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Observations in Conclusion

Arthur PinkA few brief observations on our passage in conclusion.

Personal prayer (v. 13) is enjoined before ministerial (v. 14) and social (v. 16): individual responsibility cannot be shelved.

God is not indifferent to the sickness of His people (v. 14), but cares for their bodies as well as their souls.

Are not ministers too free in visiting the sick and praying over them, instead of waiting until they are sent for (v. 14)?

If none but “elders” (ministers) were to anoint with oil, surely they alone are eligible to administer baptism and the Lord’s supper!

All sickness is not occasioned by sin or the “if” of verse 15 would be meaningless.

Yet God does sometimes visit with physical chastisements as the “if” denotes.

The mutual confession of verse 16 refutes the Papish error of “auricular confession,” for the priest does not confess his sins to those revealing to him the secrets of their souls!

Arthur W. Pink-Divine Healing-Is It Scriptural?

Appendix on James 5:14-16 Pt 3-Edward Irving and the Pentecostals

Arthur PinkThird, rather more than a century ago, a certain Edward Irving, founder of the “Catholic Apostolic Church,” propounded the theory that the supernatural gifts which existed in the early Church had been lost through the unbelief and carnality of its members, and that if there was a return to primitive order and purity, they would again be available. Accordingly he appointed “apostles,” and “prophets” and “evangelists.” They claimed to speak in tongues, prophesy, interpret and work miracles. There is little doubt in our mind that this movement was inspired by Satan, and probably a certain amount of abnormal phenomena attended it, though much of it was explainable as issuing from a state of high nervous tension and hysteria. Irving’s theory, with some modifications and some additions has been popularized and promulgated by the more recent so-called ‘Pentecostal movement,” where a species of unintelligible jabbering and auto-suggestion cum mesmerism is styled “speaking in tongues,” and “faith healing.” Many of their devotees and dupes attempt to carry out James 5:14, 15, but with very meager and unsatisfactory results.

Arthur W. Pink-Divine Healing-Is It Scriptural?

Charismatic: False Prophecies

I used to attend churches that are known as Charismatic. In other words these churches identify themselves as having ongoing apostolic gifts. They claim to heal, to work miracles, and to have a fresh word from the Lord.

The last church I ever attended is Pastored by a man named Otis Graves here inTalladega,Alabama. This individual actually asked me to leave his church because I preached the Reformed faith for four years straight and he had become hardened to the gospel message of the scriptures. He actually told me that his church was a charismatic church and not a Reformed church.

In the video that I am going to show you, you will see a regular charismatic meeting. Charismatics are big on speaking words from the Lord over individuals. They think that what they are receiving is directly from God. My last Charismatic church would agree with the woman speaking these words over this individual and would also agree that if you deny what has been said, then you have a demon. (Charismatics are also big on women ministers. They deny the scriptures which state plainly that the man is to lead the congregation’ not the woman).

The fact is that this woman minister, in this video, is speaking blessings over this individual. She states that he is from God and a man that loves the Lord. Yet when he rebukes her and tells her that the gospel is about Jesus Christ, she then takes offense and calls him an unbeliever and one who possesses a demon.

Watch the video for yourself:

Concerning those who believe God is giving revelation through prophets today

An erroneous principle, than which scarce any has proved more mischievous to the present glorious work of God, is a notion that it is God’s manner in these days to guide His saints by inspiration, or immediate revelation…. As long as a person has a notion that he is guided by immediate direction from heaven, it makes him incorrigible and impregnable in all his misconduct.

Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion inNew England, p.1:404

Against the Doctrines of the Trichotomists

The false teaching known as ‘trichotomy’ is a belief that man is made up of three parts. The trichotomists say that man is spirit, soul, and body. There are no such doctrines in scripture. The Bible is plain that God took the dust of the earth and formed it into a body and breathed into the nostrils and man became a living soul. The word soul  and spirit are interchangeably used throughout scripture to speak of that part of man which is immaterial. Man is material (body) and immaterial (soul or spirit).

This heresy has been refuted by the early church. I want to give you an great article that refutes this doctrine today.

Trichotomists, Charismatics, and 1 Corinthians 14 by Daniel M. Brown

1 Corinthians 14 is one of the most popular chapters in the Bible for Charismatics. Practically every Charismatic author that writes anything on the gifts of the Holy Spirit will refer to this chapter. Ironically, 1 Corinthians 14 is one of the strongest rebuttals against the modern Charismatic teaching on tongues, but Charismatics are completely oblivious to this fact because they read the chapter with a trichotomous mindset. In a nutshell, this argument against Charismatic tongues goes as follows:

Read the full article here.

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.