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Probably good teaching, IF you speak in tongues
on 5 January 2016
This book is for Christians who speak in tongues; the author assumes this all the way through. There is an appendix at the end which lists hindrances to receiving this gift - but it is assumed that you bought the book because you already have it, and want to learn more about it.
The first few pages were fine, even quite inspiring. But it wasn't long before I started to have misgivings. (Excuse the list.)
1. The author frequently uses the term "the Holy Ghost". This is really more of an irritation than a misgiving. He refers to "the Holy Spirit" as well, and I assume he believes that they are the same person, although this isn't always clear.
2. As I said, he assumes that the reader speaks in tongues, there is no advice for those who don't have this gift, or have questions about it.
For myself, I can't speak in tongues. I am certain that the gift exists and is for today; I have asked to receive it, and haven't. This used to bother me a lot, and I'm certain the devil was happy with that - he could focus my attention on my disappointment, and hint that I wasn't good enough to receive it. Now, however, I am sometimes glad that I don't have this gift, as I can focus on God and not on a dramatic gift. I believe absolutely that tongues are important, beneficial, may help the believer communicate with God and release his power. But I refute the implication that anyone who does not pray in tongues does not know their gift or calling or is just "playing" at it.
3. I am certain there are more than 9 gifts of the Spirit. Reference is only made to 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. What about Romans 12 and 1 Peter 4 ? What about the OT, where the Lord says that he was specifically giving gifts of craftsmanship to people so the ark of the covenant could be built? We are created by God and in his image. Why would an awesome, all sufficient, diverse God limit himself to having only 9 gifts?
4 The devil may well tell us that tongues don't exist or are not for today, but he can also counterfeit this gift. Nothing is said about this.
I tried to stifle these misgivings for a while and read the rest of the book. But I soon came across Roberson's belief that God does not want us to be either sick, or poor, and we should be able to defeat both, and the misgivings became alarm bells - loud ones. I do not agree at all with such a teaching; the implication is that Christians who are either sick, or poor, are not demonstrating true faith or glorifying God. I had enough of that teaching when I was ill with M.E, and some people said I would never be healed with so little faith. Well guess what? God did heal me and I still believe it. What's more, I learned a great deal during those 18 years and wouldn't change them.
There doubtless is some good teaching in this book -about persevering in prayer, for example , but I'm afraid that these issues were enough to make me skim read the rest of it. If I start to speak and pray in tongues, I may get back to it. In the meantime, however, I will probably delete this from my Kindle.