Was the New Testament Church like a modern Pentecostal Church?
Former cessationist Dr. Jack Deere believes “Yes” is the obvious answer:
If you take a new convert, who prior to his conversion knew nothing about the history of Christianity or the New Testament, and you lock him in a room with a Bible for a week, he will come out believing that he is a member of a body that is passionately in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and a body that consistently experiences miracles and works miracles. It would take a clever theologian with no experience of the miraculous to convince this young convert differently.-Deere, Jack. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit (p. 114). Zondervan Academic. Kindle Edition.
If the New Convert suffered the same confirmation bias with Dr. Deere, he might agree. However, an unbiased analysis of the New Testament reveals seated alongside Christians filled with the Spirit of Christ, were Anti-Christians filled with the spirit of antichrist:
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. (1 Jn. 2:18-19 NKJ)
Any prophesying, casting out demons and wonder-working they do is not a manifestation of the Spirit of Christ because He never knew them:
22 “Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:22-23 NKJ)
Tares becoming antichrists were already in the New Testament Church:
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever…
16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:8-21 NKJ)
Our LORD Jesus predicted this would happen:
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 “But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 “So the servants of the owner came and said to him,`Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28 “He said to them,`An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him,`Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
29 “But he said,`No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 `Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘” (Matt. 13:24-30 NKJ)
So much false teaching was inspired by those manifesting counterfeit “gifts” the NT Church began to despise all manifestations of the Spirit including “prophesy”, an overreaction Paul rebukes:
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
20 Do not despise prophecies.
21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.
22 Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess. 5:19-22 NKJ)
The rise of the counterfeit Spirit caused a similar reaction in Corinth, the majority was about to forbid the speaking in tongues also (1 Cor. 14:39). Prophecies needed to be supervised:
29 And (1161 δέ de) let the prophets speak by two or three, and let the others (243 ἄλλος allos) discern (1252 διακρίνω diakrino).
30 But if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the first keep silence.
31 For ye all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; (1 Cor. 14:29-31 ASV)
δέ conjunctive particle; (1) most commonly to denote continuation and further thought development, taking its specific sense from the context and.-Analytical Greek Lexicon, Frieberg
In verse 29 “And” (δέ) shows this is a continuation and further thought on imposing order. “And let the prophets” who want “to declare forth” the psalm, doctrine, revelation or interpretation [expository preaching would be included] inspired by God are to follow those who spoke interpreted tongues, rise in groups of two or three and speak “in turn” and not all at once causing the confusion (1 Cor. 14:33) which led visiting unbelievers to believe they were raving madly (1 Cor. 14:23). If all speak in order, unbelievers would be convicted of their need for salvation (1 Cor. 14:24).
Therefore, the “others” (243 ἄλλος allos) of this group who evaluate (1252 διακρίνω diakrino) all “prophecies” are the greater group of prophets waiting their turn to share a “psalm, teaching, interpretation” etc. If one of these heard something needing correction then the prophet speaking had to stop, while the new revelation was being made (1 Cor. 14:30). Then all wanting to share what God laid upon their hearts could prophesy one by one and all may learn and be exhorted (1 Cor. 14:31).
allos (ἄλλος, 243) and heteros (ἕτερος, 2087) have a difference in meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort”; heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.”-Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 29). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.
Confirming Paul’s description of “Corinthian prophecy” as not the “word of God” we notice the absence of any condemnation for those who fail the “evaluation” of the “others”. If they spoke wrongly, it would be “false prophecy” if they claimed to speak “the words of God”, but as they speak revelation God put in their hearts that must still go through “the sausage making process of earthen vessels”, their prophetic error could be corrected without they themselves being labeled “false prophets”:
36 Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?
37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.
