"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Speaking in Tongues vs Charismatic Gibberish
Author:
Christopher J. E. Johnson
Published: Nov 7, 2012
Updated: Sept 17, 2017

A "Charismatic" or a "Pentecostal" is someone who claims to be a Christian and emphasizes spiritual gifts, like the so-called "speaking in tongues." However, what most people today know as "speaking in tongues" is actually Satanic gibberish (or jibberish) which was born from charismatics who seek the power of miracles more than they seek the Lord Jesus Christ.

gibberish (n): rapid and inarticulate talk; unintelligible language; unmeaning words
(See 'gibberish', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Sept 5, 2017 [webstersdictionary1828.com])

In Acts 8, Simon the sorcerer was a man who claimed to believe on Christ, and was baptized, but he was a false convert. He sought the power of miracles, and he tried to throw money at Peter to get that power, just as Charismatics today who throw lots of money into false preachers for the same reason, but Peter told him:

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
-Acts 8:20-23
(See "Johnson's Notes on the Book of Acts: Chapter 8" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

There is a reason I call it Satanic gibberish, and I want to make sure readers understand the difference between the speaking in tongues of the Bible, which was done by the early church, and the Satanic gibberish done by Charismatics. Almost every Charismatic tongues cult you'll find on the internet cherry-picks verses out of 1 Corinthians 14, and does not study the whole of the chapter to gain understanding of what it means, so that's a good place to start.

Let's first go over 1 Corinthians 14 and gain understanding of it, then we'll look at examples from charismatic "ministries" to see the difference between the Word of God and false doctrine:

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
-1 Corinthians 14:1

We have a teaching here at creationlibery.com called "The Biblical Understanding of Charity" that will help readers gain better understanding about charity, since a lot of church buildings teach that subject in error. That being said, the main point I want to address in verse 1 is the subject of prophesying, because Paul is not condemning the desire for spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, but he's saying that it is far more important to prophesy.

Prophesying is more commonly known as foretelling the future, or having visions and dreams, but that is only one definition that's used in Scripture, and that's NOT the definition that Paul is using in this verse. If it was, then many people should be having dreams and visions and foretelling the future, AND they should all be coming true, but what we have instead is a large number of Charismatics giving prophetic visions, but most all of them are vague and/or false.
(Read "Revivalism: The Devil's Design" here at creationliberty.com for more details. In that article, I give examples of such false and vague messages that are presented by Charismatics.)

prophesy (v): to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort
(See 'prophesy', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Sept 5, 2017 [webstersdictionary1828.com])

So to prophesy is the delivery the Word of God to others by correctly teaching the doctrines God has taught in the Bible. For example, if you have ever to an unbeliever the law of God (e.g. thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet, etc), then you have prophesied unto them. In most instances, prophesying does not mean foretelling the future, having visions, or dreaming dreams. This ministry would be more accurately called "Creation Liberty Prophecy," since prophesying (i.e. teaching the doctrine of Scripture and exhorting Christians to sanctification) is what I primarily do, but because the world sees the word "prophecy" different than how the Bible commonly defines it, calling our ministry a "prophetic" ministry would confuse many people and draw in cultists.

Paul is not saying it's wrong to desire spiritual gifts, but it is better to desire understanding and proper teaching of God's Word. However, the reason he's addressing them on this point is because the church at Corinth was obsessing over having the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues, which the early Christians received from the Holy Spirit as a sign to the Jews.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
-1 Corinthians 14:2

What the Charismatic church-goers are doing is NOT speaking in tongues; neither are they speaking in an "unknown tongue." An unknown tongue is a language; one that has meaning and can be interpreted, and here, Paul is referring to a language that only one person in the congregation would know and understand. What the Charismatics are doing is called "speaking gibberish" like babies do.

When a baby makes noises like "goo goo gah gah," in the baby's mind, he is conveying a message of his feelings in a way that he believes makes sense in his innocent ignorance. That's why we think it's cute when babies decide they want to talk, knowing that they are trying their best, but they have no understanding of how to talk. However, babies are not speaking an "unknown tongue" when they are making noises because a "tongue" is a full-fledged language, not random, unintelligible sounds. Babies are just speaking gibberish, and likewise, when a full-grown adult attempts to do the same thing, speaking gibberish in random sounds instead of an intelligible language, that is neither "speaking in tongues," nor is it "speaking in an unknown tongue."

What this means is that 1 Corinthians 14 does NOT apply to Charismatics because they are NOT speaking in an unknown tongue, but rather, they are speaking gibberish. In order for this these verses to apply to Charismatics, they would need to be speaking in an intelligible language that no one else could understand, but that's not what they're doing.

