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22 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 2

As a student of the Word, you know that the apostle Paul wrote letters to a troubled Corinthian church to bring clarity and understanding to areas where certain teachings had brought much confusion and harm to the Body of Christ. One of those areas of confusion that Paul addressed concerned speaking/praying in other tongues. In bringing clarity to this issue, it is important to note that Paul wrote in his first letter that “I would that ye all spake with tongues …” (1 Corinthians 14:5). Then, just a few sentences further down, Paul wrote “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” (1 Corinthians 14:18).

While almost 2,000 years have passed since Paul wrote the Corinthian believers, there is still great confusion in today’s church about speaking/praying in other tongues. Just as in Paul’s day, this lack of understanding has needlessly caused God’s gift for all believers (Acts 2:4, 16-19, 39) to be a source of uncertainty and division in the church. In pulpits across our land today, well-meaning pastors and teachers continue to misinform believers and rob them of the benefits that come with praying in the Spirit.

To bring clarity and answer questions/objections about this New Testament truth, I began a series of blog posts last week pulling from the Three Reasons Why I Pray in Other Tongues teaching that I share in our Holy Spirit Rallies. Last week, I started with the question “Isn’t Speaking in Other Tongues of the Devil?”. This week, let’s look at another common question.

Question #2 – Didn’t Speaking in Tongues End With the Apostles?

1. Those with this question often point out that in Acts 8 the apostles Peter and John were sent to Samaria so that the believers could be baptized in the Holy Spirit and in Acts 19 we see the apostle Paul laying hands upon the Ephesian believers so that they might be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Then, the point out the obvious, those apostles are dead. This is followed with the comment stating that since the apostles are long gone, there is no one today to bestow this gift. For our answer, let’s look a little further into the scriptures. On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), who laid hands upon the believers? Nobody. In Acts 9, who laid hands upon Saul so that he might receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit? It wasn’t an apostle. It was a follower of Jesus (in other words, a “common”, everyday Christian, someone like you and me) named Ananias. In Acts 10, who laid hands upon the believers at Cornelius’ house? No one. The Holy Spirit fell while Peter was still preaching. In other words, Jesus poured out His Spirit before Peter could get Mother Anne on the organ, the ushers ready to catch anyone falling “under the power”, and Peter’s rehearsed altar call delivered. So, was it essential/mandatory for an apostle to lay hands upon the believer? No.
2. Concerning the necessity of having an apostle impart this gift to believers, I would have to ask, why would God limit the benefits that come with speaking/praying in other tongues including the building of faith (Jude 20), edifying the believer (1 Corinthians 14:4), providing a greater expression of worship (Acts 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:15), launching prayer to a new level of effectiveness (1 Corinthians 14:2,14) to just the people at 1st Church of the Believer in Jerusalem and Hey We’re Pentecostal Fellowship in Damascus and … well, you get the idea. The WHOLE CHURCH then and now needs to be Holy Spirit pray-ers.

Could I write more about this? Yep. But, space doesn’t permit. Next week, we will look at Question #3 – Doesn’t the Bible Teach that Speaking in Tongues Will End?

 

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07 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 1

As Vickie and I conduct our Holy Spirit Rallies in churches, I especially enjoy our Sunday night teaching services. While I love the Sunday morning services where we often have the altars filled from wall to wall with individuals who have come forward to receive the promise of the Father, to me the Sunday night teaching on Three Reasons Why I Pray in Other Tongues is equally if not more important than the Sunday morning service. Why? Because the Sunday morning service opens the door for believers to begin a new-found relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Sunday night service provides the biblical foundation and explanation about what to do once they have walked through that door. This teaching brings clarity to a mystery that has robbed many individuals of the benefits that come along with the greatest gift that the Father has for the believer.

One of the things that I teach in the Sunday night meeting addresses questions/objections raised by well-meaning pastors and denominations about the biblical validity of praying in other tongues. Sadly, these objections have misguided believers. Before going any further, let me say that I don’t believe that these leaders have purposefully deviated from the Scriptures. I don’t know of a single pastor or denomination that would preach an error if they knew the truth. In most cases, these ministers have allowed tradition to cloud their understanding of the Word. In other words, these preachers and teachers have been taught this doctrine this way and this is the way that it has to be.

With that in mind, for the next few blog posts, I want to pull from my Sunday night teaching and examine a few of these questions and give a brief biblical answer. Please know my heart. I am not sharing these insights in an “I know more than you” attitude towards these pastors and denominations. I just know that as I’ve shared these truths, people always come to thank me for the simple biblical truth that erased their confusion.

Question #1 – Isn’t Speaking in Other Tongues of the Devil?

