under these pagan ritual influences they would curse Christ in these ecstatic utterances. Paul told them that no one who truly has the Holy Spirit would ever curse Christ. If one truly has the Spirit he would call Christ Lord.

The whole letter to the Corinthians was a rebuke. Paul got onto the Corinthians for divisions, holding onto worldly knowledge above the scriptures, fornicating, going to law against one another, coming to church drunk, taking the Lord’s supper while drunk, despising the poor with the Lord’s supper, operating in pagan spiritual manifestations over and against the true worship of Christ, etc…. No one can convince me that those atCorinthwho were practicing all the fleshly stuff that they did were actually using gifts given by the Holy Spirit. Paul had to rebuke them time and again and remind them that their bodies were the temple of the Holy Spirit and not to be used in idolatrous practices.

Let’s now go to our interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:1-14.

I have been asked by some why Paul used the word ‘unknown’ if the tongue was a language that could be known. My answer is that the King James translators supplied the word ‘unknown’ into the translation. This is why the word is italicized. Those who publish the King James Version will italicize the words in the translation that are not in the manuscripts that were used to translate the scriptures. These are words supplied by the translators. These words were added to make the sentences flow more smoothly. Therefore the word ‘unknown’ should be omitted from the text.

What I want to deal with today is the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14 because there are Charismatics who think that Paul was saying that when he prayed his understanding was unfruitful. The reason Charismatics get this interpretation is because they take this one scripture out of the context of the entire chapter and interpret it by itself. This is wrong. When interpreting scripture we must leave scripture in context in order to understand what is being said. No one who reads the Newspaper, Comic Strips, Field and Stream Magazine, TV Guide, or any publication will take sentences out of context and make them say something that is foreign to the concept of what the author’s original meaning was. Yet when it comes to Holy writ men will take and dissect the Bible by pulling scriptures from context in order to prove their made up doctrines. This much said we will now begin to show what Paul was saying in the chapter of 1 Corinthians 14.

 

1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

 

There should not have been a break between chapter 13 and 14. Paul is still speaking about the greatest of all gifts—charity (love).

 

1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Charismatics read this and think that Paul is saying that the speaker is speaking in words that no one can know and therefore he is speaking mysteries to God. But this is a wrong interpretation. Let me give a correct interpretation.

The word ‘unknown’ was supplied by the translators and throws off the meaning of the text. Paul is discussing the right use of tongues, therefore these tongues would be defined as languages that people understood, but was unknown to those who heard it. This definition comes from the tongues which were used on the day of Pentecost. The Jews heard every man speak in their own language.

He that speaks in a foreign language (tongue) speaks not to men, unless there is an interpreter. This is why Paul later explains that one needs to pray to interpret the tongue. If no interpreter is present, then the speaker is speaking unto God and not man because what the speaker is speaking is a mystery. Therefore no one understands the speaker because he does not understand the language.

 

1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

 

Paul shows the Corinthians that if one prophesies (preaches) he speaks to men to edification, exhortation, and comfort. But speaking in an unknown language does nothing.

 

1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

 

A man that speaks in an unknown language edifies himself because he is built up in himself as the Spirit moves through him. But the man who prophesies edifies the church because they understand what he is saying.

 

1Co 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

 

Charismatics believe that all who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues. I argue that there is no second baptism. Paul states in Ephesians 4:5 that there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. If a man is not born of water and Spirit then he is not born again. Yet if he is born again, then he has the Holy Spirit.

This scripture disproves the Charismatics notion that all are to speak with tongues as evidence for the baptism. Paul here states that he wished they all could speak with tongues. The fact is that there were several there who manifested this gift because an apostle was present among them. Paul told them in 2 Corinthians 12:12 that truly the signs of an apostle were present among them. Only an apostle had the signs that proved that he was sent from God. Others who were claiming to speak in tongues were doing so by the power of the dumb idols that they used to worship at the pagan temples.

Paul explains that speaking in unknown languages is a lesser gift than preaching, unless you interpret what you are saying because no one understands you. But he that prophesies (preaches) edifies the whole church.