So let's make sure we understand the definitions:
  1. TONGUE: an intelligible language (contextually, it is a language spoken by a group of people living in the world)
  2. UNKNOWN TONGUE: an intelligible language that is spoken to a group of people, but no one in the listening audience can understand the language
  3. CHARISMATIC GIBBERISH: an unintelligible series of sounds used to express feelings, similar to what babies do
In verse 2, Paul is explaining that when someone speaks in an unknown tongue, the only one who knows what they're really saying is God, and therefore they speak to Him, but not to men. This DOES NOT apply to Charismatics because they do not speak in an unknown tongue; they are speaking gibberish.

By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
-Genesis 10:5

For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
-Isaiah 66:18

Tongues are intelligible languages, meaning that they are languages that can be interpreted by the meaning of words used, and so to speak in tongues would be to speak in languages that exist in the world and can be understood by men, but when speaking in an unknown tongue, the meaning of what they say is only understood by God because no one else can understand it.

Also, we need to understand that just because a man claims to speak to God in an unknown tongue, that doesn't make it good. Most who speak in an unknown tongue utter lies to God. Likewise, speaking with Charismatic gibberish is not good, and we'll see more evidence of that later.

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
-1 Corinthians 14:3

Meaning that what we do in this ministry is to the edification of the church, to comfort other Christians in that church with the hope and blessings in Christ, and to exhort (to urge) them to sanctification and righteousness for the good of their household.

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
-1 Corinthians 14:4

Though we can verify that Charismatics are operating far outside of these verses, it's still important for us to understand the chapter so we can properly rebuke the false doctrines coming from Charismatic church-goers. They will argue that they are speaking in "unknown tongues," and so we will expose their error as we go through the chapter.

edify (v): to build; to instruct and improve with knowledge, faith, and righteous action
(See 'edify', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Sept 6, 2017 [webstersdictionary1828.com])

Thus, what the Charismatics are doing with their gibberish is only building up and instructing themselves, which does nothing for the church. In the end, it is vain. Though some may argue that they are praying to God, which is not vain, I would respond to them with what Christ taught about prayer.
(Read "The Biblical Understanding of Prayer" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
-Matthew 6:5-6

The charismatics speak in an unknown tongue, using their gibberish, in order to impress men. Jesus says they are hypocrites. If they want to do that, then they should do so in private when no one else is around.

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
-1 Corinthians 14:5

Notice that Paul did not say that he wished all would speak in unknown tongues, but that he wished they all spake with tongues, meaning the way that was done on the Day of Pentecost, in which every man understood them in their native language, (Acts 2:6) or in the sense that they had the education to speak in multiple languages, so they could understand all speech. I too wish that all would be able to do this, or that all would be able to understand us in their native language, but it is better that we prophesy because, as Paul points out, prophesying is better, and that's because prophesying leads to understanding.

Paul adds in the words "except he interpret" because if a man is interpreting a language for all others to hear, and what is being interpreted is the truth, then that is edifying to the church because then it is prophesying. The interpretation is what provides understanding. However, if what is being interpreted is not the truth, then it's not edifying, which leads us to consider: What is the point in speaking in an unknown tongue?

Why not just speak in a language all can understand? Paul goes on to question the same thing I'm questioning:

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
-1 Corinthians 14:6-7

Even inanimate objects, such as flutes or guitars, must have a distinguishing sound, and must play their notes in the correct order, so that they can be distinguished and the song can be understood. So one must come with words of revelation, or knowledge, or prophesying, or doctrine that can be verified to be truth, but that truth also must come with words that can be understood. (i.e. Charismatic gibberish does not accomplish these things.)

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
-1 Corinthians 14:8-9

Thus, when they speak truth in an unknown tongue, they speak to God only, meaning that they are speaking something intelligible that no one else understands. However, if they speak with Charismatic gibberish, now they speak vanity into the wind, which I would argue is less effective than passing gas, because even passing gas has more meaning that can be interpreted behind it (i.e. discerning digestive or stomach ailments).

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
-1 Corinthians 14:10-12

Meaning that there are many kinds of dialects and speech, but they all have patterns that may be understood. Speaking gibberish has no pattern that can be recognized by anyone else, which makes the Charismatics LESS THAN barbarians when they speak. An unknown tongue cannot be determined to speak truth, let alone Charismatic gibberish, which can be interpreted by no one. (They claim to have interpreters, but this is also false, as we'll see later.)

Paul points out their zealous drive to have the gifts of the Spirit of God, but exhorts them to edify the church first and foremost. It is better to edify the church through prophesying than speak in tongues.

Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
-1 Corinthians 14:13

Instead of always seeking to teach in foreign languages, one ought to pray that he can interpret languages clearly for all to gain understanding; however, Charismatic gibberish cannot be interpreted because it's nonsensical noise.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
-1 Corinthians 14:14

This is not to say that the one praying has no understanding, but his understanding will not bear fruit, meaning that he's not speaking in a way that can benefit the church, and therefore, he cannot provide evidence that he has understanding until he speaks a language all can understand. But again, this does not apply to Charismatic gibberish because it's not a language. Additionally, the danger is that when one prays in unknown tongue, no one in the church can determine if the words spoken are true, or worse still, if someone is speaking gibberish with wicked intent, God may not hear their prayers as they do and teach unrighteousness and leaven, just as he did not hear the prayers of the Jews in their iniquity. (Isa 1:15)

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
-1 Corinthians 14:15

This same concept applies to singing, because words of understanding and doctrine are also taught in music, despite what the modern day "Christian" rockers want to believe. Many false doctrines are taught in modern day so-called "Christian" music.
(Read "What's Wrong With Christian Rock?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

If you sing, sing with understanding, meaning that you should sing with truth and knowledge of the Word of God. If you pray, pray with understanding. Thus, when Charismatics start blabbering gibberish in song, they are acting like children in their understanding, as Paul will point out in verse 20.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
-1 Corinthians 14:16-17

Those who speak in a tongue that others don't understand may do well to thank God, but the Charismatic gibberish does not apply, and on top of that, there is no blessing given without understanding. When they speak "Amen" (which means "truly" or "of truth") to that which they do not understand, then they risk lying, as they would claim an agreement of truth to something that may have been spoken in error or deceit.

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
-1 Corinthians 14:18-19

Here, Paul is not saying he spoke in the gibberish of the Charismatics, but rather, he spoke in various languages. It's important to point out that he did NOT do this in the church as gibberish-speakers do; he would speak to them in a language that they could understand.

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
-1 Corinthians 14:20

I have witnessed this in the Charismatics numerous times; they seem to have all the positivity, feel-good messages lined up for everyone, until a born again Christian rebukes them in their willful ignorance and iniquity for using Satanic gibberish, and suddenly, they turn around and accuse the Christian in malice, cursing them. In other words, they portray so-called "joy in the spirit" until Biblical rebuke appears, and then they bare their teeth.

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
-Matthew 13:20-21

As soon as rebuke and repentance is preached unto them, they become offended, and that's because Biblical correction is grievious unto them that forsake the way of God. (Pro 15:10)

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
-1 Corinthians 14:21

This was a sign to the Jews, having those speaking in one language, and all would understand it in their native language like on the Day of Pentecost, or they would be preached to by the Gentiles, who spoke other languages than Hebrew. This was done for the same reason that Christ spoke to them in parables, that seeing they would not see and hearing they would not hear. (Mat 13:13) It's bad enough that the people will not hear in a language they can understand; let alone speaking to them in a language they don't understand, and this is why Charismatic gibberish is so much worse than most church-goers realize.

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
-1 Corinthians 14:22

This is a key verse that is blissfully skipped over by Charismatics. They always use their gibberish amongst themselves who claim to believe (i.e. they are not true believers, but they claim to be), but Paul is saying that speaking in tongues was given to the unbelievers for a sign to the wicked and adulterous generation of Jews that sought that sign. (Mat 16:4) This means the charismatics are wicked and adulterous as well because they also seek after these same signs as the Jews did in the days of Christ.

More importantly, the Charismatics speak their gibberish among themselves in their synagogues, but the Bible is saying that those are for the unbelievers. I'm not saying Charismatics are Christians, don't misunderstand; I'm looking at their perspective and comparing it to Scripture. If they truly believed what they were doing with the gibberish was correct, then they would speak it on the streets to unbelievers, and not do it among one another in their synagogues. So even if what they claimed about "speaking in tongues" was true, they're still not following Scripture.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
-1 Corinthians 14:23


If unbelievers hear a bunch of people whooping, hollering, and speaking a bunch of gibberish nonsense, would they not call them crazy? That's exactly what happens today, and that's exactly what the charismatics are ignoring. Even on the Day of Pentecost, some accused them of being drunkards, but when they heard the intelligible language in their native tongue being spoken unto them, they had no excuse because it was understandable. (Acts 2:11-13)

I read some comments on a science article talking about the charismatic gibberish they call "speaking in tongues." One woman who grew up around people who spoke the gibberish commented and called them "crazy," but another man who spoke the charismatic gibberish pleaded, "Please don't call me crazy." Again, Paul said they would do this to those who were legitimately speaking in tongues, but they will most especially put a "crazy" label on those who are speaking pure gibberish.
(See Dave, "Speaking in Tongues -- The Real Story," Skeptical Science, July 25, 2010, retrieved Sept 6, 2017, [skeptical-science.com/religion/speaking-in-tongues-the-real-story])

The following video is a compilation of various clips recorded by Charismatics and Pentecostals:
People are doing exactly what Paul suggested they would do: they are simply calling them crazy, and that's because in reality, they are, but willingly so. The problem is that when someone gets their first look at what they think is "Christianity," and they see the childishness of gibberish, they write off the Bible as foolish without ever hearing Christ's teaching about sin and repentance. (Especially since the Charismatics don't teach that for the most part!)

