Updated: Jan 28
According to their website,
“Paul & Janice Juss are the founding pastors of Victory Church On The Rock Grande Prairie, and active in foreign missions worldwide for the last 30 years, are now the founders of Victory North Association (VNA) - which gives apostolic leadership & oversight to over 14 churches in the region with church plants continuing throughout the north and nations.”
“Affiliated with Victory Churches of Canada, VNA has a vision of missions, church planting & leadership development with the purpose of reaching the northern regions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Now that’s a scary thought! The last thing northern Canada needs is Charismatic / Pentecostal-type false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing, spreading their heresies and apostasy and false gospel amongst the people, in similitude to the “scribes and Pharisees,” whom Christ upbraided with “woe[’s]” and “hypocrites!” and for what reason?
“For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (Matt 23:15).
The Modus Operandi (MO) of wolves in sheep’s clothing is to hide and cloak their complete true beliefs from the unsuspecting masses, under the false pretence they are true teachers of the truth, of the Scriptures, that they come as messengers from God. And the closer they are to the truth, the harder it is to discern their evil nature. They sleep not lest they have deceived the hearts of the simple (Rom 16:18) and this they do by hiding or shrouding their teachings and practices from the general public and many times from those who they attempt to proselytize, and then flatter foolish, gullible, blinded, man-centred people with good words and fair speeches to their itching ears (2 Tim 4:3-4; Rom 16:17-18). Cults such as Jehovah Witnesses (JWs) and Mormons, are champions at this, but so is the MO of all false teachers, dogs, cult leaders, (Phil 3:2), who are “enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil 3:18-19). There is an important reason why the Apostle Paul is consistently and repeatedly warning about false teachings and teachers throughout his epistles, a subject that takes up more space than anything else he wrote of, all of which is of course the inspired and inerrant Word of God — and that is because of the great dangers these "liars, evil beasts, slow bellies" (Ti 1:12) present.
“Pastor” Paul Juss is no exception to this. His MO and now his faithful followers MO, is perfectly inline with this deceptive and dishonest practice. They are Charismatics in line with Pentecostalism, though they do not advertise themselves as such, and embrace practically every kind of evil and deception, all of course in the name of “Christianity." But they are horribly deceived false teachers and this is a necessary warning about them.
How do we know they are false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing? For many reasons, and the below are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Their charismatic/ Pentecostal theology, such as false healings, false signs and wonders, exposes them as heretics, which I expose further below. The female “pastors” and “church leaders” of this apostate so-called “denomination” is heretical and completely contrary to Scripture (see 1 Cor 14:29-35 and 1 Tim 2:9-15), and also further expounded below. Paul Juss claims to have apostolic leadership, which also ties into Pentecostalism and NAR. He is a liar and in fact a false apostle. There are no apostles today Mr. Juss. You should pay careful attention to what Paul the Apostle, a true Apostle, says of false apostles in 2 Cor 11:12-15, a text you fall perfectly inline with:
“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
They twist, wrest and corrupt Scripture effortlessly, and manipulate what the Bible means by Christ being the physician who heals the sick (e.g. Lk 5:31-32), and misuse passages such as Mk 11:24, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” They use this passage for their name it and claim it games, as they claim "their throne authority."
Pneumatological errors such as “activating” the Holy Spirit and Word-Faith heresies, noted by something Juss says on their association FB page:
“Is today YOUR Day? Speak the Word. Activate Holy Spirit in your life NOW!”
In a video on the association FB page (Nov 20, 2022), he says he contacted the pastor of the Alliance Church in Grande Prairie that morning, to encourage him, as he was “teaching on healing” that day. Go figure! Of course he would. What an ecumenical flatterer, deceiver and diabolical dog, picking and choosing precisely what his deceitful and desperately wicked heart (Jer 17:9) lusts after. He goes on to say,
“We are just believing in miracles today, in signs and wonders at GP Alliance today.”
