For His Highest Glory

The Initial Evidence

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they shall be filled." - The LORD Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:6)


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Greetings in the wonderful name of the LORD Jesus Christ. Here is
my labor of love, my research on the initial evidence that one is filled
with the Holy Spirit. 
Please feel free to send me your comments,
suggestions, and corrections, via my CONTACT ME Page. May you
have a MOST blessed and loving day in Him.

Your brother in the MOST precious and HOLY faith,


Brother Michael Fitzpatrick


"Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the
blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the
whole counsel of God." Acts 20:26-27


THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT


Following is an outline of "The Initial Evidence":

I.   THE GREAT COMMISSION GIVEN

II.  THE PROMISE OF POWER TO CARRY OUT THE GREAT
     COMMISSION
III.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS POWER
IV.  DEFINITION OF “EVIDENCE”
V.   HOLY SPIRIT BOLDNESS ALWAYS COMES WITH HOLY
      SPIRIT FULLNESS
VI.  HOLY SPIRIT BOLDNESS, THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF
      HOLY SPIRIT FULLNESS, WAS SOUGHT BY THE APOSTLES
VII. THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF THIS POWER EXHIBITED
VIII. PRE-PENTECOST TEACHING AND EXAMPLES
IX.   THE GREAT COMMISSION FULFILLED THROUGH BOLD
       AND EMPOWERED PREACHING
X.    BOLDNESS REGARDED AS EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
XI.   THE COMMAND TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
XII.  HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
XIII. SIGNS OF THE EFFECTIVE WORKING OF THE SPIRIT

I. THE GREAT COMMISSION GIVEN:

      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority (and
power) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and
make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
      And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel
to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he
who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16
      Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was
necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third
day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in
His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47
      Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent
Me, I also send you." John 20:21
       “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
      "And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify
that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the
dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name,
whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins." Acts 10:42-43
      "For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to
the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the
earth.'" Acts 13:47

II. THE PROMISE OF POWER TO CARRY OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION

      Then Jesus said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in
various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful
sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they
will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the
synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers
for My name's sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for
testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate
beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and
wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or
resist." Luke 21:10-15
      "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in
the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
Luke 24:49
      "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8

III. THE PURPOSE OF THIS POWER:

       “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
      And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working
with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.
Mark 16:20
      When He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of
sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. John 16:8. The words of those
who are filled with the Holy Spirit "will convict the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment."
       “To make the Gentiles obedient
in mighty signs and wonders, by
the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round
about to Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” Romans
15:19

IV. DEFINITION OF “EVIDENCE”

      According to Webster’s New 20th Century Dictionary, “evidence”
means “something that tends to prove”.

V. HOLY SPIRIT BOLDNESS ALWAYS COMES WITH HOLY
    SPIRIT FULLNESS

      Boldness in speaking the Word of God is found in many New
Testament passages: Acts 4:13, 29-33; Acts 6:10; Acts 9:27-29; Acts
13:8-12, 46; Acts 14:1-3; Acts 19:8, 20; 2 Cor. 3:12; 2 Cor. 7:4;
Eph. 3:12; Eph. 6:19-20; Phil. 1:20; 1 Thess. 2:2; 1 Tim. 3:13; Heb
13:6.

VI. HOLY SPIRIT BOLDNESS, THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF
      HOLY SPIRIT FULLNESS, WAS SOUGHT BY THE APOSTLES:

      Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance . . . and pray for me, that
utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to
make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador
in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph.
6:18-20
      "Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that
with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your
hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the
name of Your holy Servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the
place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were
all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with
boldness
. Acts 4:29-31
      . . . according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing
I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also
Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
Philippians 1:20

VII. THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF THIS POWER EXHIBITED

      When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with
one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from
heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house
where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided
tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem
Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this
sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused,
because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they
were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not
all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our
own language in which we were born? Parthians, Medes, Elamites,
those dwelling in Mesopotamia, and Judea . . . We hear them
speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:5-11.
People from all around heard the sound of their bold and glorious
proclamations of the wonderful works of God, and they came to see
what this might mean. With a God-given boldness, the Apostles
were proclaiming the wonderful works of God in other languages (as
well as in their own native Judean language) as the Spirit gave them
utterance.
      Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they
marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
      And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled
together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31
      Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs
among the people. Then there arose some . . . who disputed with
Stephen. But they were not able to resist the Spirit and the wisdom
by which he spoke. Acts 6:8-10
      Stephen concluded his message to the Jewish Council with these
words: "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You
always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of
the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who
foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have
become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by
the direction of angels and have not kept it." When they (the Jewish
Council) heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they
gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit,
gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the
right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" Acts 7:51-56.
This account illustrates that the words of those who are filled with the
Holy Spirit "will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of
judgment."
      Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his
hands on Saul, Ananias said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who
appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may
receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Immediately
there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his
sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. . . . Immediately he
preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who
destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come
here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief
priests? But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded
the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the
Christ. Acts 9:17-22. Later, as recorded in Acts 9:27, Barnabas
declared to the other apostles how Paul had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.
      After some days, when Felix (the governor of Caesarea) came with
his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him
concerning the faith in Christ. Now as Paul reasoned about
righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was
afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient
time, I will call for you." Acts 24:24-25. Please note how the Holy
Spirit spoke boldly through the Apostle Paul to convict Felix, the
governor, "of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment."
      . . . we use great boldness of speech . . . 2 Cor. 3:12
      . . . in whom we have boldness and access with confidence
through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12

