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)
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.
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.