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 The Rapture
 

James was always mocking the bible and Christians in general. Several people, who were Christians, tried to tell him about the end-time rapture when Jesus would come in the air to take His bride away. James thought the whole notion was folly and a fantasy generated from the bible and in the mind of these fanatical Jesus followers. They warned him the time was upon us and to accept Jesus as His Savior before it was too late. James would have none of it. Then one morning he woke up to the biggest shock of his life.

Josh would you go talk to someone else about your crazy, heretical Christian ideas? Josh had been speaking with James about the end-time rapture and trying to reason with him to become a Christian. Time on the earth as they knew it would be ending soon and all the believers would disappear to meet Jesus in the air. For 6 months straight they had been pleading with James to open his heart to Jesus and ask Him to be His Savior but James resisted them to the bitter end. James typical response was Dont give me that baloney about the second coming of Jesus because the earth is millions of years old and it will continue for millions of years to come. I dont believe the bible, in God or in Jesus. My attitude is the rapture is a fantasy written by Christian heretics who had nothing better to do with their time than to write a lot of religious nonsense in the greatest fiction tale of all the- bible.

James was so blind and his heart so covered in darkness to obvious truth that the Christians just stop talking to him and never brought the subject up to  him again. Sometime later James ran into to Josh again this time Josh said nothing about the bible or the rapture or anything along those lines. Josh arent you going to hammer me with your religious garbage like you usually do? James I am done talking to you about Christianity and the events leading to the second coming of Jesus. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the time for his coming is ripe; and read the criterion Jesus told his disciples would be manifesting on the earth right before he is supposed to meet His church in the air. In fact, every Christian James ran into did not talk to him about the bible anymore. Great he thought finally I can have peace from these Christians.

The next morning the skies were dark with ominous, low hanging dense black clouds. Oh well looks like another rain storm is coming in. Little did James know a storm was coming upon the earth far beyond any he could imagine or would there be anything like it to ever occur on the earth again. Eagerly he scampered into the kitchen expecting both his parents and his two sisters to be sitting at the table eating their usual Saturday morning ham and eggs breakfast. This time with his family was the highlight of his week. To his surprise they were nowhere to be found nor were there any ham and eggs on the table. The chairs around the table had not even been moved from the night before, MOM, DAD, CHRISTY,ALICE anybody here? He combed every inch of the house looking for them; the house was eerily empty like no one had lived in it for years. James was a very logical thinker so he tried to figure out what happened to them. He thought of every possible scenario he could but none of them made any sense. He scratched his bushy, fiery, red hair then decided it was time to get dressed and get to the bottom of their unsuspected disappearance. He lopped some icy cold water on his round freckled face.  He shot outdoors and to his dismay his neighborhood was silent.

Usually, on Saturdays the street was filled with kids playing and fathers mowing their lawns or working on their cars. Typically, the older children would be zooming up and down the street on their bikes or playing baseball or some other favorite game in the middle of the street. There was no activity to speak of.  James rubbed his eyes in disbelief he looked up and down the street. All he saw were a few other neighbors looking up and down the street in terror as he was. James felt a sick feeling rise from the pit of his stomach to the base of his neck. His body became rigid and he was full of terror. Oh no he thought were those Christians right?  He remembered the verse all of them use to reference when they were talking to him about the rapture. He ran back into the house and grabbed the family bible off the coffee table. He frantically turned to I Thessalonians 5:17 these words jumped off the page After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. He screamed at the top of his lungs WHY DIDNT I LISTEN TO THEM!

 

 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Thessalonians 5:17

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 No Midnight Conversion
 

Luis was an angry young man involved in gang wars as far back as he could remember. He stabbed so many rival gang members in fights he loss count at 20. He was abandoned by his parents when he was 10 years old. He got into too much trouble and they gave up on him. Jesus never gave up on him. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus even after that fateful night He found solace and acceptance in his gang family.

Luis was a tall, good-looking Puerto Rican who exceled in athletics. He was wiry, strong and a very fast runner. His skin was dark brown and shone like bronze under the New York sun. He spent most of his young life on the streets of New York City scraping out a living by stealing and working at the local market part time. He was induced to join the gangs at a very early age. He was a natural leader having a bent toward violence being filled with rage from being abandoned by his parents five years earlier.

