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Tongues And The Azuza Street Revival: A Pagan Religious Ecstatic Practice

Tongues has been the scourge of Christianity in America for years.  It is the gibbering vowels and nonsense spoken by the Continuationist Charismatic movement that has morphed into many “waves” and variations from that time on.

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The Azuza Street Revival was the beginning of Pentecostalism in America.  It began in Los Angeles, California, on April 9, 1906, as a meeting that continued until 1915 which grew into a revival. 

Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century. ~ Wikipedia, Azusa Street Revival

Pentecostalism, founded by William J. Seymour, combines a pagan religion based on African Voodoo shamanic “tongues” and church of god evening light saints holiness churches.

William J. Seymour had early life experiences with spirits and parallel manifestations, like unto his forefathers who practiced pagan Voodoo religion. ~ Curtis Edwards: Pagan Pentecostalism – It’s Roots: Sex, Sin & Slavery

Many of these people know the bible, they have read it and learned the basic messages of God written in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  But their understanding of the gift of “tongues” is basically wrong, and so wrong that I fear that a new religion of satan is being born, ushered in by those who believe that speaking gibberish tongues is a gift from the Lord Jesus Christ; but it is not.  It is of satan.  Like John MacArthur says, if you are in an ecstatic state speaking in these “tongues”, and not making sense, you are either in the flesh in a type of trance-like state or you are under the guise of a “foreign spirit”, thinking it is of God.  They think it is God’s Holy Spirit making people speak in unknown gibberish, but the Holy Spirit being God, is not a God of confusion.  

Pagan History

Pagan ecstatic “tongues” is very common in pagan religion and so is counterfeit.  I offer something I would start with, to review the speaking in languages that were signs to authenticate the validity of the new age.  John MacArthur is a great teacher on this and other subjects:

“Corinth Revisited”:  Speaking In Tongues – by John MacArthur

The problem with the tongues speaking people is that they have veered off into seeking the miraculous where all their time is spent on chasing miracles instead of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Their sole focus seems to be on their “miraculous gift”; speaking gibberish.  As someone wrote, 

What is at the heart of the Pentecostal, Charismatic and Neo-Charismatic movements? The answer is a peculiar doctrine of the Holy Spirit. ~ Rev. Angus Stewart: The Three Waves of Charismatic Christianity

Book of Acts – Early Church

In the book of Acts, there was a gift of known languages given to the people who were speaking, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, to the travelers who had come from distant cities and countries.  They recognized the work of God because the people speaking their languages could not have ever learned their language, but were miraculously speaking a language that someone could understand.  It was a miraculous gift of God at the time and conveyed the message of God to the people who traveled long distances.  It helped to start the early church.

By speaking in the known languages, the words of God were easily spread to more people and translators who were present could translate the foreign language into the known language of the locals so that they, too, would know what was being said.

So if someone is speaking at the United Nations in Chinese, not everyone knows the Chinese language so interpreters are present who can translate Chinese into every countries language, so that all understand.

After the Book of Acts where the early church got started, people didn’t practice speaking in foreign languages any more.  The word had spread, enough that Christianity was being recognized.  It was never talked about after that point in time in the bible, so that those early Apostolic gifts were not being used in the manner in which the Apostles used them.  There were a few times in the bible which spoke about others “casting out a demon”, but that died out too.  It was not present in the bible but people today keep carrying on as if they have those Apostolic and miraculous gifts, but who use them to keep control on their congregants who give money to be healed, spoken over and other tyrannizing ways that takes advantage of their naivete of the bible.

Other Studied Pastors “Take” On Tongues, As Miraculous Sign Gifts

How many people who speak in tongues also claim they have other “miraculous gifts”?  They do not have the bible knowledge to know the difference.  I will now include the so-called “healing gifts” where these people speak in tongues, and may have other “gifts”.  I want to show you something important about these so-called “gifts”, by very knowledgeable pastors and teachers on the subject about these false teachers.