“Evil men and seducers” (2 Tim 3:13) like Paul Juss will be sent—by God—“strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Th 2:11) “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Th 2:10b). And what is the delusions and lies that they will gladly and gleefully embrace? The workings of the Wicked, which is the Antichrist, the son of perdition, “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;” (2 Th 2:8-10a). The signs and wonders that this false teacher Paul Juss is happily fleeing after, which is deception, is NOT of God but Satanic.
"An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;" (Matt 12:41a)
Juss, Victory North Association, and their "churches" (that consist of many Mennonites, shamefully and disgracefully, who are clearly void of any discernment), are fulfilling end-times apostasy, and helping usher in the Antichrist with his one-world religion,
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matt 24:24)
This passage also proves that these false believers and false teaches that gullibly and naively follow after demonic "signs and wonders" are not of the "elect" — that is, of those who are chosen of God through the new birth (2 Th 2:13-14). The elect cannot be deceived by Satanic signs and wonders.
Much of their website consists of begging for money. That of course is also very characteristic of Charismatics and Pentecostals, and also that of false teachers, who “serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly” (Rom 16:18). Belly-servers is what he and the whole group is, “whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” (Phil 3:19). What isn’t found anywhere on their website however is a clear presentation of the true gospel, as you can read here on this authors website, or any statement of faith, as covered here (in part) by this author. These are foundational for true born again believers, but not for ravening belly-serving wolves (Matt 7:15-20).
The heretic Juss has a video on their FB page of an alleged testimony of the evil, worldly, and deplorable KORN band leader Brian Head Welch (and still KORN band leader!), a long-haired tattoo-covered hippy with dread locks, a recovering drug addict apparently (while completely drugged out in his pictures and videos online to this day), while he’s got all his heavy metal equipment around him, with the spotlights and glow and glamour and ongoing evil. Wow, how terribly deceived can these wicked apostate false teachers get today?! Nonetheless, what else could we expect of false teachers (2 Pet 2:1) that love “signs and wonders” and are demonically deceived (2 Cor 4:2-3) and beguiled by Satan (2 Cor 11:3-4) whom they actually serve. A simple 30 second superficial glance across Welches FB page reveals someone that is unsaved, unregenerate, completely carnal, wicked and very much in love with the world and himself. Naturally Juss would endorse this ungodly garbage since he is a lover of ungodly worldly music himself (cf. Am 3:3).
Juss endorses, promotes and exalts Pentecostal "healers" such as the infamous A.A. Allen (1911-1970), a Pentecostal evangelist who had a large and influential ministry in the early to mid part of the last century, and published a book in 1953 entitled How to Renew Your Youth Without Medicines, Drugs or Surgery. In the book he stated:
“It is my firm belief that God wants everyone of us to prosper and be in health until we fulfill the number of our days.”
He claimed that God has promised to “restore our youth,” meaning that God would “take away the sickness, the disease, the infirmity, even the deformity, that cause one to feel, act, think, and live like an old person.”
A.A. Allen was in fact a liar, a deceiver, a false witness, a false teacher, a drunkard and a charlatan. He was arrested for drunk driving during a healing revival in 1955 and then fled bail and refused to face his crime. He divorced his longsuffering wife in 1967. Three years later he died alone in a cheap motel in San Francisco while his team was conducting a "healing" crusade in West Virginia. He was 59 years old, and he had destroyed his liver with his drunkenness. Allen was a clear unregenerate wolf in sheep's clothing (1 Cor 6:9-10; Matt 7:15-20), yet greatly exalted by Juss. His Miracle Magazine was filled with incredible claims, such as the cure of a woman who allegedly shed 200 pounds instantly during one of his healing services. In 1956 he began claiming that miracle oil flowed from the hands and heads of those attending his meetings. This allegedly began when God poured supernatural oil of the hands of Lewin Burchan, a seven-year-old boy who was being used as a Pentecostal evangelist. In the 1960s, Allen launched a “raise the dead” campaign, urging his followers to believe God for resurrections. He had to stop this when some refused to bury their dead loved ones (David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Oral Roberts: An American Life, p. 199). Allen also claimed to have the authority to lay hands on those who gave to his ministry, granting them “the power to get wealth.”
This is the healing hocus-pocus health, wealth and prosperity false gospel that Juss and Victory Churches under Victory North Association (over which Juss sits as pope) happen to believe in.
