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90. OSWALD CHAMBERS
“gift of tongues”
(God’s Revivalist and Bible Advocate, Martin, 263–266)
Paul . . . emphasizes the use and abuse of tongues . . . Paul . . . says, all these
gifts must be guarded and guided by the grand principle of love.
Today when this gift of tongues is being over-rated, we do well to remember
two things, (1.) Don’t underrate, and (2) Don’t overrate . . . Paul urges all such
to pray for interpretation or to keep quiet, and to use the gift only before God
in prayer. . . . But Paul never hinted that it was from the devil . . .
Gifts of the Spirit are not the fruit of the Spirit. Gifts are irrespective of
the person’s character . . . we must judge a servant of God by fruit (John 15)
not by gifts. I may have all gifts (gifts of tongues of men and angels) but if I
have not love, I am nothing. . . .
The greatest [unwise thing being said today] is that . . . no one is really
baptized in the Holy Spirit who does not speak with tongues. This gives the
devil an excellent occasion to [imitate] . . . tongues. . . .
Fruit means character, gifts simply indicate God’s sovereignty. . . . An instru-
ment of God is not necessarily a servant of God. Fruit in character is the
living witness to the baptism in the Holy Ghost, but do remember, gifts are
the sign that God is working. You can never have a great awakening without
extraordinary manifestations. . . .
Another important matter is that the gift of another tongue, as at Pentecost,
is a distinctly other matter than the gift of spiritual ecstasy tongues. The bap-
tism in the Holy Ghost and new tongues . . . means . . . God . . . gives the
gift of a new language immediately, as at Pentecost . . .
Keep every avenue . . . open towards God. Be suspicious of nobody that
has tongues unless they want to teach . . . a private interpretation of the Word
of God. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Keep firm to the Word. . . .
91. WILLIAM DURHAM
“the great revival at azusa street mission—
how it began and how it ended”
(Pentecostal Testimony, 1911, 3–4)
On February 14th [1911], we began meetings in Azusa Mission. From the
first day the power of God rested upon the meetings in a wonderful way.
The altar was crowded at every service. . . .
The work in Los Angeles was in a sad condition . . . [T]he leaders . . . had
proven so incompetent that the saints had lost all confidence in them. . . .
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