VIII. PRE-PENTECOST TEACHING AND EXAMPLES

      Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and
came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion
came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily
upon Samson, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart
a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. Judges 14:5,6
      When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him.
Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes
that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his
bonds broke loose from his hands. Judges 15:14
      As was the anointed strength of Samson in the physical realm
when "the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him" so is the
spiritual strength of Spirit filled believers in the spiritual realm when
the Spirit of the LORD comes mightily upon them: They are mightily
empowered to speak the Word of God with God-given boldness and
convicting power. And sinners are compelled to listen!
      Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God,
the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is
weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the
weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even
the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly
fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They
shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
      "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has
anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to
heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the
opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the
acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to
give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment
of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of
righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."
Isaiah 61:1-3.
      Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me,
"Speak! 'Thus says the LORD: . . .' Ezekiel 11:5
      "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by (human)
might nor by (human) power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of
hosts." Zechariah 4:6
      "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of
Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on
Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns
for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In
that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the
mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. In that day a
fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness." Zech. 12:10-11; 13:1
       But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of
justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel
his sin. Micah 3:8
      Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with
haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and
greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting
of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled
with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your
womb!" Luke 1:39-42
      Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and
prophesied
, saying: "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has
visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation
for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of
His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, that we
should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate
us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His
holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To
grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might
serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all
the days of our life. "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the
Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His
ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of
their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the
Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in
darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of
peace." Luke 1:67-79

IX. THE GREAT COMMISSION FULFILLED THROUGH BOLD
      AND EMPOWERED PREACHING:

       For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ
has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the
Gentiles obedient
in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the
Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum,
I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:18-19
       And with great power the apostles gave witness to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:33
      To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was
given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable
riches of Christ. . . Eph. 3:8
      And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words
of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of
God. 1 Cor. 2:4-5
      For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in
power
, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know
what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians
1:5
      Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary
that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you
reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we
turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set
you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the
ends of the earth.'" Acts 13:46-47
      But even after we had suffered before . . . at Philippi, as you
know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God
in much conflict. 1 Thess. 2:2
      And he (Paul) spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and
disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. Acts
9:29
      Therefore, they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the
Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs
and wonders to be done by their hands. Acts 14:3
      And he (Paul) went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for
three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the
kingdom of God. Acts 19:8
      Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on
some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by
God, that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
ministering the gospel of God. . . Romans 15:15-16. Even the words we
write can be written with Holy Spirit boldness and conviction.

X. BOLDNESS REGARDED AS EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

      But Barnabas took Paul and brought him to the apostles. And he
declared to them how Paul had seen the Lord on the road, and that He
had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in
the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27. That Paul spoke boldly is presented as
evidence.
      And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled
together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
they spoke the word of God with boldness. . . . And with great
power
the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
And great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:31,33

XI. THE COMMAND TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT:

      ”. . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted
and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the width and length and depth and height
to know the love
of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all
the fullness of God.
" Eph 3:16-19
      "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be
filled with the Spirit
, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." Eph. 5:18-20

XII. HOW TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT:

      A striking physical illustration here has to do with the battery. The
amount of work a battery can do depends upon the voltage difference
between the positive and negative terminals of the battery. The higher
(more exalted) the potential of the positive terminal and the lower
(more humble) the potential of the negative terminal, the greater is
the voltage difference between the two terminals, and the mightier
that battery is to do work. Obviously a mighty task requires a very
great voltage difference between the battery’s positive and negative
terminals. Likewise, in order to accomplish the mighty tasks the Lord
wants to give us, there must be a great “differential” between the high
exalted state of the Lord in our life and our lowly humble state as a
fully submitted believer before Him. The way this great “differential” is
established is for the believer to highly exalt the Lord in his life and to
greatly humble himself before the Lord. It goes without saying that this
humbling MUST be accompanied by a thoroughgoing repentance from
all known sin for which every possible restitution has been made. Thus,
it can be said that the power in a believer’s relationship with the Lord
depends upon how highly the believer exalts Christ as Lord, and how
humble and lowly he becomes before the Lord Jesus Christ.
      In Luke 1:13-17, it is recorded that John the Baptist was filled with
the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb: "The angel said to Zacharias,
'... You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither
wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even
from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and
power
of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and
the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord.'" John the Baptist maintained this state of being
continually filled with the Holy Spirit by persistently decreasing as he
allowed the Lord to increase in his life: "John ... said, 'A man can
receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You
yourselves bear me witness, that I said, "I am not the Christ,' but, "I
have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom;
but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices
greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is
fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:27-30
      To be filled with the Holy Spirit, a believer must exalt Jesus Christ
as Lord of his life, take his place as a fully submitted servant before
the Lord, and enter into the heart and soul of the Acts 4 prayer,
praying and meaning this prayer with ever increasing earnestness:
"Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all
that is in them . . . Now, Lord,. . . grant to Your servants that with
all boldness
they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand
to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of
Your holy Servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place where
they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:29-31
      When you can speak boldly to sinners the Gospel of the Grace of
God, and the words you speak convict them deeply of their sin, then
and only then can you know that you are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, just like the apostles of old, while you are earnestly praying
this prayer, look for, and expect the Lord to grant you all boldness to
speak His word with convicting power. Do not be satisfied with
anything less than this. Do not accept any substitute for this. Without
this God-given boldness, your work for Him will be severely hampered.
And with this boldness comes the fullness of the Holy Spirit as well.
      “Now when they heard this (the Gospel preached by Peter in Acts
2:14-39), they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the
rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’” DO YOU
HAVE THIS EVIDENCE?
Do the words you speak pierce to the
heart of the sinner? If not, you are commanded to tarry until you do
have this evidence.
      (Although the infilling with the Holy Spirit is at times accompanied
by prophesying, speaking in tongues, miracles, and other
manifestations of the Spirit, it is ALWAYS accompanied by a God-given
BOLDNESS
in speaking His Word.) 
      Someone may raise the objection: "But does not Joel 2:28 say
that the initial evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is
prophesying?" Let's see. Joel 2:28-29 says: "And it shall come to pass
afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your
young men shall see visions. And also on My men-servants and on My
maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days." And the Apostle
Peter quoted this very passage on the day of Pentecost to show that
the events of that day were a direct fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel.
The Apostle Peter quoted this passage as follows in Acts 2:17-18: "And
it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of
My Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream
dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour
out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy." We notice that
after the Apostle Peter quoted the above passage of Joel's prophecy,
he then declared: "And they shall prophesy". The Holy Spirit speaking
through the Apostle Peter gave these words to indicate exactly what in
Joel 2:28-29 was being fulfilled on that glorious Pentecost day, namely
that they would prophesy.
Question: Do you believe that Joel 2:28-29 was exactly and literally
fulfilled on the day of Pentecost? If so, then what the disciples of Jesus
Christ were doing after the Holy Spirit filled them was (exactly and
literally) prophesying. Yes, they were prophesying in each of the
languages of those present as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. So
the significant thing here was not that they were speaking in tongues,
but rather that they were prophesying in exact and literal fulfillment of
Joel's prophecy. And we are forced to admit that if the disciples had been
speaking in tongues but not prophesying, then Joel's prophecy would
not have been fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.
      So which is it then? Is it "prophesying" or "speaking the word with
a God-given boldness and convicting power" that is the initial evidence
that one is filled with the Holy Spirit? Let's see! In I Corinthians 14:23-
25, the Apostle Paul speaks of prophesying in this way: "Therefore if
the whole church comes together in one place and all speak with
tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers,
will they not say that you are mad? But if all prophesy, and an
unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all,
he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed;
and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that
God is truly among you." Isn't that exactly what happens when a
believer speaks the Word of God to sinners with a God-given boldness