Unfortunately, Luis took to the gang life like pancakes and syrup blend together. Unlike pancakes Luis left a bad taste in the mouths of many people especially his parents, who abandoned him because he was out of control.  He became a seasoned drug addict by age 15 and his choice of weapon was a black-handled switchblade. The blade of the knife was 6inches long and sparkled brightly when the noon sun reflected off it.  He kept that blade as sharp as a razor. This knife was Luiss prized possession and it was like a brother to him. Everywhere he went it went right along with him. His knife was well known to the police and rival gang members. He had punctured many young men while actively fighting with his gang. He became so successful in gang warfare that he started his own gang.

He called his gang Luiss Loners. His gang became so prominent that they controlled about 20 blocks of prime New York City turf. Luis was known for pulling his weapon out and let it talk for him. He had become a very skilled street knife fighter with all the gang wars he fought. He always managed to avoid getting sliced by other gang fighters. He was extremely quick with his hands and feet and instinctively he ducked, dodged and weaved to avoid being stabbed by an opponents knife.

Joey was the only bright spot in Luiss life. Helen, his girlfriend, was of no help to him she was always high and worlds away from reality. Joey was his younger brother who had been a formidable gang member as well. Jesus took Joey off the streets about a year earlier when Joey became a Christian. Ever since then Joey had been imploring Luis to turn his life over to Jesus before it was too late. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus or that religious trash. Luis was heading into his 1000th gang fight this evening a record he was quite proud of.

This night Luis was especially bold and feeling very angry. He had pumped his system with amphetamines all day in preparation for his big occasion. Luis displayed his usual fighting prowess avoiding knife blade after knife blade. He slashed right and left never missing a body within his reach. Then the unthinkable happened a knife blade flashed out of the dark alley slicing Luiss jugular vein in half!  He crumpled to the ground grasping his throat and gasping for air. Everything spun around him faster than his mind could perceive. He woke up in the hospital with tubes entering and exiting out of his body every way imaginable.

He lost so much blood doctors had little hope he would live through the night. He drifted in and out of consciousness. Joey was at Luiss bedside waiting for the right time to have one last talk with Luis. The time came. Luis can you hear me? He nodded his head yes.  John 3:16 says For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. I am asking you for the last time-Do you want to accept Jesus as your Savior? Luis nodded his head violently no! At that moment Luis slipped into eternity, Joey laid his head on Luiss bed and wept like a baby. There was no midnight conversion this time.

 

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16

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 Free Will
 

Free Will
"You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
(Gen. 2:17)

Man has always had the free will to choose right from wrong. When God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), Adam had the freedom to choose whether or not to obey and we know the result. Some say that free will ended when Adam sinned but the Bible tells us otherwise.

In Gen. 4:6-7, the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it". So, just like Adam, Cain had the free will to choose what is right and  please God.

Then, in Josh. 24:15, Joshua told the Israelites that they had a choice to make. He said, "… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". So we can see that in the Old Testament man had the free will to choose whether or not to be obedient.

The New Testament also makes it clear that we have free will and, added to that, we have the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us to choose what is right. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is outlined in 2 Pet. 1:3-4 which say, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness [so that]… you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires". These verses tell us that the Spirit empowers us to say no to sin and live a Godly life.

This work of the Spirit is further explained in Php. 2:12-13 where it says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose". Here we are told that the Holy Spirit is working within us, convicting our conscience (John 16:8) and willing our hard hearts to do what God desires of us (Ezek. 36:25-27). He softens our heart of stone and strengthens us to choose to do what is right rather than hard heartedly continue in sin. Notice that we are told to "continue" to work out our salvation. The onus is on us, in a lifelong process, to submit to the Spirit’s leading and choose what is right. We are not at the pointy end of a Holy Spirit remote control. It’s entirely our responsibility to choose obedience and the failure to do so will result in damnation.

The Bible gives Christians many serious warnings about the need to persevere in holiness in order to be saved eternally (Heb. 12:14). It’s a common belief that all who receive the Holy Spirit will persevere because the Spirit will see to it that we do. But if that was true then we would not have to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" as Php. 2:12-13 tell us. If we have no free will, but are kept in check by the Spirit, then God’s many warnings are simply a waste of words and He is a Toothless Tiger. But the truth is, we have free will and God is not a Toothless Tiger. He is a Consuming Fire and will consume His enemies just as Heb. 10:26-27 make so clear:


"If we [Christians] deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and
of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God".