Have you had someone raise this question? I know that you have. I hear it quite often. Here is my brief response.
1. Jesus said that this sign would follow believers. (Mark 16:17). Did you catch that? JESUS said that this is for BELIEVERS. Why would Jesus tell us to do something that was from the Devil?
2. In Acts 10:44-46, the believers spoke with tongues AND magnified God. In Acts 19:6, they spoke with tongues AND prophesied. Here’s my question. Why would Satan do ANYTHING that would draw believers closer to Jesus AND equip them to magnify God and speak for Him?
3. If speaking in other tongues was truly from Satan, wouldn’t it seem logical to think that every drunk person at every honky-tonk (remember that I live in Texas) would be sitting at the bar speaking in other tongues? But, we know that’s not the case. Instead, Satan’s kids are speaking THEIR father’s language.

I told you that this would be brief. The truth doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. Next week, we will look at Question #2 – Didn’t This End with the Apostles?

 

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04 May God’s Outpouring TODAY!

When God spoke through the prophet Joel that He would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, this included the ALL in YOUR church. And, His all really meant all! That’s His heartbeat. My question is, do you have the same heartbeat? Do you desire that the children in your children’s church and mid-week Bible clubs be filled with God’s Spirit and prophesy to their generation? Do you want God’s Spirit to move mightily in your youth services? Do you long for the “suddenlies” mentioned in the book of Acts to happen in your adult services?

Here’s one last question. Would you like to see God’s heartbeat demonstrated THIS YEAR? Vickie and I would love to be a part in launching this move of God in your church through a Holy Spirit Rally in 2018. Whether it be through a Sunday morning service or Sunday morning and evening services or a Sunday through Wednesday Rally, we want to join with you to see Joel’s prophecy come to pass THIS year in YOUR church. No church is too big or too small. We are just an email away … billy@billyburns.com. Please send me an email and I will call you immediately on the receipt of your email.

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30 Apr How’s This, Mister Spiritual Hottie Tottie?

My greatest challenge each week is to keep this blog post sized down to a post that can be read and digested in a two to three minute reading period. The latest statistics that I’ve found states that the average reader reads at a rate of around 200 words per minute and, in doing so, comprehends 60% of what they’ve read. Each week, I struggle trying to place into three or four paragraphs what I could easily share in three or four pages. Enough said about my struggles. (I have already shared 117 words explaining wanting to keep the post short and readable. Go figure!)

Here is a truth that is so, so powerful and doesn’t need a lot of words of explanation. (Maybe I can average the word count in this blog post against one of the longer ones and help me feel better about my wpb -words per blog.) Here it is …

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit and walking
in the benefits of this relationship doesn’t make
you better than the person who is not Spirit-baptized.
It makes you better than you!

This should be enough said to deal with the elitism of some Spirit-filled believers.

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23 Apr Want to Walk in God’s Supernatural Power TODAY? Here’s How …

Please read the following disclaimer before reading the entire blog post …

DISCLAIMER: The following blog post is intended to be read and then implemented only by those wanting to operate in the realm of the supernatural. The operation of God’s supernatural power that I’m about to share is equal to resurrecting the dead back to life, liberating a body from the confines of a wheelchair, or turning water into Welch’s grape juice (I’m not one for drinking any alcoholic beverage). And, be forewarned … operating in this gift is not for those wanting man’s accolades or applause. In all actuality, in most circumstances, only you and one other person might know that this gift has been in operation. And, there are many times that you won’t know the results of your cooperation with the Holy Spirit as you operate in this gift.

What is this supernatural ministry? Be a conduit of God’s love. Yep. You read correctly. I can read some of your minds. You’re thinking, “I thought that you said that this is supernatural.” Well, it is for the Word says …

“… because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost …”
Romans 5:5

Supernatural? How so? The source is supernatural … God. The depositor is supernatural … the Holy Spirit.

This walk in the supernatural can be demonstrated at any TIME, at any PLACE, in any SITUATION, by any BELIEVER. You will find that God has “Holy Ghost setups” waiting on your intentional and purposeful “such as I have give I thee” (Acts 3:6) love deposits. This can come in the form of giving words of encouragement to the Walmart cashier, hugs to a love-starved child, warm smiles to a person walking towards you at the mall, or thanks along with a very generous tip to the restaurant waitress. You and I can become God’s supernatural conduit to provide full-blown, life-changing, heaven-imparting Spirit and life to a world desperately needing a divine visitation! It’s truly S-U-P-E-R-N-A-T-U-R-A-L.

Hallelujah. I’ll say it again, hallelujah! Let’s begin this walk TODAY!!!

P.S. Do this world a gigantic favor. Forward this blog post to others who long to walk in the supernatural.

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