and convicting power? Is not the sinner convinced and convicted by
the Holy Spirit speaking through the Holy Spirit filled believer in
fulfillment of John 16:8: "When He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will
convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment." And,
doesn't the sinner, if he surrenders to God, fall down on his face and
worship God? And thus we see that such prophesying IS speaking
God's words with a God-given boldness and convicting power. And
thus, yes indeed, such prophesying can also be said to be the
initial evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. 
      "Isn't there even the slightest possibility that speaking in tongues
could be the evidence?" To answer that question thoughtfully and
fairly, we have to examine the account in Acts 10 which is sometimes
called "The Gentile Pentecost". There are several things to be noted
about this account. First, the Holy Spirit fell upon everyone in a group
of unbelievers the moment saving faith arose in their hearts. We know
that they were unbelievers from Peter's account of this event after his
vision of a great sheet containing all manner of four-footed animals
as given in Acts 11:11-15:
       “At that very moment, three men stood before the house where I
was, having been sent to me from Caesarea. Then the Spirit told me to
go with them, doubting nothing. Moreover these six brethren
accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. And he told us
how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him,
‘Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who
will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.'
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at
the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said,
‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the
Holy Spirit.’ If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us
when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could
withstand God?” When they heard these things they became silent;
and they glorified God, saying, ‘Then God has also granted to the
Gentiles repentance to life.’”
      So Peter preached to them the words by which they were to be
saved. Therefore, they were unbelievers before Peter preached to
them. Note also the conclusion drawn by the other Apostles: "Then
God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." Thus the Holy
Spirit fell upon everyone in a group of unbelievers the moment they
believed under the inspired preaching of Peter.
      Next notice, as recorded in Acts 10: 44-47, the immediate reaction
of the Jewish believers who were present when the Spirit fell upon the
Gentile company: "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy
Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the
circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with
Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the
Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify
God. Then Peter answered, "Can anyone forbid water, that these
should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we
have?"
      If the Gentiles of Acts 10 had been speaking in the tongues of
angels or in unknown tongues, this would have been a different
phenomenon than occurred on Pentecost, when the disciples spoke in
known languages, and the unbelievers who were present understood
the languages and could infallibly state what the disciples were saying.
Second, if the Gentiles of Acts 10 had been speaking in unknown
tongues, the Jewish believers present would not have understood the
Gentiles to be magnifying God. They would have thought it was
possibly some meaningless gibberish, not absolutely infallible proof
that the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit in exactly the same way
they did. But we see that the Jewish believers were utterly convinced
to the point of astonishment that God had "also granted to the
Gentiles repentance to life." And this could only happen if the Jewish
believers (with all their prejudices against the Gentiles) actually saw
that a miracle took place which enabled these Gentiles to magnify God
in languages which, although unknown to these Gentiles, the Jewish
believers understood.
      In the Acts record of these things, many parallels are noted
between what had just happened to Cornelius and his friends and
relatives, and what happened to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost:
1) Peter said: "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as
upon us at the beginning. . . . God gave them the same gift as He
gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ . . ."
2) Those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many
as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been
poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with
tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, "Can anyone forbid
water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy
Spirit just as we have?"
      We see here that an essential pattern is being established. When
the Holy Spirit was poured forth on the apostles on the Day of
Pentecost and on the Gentiles in Acts Chapter 10, both groups spoke
in known (but unknown to them) languages the wonderful works of
God. In both cases, the languages spoken were known by those who
heard them. This is explicitly stated in Acts 2 where the list of
languages is given. And it is implicitly inferred in Acts chapter 10,
where it is said that they understood the Gentiles to be magnifying
God. And both these cases are an exact fulfillment of the prophecy of
Joel 2:28, where it is said "Your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy." One thing is sure about prophesying: it is ALWAYS in a
language understood by the hearers of the prophesying. Therefore in
the pattern established by Acts 2 (the Jewish Pentecost) and Acts 10
(the Gentile Pentecost), the prophesying was in languages (tongues)
which, although they were unknown to the speakers, were known to
the hearers.
      In the Samaritan Pentecost (Acts 8:15-17), which took place
before the Gentile Pentecost of Acts 10, we are told:
      "Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to
them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they
might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of
them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit."
      It is not stated what spiritual manifestations accompanied this
outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but if it is on the same pattern as the
Jewish Pentecost, it is most likely that the Samaritans prophesied in
either Aramaic or Hebrew, both these languages being understood by
both the Samaritans and the Jews.
      The only other occasion recorded in Acts when the Holy Spirit fell
on people and was accompanied by spiritual manifestations is recorded
in Acts 19:1-6:
      "And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having
passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some
disciples he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard
whether there is a Holy Spirit." And he said to them, "Into what then
were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism." Then Paul
said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to
the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him,
that is, on Christ Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized in
the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and
prophesied."
      Note that they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Now, it is pretty
much a certainty, that Paul who knew many languages (1 Corinthians
14:18) understood exactly what they said in tongues. And, of course,
the prophesying was in Greek, the language of Ephesus, a language
known both to the Ephesians and to the Apostle Paul.
      So the pattern as established by the above accounts is sure. Those
who spoke in tongues when the Holy Spirit fell upon them, always
spoke in a language which, although that language might be unknown
to them, it was always understood by those who heard them.
The burden of proof rests upon those who claim that the parallels
between the Jewish and Gentile Pentecosts as pointed out by the
Apostle Peter were not followed upon the other occasions in the book
of Acts when the Holy Spirit fell on people.
      Therefore, if it can not infallibly be said that what was spoken in
tongues has a definite meaning in some known language, then the
speaking in tongues can not be said to be evidence of anything at all.
What is not understood will not be accepted as definite evidence of
anything anywhere.
      Please keep in mind:
1) If a paper is submitted to a court of law, it will not serve as
evidence for or against until it is translated.
2) If oral testimony is given, and no-one can be found who
understands that language, it can not serve as evidence.
      Therefore, the essential weakness of the teaching that says that
the tongues which accompany the filling with the Holy Spirit can be
unknown or angelic tongues, is that we are expected to accept as
evidence of Holy Spirit infilling, a message neither we nor anyone
present understands one word of.
      Further, unless one can understand a message, and examine it
carefully, one can not be sure of the origin of the message. We should
not let ourselves be unduly swayed by the fact that the giver of the
message calls himself a Christian. Some who call themselves
Christians have been known to lie and deceive. Therefore, it is
essential to examine any message given and try to determine its
origin. For if the message is not from above, it is either a message
from below or a message made up to support some agenda. "Beloved,
do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of
God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1. God does not expect us to accept a message as evidence
until we understand the message, and, consequently, are able to
determine the message's origin and veracity.
      With regard to a message spoken in tongues, there are
three possibilities:
1) If what was said was in a human language not known by the
speaker, and is true, this is evidence that the person speaking has the
Biblical gift of tongues.
2) If what was said was in a human language not known by the
speaker, and is false, this is evidence that either the person speaking
is a liar, or has a lying spirit.
      Jeremiah 14:11-14 provides the appropriate warning for this case:
Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for this people, for their good.
"When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt
offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume
them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence." Then I said,
"Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see
the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured
peace in this place.' " And the LORD said to me, "The prophets
prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them,
nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a
worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart."
3) If what was said was not in a known language, what was said will not
serve as evidence for anything, for what was said cannot be determined 
to be either true or false. That which cannot be determined to be either true
or false is ambiguous and will not serve as definite evidence of anything
anywhere.
      In order to know whether case 1, 2, or 3 applies, it is essential to
translate the message given in order to determine first of all whether
or not the message has meaning, second to determine the origin of
the message, and third to determine whether the message is true or
false.

