Pentecostal History: What Is Speaking In Tongues?
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Pentecostal History: What Is Speaking In Tongues?

"Pentecostal History: What Is Speaking In Tongues?" with Dr. Matt Cawthorn covers the belief of early Pentecostals that the gift of tongues was given as a missionary tool that would allow them to speak in foreign languages without having studied them — (xenolalia) just as the apostles had done on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The main Pentecostal newspaper, Apostolic Faith, declared: “The baptism with the Holy Ghost makes you a witness unto the uttermost parts of the earth. It gives you power to speak in the languages of the nations” (Apostolic Faith 1:4 p. 1). However, there was a problem: The Pentecostals who went into the mission fields overseas to preach the Gospel and win the lost, equipped with nothing but the gift of tongues, soon discovered that it didn’t work!!! As belief in xenoglossy (remember, speaking in a foreign language you had never studied or learned) and the imminent Second Coming faded, Pentecostal ideology set eschatology aside (ie- eschatology is the study of “last things”…wrongly referred to as “the end of the world…”) After this failure, they began to focus on glossolalia for its own sake, establishing the doctrine of tongues as the “initial evidence” of a believer’s Spirit baptism. https://www.amazon.com/American-Oneness-Pentecostalism-Historical-Evangelical/dp/1481024604/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=american+oneness+pentecostalism&qid=1606693488&sr=8-2 www.matthewcawthorn.org
Long Road Out of Babylon (Part 1)
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Long Road Out of Babylon (Part 1)

Long Road Out of Babylon (Part 1), by Dr. Matt Cawthorn, teaches there is a certain mystique when you hear the word “Babylon.” The name comes from the Hebrew Ba-bel which means “to confuse” or “to confound.” Some believe it to be a Hebrew form of the Assyrian Bab-ilu, which means “gate of gods.” It is used of the ancient city on the banks of the Euphrates River. Most of our lives we were taught to fear this term. In my formative Christian years, I was always taught that this Babylon was the Roman Catholic Church or some soon to be renewed literal city in Iraq that would come to a head to thwart the purposes of God as we approached the “end times.” The Reformers used the term in their fight against an oppressive religious system that was persecuting them during their age. The Antichrist, the Beast, the False Prophet, and Babylon, were all linked together in a future time of persecution for the true church. As I have meditated over “eschatological things” over the years, I have come to the realization that “Babylon” has everything to do with religion—man’s futile attempts by their own efforts and will power, to produce again upon this earth, another tower of Babel. The only problem with this approach is that it has been tried and failed! It reeks of self-centered claims and religious boasting. Generally speaking, religion teaches the masses that to have the approval of God one must “do” something. Works-oriented religion keeps the masses in check by fear and manipulation. Always remember, “The Strength of Religion is the Fear of Man.
LROB - Zeal without Knowledge Part 2
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LROB - Zeal without Knowledge Part 2

Long Road Out of Babylon "Zeal without Knowledge" Part 2, by Dr. Cawthorn, speaks to those bound in legalistic Christianity today who have a “Zeal without knowledge.” This is what the Apostle Paul addresses in his letter to the Romans. We know that the covenants and the promises were given to Israel by God because they were to be his special people. They were chosen by God to be for signs and wonders. (Isa. 8:18) Their zeal was unparalleled. Nevertheless, they were ignorant of God’s righteousness and sought to establish their own right standing before God by way of religious works. There are scores of well-intentioned people trapped in legalistic religious systems who have a powerful zeal to really know and please God, but they are ignorant of what makes you right with God. Having been reared in a system that teaches you that your acceptance and validation from God comes from your religious performance, I can completely sympathize with the struggles of many in their quest to please the Lord. I too, was ignorant of God’s righteousness, a righteousness that was completely alien and outside of my works mentality. St. Paul spoke of a righteousness that is received as “a gift” outside of keeping the law. He was not just speaking concerning the Mosaic commandments, but any and every law, designed or invented by humankind, that becomes the basis of our right standing with the Lord. (Rom. 3:28) I really don’t know how much plainer St. Paul’s words could be in Romans 10:4, “For Christ is the END of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”