Mumbling versus Walking in the Spirit

“...walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh...”  
(Galatians 5:16)   Mumbling in self-gratification is more a lust of the
flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life than it is a habit of walking in
the Spirit.  When the many times during the period of the judges that
the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, it was in order to do
something which was superhuman or extraordinary, not to stand
there and mumble.  When on the first day of Pentecost after the
Ascension of Jesus, the disciples were baptized in the Spirit and
embedded with power, it was in order to go and do, not stand there
in self gratification and mumble.  If you desire evidence that the
Spirit of God lives in you, then look for the fruits of the Spirit which
are love, joy, peace, longsuffering and so on and on with evidences
of a way of habitual living.  It is a sickening perversion of walking in
the Spirit to see lovely young Christian youth or talented young men
with potential to do so much to go off on tangents of self-
justification because some superficial leader has told them and
showed them that mumbling an unknown tongue more than a
profession of faith or dedication, or water baptism is the ultimate in
Christian life and worship. It is just not fair to those young people
and children, and it has gone on long enough!

Mumbling {speaking in the air}, according to I Corinthians 14:2-
he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but
unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he
speaketh mysteries"
--does not speak for the public to understand,
and should be a matter left for speaking to God in private devotion.

Mumbling is self-gratification, "builds up the self of the speaker"
unless done in secret:  
"He that speaketh in an unknown tongue
edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church."  (I
Corinthians 14:4)

How often have we heard lately, “Be baptized in the Holy Ghost with
evidence of such with the speaking in an unknown tongue”.  It is
almost impossible to know where to start on this unsound doctrinal
statement of faith, and it has become more a symbol of the great
apostasy called the Falling away where churches and church leaders
“will no longer endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:3,4) and in the
fifth stage be turned into “fables”.  Part of the going and doing of the
great commission of the single great event of the coming of the
Holy Spirit on earth to take the place of Jesus was inward power of
the Holy Spirit to do something, not stand there in the streets of
Jerusalem and mumble in an unknown tongue that the thousands
assembled on the day of Pentecost for all over the world could not
understand.  It was tongues, alias known languages from all over the
Roman Empire that the listeners heard the apostles speak in,
nothing unknown about it.  

“Baptized in the Spirit” is very seldom used in the Bible except that
one time of Acts 1; however walking in the spirit and being filled with
the Spirit are found in the Bible often.  If you watched the worship
services of some evangelists today, you would think that “baptized
in the Spirit with evidence of speaking in an unknown tongue” is the
most prevalent statements of Scripture, much more than walking in
the Spirit or the fruits of the Spirit.   In fact, they strive to pervert
sound doctrine and practice of the Bible by making an unknown
tongue a substitute for dedication, or walking in the Spirit or
sanctification.  You can not stand there for two minutes in a church
service, mumble out of control with self-gratification {“he that speaks
in a tongue edifies himself”}, and successfully make it a substitute of
the walking in the spirit of the fruits of the Spirit.  

Let's see what the Bible uses as proof of a new birth that has given
a new heart and a new spirit, an inward and outward change caused
by the inward Holy Spirit.  Well, there is the oft repeated walk in the
Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit, a verbal testimony in the language of
the hearers to Jesus and salvation, and the fulfilling of the great
commission to all Christian to “go and do”. Unfortunately unknown
tongues in worship are used as a substitute for all these real
evidences of the in dwelling presence of the Spirit.  “God Being My
Helper”, Ralph Herring's marvelous book on what Jesus taught in
John 14-16 on the work and coming of the great Comforter, is
replaced with stand and mumble as a testimony to what Jesus has
done in salvation and sanctification.

To listen to some of these evangelists of the unknown tongue, one
would think that I Corinthians 14 had never bee written:  (1)  that
prophesying or preaching and testifying in the known language of
the worshippers was not more important than an the ecstasy of an
unknown tongue meant for private devotionals and not to be seen in
public; (2) that the Spirit led in confusion rather than communications;
(3) that the purpose of public worship was not to “edify, exhort, and
comfort” the whole congregation, especially the lost, but rather to
some a uniqueness that other Christians don't have; (4) that Paul
had never said in that chapter that unknown tongues are a sign of
ignorance, selfishness, and an attitude that the Word of God came
to them only or that with special revelations {forbidden in the Bible}
the Word of God comes only out of their church;  (5) that Paul, the
master of many languages, had never said that he had rather speak
in public with one word that is understood than to mumble thousands
of words without real meaning.  

It is not strange that I Corinthians 14 combines speaking in unknown
tongues {never, never confuse that with speaking in known tongues
or languages as on the day of Pentecost} with special revelation; for
an ego about the Bible, that it comes out of their church only and
their leaders, or a self-edification that it came only to their one
church and their one time is a personification of special revelations
of Bible that the rest of the Christian world does not know about.  It
can be compared to the Roman Catholic heirarchy talking in Latin,
which shows how educated they are, but does little for the mass of
Christians that know little of what they are talking about, except it
must be holy since they can't understand it!

To end on a positive Bible touching note, what is the real evidence
in the Bible that the Holy Spirit has a major inward influence in the
life of a Christian?  Run references to “the Spirit of God” through
your Bible, because what we are really talking about is that member
of the Trinity called God the Spirit, or at least should be talking
about if the attention is focused where it should be.  