Finally, God has given man the free will to accept or reject His call to salvation through obedience (Rom.1:5). All who accept this call receive the Holy Spirit who empowers believers to live obediently. If anyone later chooses to return to a life of unrepentant, wilful sin then he will be consumed by God’s wrath. The choice lies with each of us so let’s be like Joshua and say, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord".


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 The Holy Trinity and God the Father
 

The Holy Trinity and God the Father:         

There are numerous volumes of writings about the Holy Trinity and they contain many confusing words.  In reference to an explanation of the Holy Trinity, those books will not compare with the simplicity of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, 2 Timothy 3:16, and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for telling us how a Christian should live.  The Holy Trinity means three Gods in one body, and that one body is God the highest.  The one body contains: God the Father God the Son and God the Spirit of God and any one of the three Gods is equally capable of being God the Highest, and each of the three Gods is distinct from one another.       Some Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity teach that Jesus Christ, with the Spirit of God, is God the Highest.  Their teaching not only turns the Trinity of God Into a two-some, but also belittles God the Father.  Numerous verses in the Holy bible disagree with their teaching

 

Some Holy Bible verses about the existence of the Holy Trinity are:    Ephesians 4:4-6.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope for your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  2 Corinthians 13:14 .  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit of God is with all of you.   Matthew 28:19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit of God.   1 John 5:7,  NRSVACE  Footnote:  A few other authorities read (with variations)  7 There are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, the Spirit of God, and these three are one.   

Jesus said, “ I and the Father are one.” John 10:30  

John 12:49-50,   49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”  John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 20:17   Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’  Romans 15:6   that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 John 1:3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.    Ephesians 5:20 give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      John 17:21-23     21 that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be one, and in unity that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given Me I have given them that they may be one, as We are one, 23  I in them and you in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.   1 Peter 2:5 as Spiritual living stones, let yourselves be built into a Spiritual House, to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

When God the Father subjected everything to Jesus, His Son, the Father did not subject Himself or depart from the Holy Trinity.   1 Corinthians 15:27-28.    27 For God (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (The Son’s) feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one (The Father) who put all things in subjection under him (The Son.)  28 When all things are subjected to Him (The Son), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one (The Father,) who put all things in subjection under Him (The Son,) so that God may be all in all (Three in One).   Psalm 110:1  1 The Lord (the Father) says to My lord (the Son,) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Ephesians 6:12   Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places Hebrews 10:12-13.  12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “He sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until His enemies would be made a footstool for His feet.” 

  

The Revelation 11:15 then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord (the Father), also of his Christ, and He (the Father and the Son and the Spirit) will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 12:10   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, have come.    Revelation 5:14   the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.  Revelation 7:10   All cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”      1Corinthians 15:55-57   55 “Where, O death, is your victory?      Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:3-4   3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (the Spirit of God.)

Revelation 20:6.  Blessed, and holy, are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him a thousand years.   Revelation 22:1   1 and through the middle of the street of the city the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God (the Father) and  of the Lamb.   Revelation 21:23   the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The Holy Trinity continues onward from the new heaven and new earth.   Nothing is said about God, the Spirit of God, but He, a God, remains a member of the trinity and He has distinguishable forms:   God the Spirit of God appeared in forms other than a puff of wind or a sound wave.    Mark 1:10 and just as He (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, we saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus.  Acts 2:1-4   1  On  the day of Pentecost they were all were together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, which filled the entire house. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All were filled with the Spirit of God.        2 Chronicles 18:18-22.    18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, with all the Host of Heaven standing to the right and to the left of Him. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said one thing, and another said another, 20 until the Spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ 21 He replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.’ 22 So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.”   Revelation 10:4    when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from Spirit of God in heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   John 14:26    But the Helper, the Spirit of God, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 15:26   “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify on My behalf.   2Timothy 1: 7 for God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but rather a Spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 

The Holy Trinity and creation:      

Genesis 1:2   the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.     Job 33:4   The Spirit of God has made us and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.      1Corinthians 8:6   yet for us there is one God, the Father, from Whom are all things and for Whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and through Whom we exist.

The Holy Trinity and Salvation :         

1 John 4:9, 11, 12   9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1John 5:11   Here is the testimony:  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   Hebrews 10:10    It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   Titus 3:4-6  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Spirit of God. 6 This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,     Romans 8:11   If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.     John 5:21  the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.      2 Corinthians 5:18-20. 18  All is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation and gave Himself (Christ)  for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to His self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.     Hebrews 1:1-3   1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. 3 Christ the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He (Christ)  had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   1 John 4:10   In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:13    By this we know that we abide in Him (the Father) and He in us, because he has given us of His Spirit.