Blatant heretics is who Juss associates and fellowships with, and many more examples could be provided of this. For instance, in September 2021 he endorsed "faith healer" Bill Prankard, for a "revival" service in Grande Prairie, Alberta, a Pentecostal charismatic who preaches all the heresies that Pentecostalism is known for, such as the promise of physical healing, spirit slaying, tongue speaking, ecumenism, and “holy laughter.” Prankard has even ministered with the heretic and wolf in sheep’s clothing Kenneth Copeland. On his website we read that in 1972, Prankard "while pastoring a small Pentecostal Church in Canada, . . . had a life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit in a Kathryn Kuhlman service." Kuhlman was a ravening heretic herself who popularized the “miracle services” concept, during which she would call out supposed disorders that were being cured in a certain area of the auditorium, and it would be received by the appropriate individual. Kuhlman taught that people could be healed and then lose their healing if they failed to come up to the stage and testify. She taught that physical healing was provided in the atonement of Christ. She also preached—which included unscripturally before men (the Scriptures forbid women to preach or usurp authority over men, but that is exactly what has been happening in the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement for more than a century)—that the miracles of Pentecost should be experienced today, claiming that Christians today are able to perform the same miracles as Jesus performed, and even greater miracles. “Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts” (Kathryn Kuhlman, cited from Jamie Buckingham, Daughter of Destiny, p. 104). She also published these heresies and more in her book entitled “The Lord’s Healing Touch.” The experience of Bill Prankard "launched him into international healing and evangelism ministry" according to his website, and "Thousands of people have received outstanding physical miracles and spiritual transformations as he crosses denominational lines and carries the full Gospel message, “in demonstration of the Spirit and power.”" (source).
No, Prankard, like Juss and Copeland and all other Pentecostal-Charismatic heretics do not preach "the full gospel message" but "another gospel: Which is not another;" but a "pervert[ed] . . . gospel" (Gal 1:6-7; cf. 2 Cor 11:4), which means he is "accursed." (Gal 1:8-9). "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish." (Pr 19:9).
Let's consider now the heresies of Pentecostalism / Charismaticism, to which Juss and Victory Churches under Victory North Association align continually, their very foundation.
Pentecostalism and Charismaticism have in recent times made many inroads into evangelical churches, including amongst the Mennonites. Some depart from more “conservative” type evangelical churches into Pentecostalism or Charismatic-type of neo-evangelical churches. The lack of continuationism is a game changer for them; they want the sign gifts, the healings, tongues-speaking, exorcisms and secondary baptism of the Holy Spirit, since they want to believe God is continuing to work through signs and wonders, even dreams and visions today.
When two beliefs contradict, they cannot both be true. In the end, when life expires, no one wants to discover he has believed a lie all his life. Nor is it God’s will that men should believe a lie, so He has graciously imparted His words to mankind to prevent this. Anyone who actually and genuinely loves God will eagerly apply Scripture to what he or she believes and practices to ensure that it truly honours Him, and that includes to the subject of Pentecostalism/Charismaticism.
This subject is so extensive, so vast, to do it any sort of justice one would need to at minimum write a book on it. Others have done that (e.g. here), so I won’t reinvent the wheel, through I believe most are to soft on their denunciation and don’t pinpoint the major reason why so many follow these false teachings. What is reported below is merely a summary only, aiming for succinctness.
Who is a Pentecostal and Charismatic?
Pentecostalism denotes any of a number of movements and individuals that profess Christianity while emphasizing a secondary baptism of the Holy Spirit which will be evidenced by that individual or people through speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, and exorcism, using the baptism in the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost (Ac 2:9-11) as their basis for belief. Pentecostalism and Charismaticism were founded through the Keswick movement, especially what occurred in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century under the demonic heresies of Evan Roberts, who along with Jesse Penn Lewis and others destroyed the real Welsh revival and contributed significantly to the growing heretical Keswick movement. Some of the most well known Pentecostal/Charismatic denominations or churches include Assemblies of God, Church of God, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel denomination, Calvary Chapel, Association of Vineyard Churches (exposed here: Exposing the Heretic John Wimber and the Vineyard Churches), Open Bible denomination, Charismatic churches, People of Destiny churches, etc.
