AV...another scripture they use is where Simon the sorcerer wanted to buy the power. They ask themselves what was it that manifested that Simon wanted to buy? Could it be the manifestation of the cloven tongues of fire as recorded in acts rather than assuming he was witnessing them speak a "spiritual language" as is practiced today?
Then they are in error not knowing the word of God and quick to make their opinion or assumption co-equal to the word of God thereby leavening or corrupting the word of God.
Acts 8:14 ¶ Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
The Scriptures don't say that it was tongues that made him want the gift. It could have been, but when something is not clearly stated in scripture it becomes a supposition, assumption or opinion rather than the words of God. And in a way corrupts the word of God. We need stick to the clear word and things are easier to understand. He was after the ability to lay hands on people and they receive the Holy Ghost and all the benefits that go with that.
The previous verses to this event with Simon the sorcerer it tells us what led up to the place where he becomes covetous for the gift of laying on of hands, Acts 8:4 ¶ Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. (you will notice it does not say ALL but many)
8 And there was great joy in that city. Now here comes Simon
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. He was seeing the healings, the miracles, and the signs and then Peter comes along and they receive the Holy Ghost which could have manifested it self in many ways that made him lust for this power. When he saw what Peter was doing he wanted it too. He never offered Philip money for the ability to heal or do miracles but he was quick to ask Peter and when he did he was rebuked.
Anyone who would use these verse to teach it is ok to desire tongues or use tongues is like Simon lustful for power and recognition, tied up a a bond of iniquity (self-will).
Edited by AVBibleBeliever, 27 July 2014 - 05:34 PM.