This Christian Journey:
Tongues, Healing, Predestination,
and The New Age Movement
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min. D.R.S.
Unit Two, Unit Three,
Tongues and the Bible
One of the most controversial issues facing the Christian Church today is
Biblical Tongues. Some claim that these Biblical tongues have ceased.
Others claim that they exist only in a slightly different form from that
demonstrated in the book of Acts. Still others having experienced what they
consider to be these tongues proclaim their reality, according to their personal
The purpose of this study will be to guide you in a detailed Scriptural study of
tongues. It is important for you to understand at this point that the
revealed truth concerning tongues is not dependent upon personal experiences, or
life long traditions; it wholly relies upon that which is contained within God's
Holy Word. Therefore, you are asked to sift your current beliefs and
experiences through the pages of the Bible, and to build your beliefs upon that
which God has said.
What do you currently believe about TONGUES?
Are Tongues required for salvation, or the filling of the Holy Ghost? __________
The Purpose of
The first step in understanding Biblical tongues is to find the Scriptural
purpose of Tongues. God has a purpose for everything, so we must at least
try to understand what God was trying to do with tongues.
1 Corinthians 14:21-22 21
In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I
speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the
Lord. 22 Wherefore tongues are for a
______________, not to them that __________________, but to them that
believe ______________: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not,
but for them which believe.
The statement recorded in this passage of Scripture is a direct quote of
Isaiah 28.11, take a moment to carefully compare these two Scriptures.
Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will
he speak to this people.
Also, look up Deuteronomy 32.21, and compare it to Romans 10.19,
and compare them to the passages listed above. These two Old Testament
passages are prophecies pertaining to that which is spoken of in First
Who is "this people" spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14.21, and Isaiah
28.11? (You may have to investigate more of the context to figure this out)
Who will speak to "this people", what does "men of other
tongues" refer to?
Why will God allow these strangers to speak to His people like this
(Deuteronomy 32.21; Romans 10.19)?
1 Corinthians 14.22 states that "tongues are a sign", who is this
Who is this "sign" not for?
At this point let me bring out a few historical and Scriptural facts that many
have a tendency to overlook. First, these Old Testament prophecies were
given to Israel by God's prophets; remember, in those days God had very little
to do with the Gentiles, they were not God's chosen people. So Isaiah,
when he wrote to “this people” was writing to the Jews, God’s chosen
When Jesus came, He came to the nation of Israel, and they rejected, despised
and crucified Him; they refused to believe, as a nation, that He was the
promised Messiah. However, the Gentiles believed in multitudes, it was
wonderful news for them to hear that they could now be accepted by God, through
Jesus Christ; hence, the Gentiles were the believers. The Gentiles are the
men of other tongues spoken of in Isaiah and Deuteronomy, and the believers
spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14.
Remember, you must not take Scripture out of context, not under any
circumstance. The prophecies were given on a national level, therefore,
their fulfillment must be on a national level. Tongues are designed to
provoke the unbelieving nation of Israel to jealousy, and this they did
since they demonstrated to the Jews that the Holy Spirit of God had been given
to the Gentiles.
Where do you usually see tongues practiced today, in Church or in public?
Where was it seen used in Scripture, in Church or in public (Acts 2.4-6;
Tongues, according to the book of Acts, were always spoken in public, and there
were always Jews present when they were spoken. This is important to
notice since tongues were a sign intended to provoke Israel to jealousy.
When considered scripturally tongues are always spoken by new believers in the
presence of Jews (some believers, some lost) who doubted the gifting of the Holy
Spirit to the new believers.
Another important fact concerning tongues is that they were always understood by
those hearing that which was spoken. In other words the tongues spoken in
the book of Acts were dialects, or known languages; this is what the
Greek word GLOSSIA means. The miracle was that these tongues were
spoken by people who had never learned the language in which they were speaking.
Remember, these were understandable languages.
Are the tongues spoken in many Churches today a known language?
Even the Pastor's, and elders of the Churches that encourage the speaking of
modern day tongues admit that what they are speaking are not known languages in
our world today, and that which is spoken can not be understood unless an
interpreter decipher the message for them. Therefore, what we see in the
book of Acts, and what is practiced and experienced by many today is not the
There is a second type of tongues identified in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 14.