Take Benny Hinn, for example.  He is a fox in sheep’s clothing and I think I can say with great confidence that many of you who read this are agreeing; he is a false preacher who takes advantage of poor, sick people, and has grown an empire of wealth upon these people’s backs.

The healers also have their “take” on speaking in tongues as being a miraculous gift going on today.  A great teacher about this, Justin Peters, has a video where he talks about false teachers.  Having Cerebral Palsy, he attended Benny Hinn healing meetings, seeking to be healed.  Here is an excellent example of his teaching against false teaching:

Justin Peters:   (236) Justin Peters: The Hurt of Healing

Read what Justin Peters has to say about his experience with Word of Faith preachers: 

I wanted to be healed of my CP and did not see it for what it was – something which, in His sovereignty, God gave me.  I was seeking supposed gifts and not the Giver. … When I would go to the Benny Hinn, Ken Copeland, Duplantis, etc., etc. meetings I grieved – I genuinely grieved.  However, in hindsight, I now see that my grieving was misplaced.  I grieved primarily because I saw the poor and the desperate and the sick being abused and exploited.  …  However, my grieving should have been first and foremost that God’s Name and His Word were being maligned and twisted.  I should have been broken over God’s reputation far more so than the people themselves. ~ Justin Peters:  Personal Testimony

And Costi Hinn, having been interviewed about his uncle Benny Hinn’s healing meetings, speaks clearly in a video interview, about his uncle’s Word of Faith healings as being false:  Costi Hinn (Nephew of Benny Hinn) Gives Encouraging Testimony

We are no longer living in those times where we must start the early Christian church.  We are well beyond that time, and we have bibles written in foreign languages where it is delivered to people around the world, so that they can understand the bible in their native languages.  That is why the gift of known languages was needed during the time of Acts; people did not have book publishers and the internet to translate the language that the bible was being taught in.  Not everyone spoke the same language then, or now.

Not Prayer

These “continuationists” or “charismatics” seem to think that God’s plans for us are going to be interfered with if satan has a clue about what we are praying.  Here is another problem with Faith Healers who “speak in tongues”; they say they have to give God permission to heal someone.  They call upon the Lord, giving him directions to “give them more power” so that human beings can, in their faith, lay their hands on someone to heal them.  This goes into another whole ball of wax where the charismatics seem to have no boundaries on the supernatural powers they think that God has gifted them with.  I can’t give you all the facts here, I do not have the blog space for today to write about all this and how it gels with the “tongues” speaking pagan-worshiping we see today.

Speaking in gibberish is supposedly a “secret, prayer language” that was once described to me as having to be unknown so that “satan would not know what you are praying to the Lord”.  The problem I have with that is, God is over and above satan who was Lucifer, the most special angel that GOD CREATED, who wanted to be God.  He was thrown out of heaven and took one-third of the angels with him. 

Would I have to say something to God in secret?  Is God not strong enough to get satan out of the way if He wants to?  Did God not create Lucifer?  Did Jesus not overcome death?  Where in the bible does it instruct Christians to pray in secret to prevent satan from tearing apart what we ask of God?  God asks us to pray in our closet in secret so that we are not like the hypocrites that pray openly out on the street corners to be seen by men, but He asks us that we pray in secret so that He will reward us openly.

Warning

Folks, there is more to write about these subjects, much more, and there are many testimonies about how these false teachings have harmed people growing up in these churches.  I believe these false teachings, being not of God, however misunderstood, are promulgated within churches like a growing fad, keeping people excited to see the “moves of God” happening within their churches.

However these embarrassing manifestations are growing in popularity and cause fear and grave concern among the more studied pastors who are serious and level headed in what they teach from the bible.  These manifestations can be a door opening to satan and leading people to become affected by satan, becoming under the spell and control of satanic ritualistic nonsense, scaring people away, and causing people to be under the domination of the demonic.