For all intended purposes, Pentecostals are charismatics, though not all charismatics are Pentecostals. A charismatic participates in “gifts” of “tongues,” “healing,” or “miracles.” The term charismatic comes from the Greek word charisma, which essentially means gift. As this term relates to the charismatic movement, these (tongues, healing, miracles) are sign gifts of the Holy Spirit that the New Testament (NT) calls “signs and wonders” (Jn 4:48). The “sign” originally, points to a supernatural happening that validates Scripture. Most of the gifts of the Spirit (such as teaching, giving, ministry, exhortation, helps, etc) have the purpose of edifying the local church. In the NT the gifts of validation (signs) and edification were genuine gifts from the Holy Spirit that were received at the moment of one’s faith in Christ for salvation (Jn 14:16-17; Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:7-11). The modern charismatic movement claims that the gifts of validation, the sign gifts, continue today. In addition, many Charismatics also maintain that God still provides believers special revelation on the same level of the Bible, so extraBiblical revelation. Further below I will expose some of the more fundamental charismatic beliefs.
Pentecostalism/Charismaticism is largely backed upon personal experiences, but God’s Word is clear that experiences often deceive. Unsaved people are easily deceived, since “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” (Jer 17:9). Saved people can also be misled, but its limited and only temporarily (cf. 2 Pet 3:17). You cannot believe and act upon how you feel because “there is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pr 14:12). Satan, the adversary, is also called a deceiver and seducer (1 Tim 4:1), and a primary element of his MO is deception (2 Cor 11:12-15), and many times he does that through the means of experience. He presents himself as “an angel of light” and “it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor 11:14-15). How do we know the difference between a true minister of righteousness and a false minister of righteousness? By their personal experiences and abilities? Or by what the Word of God says? The Samaritan people said of Simon the sorcerer, “This man is the great power of God . . . and to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries” (Ac 8:10-11). The Lord Jesus warned that in the last days “there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt 24:24).
God’s Word is very clear that it alone is sufficient and reliable to test everything by its truth. Experiences on the other hand are characteristically unreliable. The Bible is truth (Jn 17:17) and is sufficient for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17). Saved people walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). God is pleased only by faith (Heb 11:6) and faith comes from God’s Word (Rom 10:17; Jn 20:30-31). Experiences (“sight”) and faith are mutually exclusive (2 Cor 5:7). Seeking experiences is wicked and unfaithful. The Lord Jesus said that those seeking signs—tongues, healings, miracles—commit spiritual adultery, that is, they are unfaithful to God: “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it” (Matt 12:39). Experiences should be rejected as non-authoritative competition with the truths of God’s Word. The Bible is complete and extra-Biblical revelation is adding to the Bible (Rev 22:18). No more words are written into the Bible. Ju 1:3 is clear on this, declaring that “the faith . . . was once (forever) delivered (completed action) unto the saints” and Rev 22:18-19 guarantees a curse upon anyone who adds or takes away from Gods completed revelation, which is the 66 books from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Even valid experiences by the apostles are less sure than the Word of God. Peter writes that his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration is less sure than the Word of God (2 Pet 1:12-16). The most incredible experiences still fall far short of the Bible. What greater experience could there not be than seeing someone resurrected from the dead? Surely it would be sufficient to save a soul. But that is not the case. It is not sufficient because experience (sight) does not produce faith; Gods Word alone does that. In the account given by the Lord Jesus of the rich man and Lazarus, after the rich man in hell implored Abraham to send Lazarus who was with Abraham to preach to his five living brothers, Abraham said to him, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Lk 16:31). The incorruptible Word of God alone is what generates faith and saves (1 Cor 1:21; Rom 10:17; 1 Pet 1:23-25). Our judgment will never be based on experience but on the Word of God, as the Lord Jesus Christ made clear: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (Jn 12:48). Charismaticism is loaded with unscriptural worship but God rejects unscriptural worship because worship of God must be in truth (Jn 4:23-24). Those who are on the business of pleasing God and not man (Gal 1:10 — which is all true, legit servants of Christ), will, and must, test every belief, practice, and experience using the Word of God. This is a foundational Scriptural principle.