But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
-1 Corinthians 14:24-25

This is not to say that every man who hears the truth of the Word (i.e. prophesying) will fall on his knees in repentance, but a man whose heart is ready to hear and understand the Gospel will do so if the Word of God is preached properly with understanding. However, if his heart is humbled and ready to hear, but all he hears is Charismatic gibberish, he will depart and say they are mad.

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
-1 Corinthians 14:26

This is saying that everyone in the church is given something; whether it is a psalm of praise, a doctrine that they are made to understand, a language they can speak, a revelation of understanding on what the church should do, or an interpretation of a verse that had been previously misunderstood by those in the church, all have something to contribute to the edifying (building up) of the church. To say that everyone "hath a tongue" and interpret that to mean that everyone has their own version of gibberish is simply childish.

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
-1 Corinthians 14:27

Again, this does not apply to Charismatic gibberish because there are none who can interpret. In the end, all interpretation done by the Charismatics is based on "feelings," meaning that the interpreter will interpret the gibberish based on what he feels like the speaker is saying, and because the general message of the Charismatics is a positivity and feel-good message, all an interpret needs to do is give a positive, feel-good interpretation, and it will be agreed upon by the speaker, even though, as the Lutheran false preacher in the following video admits, none of them understand anything that's being said:
EDGAR MAYER: "For those of you who are maybe here for the first time, there's a spiritual gift called speaking in tongues, and you may have heard it in worship before. Some people just pray and say things that their mind actually don't understand. It's actually the Holy Spirit giving words and moving the tongue. It's a prayer language by the Holy Spirit, and there is a gift where some people can interpret and can actually understand what is actually being said. And so you [pointing towards the six-year-old girl on stage] picked that gift... and all week, the family prayed into it, that she would actually get the gift and have the gift... And so you heard her pray in tongues, and suddenly you knew what it meant? Can you say it again, what did it mean?
"
GIRL: "Yes God, yes."
MAYER: "Yes God, yes. So it's simple, but it's actually quite meaningful... when she prayed in tongues, did you suddenly feel like it was no longer this tongue but it was English so you could hear it, or did you hear her speak in tongues, and then you just knew inside of you that's what it meant?"
GIRL: "Knew inside of me; I knew what it meant."
MAYER: "So you just knew that you knew. How good is that?"

Just like the Mormons teach; she had a feeling in the bosom that it was true, and that's not good at all. First and foremost I want to point out that in Acts 2, on the Day of Pentecost, the men who spoke by the fiery tongue of the Holy Ghost, spoke as the Spirit of God moved them, but other people heard them speak in their native tongue and understood them. These men were aware of what they spoke; there was no indication that they couldn't understand the things they were saying by the Holy Spirit, but the Charismatic cult would rather only consider how they FEEL, rather than consider what the Bible says. The main point I'm making is that the gibberish-speaking cults compare what they're doing to the Day of Pentecost, but on the Day of Pentecost, no interpreter was needed; this is also supporting evidence that the interpretation of tongues is referring to intelligible languages, not gibberish.

Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 14 that speaking in tongues must be done with understanding and knowledge to the edifying of the church. Yet, this pastor openly admitted to everyone that they have no idea what they're saying; they're simply speaking gibberish, and that's of the devil, not of God.

When I first watched this video, and I heard the pastor ask the girl if she heard the words or she felt the words; I knew she would answer that she FELT like that's what was said. It's not clear whether the girl is even at an age of accountability yet, let alone being able to interpret complex sentence, and thus, just like a child, she gives a very simple "interpretation" of "Yes God, yes."

As Paul was saying in 1 Corinthians 14, the languages spoken must bring revelation, knowledge, prophesying, and doctrine if they are spoken, but none of these things were brought with "Yes God, yes." The problem is that message is still under the positivity, feel-good speech that is given by the Charismatics, but the prophesying of Scripture is mostly rebuke and correction unto righteousness. If the girl had gotten on stage and said the words the woman spoke were rebuke of sin, they would have said she was confused, or not allowed her on stage in the first place.

Those of you who have been in these Charismatic and Pentecostal church buildings know firsthand that they do not set interpreters over all those who are speaking gibberish. That's because no one knows what anyone is saying; again, it's just gibberish. The interpreters only tell people what they FELT like someone said, and that's because they've learned the false message that their personal feelings are equivalent to the Holy Spirit of God.

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
-1 Corinthians 14:28

I realize what Paul wrote may be confusing to some church-goers, but hopefully I can interpret what he said in a simple way that everyone can understand. He's saying that if no one understands what you're saying, shut up, but that's not how they operate; they allow anyone and everyone to speak in gibberish freely as they FEEL like it.

Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
-1 Corinthians 14:29

If a prophet speaks in another tongue, then they must do so in pairs, and if there be a third person, he must then judge the interpretation to make sure what is being said is truly of God. If all that comes out of the man's mouth is positive, feel-good, prosperity messages, then it's of the devil and needs to be rebuked out of the church. (But Charismatics and Pentecostals don't do that because they're not of Christ.)

