"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The declaration is: In Holy Ghost baptism, even rebellious get gifts. Tongues alone is not an evidence, since it is imitated. Explanation: The baptism with the Holy Ghost can be considered as an ordination from God. God sends them to witness or/and to preach the gospel. God gives them power to do miracles, to heal the sick, and other gifts as he sends them. How God picks 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 up Saul, who was not clean in his heart, and God picked up David whose heart was as the heart of God. So, the Holy Ghost baptism is not 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 has the baptism of Holy Ghost, doing the ministry with gifts, but committing sin and iniquity, to their punishment in hell. They do not do the will of God the Father. It is proof that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is given only to people with clean heart. So, the statement of the churches for clean heart is not scriptural. Then the churches say that the evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism is that God will give the gift to speak with tongues at the first time. The scripture does not say this directly, but we can derive at this conclusion, if we are looking for it. However, there are a lot of people, who teach people to speak in tongues, and who have learned to speak in tongues. Theses are counterfeit tongues. 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 an evidence, the devil can prove that his people are also filled with the Holy Ghost. So, it is not a good evidence. I have a few lessons about the subject that you may refer on these links: "Gifts", "Baptize & Fill Holy Ghost." Thank you.
God Bless You