At the water baptism of Jesus, “the Spirit of God descended on Him
like a dove and lighting on Him”, which only Jesus saw when he also
saw the heavens opened; and what those present heard in a
language that they could understand was a testimony to the world
from God the Father Himself, “This is my beloved Son in whom I
am well pleased”  (Matthew 3:16,17);

There was action when Jesus was led into the wilderness by the
Spirit to be tempted of the devil  (Matthew 4:1) {why not leadership
of the Spirit as evidence more than the mumbling and self-
edification use of the mouth};

Matthew 5:3 where it is the “poor in spirit”,not the bold with an
unknown tongue, that inherit the kingdom of heaven {never forget the
thrust of James where it is the doing and not the talking with the
tongue that is an evidence of faith};

while you might think you are condemned as a second class
Christian citizen because you do not violate I Corinthians 14, the
Bible says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit..”  (Romans 8:1), where the obvious evidences of being “IN
Christ Jesus” are less walking in self-gratification and walking after
the Spirit;

(Romans 8:4) where it is the righteousness of the law that is fulfilled
in the Christian, rather than any righteous evidence of an unknown
tongue, that righteousness itself being the evidence of walking in the
Spirit rather than the flesh {there is just no easy way for a few
minutes of emotion in one service to be a substitute for the walking
of every day of the week};

The fruits meet for repentance of Matthew 3:8 has not mention of
unknown tongues;

when Jesus spoke of the evidence of the fruits by which you will
know Christians in Matthew 7:16-20, it was figs, grapes, and thistles
as evidence.

NOTE:  If is totally out of Bible context to invent Bible which
says “baptism with the Holy Spirit is evidenced by speaking in
an unknown tongue, no matter who says it or how
enthusiastically and loud they give it, or how many church
members they deceive and mis-guide from other known and
obvious good works {fruits of the Spirit}.

What if we ran “baptism” and “baptize” through the New Testament?

NOTE:  Up front let it be stated from the total context of the
Bible the majority usage of  “one baptism” is used like in
Ephesians 4:5, and similar instances to refer the One salvation;
and hardly would be think that the most vocal of these itching
ears teachers of unknown tongues would ever suggest that it is
evidence of salvation, or do they?  We have never really
reasoned it out, but that is exactly what they are saying:  “If you
want to see and know what real Christians are like then look for
the unknown tongues”.  It is so foolish when we state it, that
even apart from the Bible, it just does not make sense in the
history of Christian living, now, in the future, or in the past.  It is
a gimmick and a dream of special revelation held by a few.

Even in the water baptism of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:6)  in the
Jordan River, the fruits were not tongues but confession of sins;

NOTE:  Confession of sins might be a much better evidence of
the working of the Spirit than a moment with an unknown
tongue.  When one is out to sell a lot of books, Bibles, and
music for the profit of money to support a large ministry, it is
understandable that some uniqueness of ministry is needed to
be part of the sales pitch.  In other words offer some product
that none other are offering.

When John said in Mathew 3:11 that the One after him would
“baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, it was an obvious prediction
of that one-time single historical event of the Coming of the Holy
Spirit to earth to take the place of Jesus, about the only time in the
Bible coming close to what these evangelists strive to duplicate, but
have you ever seen any fire with an unknown tongue;

Baptism is used a lot of ways in the Bible to mean “immersed”, like
in Matthew 20:22, “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink
of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with”,
meaning to be immersed in Jesus sufferings and death {why don't
they speak of suffering and death more, unknown tongue less, and
have they ever said “to drink of the cup of the unknown tongue”?  No
fire, goodness, we don't even see any evident smoke of the fruits of
the Spirit.  Foolish yes; however not nearly as foolish as the lack of
contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints that
needs to be done with these preachers running amuck;

Matthew 20:23, “ baptized with the baptism that Iam baptized
with...” speaks of several baptisms in the usage of the word, in fact
in the total context of the Bible where One Baptism is the One
Salvation as in “Believe and be baptized”  (Mark 16:16) speaks of
how believe is on the part of the Christian and God's part in
response is to baptize with the one salvation  {this also must be part
of the problem that we are dealing with in the so-called evidence of
tongues, a hypothetical proof of salvation; yet it is any believer
when they believe that receives with the One salvation from God the
Spirit of a new mind and heart.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38), baptism here
combines as in all definite passages in the Bible on the subject that
the baptism of the one salvation is symbolized with the command
for water baptism like Jesus did; that the gift after repentance and
remission of sins is the Holy Spirit Himself, not the gift of any
unknown tongue.

NOTE:  And so on and on we could go with good Bible
exegesis and good Bible hermeneutics.  Like one wise Bible
teacher at Ouchita said often of good hermeneutics, "just let the
Bible say what it is trying to say", of course in reference to not
spiritualizing of trying to read meaning into the Bible that a
preacher wants to be there.  When in I Corinthians 14 Paul
relates the no-no of unknown tongues to what preachers and
churches do with the Bible, "The Word came to you only or the
word came out of you", it is speaking of good Bible
interpretation or hermeneutics.  Each generation just does not
have the right to re-write the Bible the want they want, the "faith
once for all delivered to the saints" remains intact as
understood by the majority of the living saints based on the
Bible.  And we are grateful that it is the Bible and Paul which
said in that same chapter, if they don't heed this chapter "let
them remain ignorant" so we need not point out the faulty Bible
learning and teaching of a few is ignorance.
 Let us have more respect for God the Holy Spirit who speaks
in a language or languages understood by men, not that
promote confusion and a lack of understanding in public
worship.  If unknown mumblings {not languages as those
would be known tongues} were not obviously present, we
would consider the subject foolishness!