Letter to a friend on the Pentecostal Heresy!
Dear Cyrilla, 15- 7- 2011
Sorry that I did not write earlier as I wanted to. But I have been praying that God will open your eyes to the truth as he did mine nearly eighteen years ago. Though God saved me from a life of drug addiction, Rock music and Satanism in 1986, I attended a false Church for nearly five years before God in His mercy showed me the truth from His Word. Since then I do my best to warn those who have believed a lie thinking that they are following the truth. “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”! [Prov 14:12]
I was so glad when I heard you say that you have come out of the Roman Catholic Church and are now a born-again Christian. But my joy was short lived when I came to know that you are now an active member of a ‘Church’ which is founded on error and preaches a false gospel! Now I understand that this is a very strong accusation to make and a very offensive one. But am I your enemy because I tell you the truth? [Galatians 4:16]. No, not at all! “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful”. [Proverb 27:6]
The attitude of the majority of ‘Christians’ is that we should not ‘judge’ anyone or anything. But the Bible exhorts us to “Test all things and hold fast to that which is good” [1Thes 5:21] and the way we ‘test everything’ is by the Word of God!
The very fact that the Church you are attending has hundreds of people in their services should make you wonder if they are preaching the whole truth. Why? Because the Apostle Paul warned Timothy –“the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”. [2Tim 4:3,4]
Did you hear that, Cyrilla? Men will have no desire for ‘sound doctrine’ but will want to have their ears tickled with fables! What are these ‘fables’?
Well a popular one is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still operating today and that ‘tongue speaking’ and the accompanying ‘signs’ is a sign of the baptism of the holy spirit. Is this the truth? No my friend!
SPEAKING IN TONGUES HERESY
In Acts chapter 2, we read that the Apostles spoke in tongues (languages). Is there a ‘gift of tongues’? Yes, there is a legitimate gift of speaking in tongues, but it is NOT the foolish gibberish nonsense of the Assemblies of God, the King’s Temple and other wayward ministers like Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar. The Bible could not be more clear if people would just read it at face value. Acts 2:6 clearly reads that “…every man heard them speak in his own language.” Did you read that…IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE! As the Apostles spoke in tongues, the multitudes of people from at least sixteen different nations each heard the gospel presented IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE…
“And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, etc, and we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” -Acts 2:7-11
Notice the phrase in Acts 2:11, “our tongues.” The crowds heard the Apostles preach in their own native tongues, not some unknown heavenly gibberish. There was NEVER any ‘heavenly languages’ spoken that no one understood and required an interpreter. There is a drastic difference between Biblical tongues and the heretical speaking in tongues of the Assemblies of God type of churches.
The “speaking in tongues” which the Assemblies of God and the Pentecostals foolishly practice are ‘UNKNOWN’ tongues, not anything found on earth. Supposedly, those unknown tongues can only be interpreted by ONE spirit-filled member of the congregation. The Apostle Paul speaks common sense to us 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.”
“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” [1Cor 14:26]
The church of Corinth was your first unofficial Charismatic, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Apostolic Faith…church. They were an entertainment church, much like the Pentecostals churches today with their musical bands, speaking in tongues, healing services, etc. It is unfortunate when churches have to deteriorate into entertainment centers to attract new members. They try to “spectacularize” Christianity. This is why the Assemblies of God and The King’s Temple religion is so popular, it offers a lot of entertainment (a lot of weird entertainment I might add).
The speaking in tongues, slain in the spirit, holy-laughter etc practiced by the Charismatic’s, Pentecostals and Assemblies of God/ King’s Temple etc are of the devil!
SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT
What Charismatic’s enthusiasts say is when the Spirit comes upon you it will overcome you with power, slaying you. Today this has become the common denominator of the Spirits’ presence with power and is sought after as proof of receiving the anointing. False prophets such as Benny Hinn, D.G.S. Dhinakaran and a host of others have developed it to be a trademark of their meetings. But we need to see if it is promoted as such in the Scriptures.
What do we find? We do not see any of this practiced or even hinted in the Scripture. When the Spirit came upon the Lord Jesus at His baptism He came up out of the water; He didn’t collapse and sink down! The Lord Jesus had power to heal even the worst cases of disease, blindness and crippled limbs, and yet no one who Jesus ever touched fell over “slain.” Nor do we find Peter or John touching people and causing them to fall over. They did not ask other disciples to stand behind those they were going to lay hands on, to catch them as they toppled backward by the power. The New Testament has no people lining up waiting for the “anointing” to be passed on from another, not even the Apostles. Can you picture any of the Apostles running up to people and slapping them on the forehead, or lining people up to be slain? No soft music or repetitive choruses were sung to set an atmosphere for the anointing to fall. No one yelled repetitive phrases like, “hallelujah!” or “Praise you Jesus” or “More, Lord!” So where does this all come from?
Scriptures used to justify and validate this as a Biblical practice are:
Gen.15, 17:1-3; Josh.5:13-15; Ez.1:28,43;1-5, 44:4; Mt.17:5-6; Rev.1:7, 7:11, 11:16-17; Acts 9.
Many fell backwards in Scripture, but it was not a blessing! In 1 Samuel 4:18: Eli fell off his seat backwards on hearing of the death of his sons and the capture of the Ark and he died. Isaiah 28:13 the prophet speaks of God’s Word sent to refresh, but if not heard it became a judgment “that they may go and stumble backward, and be broken.” In all these examples it is a judgment, not a blessing! In 1 Samuel 28:20 we read of Saul immediately collapsing “full length” on the ground upon hearing of his impending death from Samuel after consulting the witch of Endor.
