We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, March 9, 2015

Gift of Tongues?

The current interest in tongues stems from a longing for genuine religious expression in the midst of a secularized society.  People long for an authentic relationship with God, but they are not as interested in knowing God in truth.  If spiritual maturity can be attained by attending emotionally charged meetings and receiving instantaneous supernatural experiences that deliver spirituality, why labor at the hard work of Scripture study, memorization, prayer, and walking by the Spirit?  The charismatic movement has offered a shortcut to godliness.  That this shortcut leads to a dead end is often not recognized until one has faced disillusionment.  But then many have lost their way and have no scriptural compass to guide them safely back to the truth.

Gary E. Gilley, "Ambassadors of the Sensational: The Doctrinal Distinctives of the Charismatic Movement," The Quarterly Journal, April-June 2015 (Personal Freedom Outreach)

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