With that said, let us set aside our feelings and opinions and experiences and test some of the teachings and practices of Pentecostalism/ Charismaticism by the Word of God.
Foundational False Doctrines in Pentecostalism/ Charismaticism
1. The Heresy of Healings.
If someone has the Biblical gift of healing from God, then his gift will mirror what the Lord Jesus and the apostles did in the Gospels and the book of Acts. Let’s examine whether this to be the case when it comes to Charismatics/Pentecostals.
The Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements notes:
“The formative years of development for the classical Pentecostal churches were from 1907 to 1932. As the movement aggressively grew and spread, so the doctrine and practice of divine healing was extended since it was one of the movement’s cardinal doctrines” (p. 370).
The largest Pentecostal denomination, the Assemblies of God, founded in 1914, promote the doctrine of miraculous healing and that its available in the atonement, of the type mirrored by Christ and the Apostles, in their Statement of Fundamental Truths, section 12:
“Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers …”
Charismatics/Pentecostals say that you need faith to be healed. The Bible however does not say that healing requires faith by the recipient. The few times that Jesus says, “Thy faith hath made thee whole” (Matt 9:22; Mk 5:34; 10:52; Lk 8:48-50; 17:19) in the context of healing someone, the Lord was specifically referring to the faith that saved them from their sin (“whole” comes from the same Greek word translated “saved,” and means “salvation from sin”; the same Greek is translated “thy faith hath saved thee,” — Lk 7:50; 18:42). In no instance did the Lord Jesus Christ require faith as a basis for healing. He healed without discrimination as to person or affliction. The vast majority in Galilee did not believe in Christ, but He healed all that came to Him (Matt 4:23-25).
So Jesus healed anyone without the basis of faith, but today do Charismatics or Pentecostals “heal” everyone regardless of faith? Do they heal everyone regardless of their location, be it in someones home or on the street or on a mountain or in the desert or by the sea shore, or do they heal only in their so-called “church” sanctuaries and “healing meetings”? The Lord Jesus Christ healed throughout “Syria” (Matt 4:24), at the bottom of a mountain (Matt 8:8), in a desert place outside of the cities (Matt 14:14), on a mountain by the Sea of Galilee (Matt 15:30), and in the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan (Matt 19:1). Lk 9:6 explicitly says that He healed “everywhere.” There were no “healing meetings” in the Bible.
Charismatics/Pentecostals speak of healing people. When the Lord Jesus Christ healed, He healed completely. He had no relapses or failed healings. When Charismatics or Pentecostals “heal,” do they heal with that same level of perfection as Jesus did—completely? That is the basis of healing, and anything less than this is not “healing.”
Is the Charismatic or Pentecostal able to heal everyone, regardless of their condition? Are they able to reattach amputated body parts, give sight back to the blind, hearing back to the dumb, straighten out withered limbs whether it be legs or arms, etc, as Jesus was able, and the Apostles were able as Jesus gace them that ability? The Lord Jesus Christ reattached the ear of Malchus after it had been completely cut off by Peter (Lk. 22:51-52). Jesus healed “every sickness and every disease” in Galilee (Matt 9:35), “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matt 4:23). In Jn 9 He healed a man born blind (Matt 9:27-30; Mk 8:22-25). Matt 15:30-31 reads: “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.” Someone who truly has the gift of healing will be able to reattach the body parts of people who have lost them or return a body parts natural ability.
Furthermore, not only was Christ’s healing perfect, it was also immediately. No one had to wait for Jesus’ healing to take effect. He took care of their sickness or injury immediately. He immediately cleansed lepers (Matt 8:3; Lk 17:14) and He immediately restored the hand of a withered man (Matt 12:10-13). How long do the victims under Charismatic or Pentecostal “healing” have to wait before their “healing” takes effect?
