Sid Roth – Mind Control

Sid Roth is a ‘Messianic Jew’ with his own television program. We have previously examined some of his statements and statement concerning him to reveal that his doctrine is false. In this video, Sid begins to speak about ‘speaking in tongues’. I will not discuss the idea of cessationism, either the merits (none) or refutation thereof (many), but I will discuss Sid’s take on the tongue talking.

Whatever we do, or claim to do, must be done in the light and shadow of the holy Scriptures. If we claim to speak in tongues, it must be measured, and not exceed, the Apostles.

Nor will I mention that the pray that Sid gives power to (starting about 3.24) is not found in the Bible, nor in the Apostolic or Church Fathers, nor in the Reformers. I will not mention that along with Sid, the people who stress this easy beliefism usually do out of some net gain for themselves.

No where in the Bible do you just get to say a prayer (here) and of course, for Sid, you don’t even really have to believe completely. I wonder what parts you can leave out? Anyway, the topic of this post is not Sid’s Messianic Judaism, his take on the supernatural, or his easy beliefism that does not require a belief. Instead, it is ‘mind by pass’ style of tongue talking.

It starts at the 6.45 mark when he wants you to say another prayer for this Yeshua of his to fill you with something. He wants you to ask for a language to speak to God. He says that we have to make up a language – but it will not be made up. He says that we need a mind pass, to speak this language as humanly possible. Again, he wants you to use what ever comes out of the mouth – this mind pass. He wants you to speak so fast that it is gibberish. And of course he gives you examples. He then gives a few examples – soft examples – to back up the need for speaking in tongues. I cannot find the scripture that says ‘if we speak in tongues we praise God well’. His third example is

For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.  (1 Corinthians 14:2 NKJV)

He, of course, added a wee bit of leaven – in that he says these mysteries cut the devil off. Although Paul did not condemn speaking on tongues, he did condemnt the focus on, which Sid seems to promote (1st Corinthians 14.19).

The whole issue is not the application of tongues, but where they come from. According to Sid, there are a made up language that we have to speak fast, bypassing the mind (is that possible?) in order to get out. Instead of Sid, the Bible actually says something different – that tongues comes from the Spirit of God. Now, whether you believe that they are foriegn languages or that they are the tongues of angels, or both, one has to admit that it not due to a trick of the mind.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 NKJV)

Vincent says,

Utterance (ἀποφθέγγεσθαι) Used only by Luke and in the Acts. Lit., to utter. A peculiar word, and purposely chosen to denote the clear, loud utterance under the miraculous impulse. It is used by later Greek writers of the utterances of oracles or seers. So in the Septuagint, of prophesying. See 1st Chronicles 25:1; Deuteronomy 32:2; Zechariah 10:2; Ezekiel 13:19.

It is not by our power that we do or would do – nor the Apostles – such things.

And again,

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God,  who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit  intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 NRVS)

Sid, again, proves himself a tad bit false.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

13 thoughts on “Sid Roth – Mind Control

  1. Sid may have a bizarre belief system – I’m not sure; I haven’t examined it close enough although I take your word for it. I do know that Messianic Jews are not simply Jews who convert to Christianity but it is it’s own little sect which seems to have a conversion agenda that angers many in the Jewish community.

    However, one thing that he gets right is Jesus’s name in Aramaic, which spelled phonetically in English would be Yeshua. This is a form of Joshua and pronounced “yeh-shoo-ah”.

    Those this name vs. “Jesus” remains a debate amongst relgious leaders, many New Testament scholars verify that this is correct, such as Thomas Sheehan.

    However, with that said, I don’t think anyone should base their beliefs on what Jesus’s true name was (although it’s sure nice to know). If his name was Ralph, would it make a difference to the gospel he preached?

    A rose is a rose….

    1. HELLO, MR. AUTHOR, Please before you criticize a man of God, pray hard, and seek God cos you might be mistaken, and God will hold you accountable for ruining a reputation of His servant. PLEASE, WATCH THIS VIDEO CAREFULLY, TO PROVE THAT SPEAKING IN TOUNGUES is BIBLICAL:

  2. Nom, they sent you to spam! Sorry about that.

    To be honest, Messianic Jews have an agenda that angers many on my side as well.

    I realize that Sid got the Aramaic name right – but that is my sense of humor. I will sometimes say the same about a Jesus that is not the Jesus Christ of the bible. You are right, a rose is a rose, but a stinkweed is not a rose, even if you call it one.

  3. Sid Roth may or may not be a nut, but his use of the word Yeshua isn’t nuts. “Yeshua” is the Aramaic name of Jesus (although this is a subject to debate). Several distinguished scholars of New Testament studies support this claim; scholars such as Thomas Sheehan at Stanford University:

    As for Roth being a Messianic Jew, I’d like to point out that this is not the same as being a Jew who converts to Christianity. Messianic Judaism has it’s own belief system that is unlike most mainline Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical/Fundamentalist denominations. From what little I’ve read, it is possible that a good deal of Messianic Jews are not ethnic Jews at all. Even if they were, most Jewish religious authorities claim that someone born in a Jewish family who converts to another religion ceases to be Jewish.

    Now, do you want to see something that will really freak you out? Think Messianic Jews are unusual?

    Check out these people who call themselves Hebrew Israelites, aka “The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ”:

  4. Polycarp,
    I have read several of your comments about Sid Roth and I find your adherence to the Bible text refreshing. I like the fire in your words and the firm confidence with which you speak.
    I stumbled on your site while searching for comments on Sid. I too, have watched in amazement at the video he promotes that claims that God gave several people GOLD teeth.
    I could use some gold teeth or better yet just plain gold coins.
    Being new to your blog, I am interested in your theology and background. So far I find you to be a kindred spirit, but the “testing” is still under way.
    Keep up the good work for what I see thus far.

    Until He Comes,
    2 Tim. 2:7

  5. I can’t believe I used to watch his show and listen to this man, Sid Roth. He operates on fallacies that he uses to manipulate people. It’s sick. And it’s probably demonic. He is a racist and a fake and I am SO GLAD to be delivered out of his cult like thinking.

  6. If Sid Roth thinks he has the power of mind control he is deluded and mistaken, though I think he just wants to use NLP and the tactics of Bernaysian Propaganda. If he says he is a Christian then he sould find out what taking the lord’s name in vain is: It is selling in the name of God. Thus, it is blasphemy. Mind you I am not a Christian and did not make this definition up. I hate see people being hurt, being robbed, being lied to and being robbed. He will be on Coast To Coast AM tonight with George Noory (who only seems to interview people selling books or something else). I will try and call in to take this man to task. I’m going to use the Open Line, 1-818-501-4109 or East of the Rockies at 1-800-825-5033. The man needs to be exposed for what I think he is, a psychopathic huckster. If he wants to sue, please note I own nothing and its only my unqualified opinion.

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