But isn't there even the slightest possibility that speaking
in tongues could be proof of something?

      The Apostle Paul writes as follows in 1 Corinthians 13:1-2: "Though
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have
become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift
of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing." 1 Cor 13:1-2.
      Speaking with the tongues of men and angels is the evidence of
what? Paul here is saying that it is not evidence of much. As a bare
minimum, speaking with the tongues of men and angels could prove that
one is at least sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. But sounding brass
doesn't even have life, let alone the fullness of God's Holy Spirit. Even
having the gift of prophecy fails to prove that you are anything more
than nothing, let alone being filled with the Spirit of the Almighty. But
true love, that is definite proof of something here. Please reread 1 Cor. 13.
      Why, even God-given boldness with convicting power isn't much
more than a hill of beans in the eyes of God without genuine agape love!
Why? ". . . because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Rom 5:5. It is that simple: No
love, no Holy Spirit. Filled with love, filled with the Holy Spirit. I was
once a member of a church where when someone got too excited about
the gift of tongues, the pastor encouraged them to memorize
1 Corinthians 13. 
      A Classical Pentecostal responded to an earlier version of the
above study as follows:
      "In all instances in Acts, when the Holy Spirit came upon people,
they spoke in tongues. That is what I go by." To this I would respond
as follows: "In all instances in the whole Bible, whether in the Old
Testament or in the New Testament, when the Holy Spirit came upon
people, they spoke with a God-given boldness and convicting power,
whether in tongues, prophecy, or preaching. Since this is so, what
theological or scriptural reasons are there for favoring “speaking in
tongues” as the initial evidence over “speaking with a God-given
boldness
and convicting power" whether in tongues, prophecy, or
preaching, as the initial evidence? And especially since the evidence
of “speaking with a God-given boldness and convicting power" pertains
to ALL the data, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. 
      On 8-26-2004, Brother Court Wood of In Jesus' Name Ministries
responded to the above study as follows:
""Dear Michael,
   Sorry to be so long in responding to your email and link to the Holy
Spirit Web site. Sandy’s mother died a few weeks ago, and we have
been in Michigan.
   It was an excellent article. I was wonderfully baptized by the Holy
Spirit, as a young Christian, but I did not speak in tongues, and the
effect of my baptism was to strongly motivate me to be a witness of
the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
   I was also delighted to see the link to the article by John R. Rice on
great soul winners who were filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe in the
gifts of the Spirit, but it is sad how they are abused and naturally
copied today. It is also tragic how tongues have been over emphasized
when it is such a minor gift minimized in importance by the Apostle
Paul. I have been greatly strengthened by the writings of John R. Rice
throughout my Christian life. I used to be a regular subscriber to the
Sword of the Lord.
   Your emphasis on “boldly” proclaiming the Gospel by the
empowering of the Holy Spirit is where the emphasis belongs.
This teaching is greatly needed today.