Is the Charismatic or Pentecostal able to raise someone from the dead, with their “healing” gifts? The Lord Jesus Christ raised people from the dead (Matt 9:18, 24; Lk 7:12-15). He also had the power to raise those who had been dead for days and were already decomposing (Jn 11). Christ’s Apostles also raised people from the dead (Matt 10:8; Ac 9:40; 20:10-12). When someone received the gift of healing in the Bible, they were able to heal any and all illnesses, issues, and problems, including death. I have never heard of a single person being raised from the dead, in truth, by some hocus pocus Charismatic or Pentecostal “healing” minister.
Yes God still heals people, but the gift of healing (just like the gift of tongues) was for the confirmation of God’s Word (Mk 16:20; Ac 14:3; Rom 15:19; Heb 2:4). Since those who claim to have the gift of healing today do not actually duplicate the miracles of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, their claims are fraudulent. Counterfeits. The Lord Jesus Christ was proven to be the Messiah by miracles (Matt 11:46; Lk 7:20-22; Jn 5:36; Acts 2:22). He proved He was of the Father by His sign gifts (Jn 5:36). Believers accept by faith without signs or wonders that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Bible is already confirmed as God’s Word.
2. The Heresy of Tongues Speaking.
Tongues speaking, according to most Pentecostals and Charismatics, has the following alleged purposes. They claim it is a sign of “baptism of the Holy Spirit,” a sign both to tongues-speaker as well as to those observing. But never are tongues spoken according to what tongues are in the Bible. They also claim it is a means whereby God communicates to the church. This allegedly occurs as the messages of tongues are interpreted. But never are these modern “tongues” actually interpreted because they are not real languages, and no one has the first clue what is being said in the gibberish. Apparently it is a “private prayer language” whereby the “tongues” speaker edifies himself, which then allegedly produces a wide assortment of benefits, including encouragement during spiritual trials, physical healing, spiritual guidance, even a sleep aid! None of these reasons align with Scripture, as will be exposed below.
Consider a few quotes from Pentecostals and Charismatics:
“Speaking in tongues is always manifested when people are baptized in the Holy Ghost” (Kenneth Hagin, Sr., Concerning Spiritual Gifts, 1974, p. 89).
“God took the baptism in the Holy Spirit out of the theoretical by giving the believer an undeniable physical evidence when the believer was filled. That evidence is speaking with other tongues. ... The fact is those who receive the gift of the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues” (Charles Crabtree, “How Practical Is the Pentecostal Lifestyle?”, Questions and Answers about the Holy Spirit, 2001, p. 70; the late Crabtree was assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God).
When the Charismatic or Pentecostal speaks in tongues, are they actually real, known languages? The word “tongues” (glossa — Ac 2:11) means “languages.” The tongues or languages spoken on the Day of Pentecost were Parthian, Mede, Cappadocian, Arabic, etc. (Ac 2:9-11). Each person in that multinational gathering heard the Word of God in his own tongue or language. Likewise, the word “tongue” in 1 Corinthians refers to specific known languages (cf. 1 Cor 14:21 and Is 28:11-12—Babylonian). Mere gibberish (unintelligible non-language) violates Scripture. Some might call it a “heavenly language” or “tongues of angels,” but every time God speaks personally or by means of angels, He speaks in an already known language.
When the Charismatic or Pentecostal speaks in tongues, are they translated into a known language? In Scripture we read that,
“If any man speak in an unknown tongue . . . let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church” (1 Cor 14:27-28).
“Interpreting” is “translating,” that is, giving a word-for-word translation in the known tongue identical in meaning to the word in the unknown tongue. Unless someone translates the unknown language, speaking in one is unscriptural. And people must be in attendance who understand the tongues-language being spoken, otherwise there is no need for that tongue-language, something Paul the Apostle makes clear in 1 Cor 14:19,
“I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”
When the Charismatic or Pentecostal speaks in tongues, are Jews present to witness the foreign languages (tongues) being spoken (which are always a sign in Scripture of impending judgement against the Jewish people)? Every time tongues are spoken in the book of Acts, Jews were present, “For the Jews require a sign” (1 Cor 1:22), and tongues were a sign to the unsaved Jews of God’s judgment upon them (1 Cor. 14:20-23; Is 28:11-12; 33:18-19). “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord." (1 Cor. 14:21). This is a prophecy of Isaiah 28:11-12, which means tongues was always a sign designed for the Jews but how many Jews are present when “tongues” are employed by Charismatics or Pentecostals?
