"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
God gives power and gifts with the Holy Ghost baptism. The first Gift will be to 'speak with tongues'. However, this gift cannot be cited as evidence of the baptism, since tongues are taught to speak, even in churches. Further, operating gifts is not proof for true ministry, since God gives gifts to rebellious also (Psalms 68:18). And, the devil also counterfeit gifts.
The baptism with the Holy Ghost can be considered as an ordination from God. God sends them to preach and/or to witness the gospel. God gives them power to do miracles, to heal the sick and other gifts as he sends them. How does God pick up these ministers? In general, churches think that God baptizes them subsequent to a clean heart. But it is not true. In the Old Testament, God picked Saul, who was not clean in his heart, and God picked David whose heart was as the heart of God. So, the Holy Ghost baptism may not be subsequent to a clean heart. "Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." This verse is prophetic and it refers to the Lord Jesus Christ giving gifts, which refers to the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Rebellious people do not have a clean heart. "Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Jesus Christ will send them, who have the baptism of Holy Ghost, to do the ministry with gifts, but if they commit sin and iniquity and they will be punished in hell. It is proof that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is given not only to people with clean heart, but to those who do not have clean hearts.
The churches say that the evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is that God will give the gift to speak with tongues. The scripture does not say this directly. But when we look at the wholesome word, we can arrive at the conclusion that those who were baptized with the Holy Ghost spoke with tongues. If someone claims that he/she is baptized with the Holy Ghost, but they do not have the gift to speak in tongues, they do not have the baptism of the Holy Ghost. For details, please look at this link: "Tongues." However, there are people and churches that teach people to speak in tongues, and many people have learned to speak in tongues. These are counterfeit gifts. If we say that it is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we have to admit that all these fakes are also baptized with the Holy Ghost. So, if it is evidence, the devil can prove that his people are also filled with the Holy Ghost. So, it is not evidence.
You may refer on this link for more information: "Baptize & Fill Holy Ghost." Thank you.
God Bless You