You will have to use a King James Bible to identify the two types of
tongues, since the many other versions of the bible don't show the two different
types. In 1 Corinthians 14 you will notice that there is a reference made
to an UNKNOWN TONGUE; this Greek word is the word GLOSSA, instead
of the GLOSSIA used previously in Acts, and means an ecstatic utterance
(According to Spiros Zodiates, a trusted Greek scholar of our day).
only needs to be made. In the three historical occurrences of speaking in
tongues in Acts 2.4,6,8;10.46 and 19.6, these were dialects as specifically
stated in Acts 2.6,8. or languages (heterai, 2087) other than the ones known by
the speakers. Also in Mk. 16.17; 1 Cor 12.10,28,30; 13.1,8; 14.5,6,18,22,
when the word glossai is used in the plural with a singular pronoun,
reference is made to ethnic languages. When the word “tongue” is used in
the singular, glossa as in 1 Cor 14.2,4,13,19,26,27, it refers to the
Corinthian ecstatic utterance. In 1Cor 14.9 it refers to the physical
tongue of man, and in 1 Cor 14.23; being in the plural with a personal pronoun,
it refers to the Corinthian ecstatic utterances.”
[Spiros Zodhiates, The Hebrew-Greek
Key Study Bible, (Chattanooga, AMG Publishers, 1984) pg1405]
This word is only used in this chapter of the Bible, and it is not found any
where else in Scripture. It indicates an ecstatic outburst or an emotional
outburst, and does not indicate any linguistic value to either the speaker or
the hearer of its vocalization. It is important to note that the
translators of the King James Bible noted this important distinction and placed
the word unknown in to the text in order to help you and I distinguish the
difference. The word unknown is placed in the text in italics to let you
know it was added by the translators. They honestly added it to help you
discover very important truths in your study of 1 Corinthians 14.
Knowing this, lets do an interesting study. In the space provided below,
and in the appropriate column, go through 1 Corinthians 14 and each time you see
either the mention of tongues or the unknown tongues write what is described or
revealed about that tongue in the chart below, include the verse numbers for
easy reference, then compare the two columns for the purpose of understanding
what Paul was expressing in this text.
Now look carefully at what you have just charted, what does it reveal to
According to 1 Corinthians 14, did Paul ever say that he had spoken in an
unknown tongue? _______________
Did Paul express any desire to speak in an unknown tongue (1
Corinthians 14.19)? ______
It seems clear from a diligent study of 1 Corinthians 14, and the other Old and
New Testament passages we have compared to this chapter, that God’s purpose in
giving Tongues (dialectic languages) was to provoke Israel to jealousy in order
to bring them to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Latter in the history of
the Church a new kind of Tongues appeared in Corinth (unknown tongues, the
ecstatic utterance), which was very distinct from the tongues spoken in the book
of Acts. Paul notes that these unknown tongues:
Provide no edification for the Church as a whole (vs 2-3)
May provide spiritual encouragement for the individual (vs 4)
Our primary purpose in Church is the edification (building up) of the Church as
a whole (vs 5)
Speaking in unknown tongues should only occur if an interpreter is present (vs
27). How does one know before hand if an interpreter is present? One
If no interpreter is present then he should keep silent in Church and speak
privately with God (vs 28). In other words keep it private, between the
individual and God.
Therefore, from a diligent and honest study of this text I find that the
following counsel is the best I can give. If you feel led to speak in an
unknown tongue it is best to do so at home in your private prayer closet.
Edification and understanding are of primary importance within the Church.
Unknown Tongues are not a sign of a special Spiritual gift, nor do they indicate
that one is specially filled with the Holy Spirit; one may be filled with the
Holy Spirit and never speak in these unknown tongues, as I believe Paul
indicates in this text. Yet, I also do not find Paul excluding unknown
tongues from ones personal relationship with Christ.
From a personal point of view, I must admit that I have never spoken in, nor
felt a desire to speak in, unknown tongues or tongues. I am very much like
Paul when he wrote, “I had rather speak five words with my understanding,
that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an
unknown language.” (1 Corinthians 14.19) Even in private prayer my
strongest desire is to be near my Lord and to fully understand His will,
purpose, and love for me and others. Yet, I have known many very godly and
precious brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared with me that they have
spoken in these unknown tongues in their private prayer closet; yet I know from
time spent with them that they deeply loved our Lord and that their doctrine was
sound and based on God’s Word.
The End of Dialectical (Languages) Tongues
Turning back to the purpose of Tongues, I find that I must give you a little
history to go along with this study. Israel was a rebellious nation, they
did not like to have other countries like Rome ruling over them, and they were
always rising up and fighting against their rulers. In 70 A.D. the Emperor
of Rome had finally had enough of these Jews and he sent in Titus with the Roman
Army who completely destroyed Israel, scattered its people and renamed the
country Palestine. At that time Israel ceased to be a nation.