When the Charismatic or Pentecostal speaks in tongues, are unbelievers understanding the tongues, that is, are the tongues a miracle to validate the Word of God for unbelievers? 1 Cor 14:22 is clear that this must be the case, “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.” When someone is speaking in a real language that he has never learned (such as someone speaking Arabic who only knows English), this is a miracle. Unintelligible non-language gibberish is not a miracle, and, therefore, does not validate anything. This also invalidates the practice of private praying to God in “tongues” (cf. 1 Cor 14:13-16).
The modern “tongues” movement contradicts Scripture because tongues, the speaking of real languages, have ceased (1 Cor 13:8b). Continuationism is not true and cessationism is not false. The purpose of sign gifts was to authenticate God’s Word. Since confirmation of the NT was completed with the completion of the canon of Scripture, the miraculous gift of tongues has ceased. Tongues did not reappear (and then only in a fraudulent form) when the Charismatic movement began at the beginning of the twentieth century. Tongues could not have disappeared if they were a permanent gift to the church (apostasy is impossible for true Biblical Christianity—Mart 16:18; 28:20), so they only could have stopped because God had accomplished His purpose for them.
For further documentation on the false practice of modern tongue speaking, see here: How we Know Modern “Tongue Speaking” is Unbiblical, and Satanic Deception.
3. The Heresy of Other Doctrines and Practices.
(a) Charismaticism/Pentecostalism utilizes women to preach before mixed audiences which include men. 1 Cor 14:29-35 and 1 Tim 2:9-15 however both very plainly command women not to teach or preach to men, which would include not speaking in tongues in a mixed gender gathering.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (1 Cor. 14:33-35).
“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. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1 Tim. 2:11-14).
This subject is covered in further detail in the following article, Should Women Ever Hold Authority Over Men?
(b) Charismaticism/Pentecostalism loves the strange fire and golden calf worship music of the world, which they utilize in their personal lives and church services. God however does not accept worldly (Jam 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15), sensual (Jam 3:15), or fleshly (1 Pet 2:12; Rom 13:14; Ti 2:12) music as worship. He calls for Biblical, rational (Rom 12:1-2) worship in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col 3:16), not “vain repetitions, as the heathen” (Matt 6:7). God does not want man’s emotions but a “sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7; Ti 2:6; Matt 22:37).
All “worship” that substitutes fleshly emotionalism for the conscious actings of the mind and heart, and, or, that isn’t in line with the sound doctrine of God’s Word, is demonic. For further reading on the heresy and evilness of contemporary worship music and other worldly music, read Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), Is It Honouring to God? and The Incongruity of Contemporary Worship Music (CCM) and Country Music (High Valley) with God's Word, and Christian Contemporary Music (CCM), the Soundtrack of End-Times Apostasy.
(c) Charismaticism/Pentecostalism embrace the false gospel of losing salvation. This damnable heresy (2 Pet 2:1) is embraced by people who do not understand either the gospel or what salvation is, and have been flattered, misled and brainwashed by smooth talking false teachers (2 Pet 2:1-2). Once God saves someone, no man can pluck that individual out of God’s hand (Jn 10:27-29) or separate that person from God’s love and care (Rom 8:28-39) because he is “kept by the power of God” (1 Pet 1:5). Over and over the Bible tells us that salvation is eternally secure — which is in fact what salvation is, and that it is impossible to be lost. If you need to do something to keep yourself saved, then you are doing the saving. Any religion that teaches you can lose your salvation is teaching you salvation by works, and again, does not understand the true gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God unto salvation. This heresy of losing salvation has NO power. Keeping saved by works and being saved by works are both equally impossible (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 4:1-8). Both corrupt and pervert the gospel (Gal 1:6-9) so that it becomes “another gospel” (2 Cor 11:3-4), for the Holy Scriptures are very clear that “a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Rom 3:28).
