With the Florida goings on (I’m not going to call it a revival because it is not) with Todd Bentley and all the different manifestations and things, people are asking questions about revival and the move of the Holy Spirit.
I was in a place in the middle of the week where they had a “baptism in the Holy Spirit” night. As they were trying to explain this belief, they didn’t use one verse of Scripture, not one. They said things like, “The Holy Spirit is Jesus best friend, Jesus wants to introduce Him to you and He can become your best friend too. He will give you a knew language (tongues). It is a language that the devil cannot understand. It is not Japanese, or Chinese, but Heavenese. When you receive this experience, it is like receiving a super power.”
I’m not going into each detail that they said, but there wasn’t one thing that they said that was right at all about the experience.
I am one who believes in the fullness of the Holy Spirit and all the gifts, including tongues.
They could have showed from Scripture the experience, but they didn’t.
Then they went on and said this, “We will be your coach, and teach you how to receive. Just begin by saying one syllable, over and over, then add a syllable and let the Holy Spirit take over.”
I’m sorry, but the first century believers didn’t need coaches, or someone to explain the experience in a dumbed-down fashion like that.
They received as the Spirit gave utterance, not some coach.
With all these things going on about receiving things from God and searching for true revival, I think we need to head the words of Frank Bartleman.
Who was Frank Bartleman?
He was one of the leaders in the Azuza Street Revival at the turn of the 20th century. They had many manifestations and stuff going on, some of God, some not.
But years later He wrote somethings concerning the revival and moves of God. His words are wise to heed in our day of deceptive moves and false claims and false doctrine.
Here is the quote.
“We may not hold a doctrine, or seek an experience, except in Christ. Many are willing to seek power in order to perform miracles, draw attention and adoration of the people to themselves, thus robbing Christ of His glory, and making a fair showing in the flesh.
Any work that exalts the Holy Ghost or ‘gifts’ above Jesus will finally end up in fanaticism. Whatever causes us to exalt and love Jesus is well and safe. The reverse will ruin all. The Holy Ghost is a great light, but focused on Jesus always for His revealing.
Where the Holy Ghost is actually in control, Jesus is proclaimed the Head—the Holy Ghost, His executive.”