“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1Co 13:12-13)
I was grieved this morning to hear some responses to a FB post from Charisma News entitled “Why Praying in Tongues Is Key to Hearing Holy Spirit”
Now, to be honest, I may not agree with the writer’s conclusion (there is so much more involved in hearing the Holy Spirit, starting with meditation on scripture), even though I pray in tongues. What surprised me were some of the vitriolic responses.
“There is no proof of anyone praying in Biblical tongues in the modern times. Inane gibberish is not praying in tongues. Perhaps the gibberish is prompted by a demon and it is their not understood words coming
from the speaker that is blaspheming God. Can anyone convince us that the gibberish is a prayer talk of the angels? “ “Anyone that teaches that gibberish IS speaking in tongues is presenting a false gospel! “
“why then are most of these people proud and arrogant??”
I understand that those who promote the gift of tongues can sometimes be off-putting and arrogant. Believe me, tongue talkers don’t have a monopoly on arrogance. There are no second class Christians! I am sure that God does not rank us by the gifts that He bestows and every believer has the Spirit of God dwelling within. But, to say “these people” are arrogant sounds a little arrogant and judgmental to me. And, the other side of the coin is that too many folks who do not believe in tongues for today are quick to accuse those who do of being demonized heretics. This grieves the Holy Spirit.
I think we should all be humble enough to admit that we don’t have all of the truth yet. There remain a few debatable doctrines that honest Christ-loving Christians can disagree on without demonizing each other. Before you yell, “heresy” I affirm that the Bible, as originally written, is inspired and authoritative. It is the complete revelation of Christ in this age. Jesus is “the perfect” of 1 Corinthians 13:8, not the canon of scripture. Knowledge has not yet passed away and we do not yet see “face to face.”
Let us agree on those things that the scriptures are absolutely clear about and agree to lovingly disagree on debatable issues. I think that is why the church fathers penned this:
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.” – The Apostles Creed