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Devotionals    H3'ed 5/23/23

Marcus Rogers - Misunderstanding Tongues and Baptism

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"When you were in the world and you felt that "F" word bubbling inside of you and you released it to your tongue the bible says out of your body is going to flow rivers of living water so you're going to feel the presence of God all around you and all you have to do is surrender your tongue to it. And people will get mad at this video because I am telling you that you can have it. All I am trying to do is build your faith. The bible says you will receive power after the holy ghost has come upon you." - Marcus Rogers

But what are you trying to build faith in Marcus because it sure isn't scripture. Read the key verses from Galatians. They too were following an unbiblical teaching regarding mixing the law (circumcision) with faith in Christ for salvation. Their faith was being built upon this false teaching just like Marcus' followers' faith is being built on equally shoddy theology. Faith in a false gospel or a false Christ does not lead to salvation. Just look at the carnal comparison he makes! So, to finally learn how to release this imaginary tongue, just think back to when you felt the "F" word bubbling up before you cursed someone out? Of course, the referenced verses regarding living waters have nothing to do with using the "F" bomb.

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. - John 7:37-39 (ESV)

The delicious irony continues. This reference is to the indwelt Holy Spirit granted upon BELIEF, not some magic potion years later. The reference to Pentecost does not indicate that it could take years for one to receive the power. The power comes after the Holy Spirit has come upon you!

"I don't know how people can argue with Jude 1:20 - praying in the holy ghost. What does that mean? Paul says the spirit makes intercession. I don't know how people can argue with that. Mark 16 says they that follow me shall cast out devils. If you believe. People say well you aren't casting out devils - yes we are. If you believe." - Marcus Rogers

Another hodgepodge cobbled together. No one is arguing about Jude 1:20. The term Jude uses is praying in the holy spirit, not speaking gibberish. Yes, the spirit makes intercession but as we have already shown, this is about PRAYER, not some magical spirit baptism years after the fact. Now Rogers turns to Mark 16 and wonders how anyone could argue with that. Let's first acknowledge that most historians and scholars admit that Mark 16: 9-20 was probably added to scripture and not actually written by Mark. So, what does that mean hermeneutically? It means we do not establish doctrine based on these verses but take them with a grain of salt, always seeking solid confirmation for any points we wish to teach as crucial. Here is this section from Mark:

And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." - Mark 16:17-18 (ESV)

The referent to tongues here is not specific if it means foreign languages in church or our prayer language but it also shows no evidence of supporting the notion that after believing and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit that God is secretly holding back His power until some foreboding future date. As for Marcus casting out devils, I call poppycock. Go watch his absurd video where he claims to have pulled a snake out of a woman's back. Please. Belief is extremely important in the life of a believer but as the Galatians had to learn, belief in what is even more important.

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