If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
-1 Corinthians 14:30-31

Everyone that would speak in an unknown language might have something that is revealed unto them; however, they need to keep quiet until it's their turn. Everyone is supposed to stand and give an account of his/her revelation, so that it may be interpreted, and that it may be judged as to whether it is the truth of the Word of God, but again, that's not how the Charismatics run things.

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
-1 Corinthians 14:32

Meaning that if the prophets of the church see that what is spoken was done so in error, then they can judge the person is not right in the sight of the God and speaks falsely. Not only do the Charismatics not operate in this manner, but you would be hard pressed to find one person judged in righteous judgment over their interpreted message in one of their church buildings.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
-1 Corinthians 14:33

The video I displayed earlier, that showed the various cultic people running around and shouting in gibberish, should have demonstrated this point. Those people are not of God; they not only serve up confusion to others, but they promote by teaching others to do the same. We saints should not operate in such confusion, else we take the name of the Lord our God in vain.

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
-1 Corinthians 14:34

Don't misunderstand; this is under the context of speaking in tongues. This is not to say that women can never speak while gathered together with the saints, as some cults teach, but rather, the women are not permitted to speak in tongues while gathered together in the church. In the above video with the girl, not only are the women speaking in tongues while gathered together, the women are doing the interpreting as well, which is in violation of what Paul taught.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
-1 Corinthians 14:35

If they want to know about what was spoken in tongues, or may have not understood its interpretation, but the prophets were judging accordingly that what was spoken was correct, then the women should wait until after everything's finished to ask about it. This is so the preaching of the Word will not be interrupted, and since women are not suffered to have teaching leadership and authority over men in the church (1Ti 2:12), they should be quiet and listen. Again, this is not to say that women are never allowed to speak when the saints are gathered together, but they should not attempt to usurp authority over men in the church, as many unruly women have done in modern days, and they should not be speaking with tongues in the congregation.

What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
-1 Corinthians 14:36-37

This is a warning against cults, who create "gurus," or religious leaders who are treated like gods, and a reminder to us that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. (2Pe 1:20) All can know the Word if they receive the Holy Spirit to give them interpretation of the Word, and all should know what a man speaks in the congregation with understanding and full knowledge. Paul said these things were the commandments of the Lord God, and the Charismatics defy the Word of God concerning the subject of "speaking in tongues" because they reject the commandments of the Almighty God. (i.e. They are not of Christ, which is why they speak childish gibberish.)

But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
-1 Corinthians 14:38

If these willingly ignorant Charismatics reject God's repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, (2Ti 2:25) then allow them to be in their ignorance. That means we don't need to go into their church buildings and start debating with them; let us spend our time wisely on those who want to hear, not those who don't want to hear.

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
-1 Corinthians 14:39

We should not forbid someone to speak with tongues, but if they refuse interpretation and judgment for what they say, then they should be removed from the church. (Mat 18:17) Also, Christians should seek first to prophesy (which women are allowed to do also), that is, they are to deliver the truth and righteousness of the Word of God to others, rebuking and correcting in proper doctrine. If people are looking for fancy gifts of the Spirit, but are not first learning proper doctrine, there is a serious problem with priorities.

Let all things be done decently and in order.
-1 Corinthians 14:40

The church should not operate like these Charismatics, running around and dancing wildly, yelling and speaking gibberish. That's precisely what Paul is rebuking in 1 Corinthians 14, and yet, in their blissful and willful ignorance, the Charismatics attempt to use 1 Corinthians 14 to support their indecent and unordered practices.

The following video is a short collection of various YouTube videos that have people speaking in tongues and interpreting:

We've already learned that there was supposed to be another person interpreting, and also other teachers there who could judge what was interpreted. However, the Charismatics and Pentecostals don't do this, and they all claim to be of the Holy Spirit, even though they ignore the commandments of God. (i.e. We read earlier where Paul said specifically in 1Co 14:37 that these were the commandments of God concerning this matter.)

To see more evidence of the Satanic agenda behind the "speaking in tongues" of the Charismatics, I would refer readers to our article called, "Pope Francis's Deceptive John 17 Movement." In the article, we have videos you can watch in which Charismatic and prosperity false preacher Kenneth Copeland joins hands with the Roman Catholic Pope in an unholy abomination of devils, and they pray to their lord and master Satan in their Charismatic gibberish to have the Devil bless their wicked union.

