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ON THE DAY

OF PENTECOST
By Atif Himadeh

A very controversial topic of theological belief at the present time is that of "speaking in tongues". Almost all denominations are agreed on the historical facts of the early church corresponding to this subject. The question, however, is whether the "speaking in tongues" of those early days is the same experience and practice as that of those who claim to speak Tongues in modern days.

The record of "speaking in Tongues" as found in the book of Acts, and where relevant, in the Epistles, is not fully in accord with the present claims of many who say they "speaking in Tongues".
The reader may ask himself why people on the day of Pentecost spoke in "languages" and today people who claim to speak in Tongues do not speak languages.
Let us study the fact of "speaking in languages" on the day of Pentecost.
Every person who is a Christian must believe in Pentecost, and all that happened on that day. "And when the day of pentecost was fully come, they were all in one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya, about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and Proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:1-11.
Let us examine the actions of this small assembly of believers.
1- They were all in one accord.
2- A "sound" was heard from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house, where they were sitting. Acts 2:2.
3- There appeared unto them "cloven tongues" like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Act 2:3.
4- All were filled and they started speaking in "tongues (languages)" as the spirit gave them utterance.
5- Every man heard them speaking in "his own language".
6- They spoke in tongues (languages) glorifying and magnifying God. "...,We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 2:11 "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. ..." Acts 10:46.
This is the true Pentecost "speaking, in Tongues". They spoke languages and they glorified God. But in our day how many of these six points are true when people claim they speak in tongues. Let us take the first point.


1- They were All in "One Accord".
After ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to heaven, the disciples were meeting and praying in one accord that is "they agreed in all things" and were in one heart. But today the Charismatic people are not in one accord but rather are very much divided and often hate each other. Their claim of being "Baptized by the Holy Spirit" is well known, yet hatred and strife fill their hearts. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35
You will be surprised when I tell you what happened in a Charismatic church. I was told that the supposed believers speaking in tongues, attacked each other wishing and praying for the death of the other person. Do you think that the Holy Spirit would fill people and yet their hearts would remain full of contention?
Could you make me believe that when the Holy Spirit fills people, He will lead them to verbally attack each other publicly? This is exactly the opposite of the "one accord" that is found in the Bible. And contradicts the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ which says to love one another.
Most of the charismatic groups, who claim the speaking in tongues, allow women to become preachers, pastors and evangelists. Some believe in the premillennial pretribulational rapture, and other believe that they will establish the millennium for Christ and that the Lord Jesus Christ will not come until the millennium is over. Some charismatic groups do not believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. They say when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal saviour, you still need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. There is a small group of charismatics who do not believe in hell.
The strangest charismatic group is the one that claims to be filled with Holy Spirit, and they speak in tongues praying to the virgin Mary and worshipping idols.
In the book of acts the early christians were "in one accord," but almost all those who speak in tongues today are rather "in confusion" as shown above.
2- "The Sound as of a Rushing Mighty Wind."
Nowadays nowhere in the world is the sound as of a rushing mighty wind to be heard in charismatic services where they speak in tongues. Instead of that sound, you will hear the sound of singing of hymns with a rock and roll devilish beat. Even when the preacher is preaching you will hear shouting, and when they start praying you will not understand anything because every one is shouting.
The whole experience is not the filling of the Holy Spirit of God but is rather a man-made imitation. Men can imitate almost everything, but one thing they cannot imitate is the real visitation of the Holy Spirit.
3- "There Appeared Tongues of Fire."
It was not imagination at all; there were actually cloven tongues of fire on the disciples. Oh, what a marvelous sight that must have been!

Today the great emphasis in charismatic meeting is on "speaking in Tongues" but we do not see the "tongues of fire". It is too bad that today men have to substitute the tongues of men for the tongues of fire. We do not have the fire of conviction of sin anymore nor the zeal for the Lord that once was present. Many today are living in sin and enjoy it.