Court Wood"


XIII. SIGNS OF THE EFFECTIVE WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

     
"The first sign of the effective working of the Spirit is 

when the love of God burns in the heart of a man like fire. The

second sign through which you will feel that the Spirit is

working in you, consists in true humility being born in your

soul. It is from humility that peace, meekness and endurance of

tribulations are born in the soul. The third sign of the working

of the Spirit in you consists in the compassion which represents

within you the image of God, through which, when your thoughts

extend to all men, tears flow from your eyes like fountains of

water, as if all men were dwelling in your heart, and you

affectionately embrace them and kiss them, while you pour your

kindness on all. When you remember them, your heart is kindled

with the power of the working of the Spirit in you as with fire,

and from this, goodness and kindness are born in your heart. The

fourth sign of the working of the Spirit consists in the

illumined vision of your mind. It is this vision that receives

the light of the Holy Trinity. From this you will derive a flow

of spiritual speech and the knowledge of both worlds: of the one

that has passed and the one that shall pass, and also a

consciousness of the mysteries of future things, the fine sounds

of the spiritual intelligences: joy, jubilation, exultation,

glorification, songs, hymns, and odes of magnification. The

above are the signs, which if you find in yourself, you will know

that the Holy Spirit is working in you." - Abdisho circa 700 A.D.



If you have comments about the above study, please contact me

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Mail: Michael Fitzpatrick

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Also of interest: (I don't necessarily endorse all the teaching at the following links.)

    1) What Happens When We Are Filled With The Holy Spirit?
    2) How Great Soul Winners Were Filled With the Holy Spirit.
    3) Is Speaking with Tongues the Initial Evidence of the Spirit Baptism?
    4) Valley Bible Church Position Paper on Tongues
    5) What We Can Know About Speaking in Tongues
    6) The True Evidence of Baptism in the Holy Spirit
    7) A Closer Look at the Charismatic Movement
    8) Trying the Spirits
    9) The Gift of Tongues
  10) How Can I Know If I Am Saved?
  11) Are You Clothed With Power by Paul Washer
  12) Clothed With Power From On High - Paul Washer
  13) Pray for the Power of the Living God - Paul Washer
  14) Has the gift of speaking in tongues ceased? - Tim Conway
 

APPENDIX A

      The below paper was prepared when I was contemplating
joining an Assembly of God Church in 1978. It expresses my views
about Holy Spirit fullness at that time and my concerns as to whether
a person with those views should or even could join an Assembly of
God Church.

My Belief About the Initial Physical Evidences of Being Baptized
and Filled with the Holy Ghost