Who was the sign of tongues sent to, according to Scripture?
If Israel is not a nation in the eyes of God, for they won’t be again in
God’s eyes until Jesus gathers them back together again, then what happened to
the purpose of tongues?
that which is revealed in 1 Corinthians 13.8 has come to pass, Scriptural
Tongues have indeed ceased.
To support this let me give just a little more history. Since Israel
ceased to be a nation tongues have been foreign to the Christian Church.
Throughout the ages, all the way up to 1901, we hear nothing about tongues from
our Church Fathers. Please keep in mind there is a distinction between
tongues and unknown tongues. We even have records of men of God who openly
stated that they knew nothing of this tongues for they were not spoken in their
day. Even those who practice the speaking in unknown tongues in our day
admit that tongues were not heard of until 1901 when a woman in a revival
meeting stood up, spoke in unknown tongues, and gave birth to the Charismatic
Movement, and the possibly the Pentecostal Church.
Now, what do we say to those who have experienced something that they and many
others would call tongues? We simply say that yes they have experienced
something. However, what they have experienced is not the Scriptural
dialectic tongues (languages) that the Apostles and others had spoken in the
book of Acts. They most likely experienced the ecstatic emotional outburst
(unknown tongues) revealed in 1 Corinthians 14, and we won’t condemn them for
that. Yet we will not encourage it in public Church services either, for
it is not edifying to the Church as a whole, and the edification of the Church
body must come first.
Do we believe that these emotional tongues are necessary for salvation or for
the filling of the Holy Spirit? No, Scripture does not even begin to imply
anything of that nature, and clearly teaches otherwise. Do we allow the
speaking of these tongues in our Church services? No, because we do not
have a known interpreter present (1 Cor 14.26-27), and because we want the
unlearned to learn of Christ Jesus clearly without any occasion to doubt (1 Cor
Someone might respond to this study by asking, “Preacher, you say that if these
unknown tongues were spoken that it ought not to be spoken in Church, but
what about 1 Corinthians 14.27, which states:
1 Corinthians 14:27
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most
by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
Aren’t you opposing the Word of God by not allowing these tongues to be spoken
In order to fully understand the position being forwarded in this study you must
understand the literary context of 1 Corinthians 14. This chapter appears
in a letter written to a Church that is described as carnal, immature, and
divided (1 Cor. 3.1-3). These Christians were divided over their Church
leadership (1 Cor 1), spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12), and the purpose of the Church
(1 Cor 13-14). These saints were even divided over sin in the Church and
how to express godly love in the face of sinful saints (1 Cor 5). To say
the least these saints were contentious and divided, to the extent that Paul
said to them:
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 1
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye
were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas
there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and
walk as men?
In this context, it is easy to understand that Paul, in dealing with such an
emotionally charged and hot button issue, like unknown tongues, would
realize that these saints would need to develop spiritually before they could
fully respond to what Paul was trying to teach them. Hence, much of what
Paul was addressing in their carnal position would only be corrected in time,
through the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God. The simple fact was that
these Christians were far to spiritually proud to just instantly change.
Spiritual pride is one of those often unseen obstacles that many Christians
recognize only when they have climbed low into its deep chasms. Saints
caught up in spiritual pride often feel that they are high upon a mountain
rather than deep in a spiritual valley and it takes a supernatural act to awaken
them to their current status or position. Then, once they realize where
they have gone, there is the difficult climb out of its slippery banks; but
climb they must. We must always remember that:
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty
spirit before a fall.
These Corinthian Christians were caught up in their emotional, spiritual
experiences and the feelings that accompanied these experiences had taken root
in their spiritual lives. It felt good, but more importantly their outward
spiritual expressions caught the eyes and ears of those around them. There
was a spiritual status that accompanied these spiritual expressions, and that
gave them a sense of spiritual stature. This spiritual stature would be no
different than the feeling of stature that accompanies a young man that buys his
first new BMW. This is none other than spiritual pride.
