1. The Jews, as a nation, began with signs
(Rom. 4:11; Exo. 4:8,
9, 17, 28, 30; 7:3; 8:23; 10:1-2; 13:9; 31:13, 17; Deu. 4:34; 6:22).
2. The Old Testament
Jews lived by signs
(Deu. 11:18; Jos.
4:6; 1 Sam. 10:7; 2 Kgs. 19:29; Isa. 7:14; 38:7, 22; Ezk. 4:3; 20:12, 20).
3. The Jews demanded signs from the Lord Jesus
(Mat. 12:38; 16:1-4; 24:3; Jhn. 2:18; 6:30).
The Jews require a sign, not the Gentiles
(1 Cor. 1:22;
5. According to the Lord Jesus Christ, the gifts of
tongues and healing are signs
6. These signs were for the purpose of confirming
the word of God
7. These signs are spoken of in the past tense
2 Corinthians 12:12
not in the present or future tense.
Those who still look for signs and wonders today are on dangerous ground
for the Antichrist will deceive the world with signs and wonders
13:13-14; 2 Ths. 2:8-12).
The Lord Jesus Christ said that an evil and adulterous generation seeks
after a sign
The Bible speaks of various spiritual gifts to believers, but tongues and
healing are never emphasized more than the other gifts
The gifts of tongues and healing were not
considered the best gifts
(1 Cor. 12:28-31).
The gift of healing was a sign
16:17-18; Exo. 4:6-8; 2 Kgs. 20:8-9).
It is not God's will for all Christians to be healed
The apostle Paul could not heal himself (2 Cor.
15. Near the end of his ministry, Paul could not heal Trophimus
(2 Tim. 4:20).
Instead of healing Timothy, Paul gave him medical advice
(1 Tim. 5:23).
Contrary to the modern faith healers, "love gifts" and "faith offerings"
were not a part of the healing ministries of the disciples
A Christian who hasn't confessed his sins and repented of them has no
business expecting God to heal him of anything
(Psa. 6:1-4; 41:4; 2 Chr.
7:14; Hos. 5:10-13; 1 Cor. 11:29-32; Jas. 5:14-16; 1 Jhn. 1:7-10).
If modern faith healers really have the gift of
healing, then they should prove their ministry by visiting
hospitals and nursing homes and healing the sick, rather than writing
books, holding healing meetings, and begging for money on television
(2 Tim. 4:5; Mat. 10:8-16; 1 Tim. 6:5-10).
Satan has the power to heal and this will cause millions to be led astray
in the coming Tribulation Period
(Rev. 13:1-4, 12).
The gift of tongues was given as a sign
(Mar. 16:17; 1 Cor. 14:22).
22. The gift of tongues was the supernatural ability of
some Christians to speak in foreign languages in the
presence of unbelieving Jews
23. God has never caused or commanded Christians to
speak in unknown tongues
Acts 2:4; 1 Cor. 12:10; 1 Cor. 14).
The Bible never says once that tongues is the initial evidence of the
baptism of the Holy Ghost.
There is no baptism of the Holy Ghost in
1 Corinthians 14.
Paul said that all true Christians were baptized into the body of Christ
by the Holy Ghost
(1 Cor. 12:13), and all true
Christians were sealed with the Holy Ghost until the day of redemption
(Eph. 4:30), but all Christians
did not speak in tongues
The Bible never says that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a second
Christian experience or blessing.
28. The baptism of
fire is the condemnation of the wicked in Hell
(Mat. 3:11-12), not
being "on fire for the Lord."
speaks of "cloven tongues LIKE AS of fire," but the Book of Acts says
nothing at all about tongues of fire or a baptism of fire.
If a person does not have the spirit of Christ, he has no business waiting
for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, because he doesn't even belong to
Pentecost was never a religious movement, or
a religious experience. It was a Jewish feast day which always
occurred fifty days after the Passover
(Lev. 23:15-22 ).
Jesus said that when the Holy Ghost came He (the Holy Ghost) would not
speak of Himself, because He would glorify Christ (Jhn. 16:13-14).
No Christian in the Bible is ever told to pray, preach, sing, or praise
God in tongues.
The disciples received the Holy Ghost in
John 20:22, but they
did not speak in tongues when this happened.
The filling of the Spirit in
Acts 4:31 and
does not include speaking in tongues.
When speaking of spiritual gifts in Ephesians
4:8-12, Paul does not
37. There were only three cases in the Book of Acts
where people spoke in tongues (not unknown tongues), and these
tongues were a sign to the Jews each time, because the Jews
require a sign
(Acts 2:1-11; 10:44-46;
19:6-8; 1 Cor. 1:22; 14:22).
38. The former and latter rain of Joel 2 has nothing to
Acts 2 or the
modern-day Charismatic Movement, because the rain of
is literal wet rain from the sky in Israel
39. Tongues are not even mentioned in the list of
spiritual gifts in
40. Although tongues (not unknown
tongues) were permitted in
1 Corinthians 14
(because there was a Jewish synagogue in Corinth -
Acts 18:1-4), they
were not encouraged because tongues did not edify the church
(1 Cor. 14:4-5, 26).
It is better to speak five words clearly than ten thousand with an unknown
No more than three people were allowed to speak in tongues in the church
assembly, and then only one could speak at a time
(1 Cor. 14:27).
No one was permitted to speak in tongues in the church without an
Women were not allowed to speak in tongues in the church
Those who did speak in tongues (foreign languages) had power over their
A religious man who doesn't bridle his tongue is deceived and he has a
vain religion (Jas.
Many "seducing spirits" are in the world and it is every Christian's duty
to "try" these spirits
(1 Tim. 4:1; I Jhn. 4:1; Rev. 2:2).
The word of God is the standard by which we are to judge all doctrines (Isa. 8:20; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
He that is spiritual judges all things
(1 Cor. 2:15).
Teaching the Scriptural Truth about signs, healing, and tongues is not a
matter of being mean, prejudiced, or intolerant. It is simply a matter of
obeying the command to RIGHTLY DIVIDE God's word
(2 Tim. 2:15).
1995 James L. Melton