Cyrilla, the Bible tells us that God has given the Christian a spirit of ‘self control’ [see 2Timothy 1:7]. So if someone falls down while another is praying over them, either they are faking it or they are being overpowered by a demonic spirit. This is totally an unbiblical practice that has nothing to do with the Lord or His Word!
THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
I have been in more than one service where things are spoken such as: “God told me to tell you that this “thing” you’ve been praying about will shortly come to pass” (or be answered, or be taken care of, etc).
At other times it will go something like this “You’ve got something you’ve been praying about for a long time and God’s going to answer”, or “God said to tell you that it’s going to be Okay”.
Others go further than that: They will say things like “There is someone in here that has a problem (although they cannot personally reveal the problem), and if you’ll come up here, God will heal you (or take care of the problem, etc.). They will say “Someone here has a medical problem and if you’ll come up here, God will heal you”.
The sad part is that with absolutely NO Specifics being spoken, the Church will be “amazed” and folks will flock to the altars for prayer. Let me ask you, If I stood in YOUR church (unless it is very tiny), chances are pretty good that If I said (exactly with these words) “someone here has some financial difficulty” or “someone here has a problem in your body” or even “there is someone who has been praying for something for a long time”, could YOU identify with any of those? MOST people could identify with those statements, BUT, friend, regardless of what you think, THIS IS NOT OF GOD. IT IS THE SPIRIT OF MAN (OR WORSE), and it should not be heeded.
And then there are those like Benny Hinn who may even specifically name the person and the disease that they are suffering. But there is no need to be amazed at this and think that this is the Holy Spirit, because anyone with a ‘familiar spirit’ which is actually demon can easily reveal such things. The technical word for this practice is CLAIRVOYANCE (i.e., Apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses), and is exactly what the Satanic psychics do!!! But God has not ordained such gimmicks for His Church.
The truth is Cyrilla, that spectacular gifts (prophesy, tongues, miracles, healing, faith, interpretation of tongues) were given to the original Twelve Apostles as sign-gifts for the propagation of the gospel and attestation to the Apostles in the first century. “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” After the church was established, and we had the full New Testament in hand there was no need for Apostles and Prophets. “The things that mark an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles—were done among you with great perseverance: (2 Cor. 12:12). The Apostle’s or apostolic representatives alone had the extra-ordinary gifts.
Once the church had matured and/or received the inspired New Testament canon of Scripture, there was no longer any need for the spectacular gifts. The gifts of tongues and prophecy have ceased, and we can assume the other spectacular gifts have also ceased. “whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease!” (1 Cor. 13:8).
Think of this Cyrilla, if indeed the gifts of the Holy Spirit are operating today, then these so-called Pentecostal preachers with these ‘gifts’ should be able to do all that the Apostles did and in the same manner that they did it. The Apostles were not just healing invisible sicknesses and diseases like cancer but healed visible deformities like blindness and lameness and even raised the dead on some occasions. That which you see in Pentecostal Churches today is a fake of the devil to deceive multitudes.
Though God still heals illnesses today He is not behind the ‘Health, wealth and Prosperity’ gospel preached by the Assemblies of God and The King’s Temple.
The King’s temple proudly boasts – “Ps. Merilyn Patta, Wife of Rev. Samuel Raj Patta, is a mighty woman of God moving very powerful in the Gifts of Prophecy and Words of Knowledge. Thousands of people are being blessed, healed and delivered through her ministry. She is a powerful Worship Leader and Heads the Worship Department of the King’s Temple Church, Hyderabad” etc.
But here is what the Bible says –
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [1Cor 14:34]
Again – “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”. [1Tim 2:11]
God has given the woman a very honorable position in His kingdom, yet the Bible does not give her the permission to be a teacher or worship-leader etc. If she disobeys this direct command of God it is a shameful thing and a mark of ‘Another Jesus’ operating in the Church!
SILENT ON SIN
When was the last time you heard a sermon from your pulpit exposing Roman Catholicism as a false religion, or Rock music as Satan’s music, or that God will judge Homosexuals and send them to Hell?!
You see, the King’s Temple and the Assemblies of God cannot preach like this, because half their congregation have not fully come out of the Roman Catholic church, and ninety percent of their youth still listen to Rock music and many in their congregation are homosexuals! Even a seemingly innocent thing like Christmas or Easter is a pagan festival which has come from Roman Catholicism, but your pastor would not dare to preach against it even if he knew this; because that would empty 90% of his ‘Church’!
Both the ‘Assemblies of God’ and ‘The King’s Temple’ claim to be the fastest growing ‘Churches’ in the twin cities. How can this be possible, especially in the light of the verse that I shared with you at the beginning of this letter – “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”?! [2Tim 4:3,4] The Bible tells us how!
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”! [1Tim 4:1] The Pentecostal prosperity gospel preached by the Assemblies of God and the ‘King’s Temple’ is just that. The doctrine of demons! And it will eternally damn the souls of those who have come to believe it and are continuing in it! My wife and I were once a part of it, so I know first hand what I am talking about.
You say, “But we have to go somewhere on Sunday to worship and fellowship”. Dear Cyrilla, if you can find a group of true Christians who are truly following the Lord and are obedient to His Word then by all means meet up with them and spend the Lord’s Day with them. But if you do not find any such Christians, then better to stay at home and worship God alone than to fellowship with those who have embraced a false gospel which will damn their souls!
God’s call to truly born-again Christians who are still sitting in false ‘Churches’ is –
“Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities”! [Rev 18:4,5]
It is not easy for me to write these things to you. But because I love you as my own sister it is my duty to warn you concerning this. Whether you will receive what I have said or not will show whether you were really born-again as you claim you have.
The Master said –
“If any man desires to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself”. [John 7:17].
Love in Christ