Copeland (i.e. Copeland's ministry, since Copeland himself probably did not write this, but I will say "Copeland" because he has put his name and approval on the words) has a section on his website answering the question, "What is speaking in tongues?" Let's walk through his answer to see how much he chops up the Word of God to justify himself:
"God sent the Holy Spirit to give us power, transform us into effective witnesses and to put us in contact with the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 14:4, 2:10)."
-Kenneth Copeland Ministries, "What is speaking in tongues?" retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [kcm.org/read/questions/what-speaking-tongues]

Wrong. The Lord Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit, which He called "the Comforter," to testify of Himself to the world, and we saw that earlier when we read Paul say that the gift of tongues was a sign to unbelievers, not to believers.

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
-John 15:26

Notice that Copeland referred back to 1 Corinthians 14:4 to back up his argument that the Holy Spirit was sent to give power unto man and transform us into effective witnesses:

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
-1 Corinthians 14:4

Where exactly is this power and effectiveness from the Holy Spirit talked about in this verse? Certainly the Spirit of God does know the deep things of God and reveals hidden things to us, which was properly referenced in 1Co 2:10, and the Holy Spirit does give us power (i.e. authority) and make us witnesses of Christ, but where is the rest of this coming from in 1Co 14:4? (There may be some corrupt doctrines coming from new-age bible versions, or it could be coming from his imagination; I can't tell.)
(Read "Why I Use The King James Bible" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

Copeland is also claiming that the "unknown tongue" applies to him, when we've already learned that the Charismatics are not speaking in an "unknown tongue." They're speaking pure gibberish, which has no meaning, and that also means that 1Co 14 does not apply to them because they're operating outside the Word of God.

"Before Jesus went to the cross, He gave an invaluable promise to His disciples: 'And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.' (John 14:16)."
-Kenneth Copeland Ministries, "What is speaking in tongues?" retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [kcm.org/read/questions/what-speaking-tongues]

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
-John 14:16

Notice that the beginning of that verse starts with the word "And." That's because there's a condition to this in verse 15:

If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
-John 14:15-16

These Charismatics often cherry-pick verses to deceive others to think they are Biblical Christians. The problem is that Copeland does not keep the commandments of God, not just on the matter of speaking in tongues, but in MANY other areas; you can see some examples of it if you watch the end of the video above on Copeland and the Pope. The Lord Jesus Christ will not send the Spirit of God to those who do not repent and keep His commandments.

"At Pentecost, this promise was fulfilled for those early Christians and all who would follow when 'everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability' (Acts 2:4)."
-Kenneth Copeland Ministries, "What is speaking in tongues?" retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [kcm.org/read/questions/what-speaking-tongues]

Copeland said it himself: "other languages." That doesn't mean baby gibberish is a language, and it also doesn't mean that gibberish comes from the Holy Spirit.

"Your empowering for ministry comes by receiving what’s commonly called the 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit.' When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, an extraordinary thing happens: You are able to speak in another language. The Holy Spirit gives the utterance, but you do the speaking. The Holy Spirit will supply the words—words that are unknown to you—but you have to supply the sound. When you pray in tongues, you are praying 'in the spirit.' Just as your language is the voice of your mind, praying in tongues is the voice of your spirit. It is your spirit speaking mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2)."
-Kenneth Copeland Ministries, "What is speaking in tongues?" retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [kcm.org/read/questions/what-speaking-tongues]

Copeland admitted exactly what another preacher admitted in an earlier video; that the gibberish they speak has no meaning, or in other words, no one can understand it, not even the speaker. This is not what happened on the Day of Pentecost; all those who heard the words of the men speaking in tongues UNDERSTOOD what was being said in his own language:

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language... And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
-Acts 2:4-8

They were speaking with "other tongues," not gibberish; they spoke in other intelligible languages that the people could understand. But again, when Copeland cherry-picks verses out of context, he can easily manipulate those who don't know the Word of God.

Also notice that Copeland first says "The Holy Spirit will supply the words," which would mean that the Holy Spirit is speaking through someone, right? However, he then says "Just as language is the voice of your mind, praying in tongues is the voice of YOUR spirit," so do the words come from the Holy Spirit or from your spirit? Copeland completely contradicts himself because if language is the voice of the mind and tongues is the voice of the spirit, then it's either the Holy Spirit speaking or your spirit speaking, but it can't be both.

Of course, they would argue that they are filled with the Holy Spirit, so therefore, they would say that their spirit and the Holy Spirit are coming from the same source, but at that point, they would have to claim to be God. These are the kind of mental gymnastics a Charismatic has to perform to justify the wicked traditions of their cult, namely, the gibberish they call "speaking in tongues."

Charismatic false preacher Todd Bentley does the same thing as Copeland, although he just ignores Scripture. He points out 1Co 14:14, and says:
"'For if I pray in an unknown tongue, MY SPIRIT PRAYETH, but my understanding is unfruitful.' Notice he said, 'My spirit prays.'"
-Todd Bentley, "True Benefits of Speaking in Tongues," retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=88baf0e9be36c5e53e4192c3b&id=a4f0ea16e4&e=996c534118]

First of all, Bentley is willfully ignorant of the fact that the "unknown tongue" is a language that others don't understand; it's not talking about baby gibberish that comes out of his mouth. Notice also that he focuses in on the "spirit prayeth" part, but ignores the "understanding is unfruitful" part because to acknowledge that would have to mean he would have to stop trying to impress people with his Satanic babbling.