Someone caught in the grip of this kind of pride will find themselves defending
their actions with vehemence. They will obstinately contend, “My actions
had nothing to do with my self will, and I will defend my spiritual actions and
rights until I die!” Of course there are many variations to their
arguments, but the point here is that they will absolutely refuse to change
their practices over a study like this, because they know, that they know, that
they are spiritually superior, and their abilities reflect their spiritual
stature. If they were not so very proud they would not hesitate to
practice their unknown tongue in their secret place of heartfelt prayer,
where God listens to the heart rather than to the mouth. Paul said it this
1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him
keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Jesus Christ said it this way,
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Hence, this unknown tongue, which provides nothing of edifying value to the
Church of Jesus Christ, and is at best the interaction of ones deepest being
with Almighty-God, ought to be kept appropriately in the secret chambers of ones
An Easy Way Out
Some of my fellow Pastor’s might argue, “No, you are wrong, all tongues have
ceased, and that is what we must teach.” While it is easy to understand
why it is easier to just teach this traditional position, if one is going to
stand on the Word of God, and teach all that is contained within its pages, then
one must eventually address 1 Corinthians 14 and its unknown tongues.
It cannot just be ignored, it must be addressed. Christians must be
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Therefore, in this study we have discovered:
The apostles spoke in tongues, which were dialects (known languages) of
there day, for the purpose of provoking Israel to jealousy.
The tongues of the apostles ceased when their purpose ceased and Israel
ceased to be a nation.
The unknown tongues of 1 Corinthians 14 were emotional tongues
that were not known languages, and could not be readily understood.
The edification of the Church is the most important thing in any Church
It is best, if one must practice unknown tongues to exercise it in
It is not necessary for any Christian to speak in any kind of tongues for
them to have the Holy Spirit or be filled with the Holy Spirit. The
new-birth is all that is required.
The Christian Church has been struggling in recent years with a misunderstanding
about divine healing. Many good Christians have struggled to understand
what they know has occurred in their own lives (they get sick, they loose loved
ones, etc...), compared with what they see and hear all about them; as many
claim that no faithful Christian should ever be sick. The focus of this
study will be to understand what God has revealed in His Word concerning
sickness, and healing.
One Scripture that is almost always quoted by those in the anti-sickness crowd
is Isaiah 53.5. Look up this Scripture, and read it carefully. They
claim that the statement ". . . with His stripes we are healed . . ."
speaks of physical healing. Lets consider this Scripture in more detail.
What was Jesus wounded for (vs 5)?
What is a transgression?
Transgression - pesha` peh'-shah (hb) - 1) transgression,
What was He bruised for?
What is iniquity?
Iniquity - avon aw-vone' (hb) - 1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt
or punishment of iniquity. (Strong’s)
What is chastisement?
- muwcar moo-sawr' (hb) - 1) discipline, chastening, correction.
This correction is associated with one’s transgressions and iniquity. It
is associated with what we commonly refer to as sin.
Is there anything physical about transgressions, iniquities, and
chastisement or are they more spiritually orientated?
If we keep this Scripture in context, what type of healing must this be
When does a person experience this healing?
Whenever something does not appear to make sense in Scripture, if the avid
seeker will diligently study, then the truths of God's Word will always shine
through. It is obvious that this passage is spiritual in nature, and
presents little in respect to physical healing. It is making a clear
reference to a spiritual healing from the consequences and affects of our sin.
There is an eternally declared price tag on our sin, the bible states:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; . . .
The cost of sin is clear, it is death; this death makes reference to the second
death defined in Revelation 20.11-19. Sin requires that one spend all of
eternity in the horrible confines of the Lake of Fire. Someone might say,
“I don’t believe in a literal hell! I don’t believe that a loving God would ever
throw someone into a Lake of Fire!” If you understand Scripture properly
you will understand that God does not throw anyone into hell. Instead they
throw themselves into hell by their sin. Yet, God provided a remedy for
the human sickness known as sin, and its consequences. God gave Jesus, who
suffered in your place for your sins, and died so you could live, then Jesus
arose that you might not only live but live abundantly. Through Jesus
stripes you can be, and if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior, you have been eternally healed from your sins. Glory To God!
Therefore we find that Isaiah does not speak of physical healing at all.
To interpret this passage as referring to physical healing is to wrestle the
passage from its context and to misunderstand its divinely intended meaning.
However, the bible does give us illumination about divine physical healing.
So, lets look at the Scriptural case for healing. We will start by
addressing the issue of God's will concerning sickness. There are some who
claim that it is not God's will for any Christian to be sick, but does the Bible
literally support this view?
What was the condition of Trophimus when Paul left him (2 Timothy 4.20)?
How sick did Paul say Epaphroditus had been (Philippians 2.26-27)?
What did Paul say about himself (2 Corinthians 12.7)?
Some claim that Paul's thorn was spiritual in nature, instead of physical.