      After much diligent study of the Word of God and much
fervent prayer I have come to the following conclusions:
1) All born again believers have been baptized by the Spirit into the
Body of Christ. “By one Spirit are we ALL baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and
have been ALL made to drink into one Spirit.” I Cor 12:13. All who
have been made to drink into one Spirit have received the Holy Spirit,
for it is impossible to drink something without receiving it. According
to this verse, the only way that one can become a part of the body of
Christ is by being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ.
Therefore anyone who has not been baptized by the Spirit is not in the
body of Christ at all, is not yet a born-again believer, and is still in
their sins. The initial physical evidence that a person has been
baptized in the Holy Spirit, and thus is now a born again believer, is a
changed life, a life of holiness, love, and obedience. And when a
person is truly born again, it is very definitely seen by everyone–a true
drastic change in that person’s life which constitutes the physical
evidence that he has been born again. Those who fail to exhibit this
drastically changed life have not yet been born again. Thus, every
born-again believer is in Christ by virtue of his having been baptized
by the Spirit into the body of Christ. Jesus said: “If any man thirst, let
him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture
has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (But this He
spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for
the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:37-39.
2) The initial physical evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is
speaking God’s Word with convicting power to the heart of the sinner.
Jesus says: “And, behold I send the promise of my Father upon you:
But tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you be clothed with power from
on High” (Luke 24:49) and also “But you shall receive power after that
the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto
me . . .” (Acts 1:8) This initial physical evidence of being filled with the
Holy Spirit, speaking with convicting power to the sinner’s heart, was
mightily displayed on a number of occasions:
a. Peter’s sermon on Pentecost: “Now when they heard this, they were
pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the
apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37 EVIDENCE:
Peter spoke with such power that they were pricked in their heart.
b. “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings and grant unto thy
servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word . . . And when
they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake
the word of God with boldness . . . And with great power gave the
apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace
was upon them all.” Acts 4:29, 31, 33 EVIDENCE: Unusual boldness in
speaking the Word; Giving witness of the resurrection with great power.
c. Peter’s exhortation to the council: “‘And we are witnesses of these
things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to them
that obey Him.” When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and
took counsel to slay them.” Acts 5:33. EVIDENCE: Peter spoke with
such power that they were cut to the heart.
d. Stephen’s sermon to unbelieving Jews: “And they were not able to
resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. . . . When they heard
these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him
with their teeth.” Acts 6:10, 7:54. EVIDENCE: Stephen spoke
with such power that they were cut to the heart (made angry).
e. “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews
which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.” Acts 9:22
EVIDENCE: Paul spoke with such power that they were confounded.
f. “While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them
which heard the word.” Acts 10:44. EVIDENCE: Peter spoke with such
power that while he yet spoke, the Holy Spirit fell on them.
g. “Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being
astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” Acts 13:12 EVIDENCE: Paul
spoke with such power that the deputy was astonished and believed.
h. “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the
word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life
believed.” Acts 13:48 EVIDENCE: Paul spoke with such power that
they were made glad.
i. For he (Apollos) mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly,
showing from the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.” Acts 18:28
EVIDENCE: Apollos spoke with such power that the Jews were mightily
convinced.
j. “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power,
and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance; . . .” I Thess. 1:5
EVIDENCE: Paul spoke with such power that His word brought
conviction, salvation, and much assurance.
      So when one is filled with the Holy Spirit and speaks forth the
Word from that fullness, those who hear will be deeply stirred and will
either be made mad or glad as a result. And this is what one would
expect, for Jesus Christ said: “. . . I will send the Holy Spirit unto you.
And when he is come, he will convict the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment.” And when one is filled with the Holy
Spirit, the words one speaks will bring conviction to the heart of the
sinner. And that is how we are to recognize those who are filled with
the Holy Spirit.
Item 8 of the Assemblies of God “Statement of Fundamental Truths”
which is titled “The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy
Ghost” reads as follows: “The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost
is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues
as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in
tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues
(1 Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.”
Question: If a believer sincerely believes and continues to believe,
teach, and preach about the initial evidences of being baptized with
the Holy Spirit, and being filled with the Holy Spirit as I have indicated
above, and not as expressed in Item 8 of the “Statement of
Fundamental Truths”, is it possible for that person to be accepted into
membership of the Assembly of God Church? 
      If, of course, someone who believed that tongues was the initial
evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit came to believe as I have
indicated above, he would become dissatisfied with his present
experience, and continually seek to be clothed with power from on
high until his fervent prayers were answered. If all born again
believers everywhere began to wait before the Lord and to seek God
like this, we would have the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit
since Pentecost.
      And the Bible, God's Holy Word, even gives you the very prayer to
pray if you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit with the initial physical
evidence of speaking God's Word with convicting power to the heart of
the sinner: "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings, and grant unto
Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word, by
stretching forth Thine hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may
be done by the name of Thy holy child Jesus." Acts 4:29-30. And if you
are truly a servant of the Most High God, and pray with the same
fervor that they prayed, then you will get the same results that they
got: "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they
were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and they spake the word of God with boldness . . . And with great
power
gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great grace was upon them all." Acts 4:31, 33.
    (For those who are curious, on December 10, 1978, I was received into
full membership of the Hempstead Assembly of God Church at 656 Front
Street, Hempstead, NY 11550 while Rev. Maurice Cudmore was pastor there.)


