The Devil Made Me Do It?


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                              Phil Scovell





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                        THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT?


                                   By

                              Phil Scovell


               This  article  is in  response to  one entitled  "Praying In
          Tongues?" by Frank W. Bumpus.  If the reader has not yet read his
          article, please  do  so,  if  at  all  possible,  before  reading
          further.    Those posting  this  on computer  bulletin  boards in
          electronic form are respectfully requested to allow both articles
          to appear together and allow the reader to judge.

               If the author of "Praying In  Tongues" is by the same  Frank
          Bumpus with  whom I  am familiar, his  preaching and  teaching is
          Godly, challenging, and worth hearing.  His testimony is likewise
          impeccable.  I have heard him preach in the past and I appreciate
          his  message   and  ministry.    His  Scriptural  interpretation,
          however, stretches the spiritual imagination.

               Brother Bumpus essentially says two things in his article on
          tongues.   Tongues  isn't  Scriptural  and  if anyone  speaks  in
          tongues, it  is by the power  of the devil.   At least  that's my
          interpretation of what I read.

               "Since the Spirit of God is not the giver of devotional
               tongues,  there  remains  two alternatives:  the  human
               spirit  and the  demonic spirit.   What  then  is being
               exercised by charismatics?"

          He even lumps, apparently, all Charismatics/Pentecostals into the
          same unholy ungodly barrel.

               "We are also  aware that communication with  the spirit
               world through ecstatic utterances has long been claimed
               by  various  religions.   It  was  practiced  centuries
               before Christ came and is still in effect among certain
               Hindu groups, Mormons, spiritualists and others."

          He  forgot witches, devil  worshipers, voodoolists, fire walkers,
          new    agers,   snake    charmers,   satanists,    transcendental
          meditationists,  channelers,   palm  readers,   yogists,  fortune
          tellers,  levitationists, astral  projectionists, witch  doctors,
          medicine   men,  pyromanciests,   astrologers,  ufologists,   and
          psychics.    Shoot,  everybody  knows Charismatics  share  common
          doctrine with all these cult and occultists because they speak in
          tongues.  Right?

           
          EITHER...OR!

               Brother Bumpus begins by  stating what Charismatics  believe
          concerning  the  gift  of  tongues  and says  they  derive  their
          doctrine from I Corinthians 14:2 and 4.

               "Charismatics interpret these verses to mean:
          (1) tongues were used to speak to God not to man;
               (2) no person could understand the tongues spoken;
               (3)   tongues  was  a  devotional  gift  to  edify  the
               believer."

               I'm not actually  sure where Brother  Bumpus is getting  all
          his  inside   information  on   what  Charismatics   believe  but
          apparently it  was from  a single, unreliable,  source.   I could
          easily make the  same mistake by quoting some man  from a Baptist
          denomination and ascribe his remarks to all Baptists.  That would
          be  stupid,  of  course,  because there  are  dozens  of Baptists
          groups,  some denominational and  some independent, and  they all
          differ doctrinally.  My Brother, however, apparently believes all
          Charismatics believe alike.  Too bad.  Such an error dramatically
          reduces his credibility.

               Since Brother Bumpus claims  Charismatics get their  beliefs
          from  I  Corinthians  14:2  and  4, perhaps  this  would  be  the
          appropriate place to quote the verses.  I will include verse 3 as
          well.


               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.   But he
               that prophesieth speaketh unto  men to edification, and
               exhortation,  and  comfort.   He  that  speaketh  in an
               unknown  tongue   edifieth   himself;   but   he   that
               prophesieth edifieth the church.  


               First, he says:

               "Charismatics interpret these verses to mean:
               (1) tongues were used to speak to God not to man."

               Charismatics do believe that tongues  is a language which is
          used as  a (prayer  language) enabling one  to commune  with God.
          This practice of this prayer language, at least according to Paul
          does edify and when employed, is speaking to God; not men.


                    Pastor Bumpus also states that Charismatics say:

               "(2) no person could understand the tongues spoken."

          He's  only  partially  correct.   Charismatics  believe  that the
          tongues  can be understood  under certain conditions.   Obviously
          the  tongues spoken  by  the one  hundred twenty  in Acts  2 were
          understood because the Scriptures confirm such was the case.

               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  they were
               all  amazed  and  marvelled,  saying  one  to  another,
               Behold, are not all these which speak  Galilaeans?  And
               how hear  we every  man in our  own tongue,  wherein we
               were born?  (Acts 2:6-8).