Scripture always answers any questions it genders in the course of its study.
What did Paul say that the Galatians did not despise (Galatians 4.14)?
What did he say the Galatians would have done for him (Galatians 4.15)?
Why would they have desired such as this?
It seems obvious that the thorn in Paul's flesh had something to do with his
eyes, and his vision. This defect had to be visible, for the Galatians
would not despise what they could not see. This accounts for the reason
that Paul would have someone else pen his epistles for him, since writing would
have been a formidable task for a person with a problem like his. Paul
even recognized the extra effort that was required for him to write when he
stated "ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand"
(Galatians 6.11), a reference to the size of the letters he was writing; a man
with a vision problem would have experienced great difficulty in reading and
From these texts we learn that God does not heal everyone. There are many
who are allowed to carry a disability or sickness, and are powerfully used
regardless of their circumstances.
Look up James 5.14-15, and describe what this passage says to you.
Many believe that this passage guarantees healing to any who pray in faith.
However, we know that Paul was a faithful prayer warrior and God refused to heal
Him; so, this becomes either a contradiction or a misunderstanding. Just
what is the truth of this passage?
There are two different Greek words for sick used in these two
verses. The first in verse 14 is the Greek word asthenei (gk)
which means to be weak, without strength, powerless. This same word is
used in at least three other places in the New Testament. By looking at
these references we can understand how this particular word is usually used.
Look up John 5.5-9; Mark 6.56; Luke 4.40, describe the type of sickness
spoken of in these references.
So, it is clear that these passages use this word for sick to describe a
physical affliction, such as a handicap or a disease. This is the type of
sickness being addressed in James 5.14.
What are the physically sick told to do?
What are those called upon to do?
Is there any guaranteed outcome of obedience given in verse 14 alone?
The second word for sick is used in verse 15. It is the Greek word
kamnonta (gk) which means to grow weary or to be sick. It is also used
elsewhere in the New Testament, lets look at its usage.
Look up Hebrews 12.3; Revelation 2.3, what type of sickness do these
references speak of?
What does James 5.15 state will save one from this type of sickness?
It is clear that this passage does promise healing to the spiritually and
mentally sick. However, it does not promise any result to the physically
handicapped or sick; instead we are told to obediently commend them into the
hands of God, and trust that His divine will and knowledge is of greater value
than our expectations or desires.
Therefore, as a result of a diligent word study of James 5.14-15 we have learned
that these verses refer to the physically sick who are to be prayed for by the
elders of the Church and the mentally or spiritually sick who will be raised up
and encourage through prayer and forgiveness. The two are very properly
linked together in these verses. It is not rare for a physically ill or
handicapped person to become mentally or spiritually cast down as a result of a
long and enduring illness. While God promises encouragement through prayer
in these cases, the Bible does not guarantee a physical healing.
For your information, there are other passages of Scripture that are often
quoted by the health and wealth guys which they claim guarantee healing to the
sick; however, when the passages are diligently studied the truth of God's Word
is made clear, THERE IS NO GUARANTEED PHYSICAL HEALING GIVEN WITHIN THE PAGES OF
Please, don't misunderstand what I'm stressing at this point. Our God is a
great God, and is able to heal, should He desire to do so; often healing is
God's will. However, He has in no way subjected His divine power to the
will of any human being. God heals or refuses to heal in keeping with His
divine will. If God’s should choose not to heal someone, as He refused to
heal Paul, then there is no definitive failure of faith on the part of the sick
individual; instead there is the simple exercise of the omnipotent will of a
truly sovereign God.
Why would God allow anyone to be sick (2 Corinthians 12.9; 1 Peter 1.7)?
God uses trials, temptation, sickness, and health to magnify Himself in and
through our lives. Sometimes our trials are used to mold us, build us, and
make us more like our lovely Lord Jesus Christ. At other times our
afflictions are tools used by God to build someone else, whether it seems fair
or not. Then there are times when our rebellion demands the stern
correction of a Heavenly Father who loves us too much to leave us under the
decaying influence of sin. Whatever God’s purpose and will is we can rest
Romans 8:28 . . . all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For hundreds of years the Church of Jesus Christ has struggled with the doctrine
of predestination. In this debate there are two primary views concerning
predestination. There is the literal Baptist view, sometimes called the
Armenian view. Then there is the view that was common with the Reformers
that came out of the Roman Catholic Church, commonly called the Reformed view or
The Calvinist would state that God is sovereign in every way, and being
sovereign there is no decision that any individual could make that would be
opposed to God. Therefore, since God is sovereign, and since it is
revealed that some individuals are going to go to Hell; then God has predestined
some people to Hell, and others to Heaven. Mans will is of little recourse
when placed beside of God's sovereign will, and man really has no real choice in
the matter. The major principles surrounding Calvinism are easily
remembered in the acronym TULIP as follows:
“T” stands for Total Depravity and involves the implications and
ramifications of Adam’s original sin upon himself and his physical descendants.