Some people are sincere and they love the Lord others will not lie to men only, but also to God. They say the Lord told me this and that, while it is only their imagination or dreams.
If we allow devil possessed schizophrenic people to enter the church, we will have new Mormons, new Seventh day Adventists, new Christian Scientists, new Jehovah Witnesses and new Islamic religions. But God loves his own very much, and he does not allow every schizophrenic to start a new religion. Many of these schizophrenics have been taken to Mental Hospitals. According to statistics it is said that around 85% of mental hospital patients in the USA are from pentecostal background people.
It is no longer the tongues of fire, but rather, a man-made way that is now at work. A person who had been taught how to translate tongues told me "you just open your mouth and say the first verse or idea that comes to your mind." That is not translation. If that is the case, nobody needs to study another Language. When you hear another language "say the idea that comes to your mind" and that will be the translation according to what he said.
The word "translate" in Greek means "to explain" or "to interpret". How can someone explain or interpret things he does not know? God inspired writers to write, but he never inspired the authors of the Scriptures to write in a language they did not know.
The Church in the first decades before the NT was written was in a real need for NT Scriptures. As the church started to face new problems, they needed real guidance from the Lord every day. The Lord Jesus Christ, after he ascended to the right hand of God, remained in the church as he promised, "...: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20b. As the church needed NT Scriptures, God gave that scripture by the Holy Spirit in different ways. One of these ways was the speaking in tongues. The speaking in tongues and the translation of what was said was very essential to the growth of the church in its early stage. This is why the apostle Paul said "..., covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." ICor. 14:39. As the needs arose for a certain church, the Lord sent the needed Scripture and guidance by a vision, a dream, a prophecy, or by speaking in tongues where at least on person knew the language so that it could be interpreted. "But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God." ICor. 14:28. If a person speaks in tongues and no one knows the language he is speaking then let him stop speaking (keep silence in the church).
On the day of Pentecost there was no problem in the interpretation of the speaking in tongues. "..., because that every man heard them speak in his own language." Acts 2:6. There were some who did not understand what was said. "others mocking said, these men are full of new wine."
God can inspire those who translate, to do a perfect job of translation through the Holy Spirit from their knowledge of the language. Those who speak in "tongues" today perform three miracles.

   

ON THE DAY

OF PENTECOST
By Atif Himadeh

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i- They speak a foreign language. (Do they really do that?)
ii- They translate without the knowledge of the language. 
iii- They give the explanation of what was said without a single mistake.
If a person has the gift of translating one language to another without knowing the language, then this gift should be exercised. Such people are needed all over the world. If the Charismatics really have this gift they claim to have, why don't they use it? All over the world translators are badly needed. Here is a challenge to all those who claim to speak in tongues, prove your gift or else keep quiet.
Some tongue twisters might answer, "We translate only the language that is spoken in 'tongues' not an already known language." This can't be right, because the gift of translation is not part of the gift of tongues, but it is a separate gift. When a person claims the gift of translation he must be able to understand the language he is translating from. There is no trace of a miraculous gift of translating a language you don't know in the Bible.
I met a young American who believes in speaking in tongues. He believes that the gift of translation means you can translate a language without knowing that language and without any mistake. I challenged him to test that theory. The young man was living in Turkey for two years and during this time he studied the Turkish language. He went to a charismatic meeting and he prayed in Turkish. A young American Pentecostal charismatic woman translated his prayer. After the service he asked her "was that what you said a translation to my prayer?" She said, "Yes, word for word, God gave me the right translation." He said, "You did not translate one word of what I have said." Raging in anger she said, "How do you know?" He said, "I know Turkish and I prayed in Turkish." She said, "I only know how to translate what is said by the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is God and he knows everything. If the Holy Spirit is really in this woman He would have guided her to know everything.
You may say she was fooled, but nobody can fool the Holy Spirit. If she translated through the Holy Spirit she would have known that this man was not speaking in "tongues." When Ananias and Sapphira lied to the apostle Peter, he knew about it because the Holy Spirit told him. The Holy Spirit is God and no one can lie to him. If the Holy Spirit did the translation, why did He not faithfully translate the words said in the Turkish prayer? How can people ever know what charismatic people are praying if this is the way they translate. How can we discern the spirits?
How could we know if these charismatic people are praising God or cursing Him in their unknown language? Since nobody knows the language that was spoken, and those who are translating are saying what comes to their minds, how am I to know that they do not speak gibberish while speaking in tongues? The Bible tells us to try the spirits. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." I John 4:1. How could we try the spirits if each person mumbles unknown words, and then says the first verse or idea that comes to his mind.
A woman must not teach men. "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. "ITim. 2:11,12. The majority of the people who are speaking in tongues are woman who are commanded to be silent in the church. Women are commanded not to teach or usurp authority over men. The Majority of the charismatic churches are pastored or lead by women.