This is also very confusing and somewhat humorous that he focuses on the spirit praying because in the previous paragraph, he states "when a believer exercises the gift of tongues, it is not his soul or his intellect that is praying." The soul and the spirit are the same thing:

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
-Ecclesiastes 12:7

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
-Genesis 2:7

So Bentley first said the soul/spirit DOESN'T pray when using Charismatic gibberish, and then turns around in the next paragraph to say that the soul/spirit DOES pray when using Charismatic gibberish. Don't be surprised; this kind of contradiction is standard operating procedure for these false prophets.

Bentley then changes the word "edify," which means to build up by proper instruction in truth, faith, and righteousness, and changes the meaning to "charge up" like a battery:
"First Corinthians 14:4 says, 'He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth (Charges) himself . . . .' Therefore, speaking in tongues is a means of spiritual edification or building up. In other words, when a person prays in the Holy Spirit, he charges himself up. He builds himself up like a battery that is charged or built up."
-Todd Bentley, "True Benefits of Speaking in Tongues," retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=88baf0e9be36c5e53e4192c3b&id=a4f0ea16e4&e=996c534118]

He's taking a lot of liberty to define Scripture how he pleases, which is common with those who feign to be born again. The other problem we can see by once again reading 1Co 14 in verse 22:

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
-1 Corinthians 14:22

The entire chapter, Paul is explaining why Christians ought not to speak in unknown tongues, which is not what Bentley is doing; Bentley is just making noises with Charismatic gibberish. However, even if it was the case that it was an unknown tongue, it does not serve the church, and therefore, should not be done in the church except under very specific circumstances, none of which Bentley practices. Again, Acts 2 very clearly explains that the unbelievers could hear the Word of God in their own language, but because the unbeliever does not understand the Charismatic gibberish, the only sign he will receive is that Bentley is insane, and it will be a sign to us born again in Christ that he is working for the Devil.

Bentley then goes on to really show off his ignorance of the Word:
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. (Romans 8:26-27)"
-Todd Bentley, "True Benefits of Speaking in Tongues," retrieved Sept 13, 2017, [us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=88baf0e9be36c5e53e4192c3b&id=a4f0ea16e4&e=996c534118]

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
-Romans 8:26-27

I want to make sure Christians are clear on what is being said here, so let's define utter:

utter (v): to speak; to pronounce; to express in words
(See 'utter', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Sept 13, 2017 [webstersdictionary1828.com])

Romans 8 is often used by Charismatics to justify their wicked behavior and false doctrine, because it says that we don't know what we should pray for as we ought, meaning that we in the flesh, without the understanding of the spiritual things that take place invisibly around us, are ignorant of what we should be praying for. (e.g. One might pray for a man to be healed, but God is using that injury to humble him to repentance so that he might be saved.) Thus, the Holy Ghost makes intercession for us on our behalf, knowing that we are ignorant children who are unable to see the big picture, and we do only what we know how to do; this does not mean we should not pray, but know that the Spirit of God is wiser than we are, which is why we should be able to accept the Father saying "No."

However, those things for which the Spirit makes intercession for us CANNOT BE UTTERED, meaning that they can't be spoken, pronounced, or expressed in words! Bentley even said it himself, that words cannot express it, but willingly defies the Word of God by his actions. All these Charismatics that are so-called "speaking in tongues" these so-called "prayers" they claim "come from the Holy Spirit" in gibberish—they're all liars because these are things that cannot be uttered in verbal language.

I speak these things in clear English, and the Charismatics and Pentecostals cannot hear and refuse to understand my words. This is just as Christ explained to the scribes and Pharisees (like the Copelands and Bentleys of that day):

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
-John 8:43-45

There is a new term that's been created for the devilish, Charismatic gibberish:

glossolalia (n): incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy
(See 'glossolalia', Random House Dictionary, 2017, [dictionary.com]; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2012)

The reason I don't use the word Glossolalia [glaw-suh-ley-lee-uh] is because I think the definition is inaccurate. They claim it's an "imaginary language," which implies that the language has secret meaning that is simply "incomprehensible" to the average person. Again, there is no secret meaning; it's just gibberish, but the term glossolalia has caught fire in the media since they love to give fancy words for demonic practices, and even wicked Hollywood stars claim to "speak in tongues."

