* * * The greatest danger of the end times is not the natural or financial disaster, but the spiritual deception* * *
I have been under conviction by God’s Holy Spirit to write this exhortation with the purpose of warning all of my friends who claim to have the “gift of speaking in tongues” as it is known in the pentecostal and charismatic movement. Some of my readers may notice that I will mention them, not by name, but by example. It is not my desire to offend, but I am writing this for the glory of God and the love of the brethren. Lest we forget, the apostle Paul exhorted us not be tossed to & fro by every wind of teaching, but to hold to good and right doctrine, and expose error (Ephesians 4:14).
[NOTES added by Rick Wagner SO4J-TV & Video Productions]
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15
About 5 years ago I was confronted with the pentecostal movement and the “gift of speaking in tongues” for the first time. At that time, I did not understand certain verses on this topic, so I read two books – one written to promote it and the other one to warn christians of it’s dangers. Neither book convinced me, then. So I talked occasionally with some elders and pastors on this topic, but not even they could give me a clear explanation on certain passages. In the meantime, I met more and more believers who claimed to have the “gift of speaking in tongues”. Additionally, there were some preachers who supposedly spoke in tongues and their sermons were biblically grounded (David Wilkerson, Leonhard Ravenhill and Alexander Schevchenko), while others (John MacArthur) strongly opposed it. I grew weary of searching so I finally told myself to listen to one more bible teacher and see what he had to say. So, In June 2012 I had a chance to ask a prominent baptist teacher John Piper, in person, whether speaking in tongues, as we know it today from the pentecostal movement, was biblical or not. After defining it as “an angelic unknown language whereby neither the speaker not the listener understands it”, he said: “I believe speaking in tongues is from God and I myself asked God to give me this gift. I didn’t receive it yet, but I believe it is a desirable gift”. I emphasized that we are talking about speaking in tongues as it is known in the pentecostal movement. Just to clarify: The pentecostal movement is more conservative, while the charismatic movement is advanced in experiencing various kinds of the manifestation of the “Holy Spirit“ which are nothing else but demonic. [NOTE: There is no Scriptural basis for tongues being an “angelic language”. Proponents of angelic tongues misinterpret 1 Cor. 13:1 (which is hyperbolic). Biblical tongues were a known language, and angels always spoke in a human language. Even in the book of Revelation in describing the future and eternal events in heaven, there is no evidence that the angels and John conversed in an “angelic” language, but rather a known human language.] Back to John Piper: I expected him to take a stand against these movements, but he said he believed it was indeed from God. Nevertheless, I tried to lay aside all my preconceptions and accept it this way. How could a young woman, such as myself, value my opinion above the opinions of older men like John Piper, David Wilkerson, or Leonhard Ravenhill, of whom even Paul Washer speaks highly?! No, someone has to be wrong and more than likely I assumed that would be me…
Well, maybe the pentecostal movement was from God and the charismatic movement from the devil? Finally, I prayed again in all sincerity: “Father, let me know the truth and make all my doubts disappear if it’s from you. I don’t want to doubt even 1% if speaking in tongues as we know it today is really from the Holy Spirit…“
*** 2012: MOSCOW***
In 2012 I went to Moscow for about two months in order to complete my internship. A dear friend of mine arranged for me a place to stay which so happened to be in an apartment with three nice girls from a charismatic church who are not merely church goers but are very active in the ministry. I didn’t know this at the time, but afterward my friend admitted to arranging this on purpose because she wanted to give me a “blessing”. In time, I became close friends with some of them and started to accept their way of worship, even though I was scared at first. There was one particular virtue that engaged my desire to know more about this movement: Most of the people who spoke in tongues were very passionate about missions. They seemed to always be open to talk about the things of God and radiated some sort of joy and honesty to me. Indeed, these qualities were some that I missed in many christians I had known previously. However, it did not take long for me to discern that most of my pentecostal and charismatic friends had a very different understanding of important doctrinal teachings, such as:
1. Suffering was usually proclaimed as a curse. Some tried to cast out demons from “everywhere” and “everyone”.
2. Healings and even raising from the dead are believed to be true. I strongly believe God is able to do great miracles even today, but not as it happens on their popular TV Shows.
