DEAR PENTECOSTAL / CHARISMATIC FRIEND – PLEASE HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND YOUR DOCTRINES AND TRADITIONS BY ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS WITH REFERENCE TO THE BIBLe. THERE ARE 6 TOPICS, CONSISTING OF 18 QUESTIONS IN TOTAL.
1. SALVATION AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
If not for the Holy Spirit, the Bible teaches that no man would seek God (Romans 3:11).
QUESTION 1: If you do not believe in the doctrine of election, but the doctrine of choice, how do you interpret verses like these (of which there are many more)?
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy…
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
2. SALVATION AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
QUESTION 2: Everything Jesus does in our lives, comes through the working of the Holy Spirit. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells our hearts and changes us from an old to a new person. Then why would it be necessary to subsequently also “accept or receive” the gift of the Holy Spirit? Isn’t this confused with the filling of the Holy Spirit, eg where we enter the presence of God in humble prayer or when He reveals more about God to us when we study the Bible?
3. PRAYING IN TONGUES
(In total, the words “pray, praying, prayed, prayer/s” appear 436 times in the KJV Bible. There is not a single reference to “Praying in tongues.” Only once, in Eph 6:18, does it mention “ALWAYS with ALL prayer and supplication in the spirit”
There are no reference to “heavenly languages or heavenly tongues” in the entire Bible either. In 1 Corinthians 13:1 Paul talks about SPEAKING “with the tongues of men and of angels” but this is hyperbolic, same as he also says “I could remove mountains” in verse 14.)
QUESTION 3: If “Praying in tongues” is essential for every saved believer, would it not have been discussed in more detail in the Bible, as was done with regards to praying in men’s own languages?
QUESTION 4: In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul makes it clear that not everybody has the same gifts. Do you know of any scripture contradicting Paul by saying that all saved believers will speak or pray in tongues?
QUESTION 5: Why is it necessary to often be taught how to “speak / pray in tongues” by others and in all instances for new believers to practice it when it is a spiritual gift from God?
QUESTION 6: Why does the church not in all instances obey to God’s word by using an interpreter (1 Corinthians 14:6-19)?
QUESTION 7: Where an interpreter is however being used, how does it work that the interpretations are normally quite long, while the person who spoke in tongues only shared a very short “message.”?
QUESTION 8: Why does the church not in all instances obey to God’s word by limiting the number of people speaking or praying in tongues, to 2 to 3 per service (1 Corinthians 14:27)? (Verse 40 says “Let all things be done decently and in order.”)
QUESTION 9: Why would Paul have said that it was a sign for unbeliever, while the church says it is a “personal prayer language” (1 Corinthians 14:20-25)?
4. HEALING AND MIRACLES
QUESTION 10: If the modern day gift of healing is the same as the gift received by the Apostles, why does healing not always take place immediately (on the spot), like in those days?
QUESTION 11: Modern day healers say that you cannot be healed if you don’t have enough faith. Then why did Jesus and the disciples healed people without faith?
Matt. 8:5-10 It was the faith of the centurion that healed his servant.
Mk.5:35-43 The daughter of Jairus was healed from the fathers faith
Mk.2:5 Jesus healed the paralytic not because of his faith but of the four men who carried him.
Lk.17:11-19 Jesus healed all 10 but only one obeyed showing that he was the only one to possess true saving faith.
Lk.8:26-39 The demoniac of Gadarene was healed before he was capable of expressing his faith.
Lk.2:50-51 Jn.18:10 When peter cut of the ear of Malchus Jesus healed him without any faith present.
QUESTION 12: Why could Paul not heal subsequent to the book of Acts era? Not Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27), Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20), Timothy (1 Timothy 5:23), or even himself (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
5. SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT
QUESTION 13: Why do we not see a single reference to the term “Slain in the spirit” in the entire KJV Bible?
QUESTION 14: Why does the biblical falling on one’s face refer to a person’s reaction to what he saw in a vision or an event beyond ordinary happenings, while in modern day practice, the person responds to another’s touch or to the motion of the speaker’s arm?
QUESTION 15: Why did the people fell upon their faces in the biblical instances while in modern days they fall backwards and someone needs to be around to catch the person being slain in the Spirit?
6. PROPHECIES AND REVELATION
QUESTION 16: Is there still a need for prophets to proclaim God’s Word to the people now that we all have Bibles?
QUESTION 17: While all prophets in the Bible either prophesied about the comings of Christ or as warnings to the people, why do almost all modern prophecies relate to prosperity and worldly promises?
QUESTION 18: Why do people keep on trusting today’s prophets while the majority of their prophecies do not come to pass (Deut. 18:22, Jer. 28:9, Ezek. 33:33, 1 Sam 3:19, etc).
(Compiled by GH Woest)