The false teachings of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement (Assemblies of God, etc.) 6a. The false doctrine that tongues speaking is for today Bible Answer: a. The Bible says tongues were a real language (Acts 2:3-11). b. The Bible says tongues were a sign to the unbelieving Jews (1 Cor. 14:21-22). After Israel rejected God's sign of tongues and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. and the Jews were scattered to the ends of the earth, the need for tongues as a sign was finished. c. Biblical tongues had to be used according to the teaching of the apostles, yet the Pentecostals and Charismatics do not submit to these restrictions: (1) Women are not allowed to speak in tongues (1 Cor. 14:34) (2) Tongues were to be spoken only by course (1 Cor. 14:27) (3) Tongues must be interpreted (1 Cor. 14:27) (4) There is to be no confusion (1 Cor. 14:33) (5) Everything is to be decent (1 Cor. 14:40) (6) Everything is to be orderly (1 Cor. 14:40) d. Tongues were not spoken by every believer even in the days of the apostles (1 Cor. 12:28-30). e. Biblical tongues were not sought after but were sovereignly given by God (1 Cor. 12:11). f. There is no instruction in the Bible about HOW to speak in tongues. Those who believe in tongues speaking today claim that they can teach people who to do it. g. The Bible says tongues speaking, prophesying, and words of knowing will pass away (1 Cor. 13:8). When the New Testament was completed, there was no further need for these particular gifts. 6b.The false doctrine that healing is promised in the atonement Bible Answer: a. The Bible says that not all sicknesses are healed (2 Cor. 12:97-10; 1 Tim. 5:23; 2 Tim. 4:20). b. The Bible says that the physical part of our salvation is for the future (Rom. 8:17-25. c. Peter says that Isaiah 53:5 refers to spiritual healing of the soul (1 Pet. 2:24-25). 6c. The false doctrine that miracles should be sought Bible Answer: a. Jesus warned that it is not good to seek miracles (Mat. 12:39). b. The miracles performed by the apostles were special (2 Cor. 12:12). Not every Christian could perform miracles. c. Faith does not come from miracles but from God's Word (Rom. 10:17). Multitudes witnessed Jesus' great miracles, but most did not believe. 6d. The false doctrine that the Holy Spirit baptism follows salvation Bible Answer: a. Jesus promised the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5) and this was fulfilled in Acts 2 for the Jews and in Acts 10:44-47 for the Gentiles. b. Since then, every believer receives the Holy Spirit when he believes (Eph. 1:12-14). c. The book of Acts is a transitional book. Not everything that happened then is the pattern for the rest of the church age. d. In the epistles, the reception of the Holy Spirit is always mentioned in the past tense (Rom. 8:9-10; 1 Cor. 12:13; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13). 6e. The false doctrine that we should exalt the Holy Spirit Bible Answer: a. The Lord Jesus Christ foretold what role the Holy Spirit would have in the church age (John 16:13-15). In this passage we learn that the Holy Spirit does not exalt Himself and the Holy Spirit does not draw attention to Himself. b. There is no example in the N.T. of praying to the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray to the Father, not to the Holy Spirit (Matt. 6:6,9; Jn. 16:23). The Apostle Paul taught us to pray to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:8; 7:25). c. There is no example in the New Testament of inviting the Holy Spirit to work. Neither Jesus nor the apostles did that. 6f. The false doctrine that we should not test the Holy Spirit with the Bible Bible Answer: a. The Bible warns that there are false spirits and that the devil tries to deceive (2 Cor. 11:4; 1 Jn. 4:1). Therefore we must test everything carefully or we will be deceived. b. The Bible commands us to prove all things (1 Thess. 5:21). c. The Bible commended the Bereans because they tested everything by the Scriptures (Acts 17:11) 6g. The false doctrine that the believer can be rid of his sin nature Bible Answer: a. Paul taught that the believer still has the struggle with sin (Rom. 7:14-21; Gal. 5:16-17). b. John teaches that the believer still has sin (1 John 1:8, 10). 6h. The false doctrine that victory in the Christian life comes through unusual baptisms and experiences Bible Answer: a. The Bible does not exhort us to make spiritual leaps through unusual experiences. Rather, it exhorts us to GROW in Christ (1 Pet. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 3:18). b. The apostles wrote many epistles instructing the believers about how to deal with sin an spiritual problems, but they never instructed the believers to seek a second baptism or other such special experiences. 6i. The false doctrine that visions and prophecies are for today Bible Answer: a. The Bible says the faith was completed in the days of the apostles (Jude 3). b. The Bible says that the Scriptures are sufficient (2 Tim. 3:16-17). c. The Bible says that Scripture is more sure than visions (2 Pet. 1:16-21). d. The Bible says that prophecies will pass away (1 Cor. 13:8). 1. The false teaching that salvation is by grace plus works (Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of Christ, Roman Catholic Church) Bible Answer: a. The Bible says salvation is by grace without works and that works follows after salvation (Rom. 4:1-6; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-8). b. The Bible says that grace and works cannot be mixed together (Rom. 11:6). c. Grace means a free gift. Salvation is called a gift 16 times in the New Testament. If salvation requires some works, then it is not a true gift. The gift of God is free for the sinner because Jesus Christ purchased it at great price with His blood and death on the cross.