‘I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire‘ (Matthew 3:11)
‘John answered, saying unto [them] all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire‘ (Luke 3:16)
This particular fire is not for the unsaved. The same fire that destroys unbelievers, empowers true, born again Christians.
I could be wrong, but I believe ALL truly converted Christians are SEALED with the Holy Spirit, and have His presence in their lives.
‘ . . . God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest* of the Spirit in our hearts.’ (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
*pledge or downpayment
‘But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.’ (John 14:26)
‘But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.’ (1 John 2:27)
However, there IS a baptism in the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit baptized all the Christians that were present. Later, the Holy Spirit baptism was imparted TO Christians BY Christians, through the laying on of hands.
‘And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. .’ (Acts 19:1-7)
It isn’t clear whether speaking in tongues was something that only happened at the time of the Holy Spirit baptism, or whether it was something a Christian did throughout his life. (Prophetic utterances in tongues though, was a specific gift–not something everyone did.) The only passage I know of, that MAYBE suggests that Christians could speak in tongues anytime they chose, is a verse in Jude:
‘But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost’ (Jude 1:20)
I know of no reason that any of the gifts would have ceased, as long as they Holy Spirit is still present amongst Christians. I believe some people misinterpret this passage:
‘Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face . . . ‘ (1 Corinthians 13:8-12)
In other words, prophecies, tongues, and gifts of knowledge give us ‘part’ of our understanding, until the Lord returns. Since He has not yet returned, I see nothing to suggest He would take away this part of our understanding. (Consider this passage, the next time you hear someone say that tongues were only a sign for unbelievers, and only in the first century.)
HOWEVER, in spite of the fact that (I believe) the gifts are still intended for true Christians even now . . . there are a lot of false manifestations going on today. The problem begins with a false gospel, that doesn’t preach repentance. This creates false ‘Christians’ who really aren’t converted. Another problem is that people who are demon possessed are not getting deliverance. So, there are two ways that FALSE tongues can manifest:
- people pretending
- demons speaking through them
Other problems are lack of discernment (a few Christians have the spiritual gift of discernment, the rest of us must pray and ask God for it when we need it), and a lack of Bible understanding.
Bible understanding is lacking for two reasons:
- EVERY Christians should know and study their Bible, but most don’t. Many people have become lazy, because ‘churches’ place Bible verses on the overhead when they are needed.
- The ‘churches’ have pretty much given up the KJV for the newer versions. These versions are based on corrupt translations. I believe they lack the power of God, because the translators have twisted His words to fit their own interpretations and/or agenda.
So, with churches full of false converts, corrupted Bibles, and lacking in discernment, it is not surprising that the enemy has moved in.
There is a false ‘holy spirit’ called Kundalini that has invaded the churches. It is the same spirit that Hindus, yoga practitioners, and New Agers are familiar with (the ‘serpent power’). It is imparted by laying on of hands. It, along with other unholy mocking spirits, began entering the ‘churches’ with the ‘Toronto Blessing’. Another big doorway was Todd Bentley’s ‘Lakeland Revival’. People, hungry for a move of God, went long distances to take part in these events, and to receive the spirit. They then carried the spirit back to their home churches, and imparted it to others by laying on of hands.
Because (I believe) false converts now FAR outnumber real Christians in the ‘churches’, MOST of what we are seeing is attributable to the Kundalini spirit. Remember, only real Christians can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit–or lay hands on others to impart it. What is being passed around nowadays, by (not true) ‘Christians’, is the Kundalini spirit.
If you are a truly converted Christian, you can pray and earnestly seek God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. When you pray (by yourself, or with other true Christians) for the Holy Spirit, you must trust that your father will not deceive you or give you another spirit.
‘If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?’ (Luke 11:11)
I also suspect you need to have already been baptized in water, as Jesus commanded. In my case, I also had to renounce all of my occult activity before I received the Holy Spirit.
If you believe you have received the Kundalini (or any other) spirit, then you need deliverance. But don’t let that frighten you away from seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, I would be VERY leery of letting anyone lay hands on me to pray for me for anything, unless I was CERTAIN they had the Holy Spirit and not some other spirit.