“U” is for Unconditional Election and teaches God’s eternal
selection of certain human beings for eternal salvation, which selection was not
caused by anything meritorious done by fallen man.
“L” represents the teaching of Limited Atonement, the assertion
that the death of Christ was intended to eternally save only those who were
unconditionally chosen by God from the realm of depraved humanity, but not every
single human person.
“I” designates Irresistible Grace which asserts that the depraved,
yet chosen person for whom Christ’s death was intended cannot (or is not able
to) resist the Holy Spirit’s application of the provisions of Christ’s death.
“P” points to the Perseverance of the Saints (i.e., those totally
depraved humans who were unconditionally chosen, redeemed specifically by
Christ, and recipients of Spirit-applied grace) in holiness and faith until the
end of their earthly lives.
In trying to sum up the Calvinistic position one might say that God has chosen
who will and who will not be saved. There is nothing any individual person
can do concerning their salvation, there is no choice to be made by the
individual, the choice has already been made by God. Hence, total
depravity implies that mankind cannot make any good choice, not even the choice
to be saved. Irresistible grace implies that since God has chosen who will
be saved and when that mankind is incapable of refusing God’s gift and will
accept Christ as God has preordained that he should. The other theological
points contained in TULIP lend themselves to these same essential principles.
Scripturally speaking, this author finds that the Calvinistic position stands in
stark contrast and opposition to the revealed Word of God, and does great harm
to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. To even begin to suggest that God
has purposefully willed that some men and women were destined for the Lake of
Fire from the beginning of God creation darkens Scriptures like:
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, ______________
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
John 3:16 For God so loved ________________, that he
gave his only begotten Son, _______________________ believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10:13 For _____________________ shall call upon
the name of the Lord shall be saved.
On the other hand James Arminius taught in opposition to the TULIP principles of
Calvinism. He taught that mankind was called upon by God to choose whether
or not they would accept God’s gift of grace. Many Arminians in our day
have developed a theological system that is just as complicated and demanding as
that of the Calvinist. Today, true Arminians teach that not only can you
choose to be saved but that you can also loose your salvation through your
freewill choices as well. Many Arminians take free will and freedom of
choice to the extreme position of teaching that the choices and will of mankind
can bend the will and purposes of Almighty-God.
Clearly, the position of this document does not stand with the traditional
Calvinist, but it will not take up the position of the Armenian either.
It will be the goal of this text to discover what is revealed in the Word of God
and to try and explain a complicated debate that has lasted for many centuries
and through the studies of many Godly Christians. Let’s take a close look
at what God's Word has to say about predestination.
In His Image
When God created mankind, He made us different from anything else in creation.
What was the difference? According to Genesis chapter one it was that He
created us in His image. That does not necessarily mean that we look
exactly like God. No, instead it means that He gave us something that he
had not given to anything else in His creation; A FREE WILL. He
gave us the ability to think, and make choices. When we make the right
choices, we honor God. When we make the wrong choices, we sin against God.
None the less we are able to choose.
What was to first bad choice made by mankind (Genesis 3.1-13)?
According to Genesis 3.6, did they make the choice to sin or did God
What is the ultimate result of any sin (Romans 6.23)?
Where will this death be (Revelation 20.14)?
Who did God prepare this place for (Matthew 25.41)?
Is it God's will for any man to perish (Matthew 18.14)?
IS IT GOD'S WILL FOR ANY MAN TO PERISH (2 Peter 3.9)?
If God did not prepare the Lake of Fire for mankind, and if God clearly declares
that IT IS NOT HIS WILL for any to perish, then how can anyone believe
that God has predestined anyone for Hell!! It is our willful rebellion
against the revealed will of God that brings sins cost (hell) upon us. God
does not force us to rebel and sin, we willfully exert ourselves and transgress
against a holy, just and loving God.
While it is clear that God has not predestined any individual for Hell, it is
also clear that predestination is mentioned in Scripture. Since we know
that God's Word never contradicts itself, then we must fervently seek the truths
of these passages; seeking to understand what God has predestined mankind for.
