The Charismatic Movement: Apostolic Signs and Wonders

The Charismatic Movement: Apostolic Signs and Wonders

The Charismatic Movement is a twentieth century religious movement (Assemblies of God, Pentecostals, Full Gospel Fellowships, etc.) which majors in teaching false doctrines about the ministry of the Holy Ghost, tongues, healing, and signs. Rather than winning the lost to Christ, the Charismatics spend most of their time questioning the spirituality and sanctity of other Christians. Charismatics are very big on inner “feelings,” but very small on scriptural facts.

Paul stated it best in II Corinthians 11:4 when he said that these people have “another Jesus,” “another spirit,” and “another gospel.” These are very dangerous people. They may look nice, talk nice, and sometimes even sing nice, but their doctrines are DEADLY.

Apostolic Signs and Wonders

Apostolic Signs In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus said to the Apostles,

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”Again, because of their inability and refusal to rightly divide the word of truth (II Tim. 2:15), the Charismatics operate under the false assumption that these signs are still in effect today and that it is THEIR duty to fulfill them. 

In their haste to make a dollar, the Charismatics consistently ignore the fact that Jesus said these were SIGNS, and that I Corinthians 1:22 tells us

***!!!! that SIGNS are for the JEWS !!!!***

Throughout Israel’s History, they

Began with signs (Rom. 4:11; Exo. 4:8 ,9, 17, 23, 28, 30; 7:3; 8:23; 10:1-2; 13:9; 31:13, 17; Deu. 4:34; 6:22),

Lived by signs (Deu. 11:18; Jos. 4:6; I Sam. 10:7; II Kgs. 19:29; Isa. 7:14;38:7, 22; Eze. 4:3; 20:12, 20), and–Demanded signs from Christ

 (Mat. 12:38; 24:3).There is more scripture to support the doctrine of signs being for Israel than there is to support the Virgin Birth and the Inspiration of Scripture combined!Anyone who ignores this truth is absolutely unqualified to teach, preach, or write anything about the Apostolic Signs.If you’ll take a look at Hebrews 2:3-4 you will see that the signs were used to CONFIRM the word of God, and you will also see that the signs are spoken of in the PAST TENSE. They are also spoken of in the past tense in II Corinthians 12:12.

Those who insist that we should practice the signs today because they were practiced throughout the New Testament haven’t been reading (or believing) their Bible.

They were NOT practiced throughout the New Testament.

In fact, Paul left Trophimus SICK at Miletum (II Tim. 4:20); he gave Timothy medical advice instead of healing him (I Tim. 5:23), and he had infirmities of his own from which he could not be healed (II Cor. 11:30; 12:5-10).

Now why all this sickness if the Apostolic Signs were still in effect?

Answer: They WEREN’T still in effect, because they were only needed in the early ministry of the Apostles for the purpose of confirming the truth to Israel. (Remember Apostle PETER was ministering to the JEWS before stephen got stoned. When Apostle PAUL took over, God’s focus went from JEW to GENTILE, so these Apostolic signs basically faded away around this time)

Now we firmly believe that God can still work miracles and heal anyone He chooses, and we believe that the prayers of God’s people can move Him to work miracles, but let’s not confuse answered prayers with Apostolic Signs, because there’s a vast difference.

We believe in healing (via Jesus); we just don’t believe in healers (man).

You say,

“Well what about speaking in unknown tongues through the Holy Ghost? Do you deny that people today speak in unknown tongues?”

No, of course not. People have spoken in unknown tongues for thousands of years.

Ever read Genesis 11? Was that an outpouring of the Holy Ghost? When the Church of Satan speaks in unknown tongues (which they do),is that a work of the Holy Ghost? When a psychologist can have you blubbering in unknown tongues within fifteen minutes, is that an outpouring of the Holy Ghost?


You see, too many people have the idea that if something is highly abnormal or miraculous that it MUST be of God.

The coming Antichrist will have a field day with such feeble minded people, because HE will work such “signs and lying wonders” that the entire world will follow after him (II Ths.2:8-12; Rev. 13:13-14).

Nowhere in the New Testament did God command anyone to speak with unknown tongues.

We DO read about,

“new tongues” (Mar. 16:17),
“other tongues” (Acts 2:4) and
“divers kinds of tongues” (I Cor. 12:10),But these are all actual FOREIGN LANGUAGES, NOT senseless gibberish! 

There are no unknown tongues in Acts 2, and there is no baptism of the Holy Ghost in I Corinthians 14.

Instead of rightly dividing the word of truth, the careless Charismatics wrest the scriptures to their own destruction by ignoring the set divisions and doctrines that the Holy Spirit has inspired in the scriptures.

In Conclusion,

The Apostolic Signs are not for today, because they were only for confirming the word of God to the unbelieving Jews in the first century. The Bible warns us to beware of anyone who professes to practice these signs today (II Cor. 11:13-15; Mat. 7:15; 24:11; I Tim. 4:1-2), and the Lord commends the church at Ephesus for trying out some professing apostles and finding them to be

LIARS (Rev. 2:2).

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