Where is the fire of conviction now in the church? They claim the speaking in tongues and the translation of tongues falsely with no fire of conviction. Women teach, preach and usurp authority over men with no conviction that they are disobeying the word of God. The gifts spoken of in ICor. 12 are only for men in the church. ICor. 12:1, ICor. 14:6,20,26.
There is no difference between a man and a woman in heaven. But here on earth God has called men to do His public preaching, teaching and leading the church. When a woman disobeys the word, the Holy Spirit will convict her of her sin.
4- All were filled and they started speaking in tongues (languages) as the spirits gave them utterance.
The believers, who were filled with the Holy Spirit, were given to speak in tongues. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not the speaking in tongues. When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is given utterances to convey a message. The Holy Spirit is God and He gives everything in a perfect way. The Holy Spirit may speak through one person in tongues and one translator so the people will understand or choose the language that the majority of the people hearing knows the best as in the day of Pentecost.
On the day of Pentecost each one heard them speaking in his own language. The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes. When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will not make a mistake. The people who speak in tongues today make a lot of mistakes. For example a person hearing the speaking in tongues counted the number of times a name was used and it was seven times, and when he translated the speaking in tongues that name was mentioned only four times. The Holy Spirit is Perfect because He is God and He does not make these mistakes. So this man was not speaking in the Holy Spirit even if you could prove that he was speaking a language. God is not a man to forget to translate the name of the person three times. That man was a false christ, claiming to be led by the spirit of God while he was led by a false spirit.
On the day of Pentecost the disciples spoke languages that were mentioned in Acts chapter two. All of them spoke languages which were understood. None of the disciples spoke in an unknown tongue, gibberish or in an angelic tongue. Because all the languages spoken were mentioned in the Bible. If one of the disciples spoke in an angelic tongue, God would have inspired Luke to write that down.
Paul, in writing his First letter to the Corinthian church, he was warning them about the wrong teachings that were spreading in the church. When he reached chapter thirteen he was saying to them that love, faith and hope are more important then knowledge, prophecy and speaking in tongues. In chapter fourteen, Paul was rebuking the Corinthian church for the gibberish speaking which was practiced by that church. "Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?" ICor. 14:6. In other words Paul is saying "speak something we understand" "...,except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? For ye shall speak into the air. There, it may be so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me." ICor. 14:9,10,11.
What is happening today in the charismatic churches is like what happened in the Corinthian church and Paul rebuked that in chapter 14. Paul cannot forbid the speaking in tongues, because the Bible, the complete word of God, did not yet come. The people in the Corinthian church actually were not speaking languages as they should. Paul was not against speaking in tongues,

but he was against speaking gibberish. The Corinthian church was better than the charismatics today in that, they never translated any of the gibberish voices. The idea that you translate something you yourself do not know, was not accepted be the Corinthian church, because the Greek word for translate means explain or interpret. 
God would never speak to the people in an unknown tongue with every one present. A tongue is unknown to the speaker, but should never be unknown to everybody. If a person speaks a language nobody knows or there is nobody that understands the language to translate, he should cease to speak. The charismatics today are completely different from the disciples on the day of Pentecost.
5- Everyone heard them speaking in his own language.
We must realize that the miracle here was done by the Holy Spirit so that everyone heard them speaking in his own language. The Holy Spirit knows what to give and when to give it so that the one hearing, will understand. 
If an American is visiting in Israel and he is in a meeting with Israeli who speak Hebrew, the Holy Spirit will give him the Hebrew language, so that they will understand the message from God. If English speaking people are present in the meeting then a person who knows both Hebrew and English will translate to them what was spoken. Most of the hearers heard them speaking their own language in which they were born. Can you find this to be true in any charismatic church today. In all charismatic churches today they utter sounds that are not languages to hide what they are really saying. Then they camouflage what they are saying by translating these unknown words to a verse in the Bible. In this way nobody can accuse them of wrong utterances, and nobody can prove the falsity of what was said or find fault in the translation.
Are you ever going to hear from a Persian, a Greek, or an Arabic person saying, "These people (tongue speakers) are speaking our languages" No! you will never hear the real speaking in tongues as it was heard on the day of Pentecost.
Some charismatic people claim to speak the language of angels. Who told you that one of the disciples on Pentecost spoke in the language of an angel? All words spoken at Pentecost were understood since each person heard someone speaking in his own language. Actually, at Pentecost there was no translation at all since each one heard the words in his own language. Again we stress the fact that the Holy Spirit never made a mistake when He gave each Galilian the language of the group of people standing around him. What's more, these Galilians did not practice on a tape recorder a sentence in a foreign language. So that they can impress the believers they were going to visit in a foreign country.
Notice in this verse it says "every man" and not "every angel" "... Because that every man heard them speak in his own language." It does not include angels. So on the day of Pentecost, no angelic language was spoken. Among the languages spoken on that day, the angelic language is not mentioned. Paul the Apostle is the only one that mentions angelic speaking, but he says, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have no charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal". ICor. 13:1. The word "though" in Greek however is (ean) which means (if) and it is often used with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty and some times the impossible. So this verse does not say that a person "can" speak in tongues of angels but the verse says "if" he speaks in tongues of angels. This angelic tongue speaking might never be possible, so do not build your house of faith on "if's". And human speaking in angelic tongues is not taught or mentioned any where else in the Bible.