 

1Co 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

 

Now brothers, if I come speaking in tongues it will not profit you, unless I speak in languages that you know by speaking revelations, knowledge, preaching or doctrines to you, then you are not profited.

 

1Co 14:7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

 

There are things in this world that have no life in and of themselves, but even when they are heard there is no profit or purpose in them, unless they bring forth sounds that have distinction such as musical instruments.

 

1Co 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

 

If the bugler gives an uncertain sound on his bugle, then who will know that another army is approaching?

 

1Co 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

 

If a man does not speak in a language that everyone understands, then what he says cannot be known and he just speaks into the air.

 

1Co 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

 

There are many kinds of voices in the world and they all have significance.

 

1Co 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

 

If two people meet who know different languages, then they cannot communicate and therefore are barbarians to one another.

 

1Co 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

 

Paul told the Corinthians that he knew that they were zealous of spiritual gifts, but that the gifts that they need are the ones that edify others. When someone speaks a word of comfort to a dear brother who is hurting, then he is edifying the dear brother.

 

1Co 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

 

Paul tells the Corinthians that if any man speaks in tongues or languages unknown by the hearer then the speaker needs to pray that he interpret it.

 

1Co 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

Charismatics rip this scripture from context and try to say that Paul is praying in an unknown language and his understanding of what he is saying is unfruitful or he doesn’t know what he is saying. But if this interpretation is correct then it fits nothing that Paul has said up to this point or nothing after it.

Interpreting this scripture with the one above we see that Paul says that if he prays in the assembly in a foreign language (tongue) and he does not interpret it, then the understanding of what he has said is unfruitful to all those who heard it. In other words, if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit prays, but my understanding to those who are present is unfruitful. See verse 16.

I will prove this interpretation with the next few verses.

 

1Co14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray in the congregation so that I am understood. I will sing with my spirit, but I will sing so that I am understood. The reason I added the word ‘my’ is because Paul stated in verse 14 that he prayed with his spirit and not the Holy Spirit. Therefore in this verse when he states that he can pray with the spirit, then the word ‘my’ fits because he was praying with his spirit.

 

1Co 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

 

Paul states here that if a person prays in a foreign language ((tongue) and those in the room know not the language, then they understand not what has been spoken. Notice in verse 14 Paul states that his understanding is unfruitful. Charismatics say that Paul knew not what he was saying. But in this scripture we see that it wasn’t Paul’s understanding that was unfruitful, but the congregations understanding that is unfruitful, for Paul says that the congregation cannot say Amen because they understand not what you are saying.

 

1Co14:17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

 

If someone prays in a foreign language (tongue) they may pray well, but no one is edified. Why? Because no one knew what was said.

 

1Co14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

 

Paul said that he thanked God that he spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthians. This was because that the gift of tongues was the gift given to an apostle, whereby he could go into other cities and countries and preach the gospel in the language of the people without ever having learned the language.

 

1Co 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

 

Paul said that he would rather speak five words with understanding among the congregation, than ten thousand words in a foreign language (tongues). The reason is simple; those who are present cannot be edified unless you speak in their language so that you are understood.

 

1Co14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

 

Paul tells the Corinthians that they used to be children in malice (evil), but now in understanding they are not to be children, but are rather to be men. So when one goes into a Charismatic church and they hear all this gibberish, then those speaking it are acting just like little children.

 

The commentaries that agree with my interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:14:

John Calvin Commentary (1509-1564)

Geneva Bible of 1599

Dutch Annotated Bible by Theodore Haak 1657

Matthew Henry Commentary on Bible (1712-1714)

Adam Clarke Commentary on Bible 1825

Albert Barnes Commentary on Bible

John Gill Commentary on Bible (1697-1771)

Matthew Poole (1688) Poole had passed on by 1688, but his annotations were finished by others