APPENDIX B

                                      Prove the Spirits

      Below is a letter from that blessed servant of the Lord, Johannes
Seitz. This letter was published in the September 1981 issue of
Midnight Call Magazine. Through the anointed ministry of Brother
Johannes Seitz, many sick were healed, and the demon possessed
were set free through his prayer of faith. He himself had the
gifts of the Holy Spirit. Johannes Seitz was born February 11, 1839
and went home to be with the Lord on April 7, 1922. As a young man,
he was deeply impressed by the work of the great servants of God in
Germany and Switzerland at that time. He served as pastor, counselor,
and evangelist throughout Europe. He was one such brother who
counted on the invisible Lord, on the powers from above, and in faith,
he claimed it in its entirety. In the name of Jesus, many sick, crippled,
possessed, and those who were deeply tempted and went through
great tribulation, were helped by his ministry. One of the first things
he recognized at the beginning of the popular Pentecostal movement
was that the mixing of spirits was tolerated. Following is his own
report:
      "During our work we made it a habit to come together with a
number of brethren every four weeks and unite in prayer for eight
days. We prayed the Lord would increase our spirit with power from
above. After these continuous prayer meetings, which we did in great
earnest, we experienced mighty and wonderful revelations of God and
the work of His spirit [seemingly]. We had absolutely no more reason
to doubt that God did answer our prayers and that the spirit of God
had definitely come upon our meetings. But this spirit, who we
thought to be of God, made one slight mistake: At one time, he used a
15-year-old girl, who participated at every meeting to openly reveal
audibly every sin committed by members. No one could have come
into our meetings who had any kind of sin, past or present, which was
not revealed through this spirit.
      "One example: A respected and well-known man from our area
attended our meeting. During this meeting, through the voice of this
15-year-old girl, the sins of that man were revealed before the entire
congregation. The man was deeply shaken and asked me to take him
to my counseling room. He broke down and wept bitterly and
confessed that he did commit those sins as mentioned in the assembly
by the girl. Furthermore, he also confessed other sins which came to
his mind. Then we returned to the meeting. But as soon as we entered,
the same voice of this girl shouted, 'Oh no, thou hast not confessed
everything yet, what about the ten guilden [a European currency], you
have not confessed.' We went back to the counseling room. He
confessed, 'It is true. I did do it. I have not stolen these ten guilden
from anyone, but sometime ago at a fruit stand the salesman made a
mistake by giving me too much change - I simply kept it in my
wallet.' This man had never seen this 15-year-old girl in his entire life.
It was no surprise that as a result the entire congregation was totally
silent. As holy stillness prevailed, one could only explain it with the
Word of God, ‘Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?' (Isaiah 33:14).
No wonder a spirit of deep adoration and worshiping prevailed in
our midst. Who could doubt? Even the strong ones broke down
whenever sins are revealed! Yet we had to expose this spirit through
which these great things were done, and which we counted as the
Holy Spirit. I am so deeply thankful for the great grace of God who
did expose these terrible powers of darkness. This spirit had to be
revealed as a spirit of lie.
      "It happened in the following way: In spite of the great works of
miracles done in our midst, I sensed an increasing spirit of distrust
within me. When I expressed my mistrust for the first time to a very
close friend and brother, he immediately warned me, 'Brother Seitz, if
you permit mistrust in your heart then you are on your way to
committing the sin against the Holy Spirit, which cannot be forgiven.'
This was one of the most terrible days of my life, for I did not know if
this power was of God or a camouflaged power of Satan. In one point
I received clear assurance: In this church, in which I was the leader, I
should not permit the rulership of any spirit unless I am totally and
utterly convinced that it is from above and not from below. For that
reason, I called the leading brethren to our prayer room and confessed
my position toward this new spirit. I asked that we begin to pray
earnestly on the basis of God's Word that we must 'try the spirits,'
whether they are of light or of darkness. This was done during the
service. When we entered the sanctuary, the voice of the 15-year-old
girl immediately exclaimed. ‘What is this uprising among you? You
will be severely punished for your disbelief.’ I immediately answered,
‘It is true, for we do not know assuredly whom we are dealing with.'
But we wanted to behave ourselves in such a manner that under no
circumstances would we wish to sin, if it is an angel of God or the
Spirit of God. But if it is a false spirit or a devil, we do not, under any
circumstances, want to be deceived by him. I continued, 'Are you a
godly power, then you will agree that we must act according to the
Word of God which says, 'Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God' (I John 4:1). All of us knelt down and we
began to pray with great lamentation and earnestness to God, that He
may be graceful unto us and to reveal to us with whom we are
presently dealing with in our meetings. At that point, this power had
to reveal itself! I cannot describe it with words, the most horrible
sounds which came out of the voice of that person when she screamed
at the top of her voice, 'I am exposed, I am exposed!'
      "After this event, we had to witness that this same enemy used
different ways with other brethren in our church. On several
occasions, he found entrance into their souls and spirit.
      "Here is one example: A very intelligent brother whom I honored
greatly, told me one time in the presence of other true children of
God, of visions of an angel, that he had lately. All were very
impressed, not only of the vision but of the message the angel had.
But I answered this brother immediately, 'Believe not that it is an
angel. I must tell you it is not an angel but a camouflaged angel of a
devil spirit, who wants to lead you astray if you believe him.' That
was the first time there was tension between us. Later when we visited
this brother, this angel revealed himself in our presence. He again
spoke through a medium [through one of his closest relatives] which
we could audibly hear with our own ears. This "angel" stated, 'I have
been sent by the Almighty on High to execute the orders of the
highest God of heaven. Brethren, spirits have gone out into the world
to deceive men, if possible even the elect. But even if they speak with
angels' tongues, do not believe them, do not believe anything except
the Word of God.' Again I sensed this was not an angel of God and I
prayed to God from the depths of my heart that He give me grace to
expose this angel of the enemy, for the sake of my friend. I stood up
and began talking with him, who claimed to have a message from
above, and asked him a question, 'Why do you tell us things which we
already know from the Bible?' He answered, 'You have no right to ask
such a question because the truth he told legitimates him as being of
the truth.' I answered, 'No, angels do not have the office to preach the
Gospel to man, but they are spirits who serve those who should inherit
the kingdom. The office of preaching the Gospel belongs to men and
not to angels: therefore, I am asking you again in the name of the
Lord whose servant I am, do you have such a task from God to tell us
things which we already know in the Word of God?' As an answer, he
confessed that a servant of God does have the right to ask him such a
question, and he also had to confess immediately, 'I do not have a task
from God.' To this I answered, 'You are a liar and are exposed as a
devil. Because at the beginning of our conversation you asserted you
have been sent by the Almighty from on High and now you confess it
was a lie. Therefore, you cannot be a messenger from God because
they do not lie, but the devil does.'
      "There are multitudes of other examples, but these two clearly
show us that Satan is using the most clever and sophisticated means to
deceive even the Lord's elect if possible. Since those events, I have
often thought back to these terrible camouflaged attacks of hell and
the question arose: 'Why was the devil permitted to come so close
through his deception? Why did God permit it?' Another question
