Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

 

11. As you know, some Evangelicals say that all those people who today speak in tongues, cast out demons, and heal the sick in the name of Jesus Christ, do all these things by Satan or by the power of evil spiritual forces. By saying these things, therefore, they accuse the Pentecostals of having something to do with the devil and his evil spirits. What do you think of these Evangelicals? Can we say that they speak against the Holy Spirit?

 

 

 

Yes, we can say with all boldness that they speak against the Holy Spirit. Why do I affirm this? Because speaking in an unknown tongue, whether the believer speaks in only one foreign tongue or he speaks in more than one foreign tongue, is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit; the expulsion of demons performed in the name of Jesus Christ is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit as well; just as the healing and miracles wrought in the name of Jesus Christ are a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Here are the biblical passages which confirm this.

On the day of Pentecost, when the about one hundred and twenty were filled with the Spirit, they began to speak in other tongues by the Spirit, as it is written: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). When the apostle Paul speaks about the gifts of the Spirit (which he calls ‘the manifestation of the Spirit’) he puts among them the gift of divers kinds of tongues (1 Corinthians 12.10), and since Paul says that to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7), speaking in tongues cannot come from evil spirits because evil spirits don’t seek the good of the body of Christ, that is to say, they do not manifest themselves for our good, rather they seek to destroy the Church. Furthermore, I say this: ‘If he who speaks in another tongue edifies himself, as Paul says (1 Corinthians 14:4), how can one claim that speaking in other tongues is a work of the devil?’

Jesus cast out demons by the Spirit of God, who was upon and in Him, for one day He said to those who thought that He cast out demons by the devil: “But if I cast out devils [demons] by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you” (Matthew 12:28). And when some of His disciples told Jesus that they had seen a man casting out demons in His name and they had told him to stop because he did not follow them, Jesus did not say that that man cast out demons by Satan for it is written that Jesus told them not to forbid him to cast out demons (Mark 9:38-40). On the other hand, we cannot think that a man who rebukes and cast out evil spirits in the name of Christ Jesus, does these things by the help of Satan because Satan cannot help a disciple of Christ to cast out demons: “How can Satan cast out Satan?” (Mark 3:23) Jesus asked those who accused Him of casting out demons by the prince of demons.

As far as healings and miracles are concerned, they are done through the gifts of healings and the gift of working of miracles which are both gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Therefore, what these Evangelicals say and think about speaking in other tongues and deliverances of the demon-possessed and healings and miracles, is foolishness.

In order to support their thesis, they say also these things. They have seen that among the Pentecostals, who state that they do these things by the Holy Spirit, are many scandals and some false doctrines are taught. Now I don’t deny this, that is, I acknowledge that among Pentecostals there are scandals and in some cases false doctrines are taught. However, I myself denounce and expose all these things. Nevertheless, I want to point out that even among those Evangelicals who are not Pentecostals there are scandals and some false doctrines are taught: shall we say then that those Evangelicals have demons in their body? Or shall we say that they sing and pray in their own tongue by Satan? Certainly not.

As far as I know, when Paul heard that among the saints in Corinth were scandals and unseemly behaviours, when he heard that among those saints were some false apostles, and when he heard that among those saints were some who said that there was no resurrection of the dead, Paul did not begin to say that tongues and the other spiritual manifestations (which were in that Church) were the work of the devil and of evil spirits!! Yet there were false tongues, false wonders and false signs (that were all wrought by Satan) even in the days of the apostles!! Can you say that at the time the devil did not counterfeit tongues, miracles and healings? So Paul in his epistles did not say that the Church of Corinth was full of demon-possessed people; he did not begin to insinuate that tongues and all the other spiritual manifestations which were occurring among the saints in Corinth were of the devil. That shows us that the fact that some believers who speak in other tongues and do healings and miracles in the name of Jesus Christ, work scandals or teach some false doctrines, does not necessarily mean that those manifestations are of the devil. However, Paul was wise, thanks be to God; while these Evangelicals are not wise, their deeds and their words prove it.

Please, do not misunderstand my words. I am not saying that today there are no false tongues, no false healings and no false miracles worked by the devil even among the Churches, because I am convinced that there are such things and thus I warn the saints of all these things. But what I am saying is that the fact that there are such things must not induce anyone to say that ALL tongues, ALL healings and miracles are of the devil. Remember that the fact that there are false tongues, false healings and false miracles worked by Satan through his ministers shows that there are still true tongues, true healings and true miracles. For Satan counterfeits only the true things of God. Just as Satan counterfeits the servants of God by creating his false apostles, his false prophets, his false evangelists, his false pastors and false teachers who deceive many people; so he counterfeits the manifestation of the Spirit of God by creating his tongues, his healings, his miracles etc. which are false and very dangerous. Satan would not counterfeit something that today does not exist any longer or that God does not do any longer, be sure of that. I will give you an illustration. Here in Italy we have been using a new currency called EURO; the old currency called LIRA is no longer the standard currency unit for Italy, we finished to use it some years ago, so today if you buy something you must have EURO, for that’s the Italian currency which is of value. What happened then? That the wicked people decided to stop counterfeiting banknotes of Italian LIRA, and began to counterfeit the banknotes of EURO. So the wicked no longer counterfeit the banknotes of Italian LIRA for they are of no value, they are no more in the pockets of the Italian people. Now, don’t you think that if God had stopped doing signs and wonders, Satan would not counterfeit His signs and wonders? Likewise, if there were no more apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, called by God, Satan would not send forth his false apostles and so on. Don’t you think so?

So I say it again, the fact that there are tongues, healings and miracles which are of the devil, clearly shows that on the earth there are still tongues, healings and miracles which are of God.

Let no one deceive you with empty words. God has not changed. He is the same.

 

 

 

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