John Trapp Commentary on New Testament 1656

John Wesley Commentary

Primitive Baptist Commentary

Charles Hodge Commentary on 1 Corinthians

Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary

Self Interpreting Bible 1914

The King James Study Bible 1988

B. H. Carroll (1843-1914) Interpretation of the English Bible

John MacArthur’s Commentary on Bible 1997

The Reformation Study Bible 1995

 

I will say as I close that I know of one man in particular and also there are other examples that I have either read or heard about, who have went into Charismatic churches to test them and have spoken a language such as French, Hebrew, etc…. and then someone got up and supposedly interpreted what was said. The sad part was that when this happened the Charismatics were exposed as fraudulent because the one speaking the foreign language told the congregation what the true interpretation was. I warn you that you ought to be careful when you claim that you can speak a language that you do not know because God might expose you next.

 

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

 

Read my previous articles on “Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined”.

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 1

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 2

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 3

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 4

 

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 4

April 21, 2011 1 comment

The past few weeks we have looked at the Charismatic use of tongues in our present churches. We have discovered that the tongues that are practiced today, among Charismatics, are not the same as the tongues manifested among the early Church. First the early church spoke in other languages and not just several syllable words that are nothing more than gibberish. Secondly the tongue gift used in the early church was a sign to the unbelieving Israelites and not for the believing Gentiles. Thirdly we examined why Paul wrote to the Corinthians in the first place. In other words was he trying to show them how to use spiritual gifts or was he rebuking them. We saw in our last post that Paul was rebuking the Corinthians because of their misuse of the sign gifts. Finally today we will examine the right order for the gift of tongues if the gift were still available today.

Let’s examine 1 Corinthians 14:1-2

 

1Co 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

1Co 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

 

Charismatics usually use the last scripture quoted to say that there are tongues that no man understands or that there is a prayer tongue. This tongue, they claim, cannot be understood because it is a special prayer language or an angel tongue. I asked a charismatic one time to show me where this special prayer language or angel tongue was in scripture. He could not find a scripture that taught such things.

In 1 Corinthians 14:2 Paul is not claiming that there is a tongue that can be used that is not known to men. Paul simply says that if a person speaks in a strange or foreign language, then what is being spoken cannot be known to those who hear it, because in the spirit the speaker is speaking mysteries. If we keep the scripture in context we will see that Paul states that an interpreter ought to be present in order to reveal what has been spoken and then it is no longer a mystery that is being spoken because what was spoken has been manifested in the language of the person who heard it.

Paul goes on to say that he would rather that they all prophesy or speak unto men in their own language words that will edify, exhort, and comfort, because he that speaks in an unknown tongue only edifies himself. In other words he that speaks in an unknown tongue feels built up, comforted, and ecstatic as the Spirit works through him to speak in other tongues. But the one who prophesies in a known language is edifying all those who hear.

Paul tells the Corinthians that if he comes to them speaking in foreign languages that it will not profit them. The only way he could profit them is to speak by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine in their language. Paul then goes into a discussion of what it is like for someone to come in speaking in tongues. Paul likens them to a battle trumpet which gives off uncertain sounds and therefore the troops are unsure whether or not an enemy is approaching. So Paul is showing them that the best gift is not the gift of tongues, but the gift that can be used to edify the church.

Paul tells the Corinthians that if they do speak in tongues, then they need to pray that they may interpret what they said. While using himself as an example Paul says that if he prayed with the spirit, then his spirit prays, but his understanding is unfruitful or those who hear will not be able to understand what Paul is saying because the understanding of his words cannot be known by those who do not speak that language. Therefore Paul said that when he prays with the spirit, he will pray with the understanding also and when he sings with the spirit he will sing with the understanding also. In other words Paul is not saying that he will pray or sing that he might understand, but that others might understand. 1 Corinthians 14:6 agrees with what I have said. I am saying that Paul is not saying that when he prays with the spirit that his understanding is unfruitful or that he does not know what he is saying, but that those who hear him cannot understand and therefore Paul’s understanding to them is unfruitful or produces no results. Therefore he will pray and sing in a language that might be understood by all.

