“When I get to a scripture that does not make sense I speak in tongues”
When I heard that my jaw dropped at the seminary trained teacher. He continued to explain that his method of dealing with hard passages was to speak in God’s language:
“Some things in the Bible are a mystery. He reveals his mysteries to us through the spirit.”
I recognized his strained explanation as coming from 1 Corinthians 2:7-10.
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:10
Apparently, the only way that this man knew how to access the wisdom of God in a mystery was to try and speak directly to God in a divine language. The divine tongue talking sounds more like Na’vi to the rest of us.
Ephesians 3:4 says we are able to understand the mystery of Christ by reading what Paul wrote from the Lord.
This must be why I have never met a tongue-talker that understood the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25). Instead of reading the written revelation of the mystery, they stop reading in Acts 2, put down their Bibles, and start speaking to heaven pleading for a mystery revelation.
I picture God at that moment letting out a long sigh. Imagine someone asking God for something that is literally right in their hands!
Mystery languages and not yet revealed information is necessary for the tongue talking prophet of charismaticism. When tongue talkers realize that instead of seekers of revelations they can become students of revelations in the Bible, then there is no longer a need for tongue talking.
The answer to the tongue talking confusion is the mystery made known unto us from the Lord through Paul:
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery …” – Col 1:25-26
Our source of God’s revelation is the already revealed mystery spoken in the Bible. The only thing worse than not understanding the word of God is misunderstanding the word of God.
By willingly not understanding the mystery of Christ seminary trained charismatic teachers expose themselves to gross misunderstandings of tongues, healing, prayer, the devil, and God’s will.
The day that I meet a tongue talker who understands that the mystery of Christ is already revealed to Paul is the day I send Benny Hinn an email that says, “Oeru txoa livu” (“forgive me” in Na’vi).