3. Near-death experiences are accepted as real messages from God.
4. The view on the end times: great awakenings would take place in different nations and many would get saved before Christ’s second return.
5. Repentance is defined as repeating the sinners prayer whereby you are saved and have eternal life. Very often it is confined to simply “giving God your life”. People also come to Jesus for wrong reasons, not to be saved from the wrath of God, but to lead a „better“ life. God can also supposedly give a person the Holy Spirit even before He seeks God or repents of his sins.
6. Christians can be cursed for any reason and should therefore always pray against someone’s curses (Proverbs 26:2).
7. Everyone seems to receive very attractive “prophecies, visions, and dreams” of how God will use them for His kingdom in the future. [NOTE: Are there ever any negative “prophecies”?]
8. Visions and dreams supposedly given by God: In the beginning these might even be in accordance with the Scriptures. Their trust arises and later people stop to compare their experiences with the Bible at all.
9. Oftentimes their messages are focused on how to build greater self-esteem and value (Nick Vujicic).
10. Many of the people I know who attend pentecostal and charismatic churches do not read the Bible systematically, but only here and there, how the “Spirit” leads them.
11. The Bible says the Holy Spirit blows where he wills, yet these movements try to teach methods on how to start speaking in tongues as if the Spirit could be commanded by mere men! Lets not forget that tongues will cease, not increase (1 Corinthians 13:8).
12. Prominent leaders of the charismatic and the pentecostal movement believe that when “the Spirit touches you”, people might fall on the ground/on their back. In the Bible it was always a sign of God’s judgment (Isaiah 28:13).
13. The origins of this kind of “speaking in tongues” are in the truest sense demonic. Speaking in tongues can be observed in many pagan religions and rituals. There are even godless celebrities who claim to speak in tongues such as Katy Perry and Megan Fox. [NOTE: Other false religions such as Hinduism and Islam have been known to claim to speak in tongues as well. That rules out speaking in tongues as “Evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit”.]
14. The experience of speaking in tongues are often times real experiences, however, where the power is coming from begs the question! I have read a scientific statement that when a person speaks in tongues adrenalin rises up to 4 times higher than when a person would take drugs. No wonder people can pray for hours in tongues and are unwilling to renounce such an experience that feeds their flesh.
15. There is lots of emotionalism in contemporary music, worship and taching: Seek the truth, and not the experience or feelings that come from a wicked heart.
16. The role of the woman: women can stand over men, teach and preach in the church. (1 Tim 2:9-15). The Bible says „Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression“ (1 Tim 2:14). Here we also see how women believe the lies and lead others the wrong way. Sensuality is also evident in many cases.
17. Almost in all cases popular speakers/preachers/teachers make themselves a “name” and attract more people through the media (CBN News) and big conferences with their pictures everywhere (Reinhard Bonnke, Joyce Meyer etc.)
18. It is taught that a born-again believer might be possessed or influenced by an evil spirit and has to be cast out by special words and prayers (source: “They will cast out demons” by Derek Prince). In fact two of my friends admitted that an evil spirit lives in them and can be cast out only with time, not at once. This is unbiblical and very scary.
19. They teach that people who would dare oppose the manifestation of the the Holy Spirit – blaspheme Him – in order to intimidate, manipulate, and bully anyone who would speak against the false teaching & lies.
20. God supposedly speaks today like back in the Old Testament through dreams, visions, and it can happen almost every single day. However the Scriptures say, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) [NOTE: Dreams & visions end up replacing Scripture as they come across as more direct and exciting than Scripture. (I call it “Tabloid Christianity”.) They are a direct attack on Sola Scriptura, that Scripture alone is sufficient to give man salvation, guidance & knowledge.]
21. False prophets are being tolerated (Deut 18:22). I have witnessed someone prophecying something that did not come true and all the church members did not questen it at all.