Look up and read Ephesians 1.5, what does this passage state that God has
predestined us for?
God has predestined us to the adoption of children. God wants us to be a
part of His glorious family through the adoption of sons. Hence, God’s
will is that you and I should be a part of His royal heritage.
When does one receive an adoption into God's family (John 1.12; Gal
When were we predestined to this adoption (Ephesians 1.4)?
We were predestined for God’s family from the foundation of the world.
Thus, God’s plan from the beginning of all things was that people should receive
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and should be added by divine adoption to
the incredible family of God.
Who was predestined (John 3.16)? __________________________
This passage states, “For God so loved the world . . .” When it
comes right down to it, God wants every individual to be with Him in Heaven.
This is clearly revealed in John 3.16 and is reiterated throughout the Bible.
Peter wrote, “. . . not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3.9) This being the
case, God then predestined every human being to the "adoption of children." God
wanted everyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to find their
entrance into His family and an eternal Heaven. So, as one diligently
considers those verses in the Bible that mention predestination one discovers
that their context almost always points to the fact that God has predestined us
for salvation and the transformation that accompanies that glorious New-Birth.
Whenever one debate’s predestination with a Calvinist election almost always
comes up; it is as though election is the trump card, so to speak, for every
other argument surrounding the issue. A Calvinist might argue that if one
is elect, then that must mean that one was pre-selected. Hence, they would
claim that election means that God must have determined who would and who would
not be saved before the world was created. While there are many verses in
the Bible that mention the elect or election I believe that one verse in
particular helps us glean a proper understanding of election.
What does 1 Peter 1.2 reveal about God’s election? Election is
according to what?
Foreknowledge deals with the Omniscience of God, or the fact that God knows
everything. There is nothing that happens, good or bad, that catches God
by surprise. God knows everything. God knew that Lucifer (Satan)
would rebel against him. God knew that Adam and Eve would rebel and eat
the forbidden fruit. God knew that you would be born and would be in need
of salvation. God just simply knows absolutely everything. This
means that God also knows who will and who will not accept Jesus Christ and
their personal Lord and Savior.
Now, the first assumption we want to make at this point is, if God’s knows
everything then God could influence everything. After all God is not only
all knowing, He is also all powerful and sovereign. Therefore, God has already
chosen who will and who will not be saved. Think again!
Just because God knows everything does not mean that He chooses everything.
In God’s sovereign plan God wants you to be saved, but God has also chosen that
you should be allowed to choose for yourself whether or not you will be saved.
Our Heavenly Father loves you so much that He sent Jesus, the very best that
heaven had to offer, that you might be Born Again through Him. Yet, God
also loves you enough that He will not force you to love Him back, for that
would not be love at all. Instead He has purposed that you should choose
for yourself whether or not you will be a part of His glorious family. God
wants you to repent, receive Jesus and be transformed into the image of His
precious son, but He will not force you to be saved. You must choose that
Do not confound the issue. God wants
you in Heaven, He has predestined you to
be there; however, He will not force
you to go there.
Read Romans 8.29, what did God predestine each individual to be?
How can we become Christ like (2 Corinthians 5.17)?
What have those who accept Jesus Christ been predestined to obtain
What is this inheritance (John 14.1-4)?
Has God predestined anyone to Hell?
God has predestined that every human being should receive Jesus Christ as their
personal Lord and Savior. God does not want anyone to perish for a lack of
repentance. Therefore, God is holding out the free gift of eternal life
toward anyone who will receive it. The most important question you face in
your mortal life is, will you receive God’s love gift, will you be
The New Age Movement
New Age Theology has seized modern society; it is being taught in our academic
schools, graduate schools, and is stressed by our government. It is even
preached from some of our pulpits. However, many never recognize it for
what it is; a religious belief system that finds its roots in ancient history.
The focus of this study is to inform you of this New Age Theology, and to
develop a Biblical position concerning its pretenses.
First, one must realize that we don't label any one religious system as
heretical simply because it is recognized by a title other than our own.
No, instead we must become familiar with its pretenses or views, and compare
them with the truths contained in God's Word. It is through this diligent
comparison that each religious system either stands or falls, completely apart
from any individuals personal opinion.
While there are many who hold the views commonly attributed to the New Age
Movement, there are few of its proponents who would openly identify themselves
as a part of the movement. This movement is not an organized religious
system, but is a movement that can find itself working its way into any
religious system. Many who hold the views expressed by the New Age
Movement do not hold all of its pretenses, but may find themselves affected by
as few as one or two of its more common principles.