The Holy Trinity and Worship:          

 John 4:21,23   21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.    Revelation 22:3  Nothing accursed will be found in the city of new Jerusalem and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him (God the Father and the Lamb.)  Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.            

The Holy Trinity and Judgment:         

  John 5:19  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise   John 5:30  Jesus said “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My  judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.      

Remember these following words from Jesus Christ before there is any belittling of either God the Father or God the Son.  John 17:1-3   1 After Jesus had spoken these words He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, to know You, Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 

This Article, The Holy Trinity and God the Father, is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an Eighty Seven year old Christian with a no arrest record.

Author Ronald Edwin Matteson  Added On 01/28/2017
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 Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
 

Like all gifts, speaking in tongues was not for private use but for the common good.

Many believe that speaking in tongues is for private prayer, however, there is not one verse that supports the private use of tongues. The Bible tells us that -

  • All mentions of tongues are in public settings – other people were always present.
  • Interpretation was necessary, meaning others were present (1 Cor. 14:27-28).
  • Tongues were a sign to the Jews, meaning Jews were present (1 Cor. 14:21-22).

1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 say that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion that tongues or any other gift was for private use. 1 Cor. 14:4 says that tongues would edify the individual and that is quite understandable. It would probably be even more edifying to heal someone, however, personal edification was not the intended purpose of any gift. Tongues, with interpretation, were given to build up the church, not the individual, as the following show:

1 Cor. 12:7 - "... the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good..."
1 Pet. 4:10 - "... each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others..."
1 Cor. 14:5 - "... so that the church may be edified." (Note 1 Pet. 4:10)
1 Cor. 14:6 - "... [without interpretation] what good will I be to you?"
1 Cor. 14:7 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:8 - "... [without interpretation] who will get ready...?"
1 Cor. 14:9 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:11 - "... If I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying..."
1 Cor. 14:12 - "... try to excel in gifts that build up the church."
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... how can one who does not understand say ‘amen’?"
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... he does not know what you are saying."
1 Cor. 14:17 - "... the other man is not edified."
1 Cor. 14:19 - "... to instruct others..."
1 Cor. 14:26 - "... all things must be done for the strengthening of the church."
1 Cor. 14:27 - "... if anyone speaks in a tongue ... someone must interpret."

These verses all point to the public use of tongues with interpretation for building up the church. There is not a single verse that supports the use of tongues for private prayer. (This list is taken from All About Speaking In Tongues by Fernand LeGrand)

A passage said to support tongues as a private prayer language is 1 Cor. 14:13-17. These verses talk about praying in tongues but interpretation is called for so that others can say “Amen” so clearly this passage describes a public prayer setting and has nothing at all to do with private prayer.

1 Cor. 14:2 is also used in the attempt to prove that tongues is a private prayer language. It says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit”. Obviously, this verse cannot support private prayer either as it says, “no one understands him”, telling us that it’s a public setting. Three other points about this verse are -

i) Many believe that the “mysteries” of 1 Cor. 14:2 are angelic languages but this comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul uses exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible and fathom all mysteries or have all knowledge etc but even if he could, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels; that too is exaggerated language.

ii) By itself, 1 Cor. 14:2 makes absolutely no sense as it says that no one, except God, ever understood anyone who spoke in tongues. Obviously, this is wrong because tongues were understood (Acts 2:8). To make sense of this verse we need to look at v.28 which is also talking about speaking to God. It says, “If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God”. So, if we consider v.2 in the light of v.28 we see it is saying that, without an interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet and talk to God as no one understands him. Again, this is a public setting and, without interpretation, the speaker would have been uttering mysteries in the same way that any foreign language is a mystery to us, unless interpreted.

iii) The KJV has helped to confuse this issue by adding “unknown” to the text implying that some tongues were unknown languages. However, all tongues from God were known, human languages just as 1 Cor. 14:10 tells us: “There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning”.

Finally, a careful study shows that every verse on tongues, whether about prayer or otherwise, is in the context of a public setting with interpretation called for every time. Not a single verse speaks of the private use of tongues. This is because tongues was a sign of judgement to unbelieving Jews and, once that purpose had been served, speaking in tongues ceased. See “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandasign.pdf


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

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The video of “Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdklmdKG2nY

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Mick Alexander
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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 01/16/2017
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