I remember some told me how to get this supposed “gift”: You needed to completely shut off your brain and let yourself go so the Holy Spirit could work. Is this not what happens to people who get drunk or high on drugs?! When you shut your brain off then you will have no inhibitions and satan can do what he pleases. We can observe the same practice even in the New Age movement. The Bible tells us to watch, pray, and be sober-minded not absent minded (1 Peter 4:7)!
However, again in spite of noticing these things I still didn’t stop fellowshipping with my pentecostal and charismatic friends. The thought that they were worshiping another God seemed too bazaar to me, really. After all, there are very nice and seemingly honest people who represent this movement which would have you to believe that they hold to the truth as it is in Jesus. “And no wonder, for even Satan transforms himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Later my roommate recommended me to listen to a sermon by Derek Prince who is a conservative pentecostal bible teacher. The first sermon was on the fear of God. I liked it. She then gave me some books written by him. He always seemed to use Scripture to back up his statements, but instead of building me up, his books made me even more confused. There were things I had never heard in my whole christian life! The foundation I had to stand on started to fall apart… and I cannot adequately explain to you how confused I really was. However, now I can understand more clearly what Paul meant by writing: “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you?” (Gal. 3:1). and “I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:20).
I was more and more influenced by this deceptive movement. At one time in 2012, I had posted on facebook the cover of a book by a false teacher. Out of all my FB friends, there was only one older brother who attempted to warn me of danger, seeing that I might be deceived! Thank you brother Rick Wagner! All the same, I didn’t pay much attention to the warnings of my family and some friends anymore. Furthermore, for a short time, I even strongly desired to be given this gift of speaking in tongues as well! I prayed and even fasted to the Lord for it! But nothing happened. Some of my charismatic and pentecostal friends prayed for me to get the gift too. Again, nothing happened. I was disappointed. I witnessed two girls who claimed this mysterious gift and they had just started visiting church! I was intrigued how some could get this so easily, not even seeking after it nor God earnestly. Some even received this gift before their “repentance”, I heard. How can it be that someone gets this so-called gift and is not even born again? To speak in tongues means to be filled with the Spirit, so how is it even possible to be filled with the Spirit of God, when they are still dead in their trespasses and sins? No repentance, no brokeness over their sins, no fear of God. How can someone be lead by the Holy Spirit, but have no ability to discern false teachers like Benny Hinn or the witch Kathryn J. Kuhlman and more? How can it be that there is much praying in tongues in public, but so little Bible reading in private? And still some of my friends seemed to be very sincere in their service for God…
Another friend of mine was a member at a conservative church for many years. She was worldly in her way of thinking, spoke mostly about guys, and was never deeply concerned about the things of God nor her sins. But as soon as she came into contact with the charismatic movement, guess what happened? She started to speak in tongues and changed to where she started to talk willingly about God and pray. I wondered how this could be? For in my eyes she had no testimony of true repentance before nor after. How do you explain it? Too me there were many contradictions and no clear answers at that time.
I would like to share a brief story: Some of my friends and I went to do street evangelism in a public park. We separated in groups of two. I was teamed up with an older man. When we approached two women sitting on a bench, I tried to talked to them about their sins and Jesus as the only Savior, but they seemed to be ignorant. So the older man said before leaving: “I know yesterday you did something wrong and it won’t give you sleep at night. You should repent and believe!“. We left. I asked him how did he know this about the woman. And he told me: “I didn’t. I just pretended to know. Maybe I was right! Did you see how fearful she looked at me? I think she really did something bad yesterday…” At that point I was shocked. He was speaking in the name of God, but was deliberately lying!
