Resolved, To act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings, as others, and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
Daily Archives: July 13, 2008
“The Gift of Tongues” in Acts 2
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself." (ESV)
In Pentecostal churches, people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the initial evidence of which is speaking in tongues. If you don't have tongues, you don't have the baptism - based on this passage of Scripture.
You are saved (first act of grace) and then you speak in a language that nobody but God can understand (second act of grace).
But...let's read the Scripture...
The people who had received the Holy Spirit began to speak in other tongues...yes. But...at the sound, devout men from "every nation" came together and each of them heard in his own language. Those who were there spoke in tongues and the other believers heard in tongues. Who were the ones who did not hear in their own tongues? The mockers...unbelievers.
The "moral" of the story? If somebody around you is "baptized with the Holy Spirit as a second work of grace", and you can't understand - you cannot hear in your own tongue...
you may not be one of the saved. It bears thinking about when coveting the gift.
Want Some Torture With Your Peanuts?
For some (me) the passing out of peanuts is its own form of torture. The last few flights I've been on, pretzels have been the treat of the day. At any rate...
The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if the passenger got out of line.
Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is a euphuism for the EMD Safety Bracelet, or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability (thus the term ID Bracelet is ambiguous at best). EMD stands for Electro-Musclar Disruption. Again, according to the promotional video, the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer for several minutes.
So is the government really that interested in this bracelet?Apparently so.
According to this letter from DHS official, Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, which was written to the inventor whom he had previously met with, Ruwaldt wrote, “To make it clear, we [the federal government] are interested in . . . the immobilizing security bracelet, and look forward to receiving a written proposal.”
What?!?! You can’t buy common sense on the internet?
Two "favorite quotes" from one article...
""You can purchase anything off the Internet except common sense,"
"A venomous snake isn't a pet. You don't play with it. If you do, you're an idiot."
A member of a Kentucky Full Gospel Tabernacle...
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