This movement flows from ancient philosophical views mixed with ancient mystical
thought, is liberal in its collective stand, and can be dogmatic in its personal
standards. It has so permeated our society that its principles can be
found in almost every environment.
The three most
common principles of this movement are:
That everyone is a part of God; therefore, everyone is God.
That since everyone is, at least, a part of God, each person can
establish their own moral standards without any outside or higher influence.
That reincarnation presents the only reasonable future hope for mankind.
Lets deal with the
Everyone Is God
Look up Isaiah 14.12-17, according to verses 13-14 what was the cause of
According to Genesis 3.4-5 what was the lie Satan used to deceive Eve?
Notice that in each of these references there is the end goal of a created
being becoming a god. Lucifer wanted to assume the throne of God, and
hence become a God himself. Satan’s persuasive argument with Eve was “.
. . ye shall be as gods . . .”
Where did mankind originally come from (Gen 1.26)?
Can a created being cause himself to be God?
Remember, according to Scripture, if one has been born again he or she will have
the indwelling presence of God. However, this does not make an individual
into a god. Also, if one has not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal
Lord and Savior; then they do not even have God's indwelling presence.
Just because someone declares themselves a god does not make them into a god.
The clear testimony of Scripture is that we are created beings. We are not
god’s and cannot ever be god’s. We are invited by God to become His
adopted children through faith in Jesus Christ, but even this does not make us
into god’s. It is Satan’s lie that tries to convince people that they are
god’s in themselves.
Moral Character of Mankind.
What is the Biblical definition of sin (Isaiah 53.6; Romans 3.10-11)?
According to God’s Word how many have sinned (Romans 3.23)?
What is the outcome of mans way (Proverbs 14.12)?
How does mankind find godliness and morality (Psalm 119.9,11)?
What does this say about mans ability to establish his own moral
How does God’s Word answer those who say that they don’t necessarily
believe what the Bible declares about mans moral ability (Romans 3.3-4)?
History clearly reveals that mankind has yet to demonstrate any real ability to
find a set of moral standards that can overcome the selfish and warring
tenancies of all men. This is just another example of the foolishness of
an inherently immoral humanity. Men are not naturally good to each other,
many are not even naturally good to themselves. Therefore, God’s standard
was given, and if all mankind were to follow God’s revealed Word to the utmost,
then true morality would be found. However, mankind is not even capable of
adhering to this truly pure standard, yet many still believe that mankind can
somehow establish a selfless morality.
We are all sinners, lost and undone by our selfishness and greed. We have
been fooled into believing that somehow we can find it within ourselves to build
and maintain perfection. Yet, in the end find nothing but failure.
We clearly need a Savior, and our Heavenly Father has indeed met that need
through the sacrifice of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Final Outcome
What does Hebrews 9.27 reveal about what happens after death?
Nowhere within the passages of Scripture is there any inference to the
reincarnation of mankind. Reincarnation is a pagan religious belief which
teaches that once an individual dies their soul will pass into another animal or
living substance, and continues to live on. The one thing that
reincarnation and Christianity have in common is the belief that the human soul
will never die. Thus, reincarnation is the pagan attempt to deal with the
enduring conscience of man.
The difference between the New Age Movement and Christianity is the distinction
between reincarnation and resurrection. In reincarnation there is no
accountability to any higher power or authority, in resurrection there is a
definite accountability known as judgment. In reincarnation your choices
and actions don’t matter much, you will be given another chance anyway. In
resurrection your choices and actions make an incredible difference both in
glorification and condemnation. The gulf between the New Age Movement and
the Word of God is wide and vast. There never has been and never will be a
harmony between the two positions.
The Christian relies on God revelation to tell him about what will happen after
he dies, and God has been good enough to give us enough revelation to provide
each of us with an eternal hope. However, in reincarnation there are only
suppositions and fancies about the next life. There is nothing to support
the idea of reincarnation, there is plenty to support the Word of God, and if
the Word of God is to be trusted, and lifted up as ones standard; then
reincarnation can not be a valid option.
Don’t make the mistake of adopting New Age Beliefs as a part of your spiritual
understanding of life. Almighty-God has revealed much in His written Word
to help you understand the creation we live in, the life we have been given, and
the future that is before us. Study His word diligently and prayerfully
seek to understand what it reveals about your life in Jesus Christ. Our
world has many philosophical beliefs, but they are all vain in comparison to
God's all knowing wisdom.
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