In 1 Corinthians 14:6 Paul says that if someone is occupying the room in which you are praying and they hear you speaking in a foreign language, then they will not say amen when you get through because they understand not what you are saying. What you have said is unfruitful because they do not know what you have said.

So here I am simply trying to show that Paul leads the Corinthians to a point whereby he tells them that the best way to speak in a congregation is in a language that everyone understands. Paul said that he would rather speak five words that they could understand than ten thousand in an unknown language. He follows this by saying that in understanding or in dealing with others they ought to be men and not children.

Next Paul shows them that a tongue was a sign to the unbelieving Jews and is not a sign to believing Christians. We discussed this two weeks ago.

Finally Paul lays down the order of the gift of tongues and teaches them that if one speaks in tongues, then he or someone else ought to interpret the tongue. In other words there ought to be order in the church service because God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Therefore if one speaks in tongues let it be interpreted or else keep silent.

Right in the middle of dealing with the tongue gift Paul addresses a serious problem that was among the Corinthians. He adds that women are to be silent in the churches because they are not permitted to speak, but are to be in obedience as the law says. Why did Paul address this issue? The simple reason is that the women were the main tongue speakers. They remembered their days down at the pagan temples where they used to go into uncontrollable utterances. So they would stand up in church and just talk away in nonsensical gibberish.

Many do not like the fact that Paul told the women to keep silent in the churches, but these same people boast of keeping God’s commands in the Old Testament, yet the New Testament commands are overlooked. A few verses later Paul told the Corinthians that the commands he was giving were the commands of the Lord.

So I will conclude that today’s charismatic circles are out of order. Instead of reading 1 Corinthians and seeing the order that Paul spoke of, on speaking in tongues, they instead proceed to disrupt entire services just to try and make a show of their so-called spirituality. They say the spirit, the spirit. To this I reply as Luther did, “I slap your spirit on the snout.”

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 3

April 14, 2011 1 comment

The past few weeks we have looked at the Charismatic use of tongues in our present churches. We have discovered that the tongues that are practiced today, among Charismatics, are not the same as the tongues manifested among the early Church. First the early church spoke in other languages and not just several syllable words that are nothing more than gibberish. Secondly the tongue gift used in the early church was a sign to the unbelieving Israelites and not for the believing Gentiles. Today we will examine why Paul wrote to the Corinthians concerning tongues.

It seems that every Charismatic Church, that I have ever visited, who have manifested strange utterances during the service, have always been out of order in their use of their so-called tongues. Men or women will begin to use strange utterances at any or all times during the service. I have even heard, through close acquaintances, that in the Church of God denomination that certain people will begin to use tongues even while the preaching is going on.

Paul wrote no instructions on how to preach the word of God. In other words he did not say that a preacher must wear a robe or not wear a robe. He did not say that the minister ought to sit, stand, kneel, preach from a pulpit, a table, etc….. He wrote very little concerning how to partake of the Lord’s Supper, save only that an individual ought to examine himself and see whether he is worthy to partake of it. Paul also wrote no instructions on how to baptize individuals, yet when it comes to the spiritual gifts and particularly tongues, Paul wrote three whole chapters and one chapter centers around nothing but the right use of tongues.

Why did Paul spend so much time on the subject of gifts and particularly the subject of tongues? The reason is obvious; the Corinthian Church was out of order in their use of this gift. Most Charismatics today believe that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 12-14  in order to give the Corinthians the knowledge of how to use spiritual gifts. This is only half the truth. Paul’s entire letter to the Corinthians is a rebuke and not a commendation. In other words Paul wrote a letter that was actually a rebuke of the Corinthians for all kinds of sins, abuses or misuse of sacraments, namely the Lord’s Supper. The first letter to the Corinthians is a rebuke by Paul for division, vain oratory, fornication, going to law against one another before unbelievers, getting drunk and taking communion, depriving the poor of communion, misuse and extreme abuse of sign gifts, and so forth. Therefore chapters 12-14 are chapters that are meant as a rebuke of the Corinthians misuse and even pagan manifestation of certain so-called gifts, instead of chapters on the use of spiritual gifts, as some Charismatics of today think.