***The charismatic and pentecostal movement as ONE***
Another anomaly to me was that every time there were Youth Conferences, hundreds of young people from the pentecostal AND charismatic churches came together, as if that was one movement, one spirit. I spoke with the pastor from a conservative pentecostal church I attended a couple of times in Moscow asking him: “Where is the line? Is it possible that the pentecostal movement is from God and the charismatic movement from the devil? Why is the youth from the two movements united?” He answered smiling: “The difference between the two movements is the style. You can choose which church you like the most, what are you used to more and go there.” I did not expect him to give me such an answer. As in the beginning, I was again justified in my thinking that the charismatic movement was certainly false, but the pentecostal movement might be from God. Additionally, after having noticed many things I wondered how could all of these teachings be in accordance with the Scriptures? Of course, different thoughts crossed my mind, trying to explain the good example I saw in some of my friends and the many bad examples all around. The charismatic youth prayed to God to be kept pure and not fall into sexual sin, but I happened to stumble upon “ministers” who were actually watching a dirty movie. During my stay in Moscow I was close to people from both movements but after some time, I really could not distinguish the difference between them anymore, only the style, as the pastor said, was different. I suppressed my doubts once again, convincing myself that there where some christians I knew who were genuine and kept reminding myself that God is working in their lives. I didn’t want to be an “unbeliever“ doubting everything. But the longer I remained there, the more confused I became. I actually started to lose my inner peace and joy because of this spiritual confusion. I wanted to accept this new doctrine, but still just couldn’t suppress my doubts. So, I determined to find answers before things deteriorated worse. I withdrew from my internship, booked a flight back to Germany, and left within three days. Only few knew how I felt and they were praying for me.
On my way home, I started to search in the Bible for answers. How can it be that most of them burn so much for missions if this movement is deceptive? Why is there so little fire for God in many churches that I knew before? These thoughts consumed my mind. It’s either that speaking in tongues as I saw it is 100% of God or 100% of the devil. At the Sunday service our preacher was teaching something from the Old Testament. I randomly turned to a passage and started to read it, half- absorbed in my thoughts… it was Leviticus 10:1-2: “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” What fire was it? Why did God kill them? I mean they served God… are there different kinds of fire? It was like a vail fell off my eyes! I sat there totally shocked. If this kind of speaking in tongues is not biblical, then ALL who have it, have another Spirit, another fire, a strange fire for God, a worship that does not please God! One of my former favorite preacher (Alexander Schevchenko) was also from the pentecostal movement, but for some reason he didn’t reveal this until he had thousands of followers. His sermons always had some kind of a “pearl” in them. It seemed to me he understood the Bible pretty well, after all, my parents listened to his sermons from time to time too. Moreover, I had the chance to meet him in person back in 2009. But after our conversation I was disappointed. I remember telling my parents that my impression of him was as if he had a depressed or sort of “despondent Spirit”. I’m not sure how to explain it exactly, but out of my experience, when you meet another born again believer it seems as if you have known this person for years! Of course, this is not the case with everyone who professes to be a christian. But then again, perhaps I was wrong about my first impression of him. But, was I?
The first thing I did when I got home was research this Bible teacher. After all, I listened to his sermons for almost 2 years in 2008 and 2009, but not his recent ones. So I found his most recent sermons and listened to them with an open Bible, examining every word. I was shocked for about three days, and my parents were as well. He was mixing biblical truth with false doctrines and teaching tolerance towards other religions. I even found an interview where he spoke about his admiration of a charismatic preacher, who I already knew was certainly a deceiver! Another fact I discovered is that he invited a catholic to preach in his mega-church! He was doing these things on purpose. So he was deceiving people by his sermons systematically, very slowly, little by little, year by year. It all comes to the ecumenical movement which is a preparation for one world religion – the way for the Antichrist. It took me a while to actually believe what I heard coming from his mouth and how deceiving his teaching was. The tolerance he was teaching for years found place in my heart and I didn’t even realize it back then. He used to say: “Be careful not to judge if you don’t know whether God’s Spirit is behind it or not.. you might be blaspheming the Holy Spirit and it will never be forgiven to you!” I heard this manipulative scare tactic plenty of times from different pentecostal teachers and I am not afraid to say now that behind the pentecostal and charismatic movement is a deceiving spirit and not the Holy One! I know for a fact I have peace with God! Please examine yourself to see whether you are in the true faith.