Keep reading here as to why Losing Salvation is a False Gospel Propagated by False Teachers.
Charismaticism/Pentecostalism (and likewise neo-evangelical and practically all Reformed Calvinist churches, and others like these including most “Baptist” churches today) are guilty of transgressing God’s Word in these “unfruitful works of darkness” which need to be “reprove[d]” (Eph 5:11) and exposed (Rom 16:17).
There are many other errors, false teachings and heresies in Pentecostalism/Charismaticism that could be addressed but this should suffice to expose that it is unscriptural, heretical and exceedingly dangerous.
It is true, there is a sucker born every minute. The Juss’s and their deceived followers, and so-called “pastors” of their alleged church plants, are heretics and wolves in sheep’s clothing, every last one of them, and those who are suckered into their heresies and flattery, are unsaved scorners, and simple-minded fools, to whom God is calling in Pr 1:20-23, that they repent of their wickedness and turn to Him, lest Pr 1:24-31 happens to them. You should click the link and read, and were it to bring you to a true fear of God and a departure from evil, "It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." (Pr 3:7-8).
Since the modern false modern tongues-speaking, fake healing, and miracles of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement are not of God, they could only be Satanic or imposters. As the last days of the last days play out, Satan will primarily use miracles as his means of deceiving people (Rev 19:20), with the “man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition . . . that Wicked . . . whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Th 2:3, 8-10). Unsaved people will be more and more increasingly deceived by the signs and wonders movement of Charismaticism/Pentecostalism, but its all Satanic. They will have a love of lies and hatred for truth, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Th 2:11-12). Born again people however are filled with the Holy Spirit and will not speak in tongues, or claim the gifts of healing, or miracle-working. They will boldly preach the true gospel (Ac 4:31; Eph 6:11-20), manifest the fruit of the Spirit in a holy life (Gal 5:22-24) with persecution occurring because of godly living (2 Tim 3:12) and contending for the faith (Ju 1:3), and selflessly relate with others that are truly converted and like-minded (Eph 5:18-6:9), and manifest their spiritual giftedness (1 Cor 12:7-11).
Pentecostal/Charismatic churches undermine Scripture with experience, add to God’s Word, distort the Biblical purpose of sign gifts, reject the clear teaching of the Word of God on tongues and healings and other things, adds to grace, corrupts the gospel, misrepresents true Biblical spirituality, and counterfeits NT Christianity. As with any false religion or teachings, the Bible commands complete separation from false belief, teaching, and practice. If you truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you must renounce and separate from Pentecostalism and Charismaticism, which is commanded in Scripture repeatedly, for instance:
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor 6:17-18).
You will then join yourself to a true Bible-believing, independent Baptist (or similar type) of church, where true Biblical spirituality and Christianity is preached and practiced and the true gospel is embraced with only true Biblical conversions accepted, a church that corresponds affirmatively to the Questions to Ask Leadership.
The Bible commands the rejection, exposing and separation from false teachers, and that certainly includes Pentecostal-type Charismatics such as Paul Jess and Victory North Association of northern Alberta,
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Rom 16:17-18)
2 Tim 3:5-9 hits the nail on it's head concerning Pentecostal-Charismatic false teachers, their deceptive form of godliness, their seduction of the simple and foolish, their lack of ever obtaining true knowledge because of their resistance of the actual truth, men of corrupt minds and reprobate concerning the faith, and then the born again believers responsibility before God to separate from them and expose them before all men:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was."
If you rather reject this reproof and continue to scoff and mock at the truth, as the Bible says many will do in the last days (2 Pet 3:3), regardless of the clear Biblical facts put before you, you are in desperate need of true Biblical conversion (which I fear is practically most in Pentecostalism / Charismaticism) and that you can read of here: How A Sinner Can Be Saved and Have Eternal Life. God wants to save Pentecostals / Charismatics, but you have to repent, that is turn from your love of self, turn from your love of following after your deceitful and desperately wicked heart and lusts, turn from your sins and this false religion that you have embraced and then turn to the Lord Jesus Christ with godly sorrow in faith that His true gospel is sufficient to save your wretched soul.