Fake and Real Charismatics
There seems to be much controversy over tongues in the church. Either it is real or it isn’t. Maybe it is both.
You have two groups of charismatics
1. those that are actually real – they may actually spend much time alone with God and in prayer. this is ok….I do this myself…almost every morning is like this for me, although i do not lock myself in anywhere…..
tongues can be real either for private prayer and intercession where no interpretation is needed…or… public prophesy, where it should not be the center of attention unless someone can interpret. ….however, within a group, someone may be privately and quietly praying in tongues… true gift of tongues is a gift of the holy spirit, and it is meant to be used with respect and dignity.
falling down can be real….if it is the holy spirit, then the person will be somehow different when they get up…more blessed, healed, or something like that…the holy spirit is not into having people fall under his power for useless reasons….when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus….they fell back under the power of God….Jesus revealed who he was to the soldiers….I am thinking they were not that willing afterwards to arrest Jesus , but they had no choice, as they were under orders…..
prophesies will come true, or give special information that can be confirmed…when God speaks, it should be obvious, and speak to you in some way that you need to hear.
2. tongues can be fake or demonic in origin……the devil always counterfeits what God does……in this case
the people will make a display of themselves……to call attention to “self”….this is the flesh and it is demonic
prophecies will be generalized and tell you nothing in particular……”seek my face”…..”jesus is coming”….”you are my people”….blah blah blah….anyone can come up with this stuff……prophesies do not come true…or they would have anyhow…like the obvious….like the sun will come out tomorrow.
falling down accomplishes nothing more than an inspection of the carpet….people get back up the same person as when they fell down…people can learn to fall backwards, if they know someone is behind them to catch them……although, as a courtesy….someone should be back there anyhow as a comfort measure.
For the one who asks, “are the tongues real or fake?” I would say this: Scripture says good tree produces good fruit. If the tongues are real, the person will be guided by the Holy Spirit, be reverent and humble with their gift, and will not abuse the gift for selfish purposes. Also, if the person has asked sincerely, then they should expect to receive in faith what they asked for. If they, instead, have acquired the tongues by an artificial means, somehow “learning” what to do, or made up something under pressure of others to please them, then the tongues most likely will not be real.
See also “The Church is Having a Power Failure” (signs and wonders gone in the church?) Click here for more
See also “Baptism of the Holy Spirit & Tongues” (the real gift) Click here for more
See also “God’s Glory- a Practical Application” Click here for more
See also “The Wheat and the Tares” Click here for more
See also Speaking in Tongues – the Science and the Spirit Click here for more