*** The puzzle in one picture***
It all came flooding back to my mind and I started to remember everything I had previously noticed and witnessed while being in Africa, NYC (Times Square Church of David Wilkerson), Moscow and other places in Germany where I had dealings with this movement. Like a puzzle the picture started to get clearer. Kenya of 2011 was my first experience with charismatics, but of course, I didn’t even know such a movement existed back then. I witnessed something happening there by the Kenyan pastors that was against the Word of God and openly confronted a pastor with what the Bible said on that particular issue. From that point on our whole team split in two groups: My friend Susanne and me “against” all the other members of the group. Later one of the pastors told me in private: “Elena, you don’t have to make a riot. You can tell us what you want to hear and we can try to work together…” That came from a pastor whom I actually trusted the most from all the other Kenyan pastors! So they were ready to actually compromise what they believed…
Also a dear friend of mine who had been deep in the occult before coming to a charismatic church said: “When I started to speak in tongues for the first time, I had a feeling as if I was back in the occult…” But still others convinced her that it was the devil who tried to scare her and she should trust the leading of the Holy Spirit. Sadly, she is still speaking in tongues and I am still praying God will lead her and others out of this demonic teaching. Anotrher two girls told me how they once spoke in tongues and a masculine voice came out of them. That scared them to death, but only one of them stopped speaking in tongues after that.
***REPENT and BELIEVE***
Just two years ago I thought I would never know for sure whether “speaking in tongues” is from God or not. But God answered my prayer and showed me in His Holy Word, not through visions and dreams, that this is a demonic deception. I cannot thank God enough for His protection! I was horribly close to being deceived and ensnared, but the Lord did not allow it! Looking back now, I realize that God allowed me to go through all of this for a reason. He broke my pride and showed me that I was not a wise sheep, even after reading the Bible from cover to cover for several times, I could be deceived and stumble if left to myself, however the Holy Spirit kept me in the truth. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32) It’s a shame I had trusted the appearances & flattery of people more than what the Bible clearly taught. What a shame for a child of God! And what an amazing grace that kept me even though I was like a stubborn mule at times!
Jesus’ very first message was for us “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14–15) . It all starts with true repentance, turning away from sin! Many of my friends from this movement seemed to lead a moral life, serving God while others still an immoral life, confessing their sins, but without being broken nor forsaking them. And all of them claim to speak in tongues… When it comes to saving faith, the entrusting of ourselves to Christ alone, there can be no real turn to Christ Jesus unless we turn away from sin. Faith and repentance go hand in hand. Christ calls us to give up everything to follow Him, and that includes our sin and any attempt to earn favor from our good works. And so, those who make a habit of sinning are not born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are (1 John 3:8-10). The good fruit of salvation is that we present our bodies as a living sacrifice out of thankfulness to the Lord Jesus.
I asked many of my pentecostal and charismatic friends whether they had read through the Bible at least once and as much a I remember most of them said something like: “No, I don’t read systematically, because I let the spirit lead me where God wants me to read.” How is it possible then to be lead by the Holy Spirit for years and to not be drawn to read the Word of the Spirit regularly?! How is it possible to always pray passionately and willingly, but neglect the Word of God so much?
An older couple that once was deceived by this movement once told me that when they prayed in tongues, it was difficult for them to read the Bible, but the lesser they prayed, the more they were drawn to read the Word. You see, Satan does not care whom you worship as long as it is not Jesus Christ of the bible. And how can you worship Him if you don’t know who Jesus Christ is through the Bible? It really concerns me that most of the people in these movements are not genuinely saved, but are deceived to believe they are. These are false converts who have false assurance and they will go to hell when they die. You can serve at church as passionate as you can, you can be the most honest person on earth, you can even die for your faith BUT what profit is there for you, if you are not serving the God of the Bible? Muslims die for their faith too. Is it the proof that they are in the truth? There are many deceivers who call themselves ‘Jesus’ and they even hold the Bible in their hands! Keep in mind, Satan knows the Scriptures. He quoted it to Christ in the 40 day temptation! How do you know you are worshiping the true Jesus of Holy Scripture and not a counterfeit?