Therefore I will say that even if the so-called tongues movement of today were genuine, then it is usually manifested against the order laid down by Paul in the first book to the Corinthians. Since God is not the author of confusion as Paul states, then we should not practice anything that leads to confusion in the Church.

Though I had much more that I wanted to go into, nevertheless in order to keep this post from being to long, then I will conclude by saying that today we have seen that Paul’s writing of the first letter to the Corinthians was in order to correct abuses that were present among the Corinthian Church. Therefore we have discovered that the chapters that deal with spiritual gifts were actually written in order to bring order to a church, which was out of order.

Next week we will examine the right use of tongues as laid down by the Apostle Paul.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Today’s Charismatic Tongues Examined Pt 1

Charismatics, or if you prefer Neo-Pentecostals make much of the fact that they can supposedly speak in tongues. They boast of this ability and make those who do not manifest this phenomenon feel inferior. They claim that everyone ought to seek this supposed gift and if they do not, then they are being disobedient to God.

What I want to examine today is whether or not today’s Charismatics actually manifest the same gift as that which was given in the book of Acts? If they do, then maybe the Cessationist has missed something. But if what they have does not measure up to what was given to the early Church, then they ought not to be participating in such phenomenon.

Let’s look in the book of Acts and read what happened when the day of Pentecost was fully come.

 

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

 

The last verse of which we read is the clincher that disproves the tongue speakers of today. This scripture plainly declares that Jews gathered from all nations heard the apostles and their group speak in their own language. You see there were Jews gathered together from many different countries who now spoke in the language of the country from which they came. When the Spirit came on the apostles and their group they were given the ability to speak in the language of all these other Jews. Therefore the gift of speaking in tongues was the apostolic ability to go into any city, area, or country and speak in the native language without having ever learned the language.

Do today’s tongue speakers measure up to the phenomenon which was given on the day of Pentecost? Do they have the ability to go into any country and preach the gospel in the language of the people there or do they have to go to school and learn that language before they go on their missionary trips?

I want to tell you today that all Charismatics will readily admit that they have to go into a school and learn new languages before they can go witness to other nations. They readily admit that they have no ability to speak in foreign languages when they meet someone who speaks a different language.

I know the objection of today’s Charismatic. He will say that the tongues that he speaks with are a heavenly prayer language that no one understands. Yet I challenge him to show me in scripture where any such language was ever given or manifested? Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 14:

 

1Co 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 

You see the same phenomenon that is going on in today’s Charismatic churches was also being practiced at Corinth. Before the Corinthian was saved and came to the knowledge of Christ he would go down to the local temples and speak in gibberish. They would make sounds that have no meaning. This is why Paul writes to them and rebukes them for speaking in all kinds of gibberish and nonsense that cannot be understood.

As someone who was in the Charismatic churches from 1992 to 2008 I can tell you that all the tongue speaking that I ever heard was nonsense and gibberish. The tongue speaking that went on would be one or two syllables repeated over and over. After the tongue speaker would get through there would be at times someone who would get up and supposedly interpret these so-called tongues. When the interpretation would come forth there would be five or six sentences (sometimes more) worth of interpretation. I want to tell you that there is no known language on the face of this earth whereby one can get five or six sentences from two syllables.

Some of the main people that were doing the supposed tongue speaking were women. This is why Paul commanded the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 14:

 

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

 

And he said three verses later

 

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

 

Almost always a Charismatic is an Arminian and he boasts of being able to keep God’s commands, yet he ignores the New Testament commandments. In the scripture I just read Paul says that what he writes is the command of the Lord. Therefore “Let your women keep silent in the churches” is a command of the Lord.

So what I want to conclude today is that today’s Pentecostals should not call themselves Pentecostals. This is because the so called tongue speaking that they do does not resemble that which was given by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Instead they ought to call themselves Corinthians. Today’s Charismatics are just like the Corinthians who were speaking gibberish and disrupting the service and had no order in the things that they were doing.

Next week we will examine the reason tongues was given or in other words what was the purpose of this sign?

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.