38 But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. (1 Cor. 14:36-38 NKJ)
The basic meaning of “prophet” (4396 προφήτης prophetes) is “an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things” (Strong’s). Therefore, the New Convert would see a church where Christians were on “fire”, where divine healing could occur (James 5:14-15), and expository preaching of the Holy Scripture God laid upon their hearts was being shared. But as we receive the Holy Spirit’s inspiration in earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7) and often bollix the “revelation”, “prophets” better educated in the Word of God must judge the “prophecy” whether it take the form of a psalm, teaching, revelation or expository preaching (cf. Apollos Ac. 18:24-28; 1 Cor. 1:12; 3:5-9; 4:6).
Considering all these facts the New Convert would conclude anyone prophesying “thus saith the lord” are most likely false prophets.
“Congregational prophets” like those in Corinth did not speak “the Word of God”, to claim they did would be lying. And “ignorant” according to Paul (1 Cor. 14:36-38). Only those Christ personally selected were prophets having the same authority as the Old Testament Prophets. All other “prophets” had to be “judged”, evaluated for correctness.
There doesn’t seem to be any material difference between non-charismatic believers today sharing Holy Spirit illuminated scripture which caused a truth hitherto unappreciated or unknown before to “appear”, and those Paul generalized as “the prophets” who shared Psalms, teachings, revelations, etc. As insights into “the Truth” must be tested whoever does them, there is no essential difference between Corinthian “prophets” and “on fire believers” today.
The decline of official “congregational prophets” in the post-apostolic church is the predictable result of the Bible being finalized. Holy Scripture would naturally replace “psalms, teachings, revelations” for truth as it is objectively the Word of God “making “certain sound easy to understand” (compare 1 Cor. 14:6-9) therefore far superior to all other forms of revelation. Its natural, organic that congregational prophets be replaced by those proficient in the scriptures. The passing of “congregational prophets” didn’t occur because the church grew spiritually cold, the Holy Spirit had a better means of communicating God’s truth, the believer would hear God Himself during public readings of scripture in church.
Prophecy that is the “word of God” was spoken uniquely by the apostles which could become scripture. It does not appear anyone else of the “120 in the upper room” wrote scripture. These founding “apostles and prophets” were unique, directly chosen by Christ to found the church. By the time the book of Hebrews was written, God’s confirming His word by signs and wonders is spoken of in the “past tense”:
3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Heb. 2:3-4 NKJ)
16 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go…
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” – (Lk. 10:16-20 NKJ)
The New Convert notices this special group of Jews reappear (Acts. 1:21-22) in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost, now numbering 120, that only they received the gift of tongues, not the multitude observing them (Acts. 2:1-12).
Nor is it written the 3,000 saved that day spoke in tongues. Rather, they follow the pattern already set, only God’s specially graced witnesses do the signs indicating they speak the very words of God. If everyone manifested the revelatory gifts of the Spirit then it would not be unique, a special event deemed to be a “sign from God” (Acts 10:44-47; 15:7-8). Confirming this, only when John’s disciples confess publicly Jesus is LORD does this special group of Jews speak in tongues. The observation they were “twelve” in number indicates the special status the “twelve apostles” had attained in the church, that these were twelve was thought to have some significance (Acts 19:1-7).
The 3,000 saved that day prove they received the Holy Spirit by being “born-again,” their changed hearts now showing Godly fear and love for God’s truth and His people (1 Pet. 1:22-23):
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:41-47 NKJ)
[There on the day of Pentecost, in Acts 2:42 is the modern born-again experience! It has not changed! Compare 1 Pet. 1:22-23]
The convert would conclude God empowered this special group of Jews who knew Christ while He was on earth, and these founded Christianity because “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).