***IMPORTANT BIBLE PASSAGES***
1. “You will not see a fierce people, A people of obscure speech, beyond perception, Of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand.” Isaiah 33:19
2. ”And when he [the Holy Spirit] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment [...] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself [...] He shall glorify me” (1. John 16:8-14) à In the pentecostal and charismatic churches songs are being written more about the Holy Spirit than about Jesus. People pray to the Holy Spirit more than to Jesus & they worship the Spirit more than Jesus.
3. ”For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body” (1 Corinthians 12:13) à EVERY born again believer is already baptized by the HOLY SPIRIT.
4. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” Eph. 1:3 à In Christ we already have all we need, every spiritual blessing.
5. ”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 à Long suffering means also patience. To receive quick answers from God through visions and dreams doesn’t teach much patience. The same can be said about their practice of casting out demons: a quick deliverance from the “fleshly desires/sins” is promoted, whereby the Bible says that every day is a battle against our own flesh!
Jesus warned us that in the end times there will come MANY false teachers. It will be a time of great spiritual deception to deceive even the elect, if that were possible. It would be difficult to deceive genuine Christians by the charismatic movement, Jehovah witnesses, or Mormons. These deceptive teachings are more than obvious. But not so with the pentecostal movement which has a godly appearance. Beware of the counterfeit, those who appear to be godly but deny Jesus by their rotten fruit (1 John 3:8-10). And when the Antichrist will arise, he will not be against religion or God. “Anti” means “instead” not „contra“ or „against“. He, like Absalom, will be handsome and very kind, little by little stealing the hearts of the people by warm hugs & tickling their ears with flattering deception.
The Bible says that the majority of the people will go to hell (Matt 7:14) and many of them will even be those who think they are believers! When I read Matthew 7:22-23 I can only think of the pentecostal and charismatic movement because that perfectly describes what is going on there. “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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!“.
I was puzzled for some time why God killed Uzza. He just wanted to hold the ark of God so that it wouldn’t fall on the ground. „Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.” (2 Samuel 6:6-7) He just wanted to help! He put forth effort to serve God. However, he was killed by God Himself. No matter how pure his intentions were, he disobeyed the clear commandment of the Lord. There are countless deceptions nowadays and you will never be able to discern truth from error if you don’t know your Bible and the Holy Spirit is not in you! We should our Bibles better! We should read it daily to know God, commune with Him, and no longer be tossed to & fro by every wind of doctrine. If you are truly concerned about your soul, please study your Bible and trust God to guide you, not leaning on your own understanding. Examine yourself.
***DECEIVERS BY NAME***
Here are the names of some deceivers I came across. Of course there are countless of such out there: Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Jimmy Swaggart, John & Lisa Bevere, Derek Prince, Reinhard Bonnke, Alexander Schevchenko, Gennady Mochnenko, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Nicky Cruz, David Yonggi Cho, Rick Renner, Benny Hinn, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Kenneth Hagin Sr., Kenneth Hagin Jr., Rodney Howard Browne, Mother Teresa, Ellen G. White and christian rappers like Lecrae etc.
Also pay attention to the teachings of Francis Chan, John Piper and Nick Vujicic.
1. John Todd (a former leader of a satanic group) – The Purpose of the Charismatic/ Pentecostal Movement & Rock Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sTLb9XEXmw
2. John MacArtur – Charismatic Chaos: http://www.gty.org/resources/sermon-series/219/charismatic-chaos
3. Justin Peters on the Word of Faith Movement: http://youtu.be/eQtQinXtsKE [NOTE: Justin has a new updated DVD called “Clouds Without Water”]
Again, the purpose I wrote this is not to offend or make someone angry, but to challenge all who speak in that kind of tongues to examine what they believe with the Bible and see whether they are in the true faith. There is nothing more important than your eternal destiny.