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Also never in the Bible is it mentioned that any disciple or apostle or believer spoke in the tongues of angels. So Paul's statement above does not prove that man could speak in the tongues of angels.
6- They spoke tongues (languages) glorifying and magnifying God.
When today we hear the Pentecostals and the charismatics speak in tongues (languages), if they speak a real language, do they speak about the wonderful works of God. When they speak what is their message today? One person came back from the mission field in China where he had spent most of his life. He went, the first Sunday, to his home church in London. In the prayer meeting one person stood up and spoke in "tongues" and did so in the Chinese language, which he translated for himself as almost all charismatics do. The translation was a verse from the Bible and everybody was happy. At this point the missionary to China, who knew the Chinese language, stood up to announce that the man was cursing Christ in the Chinese language. This man cursed the Lord Jesus Christ instead of glorifying Him. This is satan speaking in tongues. This did not happen on the day of Pentecost, it happened in a charismatic church.
My dear reader, to be sure you are glorifying God, never try to speak in tongues unless the Holy Spirit gives you utterances. Do not speak in the flesh, that is to utter whatever the tongue wants to utter. The tongue does not want to glorify God unless he is moved by the Holy Spirit. James the Apostle said about the tongue, "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell .... But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:6,8.
Once I was visiting a church which was not supposed to be charismatic. After the meeting an English lady started to speak in tongues. She spoke in tongues in Arabic, and she started repeating the worst curse in Arabic, and when she had finished she translated the repeated words as verses from the Bible. I believe that this lady was sincere, but she was sincerely wrong. So let us be careful not to be misled.
Receiving the Holy Spirit
Now that we have studied the Pentecostal speaking in tongues, Let us proceed to study the other passages about receiving the Holy Spirit.
"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:17. I am sorry to say that a lot of people misuse this passage which speaks of receiving the Holy Spirit, no more and no less. If you say that these people who received the Holy Spirit spoke in tongues, then, equally as ridiculous, we would ask you if you believe the disciples spoke in tongues before the day of Pentecost? The answer is no, everybody knows that. Therefore what right do you have to interpret "received the Holy Ghost" in two different ways?
"And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" John 20:22. The disciples received the Holy Spirit before the day of Pentecost. They had received Him without the accompaniment of the gift of speaking in tongues, or the gift of boldness to testify, or the gift of preaching, or the gift of doing miracles.
I believe that the Holy Spirit was given that evening after Jesus rose from the grave. But they were not clothed with power from on high until God the Holy Spirit came down to dwell in the church. "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49. And so the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost and they spoke in tongues. But the purpose of the Holy Spirit was to cloth the disciples with power, that they would be His witnesses all over the world.

The power from on high was not to clothe us with pride, and to teach that unless we speak in tongues we will not enter heaven; and that the five wise virgins are those who speak in tongues, etc. Everyone that will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved and he will have the Holy Spirit flow from him like a river. "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38.
The purpose of the power from on high is not to perform miracles but to enable endued people to witness. "But ye shall received power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8.
But some people have lost the purpose of the power from on high and yet claim to have that power because they mumble words nobody can understand. And when they finish, they claim to translate the gibberish as a verse from the Bible.
When the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples they spoke in languages. They never mumbled something nobody could understand.
When the three thousand believed they received the Holy Spirit, but they did not speak in tongues. When the Samaritans believed, they also received the Holy Spirit but did not speak in tongues.
So whenever the Bible mentions that they received the Holy Spirit or were full of the Holy Spirit it does not mean they spoke in tongues.
Now let us move to the next passage in question and study it carefully. "And they of the circumcision, which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God." Act 10:45,46.
These were Gentile Italians. Their Hebrew language might have been broken and have known very little, but these people spoke in such a way that Peter and the brethren understood what these Gentiles said. And what they said magnified God. Peter and those who were with him heard them speak in tongues, and magnify God. The Gentiles spoke with tongues (language) in such a way that the uneducated fishermen understood.
This is why Paul wrote, "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me." ICor. 14:11. The word barbarian is transliterated from Greek. The meaning of barbarian is a foreign language to the Greek speaker. The English speakers use the term "It is Greek to me."
So when a person speaks in tongues and I do not know the language (or the power of the sound), that is to say, the meaning of the sound, then I will not understand anything that is said. Paul did not say, "Not knowing the power of the language we proceed to translate." This kind of translation is not taught in the Bible. I have never heard of anybody who could translate without the knowledge of the language spoken. Why don't people who claim to speak in tongues ever stand up to translate for a person that speaks a real foreign language which he has not learned? For this simple reason, no one can translate a language he does not know. No Pentecostal is ready to accept the challenge of proving the above statement. They are only willing to translate something that has no meaning, so that nobody can prove the falsity of their translation which is a lie to both God and man.
Actually it is wrong to pray that God will give us the gift of speaking in tongues. We can pray to the Lord to give us the Holy Spirit and to fill us with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes He will give us what we need. John writing around 60 years after the day of Pentecost said, "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment ." John 16:8. "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself: but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He shall show you things to come." John 16:13.