Then the convert would notice something special about the Twelve, they ALONE did the special signs and wonders that caused everyone, including the 120 to be in Godly fear:
Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Acts 2:43 NKJ)
A New Convert would notice the revelatory gifts of the Spirit must have been ebbing when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, that is the only likely reason he discusses their cessation (1 Cor. 13:8-13). As less people manifested them, it caused divisions in the church (1 Cor. 1:11-12, 22-23). Confirming this, Cessation was happening so fast it caused Corinthians to wonder if God still loved them (1 Cor. 1:6-9). Paul contradicted that inference declaring the opposite is true, God confirmed their salvation by the testimony of Christ in them. God is faithful (1 Cor. 1:6-9). Contrary to what they feared, the Corinthians come behind in no gift. This implies Paul compared the Corinthian church to others, and they too were experiencing the cessation of the revelatory gifts:
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 1:4-9 NKJ)
Cessation caused tongues speakers to be in the minority, the majority wanted to forbid speaking in tongues completely (1 Cor. 14:39). Only a majority can impose its will, and without Paul forbidding it, they would have.
Forbid the Speaking in Tongues!!! Have any modern Pentecostal churches tried to do the same?
The New Convert would see a modern Bible Believing church that grounds its doctrine firmly in Holy Scripture but whose greatest signs and wonders were in the past, recorded in Scripture. As that specially chosen group of Jews chosen by God to establish Christianity departed to be with the LORD, attesting signs and wonders ceased. God wrote the Holy Scriptures to take their place, “in order that” the people of God be fully equipped for every good work, including knowing all necessary to know about the Truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3):
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17 NKJ)
The specially empowered Jews who were chosen by Christ during His earthly ministry, were in the upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, but now with the LORD. They left us a completed Bible that fully equips the Church for every good work, which includes knowing what will occur in the future, if anyone diligently seek it.
The New Convert would conclude the Church spans Pentecostal and Non-Pentecostal organizations, but among them in varying degrees are the TARES, who are doing spurious signs and wonders to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
25 “See, I have told you beforehand. (Matt. 24:24-25 NKJ)
The antichrists will be begging for their lives on Judgement Day:
22 “Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:22-23 NKJ)
They are like Sorcerers Jannes and Jambres, professing godliness but not knowing its power to live righteously, carnally walking in their lusts while they do signs and wonders “by the ἐνέργεια energeia of Satan” (2 Thess. 2:9):
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;
9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. (2 Tim. 3:1-9 NKJ)
The New Convert would notice the “mystery” or “secret power of lawlessness” from which the “Man of Lawlessness” will emerge (2 Thess. 2:7-10) in “the last hour” (1 John 2:18) was already working when Paul penned 2 Thessalonians. The Antichrist spirit was already energizing delusion “by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us” upsetting believers (2 Thess. 2:2 NKJ).
Paul made a timeless distinction between the antichrists who take pleasure in unrighteousness, and Christians who love God’s Truth the Bible (John 17:17), which in Paul’s day was still being written and so existed in “word” yet to be written down. Today it’s all scripture, nothing necessary to being completely equipped was left out (2 Tim. 3:16-17):
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,
17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thess. 2:9-3:1 NKJ)
Some Pertinent Scripture those who say “thus saith the LORD” may want to consider:
31 “Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say,`He says.’
32 “Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the LORD. (Jer. 23:31-32 NKJ)
21 “And if you say in your heart,`How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’–
22 “when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deut. 18:21-22 NKJ)
16 Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.
18 Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.
19 And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?
20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21 They will pass through it hard pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness. (Isa. 8:16-22 NKJ)
The spiritists thought God was leading them, sent them into a foreign land. But rather than prosperity, they meet hunger and poverty. Accordingly, they curse the king of that land, and even God whom they believe failed them.
While they are cursing God causes them to look upward, receive their first true vision.
They are forced to look down, see the nether region trouble and darkness, thick gloom. Suddenly the Terror of the LORD seizes them; and down they are driven into the eternal darkness.
Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled– This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment. (Isa. 50:11 NKJ)
Cessationists believe that all the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased to occur early in Christian history, and therefore that the speaking in tongues as practiced by Charismatic Christians is the learned utterance of non-linguistic syllables. According to this belief, it is neither xenoglossia nor miraculous, but rather taught behavior, possibly self-induced. These believe that what the New Testament described as “speaking in tongues” was xenoglossia, a miraculous spiritual gift through which the speaker could communicate in natural languages not previously studied.-Wikipedia
Correction: What ceased is special Revelation on the level of Scripture’s authority and all attesting signs and wonders the Jewish founding apostles and prophets did to establish their authority to speak “the Word of God”.
Miraculous Divine healing is separate and distinct from revelatory gifts (James 5:14-15).
The prophet Joel prophesied a special time of revelation will return in the end time (Joel 2:23-32), which must be when God specially empowers the wheat surrounded by the tares, nourishing them with Holy Spirit in His Sanctuary, when Moses and Elijah appear in the “Last Days” (Rev. 11:1-12). Cast out into the outer courtyard is the earth who swallows the tsunami of spiritism Satan spewed out hoping to overwhelm the church (Rev. 12:14-17).
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Matt. 13:31-32 NKJ)
Commentators who ignore the context completely miss the meaning of this parable. Satan is at work in the church planting Tares among the wheat (Mt. 13:24-30). His angels are the “birds of the heaven” πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ (Mat. 13:31; Dan. 4:21 BGT). John uses this imagery in the apocalypse. An angel comes down from heaven to shed light on the enemy of God’s Kingdom from the beginning, and the hidden demonic forces infesting Babylon from the time of its building (Gen. 11:4) to its incarnation in Mystery Babylon of the End Time:
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! (Rev. 18:1-2 NKJ)
The Harlot Babylon is the woman who mixes leaven (evil: Ex. 12:15; Lev. 2:11; 6:17; 10:12; Matt. 16:6, 11–12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1; 1 Cor. 5:7–8; Gal. 5:8–9) into the church:
33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,
35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Matt. 13:33-35 NKJ)
Our Lord expects disciples will understand the clue, “I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world” implies the identity the woman (Zech. 5:5-11; Rev. 17:4-5) is found in the past. Babylon has been the Enemy of God since the Tower of Babel with “tower whose top is in the heavens” as though an equal with God (Gen. 11:4-9; Rev. 17:3-5). That great city over the pagan beasts of the earth with demons nesting in its branches (Rev. 17:18; 18:1-2). A mystery, the woman spans history just beneath the surface inspiring evil to rise in the earth until she reappears in the rebuilt city of Babylon in the Kingdom of the beast (Rev. 17:3-6). When the Man of sin morphs into the Beast Son of destruction her religious services are no longer required, the ten horn political base of the Beast will burn her with fire. The only worship permitted is to the Beast (Rev. 17:12-13; 13:5-8; 14:9-12; Dan. 9:27). Babylon the Great is not the church, the Harlot infected the church with evil and engulfed her (Rev. 11:1-2). The daughter of Zion (the church) will leave Babylon in the Great Day of God Almighty lest they suffer with her for her sin (Micah 4:10; Rev. 18:4).
The Tares will vastly outnumber the wheat, during the great apostasy of Christendom (2 Thess. 2:3-4, 7-12; 1 Tim. 4:1) in the “last hour” of the End Time (1 John 2:18-19) when all pretense of Christianity is replaced by worship of the Seed of Satan (Gen. 3:15) Adonikam (Rev. 13:18; Ezra 2:13) the Beast, who ascends at “mid-week” killing Moses and Elijah and persecuting the church (Rev. 11:7; 13:5; 14:9-13; Dan. 9:27).
22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
23 “But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand. (Mk. 13:22-23 NKJ)
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13 NLT)
By God’s grace all who call on the name of the LORD are saved, even those not 100% doctrinally correct. Christians can speak in something they believe are “tongues,” confusing self-induced speech with the Biblical “gift of tongues”, without it being the “work of the devil”. God does not permit a demon spirit possess a believer, “the wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18; 4:4).