Megan Fox starred in the 2009 movie Jennifer's Body in which she played a demonically possessed teenager that took part in sacrifices to Satan and ended up killing and eating her classmates. (This is literally what the movie is about according to the TV Tropes website.) Though Fox plays the role of devils in movies and sells her body on the big screen, she tells everyone she's "a devout Christian," which is obviously a lie.
(See TV Tropes, "Film / Jennifer's Body," retrieved Sept 15, 2017, [tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/JennifersBody]; See also WENN, "Katy Perry, Megan Fox On Speaking in Tongues," Charisma News, Jan 16, 2013, retrieved Sept 15, 2017, [charismanews.com/us/35257-katy-perry-megan-fox-on-speaking-in-tongues])

"Transformer star Megan Fox says she has been speaking in tongues since she was a child and often has to restrain herself during trips to church. The Transformers star, who was raised as a member of the Pentecostal church, says she used to take part in glossolalia sessions--the muttering of speech-like syllables as a form of religious expression--from the age of eight. She tells Esquire magazine, 'The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen... I have seen magical, crazy things happen. I've seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during praise and worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I'd have to shut it off because I don't know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back.' When asked how speaking in tongues feels, she adds, 'It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head--I'm going to sound like such a lunatic--and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you're not thinking because you have no idea what you're saying... The idea is that it's a language that only God understands.'"
-WENN, "Katy Perry, Megan Fox On Speaking in Tongues," Charisma News, Jan 16, 2013, retrieved Sept 15, 2017, [charismanews.com/us/35257-katy-perry-megan-fox-on-speaking-in-tongues]

I have little doubt that Fox is possessed of a devil in everyday life, not just playing a character in a movie, which is why the Satanic gibberish is so ready to come out of her mouth in these false church buildings. We've already covered how all that she is doing is strictly against God's Word and has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. Even if they want to claim that God is speaking through them, they can't understand their gibberish (because it really has no meaning), so there's no way to provide evidence to other people to support their claims. Fox also claims she has seen healings, and there are many fake "faith healings" that take place in these Pentecostal and Charismatic church buildings, often during their "revival" sessions which are totally unbiblical.
(Read "Revivalism: The Devil's Design" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

The article continues with to mention Katy Perry, another devilish actress and musician, who also participated in glossolalia as a child. We briefly mentioned Perry in our article exposing the wickedness of false convert Amy Grant, how she gave Satanic witchcraft performances in live shows, and told news reporters that she sold her soul to the Devil.
(Read "Wolves in Costume: Amy Grant" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

"Fox is in good company with her special ability--pop star Katy Perry also learned to speak in tongues while growing up with her strict religious parents. The singer previously said, 'Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as "Pass the salt"... 'My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it. That's their gift.'"
-WENN, "Katy Perry, Megan Fox On Speaking in Tongues," Charisma News, Jan 16, 2013, retrieved Sept 15, 2017, [charismanews.com/us/35257-katy-perry-megan-fox-on-speaking-in-tongues]

There are many wicked people who claim to "speak in tongues," and so shouting out some gibberish during some emotional high in a church building does not make someone of God. I've listened to testimonies from people who were former Pentecostals, who were born again and came out of it, and they testified that people actively living in sin (fornication, adultery, theft, homosexuality, etc) were claiming to be of God and "speaking in tongues" by the Holy Ghost.

They're liars. Even Satan and his devils can transform themselves to appear as angels of light:

But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
-2 Corinthians 11:12

Paul is saying that there are those who are false converts, who work iniquity and deceive others, that try to act like they are born again as we Christians are.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
-2 Corinthians 11:13-15

This is why the Lord Jesus Christ warned us to judge righteously according to His Word, not judge according to how we feel or how we want to perceive. Despite the false doctrine that comes from their mouths, the Bible clearly teaches that we are to judge righteously (not in hypocrisy) all things.
(Read "Unbiblical Cop-Outs: Don't Judge Me!" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
-John 7:24

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,
-1 Corinthians 2:14-15

The true gift of tongues is the speaking of, or interpreting of, other intelligible languages. Some readers may notice I rarely used the word "babble" or "babbling," and that's because babbling can have meaning, just as Babylon was named for everyone hearing babbling when the nations first had their languages divided at the tower of Babel:

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
-Genesis 11:9

The various languages of the earth have meaning, and therefore, what might sound like babbling (as Paul described being in a barbarian land) does not mean there is not intelligence behind the language. Again, this is NOT what the Charismatics and Pentecostals are doing; they are speaking pure gibberish, and therefore the verses about speaking in tongues in the Bible do not apply to them because they are operating outside of Scripture.

If you hear someone speaking that Satanic gibberish, all you can really do is rebuke them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. If they will not hear, then do as Paul said and leave them be to live in their willful ignorance:

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
-1 Corinthians 14:37-38

These Charismatic gibberish-speaking people love to run up and down aisles yelling and screaming and laughing, but the Bible condemns their actions. As you read these final verses, consider that mirth means "high excitement of pleasurable feelings and loud noises amongst companions," and reveling means "to feast with loose, loud merriment and playful, noisy actions."

Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
-Ecclesiastes 7:4

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
-Galatians 5:21



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