          The tongues spoken by those  filled with the Holy Spirit  in Acts
          2:4  were plainly  understood  by  the  on-lookers  because  they
          confessed such was  true.   What if  those in the  crowd had  not
          understood  the tongue  speakers,  that is,  what  if the  tongue
          speakers  were  speaking  languages unfamiliar  to  those  in the
          crowd?  If Brother Bumpus had been  one of those in the crowd and
          his language  had not been  represented by the Spirit  Filled men
          and women speaking in tongues, I bet he would have said it wasn't
          of the Holy  Spirit.  Why?   Because  he couldn't understand  it?
          Since when does  the inability to understand have  anything to do
          with the truth of God's Holy Word?  These onlookers in Acts 2 had
          trouble  understanding how  the miracle  was  performed and  some
          concluded they must have been drunk (Acts 2:13).

               As one reads the record of the apostle Paul in I Corinthians
          14, it is  clear that when  a church service is  being conducted,
          tongues is  not to be used to preach  God's Word.  The Corinthian
          believers had fallen for the same old trap of the Devil, that is,
          thinking  they were  more  spiritual than  others because  of the
          gifts God had given them.  Funny, I've been a Baptist  nearly all
          my life and  I know  plenty of  Baptist who think  they are  more
          spiritual than  others because they  give lots of money,  went to
          Bible  college, and  win  the  lost  to  Christ.    It  would  be
          interesting to read  letters written to  Baptist people today  by
          the hand of the apostle Paul.  I wonder if we might discover that
          his I and II Baptist letters read similar to the Corinthians in I
          and II Corinthians.   Anyway, Paul corrected the  Corinthians and
          told  them that tongues was only permitted in a church service if
          it was interpreted.   In this way, those unable to understand the
          tongues would receive understanding via interpretation.  This was
          to be  done by two, or at the most, by three (I Cor. 14:27).  How
          was the interpretation made?   The same way the tongues utterance
          was  accomplished:   by faith  through one  filled with  the Holy
          Spirit.  To say, therefore,  no one understands the tongue spoken
          by Spirit  filled men  and women  is incorrect.   God, of  course
          understands it because Paul said He does:  (I Cor. 14:2; 14:28).

               Occasionally,  there happens to be those in the service with
          the ability to speak foreign languages.  I have spoken in tongues
          during a prayer meeting on two different occasions and there were
          those who  had knowledge of  a language  I was speaking  which, I
          might  add, was unfamiliar to me.   They later told me what I had
          prayed.  I  have a pastor friend  who was praying in  tongues one
          night in a prayer  meeting and a visitor had come to join them in
          prayer.   He had  never been  in this  church before.   When  the
          prayer  meeting was over, the visiting  man introduced himself to
          my pastor  friend and  asked him if  he knew  French as  a second
          language.  He,  of course, said no and  wouldn't recognize French
          if it were  spoken in his presence.  The visitor explained he was
          raised in Quebec Canada and knew French.  He then shared  with my
          friend what he had prayed.  

               Brother Bumpus also says that Charismatics believe:

                "(3)  tongues was  a  devotional  gift  to  edify  the
               believer."

               Apparently my Brother is reading  a different version of the
          Bible.

               For he  that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not
               unto men, but unto God... (I Cor. 14:2).

          How plain can it be?  Paul said that tongues was speaking to  God
          and not  to men.   Was  Paul confused  or Brother  Bumpus. He  is
          correct,  therefore, if he says that Charismatics believe tongues
          is devotional in nature (I.E., for personal edification), because
          Paul  makes such  very clear.   Either  speaking in  tongues does
          edify the one  doing the speaking  or it doesn't.   Paul said  it
          does; Brother Bumpus says it doesn't.

               Following this third statement, Brother Bumpus says,

               "An  examination of this 14th Chapter of 1 Corinthians,
               reveals  that these claims are not substantiated by the
               context."

          I give up!  He's obviously reading a different Bible.  

               Brother Bumpus concludes his article by saying:

               "We are  aware that some  charismatics do  pray in  the
               manner  they   claim.     They  practice   speaking  in
               utterances  unknown to  man.   We are  also  aware that
               communication with  the spirit  world through  ecstatic
               utterances has  long been claimed by various religions.
               It  was practiced centuries  before Christ came  and is
               still in  effect among  certain Hindu  groups, Mormons,
               spiritualists and others.   The fact is,  however, this
               practice has no biblical basis and is not a gift of the
               Holy Spirit of God.  Since the Spirit of God is not the
               giver   of  devotional   tongues,  there   remains  two
               alternatives: the  human spirit and the demonic spirit.
               What then is being exercised by charismatics?"

               I hate the  way my Brother beats  around the bush.   Why not
          come right out and say that Charismatics speak in  tongues by the
          power of the devil.  Forget what the Bible says..."The devil made
          me do it!"


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