King's Business - 1913-10



would not have you ignorant [for such ignorance is dangerous]. Ye know that when ye were Gentiles ye were led away- [seduced by demoniac frenzies and deceits*] unto those dumb idols [to- which demons ever lead], howsoever [for pythonic in­ spirations take manifold shapes] ye might be led. Wherefore I give you [as a special revelation] to under­ stand [in order to discriminate un­ erringly between the God-gifted and the Satan-gifted] that no man speak­ ing in the Spirit of God [that is, no inspired man] saith, Jesus is anathe­ ma; and no man [that is, none in­ spired] can say, Jesus [not ‘Christ’ only]-] is Lord, but in the Holy Spirit’’ (1 Cor. 12:1-3). No gift is more easily mimicked by Satan, or has been more mimicked throughout the ages, than this the most elementary gift of all (1 Cor. 14:19)—Tongues. Neander’s de­ scription covers much supernatural utterance of an evil kind: “The voice they uttered was awful in its range, in its tones, in its modulations, in its startling, penetrating, almost appal­ ling power; the words they spoke were exalted, intense, passionate* full of mystic significance; the language 3 also decides it: moreover, “the tests given will not apply to every case of spiritual gift, some of which were gifts of action, as healing; but only to gifts of inspired" word." —Govett. ♦“Chased by a scourge of all evil demons.” —Justin. t “Paul says here Jesus, and not Christ. H is concern -is w ith the historical person who lived on earth under the name of Jesus. It is w ith Him th a t all true in­ spiration is bound up: it is from Him th a t all carnal or diabolical inspiration turns away. The Ophite Gnostics used to ask those who entered their churches to curse Jesus.”— Goctet. The absence of the -‘Lord” before “Jesus,” so conspicuous a m ark in the Tongues literature, and (I believe) in­ variable in their “inspired” utterances, is most significant. “The One who has used me”—so runs the letter of one “tongue- gifted” known to me—“I consciously and

they used was not their ordinary and familiar tongue, but other languages, as some overpowering and uncon­ scious impulse of the moment might direct; and among these strange sounds there were some which none could interpret, and which rang on the air ljke the voice of barbarous languages.” Only when the utter­ ance is thus obviously supernatural can the test be rightly, or successfully, applied. The test is unmistakable and de­ cisive. The organs of utterahce, in an inspired man, have passed partial­ ly* out of his control into that of the controlling spirit: no man, therefore —for this is God’s revelation —so long as’a supernatural power is upon him, controlling his organs of utter­ ance, can say, “Jesus is accursed,” if it be a good spirit; nor can he say, “Jesus is Lord,” if it be an evil spirit. The test is immediate and conclusive. But a practical problem!, exceedingly important, remains. What shall „we do if the supernatural comes to us in a form which cannot be so tested ? as in some “tongue,” which may be; care­ ful never to respond in our own lan­ guage? A heart devoted to the Word of God can have but one answer. No willingly responding to his usage, revealed to me Jesus; and glory be to Jesus! as I think of Jesus now, the Son of God wha came in the flesh, the Spirit speaks loudly w ithin me in the tongue, praising Jesus, Son of God, who came in the flesh” (Jan. 2, 1912). H ere is a person w riting under the power of a spirit; yet, though our Lord is frequently referred to, It is never as Lord. ♦But partially only: th a t is, while the Holy Ghost was responsible for the con­ tents, the prophet was responsible for the occasion and duration of his utterance; for “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Cor. 14:32). One prophet was to stop, and could, if a sudden revela­ tion was given to another (1 Cor. 14:30): an impossibility of checking the utterance is alw ays a symptom of Satanic inspiration. 3ee Mrs. Penn-L ew is’ W ar on the Saints: London, 1912.

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