Pastor, what I am about to write you can take to the bank. Remember, we are to test the spirits whether they be of God. If someone in your congregation is seemingly giving the interpretation of “tongues,” and thereby presenting themselves as possessing this gift of the Holy Spirit, there is one sure, fool-proof test as to whether a counterfeit gift has surfaced in your assembly. Start taping by video, or audio, those meetings wherein this phenomenon occurs. Wait a few days, a few weeks, even a few months, then play back the portion of the video or audio tape only up to the point that the “tongues” have surfaced. Stop the play back. Ask the “interpreter” what has been said. If their answer does not match the interpretation they gave previously, then a counterfeit gift has surfaced in your assembly!!! The one with the true gift of interpretation will give the same interpretation as was given previously even if ten years has passed. The interpreter actually understands what has been said by the one exhibiting the gift of “tongues.” They do not simply “step out by faith” and say this is what was said, not actually understanding what was uttered. Satan is tickled pink when he finds pastors who do not test the spirits. That’s when he is able to move big time in introducing his deceptions.
I was just playing that song, The Love of God, on my keyboard. I wish I could convey to all whom I ever meet just how great is the love of God for the human race, “for God so loved the human race that He gave His Only Begotten Son” to buy us back from Satan’s enslavement. He is not willing that ANY human being should perish and lose out on eternal life. He’s got a plan, and what a marvelous, carefully thought out plan it is. Abraham understood this plan. So did Moses – that is why Moses could so easily tell the Israeli armies to spare neither infant nor suckling when destroying the pagan cities that had spread across Canaan. No human being was to be spared. Because God had a plan – a plan Moses, the meekest man who had ever lived up to that point, a plan he understood. He knew that God planned a resurrection for all and would bring them back to life in a far better world, a world where Satan could deceive them no more. Living in poverty and squalor, a life of misery and pain, disease and premature death, these beloved creatures of the Most High God had their lives taken swiftly and, yes, mercifully. Because God had a plan. Someday every last one of them will hear the same words Lazarus of old heard, “Come forth!” And they will arise from the dust and be given a long, long lifespan in God’s utopian kingdom and THEN offered the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and with it eternal life, immortality, life unending. If preachers would just read Isaiah’s writings alone, believing what they read, they would know why scripture affirms God IS love!