Saturday, September 3, 2016


By Ivan L. Burgener 

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:17

Christendom is all astir. It seems that the most vibrant,  moving, active, alive people therein are "speaking with new  tongues." I had a business acquaintance say recently that of  all the gifts he had received from the Lord, he felt the gift of  tongues to be most precious! Although he admitted that he  did not know what. he was saying when speaking in tongues,  it was such an exhilarating experience that it was the pinnacle  of his spiritual life! His joy was dismay to me. What delusion  - pawned off as blessing from God!- and His greatest gifts of  grace go unappreciated. Where does Calvary fit into the  tongues movement?

These pleas fall on deaf ears, unless we show the true  meaning of tongues. These "new tongues" are really also  called "other tongues" (Greek word hetros) in Acts 2:4. These  were languages, not "new" or "different" in the sense that they  had never been heard before or that they were new to the  hearers. It is plain from Acts 2:8 that these languages were  well-known to those who listened. These languages were new  to the speakers - different from those they were accustomed  to speak. This was a miracle, accompanying the outpouring of  the Holy Spirit to Israel at Pentecost.

While these gifts and their exercise were genuine and  miraculous, they are a fraud today; for that program and the  gifts demonstrating God's dealings with Israel are long past.  Apart from the demonstration of these miraculous powers to  authenticate Paul's ministry, they have ceased with the  completed revelation of God's program of pure grace-to and  through Paul. When the perfect, completed revelation of  God's grace was given to Paul in his later letters, that which  was in part-tongues, etc.- was done away (I Corinthians  13: 10). The only thing new about tongues today is their use to  mislead a new generation even more unfamiliar with the  Bible. May God help us all to be true Bereans and search the  Scriptures better! Better to listen with new ears than to  attempt new tongues.

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