The Holy Spirit comes for the purpose of conviction, guidance, and teaching. The Lord Jesus, to teach the disciples and the Jews the principles of the NT church, had to speak to them directly and in a miraculous way so that they will believe. To teach them to accept the Gentiles in the church, God gave the Gentiles the same gift of speaking in tongues as the day of Pentecost.
We could say today, that there is no resemblance between the experience of believers on the day of Pentecost and the experience of Pentecostals and charismatic today, except in name only. Why? Because they show, instead of "one accord" and unity, a diversity of opinions and doctrine. The Pentecostal movement today lacks the tongues of fire of conviction which was strong and powerful in the first church. I pray that the Lord will send the power of the Holy Spirit of conviction and guidance on these people that they may realize how far away they are from God.
The believers on the day of Pentecost spoke in languages, but the Bible tells us "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away." 1Cor. 13:8.
The Bible says that tongues shall cease. "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." ICor. 13:10. In another words when the perfect thing shall come (the article "the" before the word perfect is "to" and not "o". The article "to" in Greek denotes a perfect thing and not a perfect person).
The only perfect "thing" we know of is the Bible. So when the Bible came and was complete there was no need for speaking in tongues and also there was no need for prophecy of new knowledge about God. Once the Bible was completed, we could not add to it nor take away from it. We cannot add to the Bible what people prophecy today or what they claim to speak in tongues. So when the Bible was complete in our hands, knowledge vanished away, prophecy failed and tongues ceased. The best knowledge of knowing God is now found in the complete Bible. The best prophecy concerning God's plans for the future is declared plainly in the complete Bible. God did not forget any of His plans, all the needed prophecy is in the Bible already. Why should we speak in tongues? To add what God forget to tell us!
If the speaking in tongues is by the Holy Spirit, then this for sure must be a message from God. "Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, of by doctrine? ICor. 14:6. Did God forget to write this revelation, or prophecy, or doctrine in the Bible? For sure God is not man to forget. Why then after he sent us the complete Bible, is He still sending us these new messages? He told us not to add to the Bible and not to subtract from it. Does God change his mind? Therefore we are left with one solution these are not from God. We must take a stand and say we will not listen and we will not accept any thing that is not mentioned in the Bible. The Bible is for the building of the church. The Bible is the message of God. All that God wants to declare to us is found in the Bible. We do not need fresh new visions, prophecies, or the speaking in tongues. What we need is to believe and preach the Bible. The Bible includes every thing we need for salvation and for our spiritual life, so we do not need new revelations.
From the time the Bible was complete, any person who claim he is speaking in tongues is saying, "God forgot to tell you what He is revealing to me today". And for those who speak in tongues and in translating they quote a verse. God inspired this verse once and that is enough. If you are full of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you to quote it directly without the excuse of tongues.
Healing was not said to cease, so God is still in the business of healing those who believe Him and ask in His name. The apostles had the special gift of healing; that is, by laying their hands on the sick or by their shadows falling on them. But the other disciples did not have this gift. James tells us that if we have sick people among us, we are to call the elders of the church to pray and not the women. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:" James 5:14.
So there is a great gulf between the believers on the day of Pentecost and the Pentecostal Charismatic people of today in doctrine, in faith and practice. Above all, in the "assurance of salvation" in which the real Christians believed, while the Pentecostal Charismatic believers today, in general, reject.