May 2018

28 May Answering Questions About Speaking in Other Tongues – Part 4

As a young teenager, I heard Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart declare on his ministry television broadcast, "Salvation is God's greatest gift to the world while the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is His greatest gift to the Church." While every believer glady accepts the first part of Brother Swaggart's statement, many struggle with the subject of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit especially in the area of praying or speaking in other tongues. With that in mind, I want to use this fourth blog post to answer one final question often posed by many Jesus-loving believers about this subject. Hopefully, the information in this blog post plus the answers shared in the previous three blog posts will clear any and all confusion. Here is the fourth question. Question #4 – Doesn’t the Bible Minimize the Importance of Speaking in Other Tongues? Those posing this question are often referring to 1 Corinthians 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."  I can easily see why people would misunderstand this verse and  believe that Paul was saying that this gift from God wasn't important. Allow me to bring clarity to Paul's statement. by sharing these two thoughts. 1. In reading 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, we see that there are two types of tongues mentioned. Both are from God and yet they serve two different purposes. One is God-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) for every Spirit-filled believer to supernaturally communicate (pray, worship, intercede) to God (1 Corinthians 14:2,14). This is a language that accompanies the infilling of the Holy Spirit and is promised to every believer (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:4,16-18,33,39). The second type of tongues mentioned is the Gift of Tongues which is man-ward, a language enabled by the Holy Spirit for the Father to supernaturally communicate (encourage, edify, and exhort) to man (1 Corinthians 14:5). You find this Gift listed with the other Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Unlike the God-ward language, this man-word Gift and each of the Gifts of the Spirit are divided by God and distributed to whom He selects as He directs. 2. Paul, the apostle who wrote that he was thankful that he spoke in tongues more than any of the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:18) and desired that all would speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5), was addressing his "Yet in the church ...

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16 May YOUR City, YOUR Church, THIS Year

If you have ever attended one of our Ignite the Supernatural Conferences or Holy Spirit Rallies or follow my weekly blog, you won't be a stranger to the statement "TODAY is the day of the Holy Ghost". I love making this statement because TODAY is truly His day. The Book of Acts Holy Ghost is still alive and active, ready to demonstrate His might and power in TODAY's believers and TODAY's church. Vickie and I love working together with the Holy Spirit. Our passion is to open the door for Him to supernaturally minister all across our land. We want to see believers baptized in the Holy Spirit and go beyond an experience and launch into a relationship with Him. All that we need to see that happen at your church is an invitation. A Holy Spirit Rally could consist of a Sunday morning service or Sunday morning/evening services or Sunday through Wednesday services. YOUR City | YOUR Church | THIS Year! For more information, you can reach me at billy@billyburns.com. Please send me an email and I will call you immediately on the receipt of your email. ...

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14 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 concerned speaking/praying in other tongues. In bringing clarity to this issue, it is important to note that Paul wrote "I would that ye all spake with tongues ...

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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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