occupied me immediately, 'What will happen when these
camouflaged spirits of Satan come in great power and masses into the
Church? How will the Church stand against such powerful
deceptions?' I am afraid many would easily fall for the enemy and
become a casualty of these deceptive spirits, especially if they would
approach the Church in such great power, and camouflaged as the
power of God. One thing that these spirits had in common is that they
had a prophecy very similar to that of the Bible. Also things were
prophesied about me and my friend which later on did come true.
What would have happened if we would have fallen to these spirits
and would have believed them?
      "Furthermore, I am convinced that today's popular tongue-
movement is part of that fulfillment. The spirit of that movement is
flooding the world with this great deception and has already taken a
foothold in the Church of God. How do children of God stand the test
when it comes to 'try the spirits as to whether they are of God or not?'
Have they passed the test? Are they proving the spirits which are
revealed today in the tongue-speaking era? We have to confess sadly;
not good, if we would check how things are going as far as the
proving of the spirits are concerned in our days. One faithful servant
of God said, 'In such tests, the spirits are being weighed and most are
being found wanting.' Because these spirits do great things, it is
extremely difficult to oppose them. How dedicated and with great
earnest did we have to pray, to fight a battle of faith, to prove these
spirits which so easily find entrance into churches today. They even
deceive true children of God, including their pastors, their programs
and publications. If one glorifies such spirits as being Biblical tongue-
speaking spirits, then one surrenders to that spirit and becomes a tool
and servant to it. How many children of God, who speak in tongues
can answer with a clear conscience 'yes,' to the question, 'Have you
tried the spirit of the tongue-movement, if it is the Holy Spirit or a
false spirit?' Most of them would have to answer, 'No, I never have.'
In spite of the fact that this movement reveals so many symptoms
which obviously urge proving of that spirit, it is neglected.
      "Actually it is not difficult at all to prove the spirit which so
clearly exposes itself with its sideline symptoms as being absolutely
contrary to the Scripture. As a matter of fact, many of those servants
who were serving the Lord faithfully are beginning to openly reveal
their own dishonesty. Surely it is much easier not to try the spirits
than to try them.
      "Many brethren may now answer, 'If our prayer, for the spirit of
God and power from above invites such powers of the enemy as
described, then we must abstain in fear to ask for the gifts of the Holy
Spirit.' My answer: this is the wrong conclusion! Prayer is exactly the
weapon with which we can oppose, victoriously the camouflaging
attack, the deceptive works of the enemy. "Continue in prayer and
watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). The more
seriously we pray with all our hearts, the more the victory of Jesus
Christ is revealed to us, and the works of Satan are exposed as false.
We must never forget that when we shoot at the enemy, he will shoot
back. If we increase our fire, he will also increase his own fire. But
we are admonished by the Scripture to pray always, to pray
increasingly and especially to watch in prayer. By doing so, we are
attacking the kingdom of darkness in the most powerful way, but he
too will attack us in the most powerful way. Why should we watch in
prayer? So that we are not being deceived by the enemy. He must not
receive the victory by deceiving us. In reality, there are great victories
over the kingdom of Satan, and it consists in that we expose the
enemy in all of his action, even in the most hidden corner. Jesus
Christ predicted that Satan would do great signs and wonders. Of
course in the reverse direction there are great victories of the enemy.
They consist of his deception of children of God, when they become
his servants and his tools. What a rejoicing and mocking laughter
must come from hell when children of God give credit to the so-called
'Holy Spirit Baptism spectacle' which is not of the Holy Spirit, but
originates from a foreign spirit. It is not a baptism with the Holy
Spirit, but a false spirit. If children of God are being moved back and
forth, being tossed to and fro by such spirits, then there is rejoicing of
victories in hell.
      "Now we come to a very practical and burning question, 'Can we
differentiate clearly within the tongue movement, which is holy and
which is foreign?' I answer this with an absolute and convincing 'yes!'
One can differentiate between the spirit from below and the spirit
from above. Even more, God requests us to differentiate. The modern
speaking of tongues is not Biblical because it is not done according to
Scripture. It is done contrary to it because it stands in total opposition
to I Corinthians 14. Instead, as we clearly see in chapter 14, man
speaks in spirit with God, today's modern tongue speakers talk to the
Church. Through this tongue-speaking, one permits these 'Christians'
to address, in the first person, the Church. These tongue-speakers
have 'messages' to the Church. They give 'prophecies' which often
climax into soothsaying. The tongue-speaker should, according to
Scripture, talk to and with God, but today the Church is being
addressed by the tongue-speaker. Sins are being revealed through
those tongue-speakers. That too, is against Scripture and thus is
exposed as being a spirit of disorder, but with God there is order.
Satan's spirit turns everything around. Every spirit who opposes
Godly order is the spirit of the lawless one and not the Holy Spirit.
"Just recently, two pastors were my guests and they assured me a
certain preacher speaks in tongues and had exclaimed the following, 'I
Christ have left the throne and have come into your midst.' If this
church now accepts this message of that tongue-speaker, they are
openly receiving a false spirit and are being ruled by it. Sad as it is, no
one has the courage to oppose such a 'christ' with the Word of God.
He would surely be exposed as an evil spirit. We do not need such
messages in the Church, for we have the Word of God, the full and
perfect revelation of God, 'For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them' (Matthew
18:20). I do not wish to have any other Christ but He who offers
Himself in His Word. I can find the complete perfect and true Christ
in faith in the Word of God. And I am sure if I seek through any other
way I will find a false Christ.
      "As I mentioned in the beginning, when we were seeking
earnestly, power from on high in our prayer, the enemy offered to us a
false Christ, a false baptism of the Holy Spirit; he wanted to deceive
us with a counterfeit. I myself had to wait an additional five years in
prayer and supplication, with the experience of being increasingly
humbled and broken, then finally received true power from on high
which revealed itself in a completely new way: I was urged to
proclaim and glorify Jesus more than ever before. Then the Lord also
granted as never before, that many sick and those with infirmities
came into self-judgment before the Lord, and He could touch and heal
them."
      We published this article as a warning to the true children of God.
We are fully convinced that within the Pentecostal and Charismatic
Movements, there are many Christ-centered and blessed churches,
consisting of many children of God who love the Lord with all their
hearts. But too often they are extremely frightened that any type of
their activity or revelation of spirits may be found to be a false one.
We are also deeply convinced that the things which this man of God,
Johannes Seitz wrote several decades ago, "I sense that such
deceptive works: such sinister and refined seduction of the devil, such
as happened to us, will come over the entire Church of God world-
wide," is in reality breaking forth upon the entire Church of Jesus
Christ on a world-wide basis. Simultaneously, with the accelerated
fulfillment of the prophetic Word in the Middle East and especially in
Israel, the Church of Jesus Christ is exposed to the powerful
deceptions of angels from below as never before. 2 Corinthians 11:14
says, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel
of light." That means that only the one who is totally and
unconditionally dedicated to the whole truth will be protected by the
Lord himself, from the terrible deceptions which are now and are yet
to come upon the earth.
(Posted here by permission of Midnight Call Magazine.)


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