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    February 11, 2013 | 21 Comments

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    21 Responses to “Dr. Brown Answers Your E-Questions”

    1. Serdar
      February 11th, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

      Dear Dr. Brown, I do believe in speaking in tongues and manifestation of he gifts of the Holy Spirit. But I’ve read once in a book which was meant to “refute the erroneous teaching of the Pentecostals” the following starting question, “Ask yourself a question, ‘Did Jesus speak in tongues?’” This question got me confused. What would your answer be? Thank you. Serdar, Moscow, Russia

    2. David Roberts
      February 12th, 2013 @ 6:37 am

      Serdar, Dr. Brown is a very busy man, maybe you’ll be blessed with an answer, but I’ll tell you this.
      You do realise that the tongues of fire only came down AFTER Yeshua (Jesus) had ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit down? With that knowledge, it becomes obvious that the question in your book was falsely framed, because Yeshua was gone when that gift was first poured out.
      The REAL question to ask yourself is this,
      ‘Did the Apostles speak in tongues?’
      And the answer to that is a definite, YES.
      Also, remember that the Apostle Paul told us to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts.

      Blessings in Messiah Yeshua.

    3. Serdar
      February 12th, 2013 @ 7:03 am

      Dear David, I appreciate your solid answer very much, it really settles it and is very encouraging.

      Blessings to you and all your ministry staff.

      Serdar

    4. David Roberts
      February 12th, 2013 @ 7:59 am

      Serder, I appreciate the blessings, but I want to make very clear that I’m not part of Dr. Brown’s ministry staff.

      I’m just a fellow believer who saw your question sitting there with no answer, so I thought I’d try and give you a solid answer as to why that attack on praying in tongues was anti-scriptural. I’m glad you found it useful.

      If you want to ask the actual ministry team a question, you can do it here:
      http://askdrbrown.org/contact-new/email-us

      Because this forum is really a place for people to discuss issues.

      Want to hear something edifying:
      http://askdrbrown.org/media/albums/ICN/SpiritualGrowth/We%20Need%20The%20Holy%20Spirit!.mp3

    5. Serdar
      February 12th, 2013 @ 8:33 am

      Thank you dear brother, it’s very kind of you!

      I’ve already been blessed with listening for/watching lots of Dr.Brown’s online materials, but I really appreciate your help!

      With very best wishes from Moscow, Russia,

      Serdar

    6. Bo
      February 12th, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      Serdar,

      Allow me to add that Y’shua had the Spirit witout measure. Just like some of the Spirit that Moses had was imparted to the 70 elders, so we only have a portion of the Spirit. This may be the reason that Paul talked about us operating in the gifts of the Spirit “in part”…part of the time or in a partial way. The gifts cannot go away until we stop seeing through a glass darkly and see Him face to face. When that which is perfect (complete instead of in part) is come upon us is when we will have no need of the gifts that are in part. When we see Him as He is we will be like Him…perfectly walking in the completeness of the Spirit.

      1 Corinthians 13
      8 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.
      9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
      10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
      11 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.
      12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

      1 John 3
      1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
      2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
      3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

      The gifts are for our edification (building up) during the time that we are purifying ourselves and being purified. Once we have all been transformed into Messiah’s image, we will have not need to be built up. Until then, we need to be built up and Paul and Jude directly say that we are built up by speaking/praying in tongues.

      1Co 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church…
      14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
      15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

      Jude
      17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
      18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
      19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
      20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
      21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

      Shalom

    7. Lewis_az
      February 12th, 2013 @ 11:39 am

      Dr. Brown,

      I have heard many times that Jesus’ paid the penalty for our sins. That is, we deserved a criminals death for our sins against God and Jesus ransomed us by taking that penalty upon Himself. The atoning blood of Jesus is the heart of the Gospel. But does not our punishment involve more than physical death, is it not spiritual death in terms of separation from God. If I were to die without belief in Jesus, would not my punishment be eternal separation from God in hell?

      So here is my point of confusion which I had never before considered. If God’s justice demands that the penalty for my sins be paid, and if that penalty is eternal separation from God, then how can the temporal death of Jesus cover the eternal penalty that is owed? Would not Jesus have to be eternally separated from God the Father to pay that price?

    8. Serdar
      February 12th, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

      Dear Bo,

      thank you very much for your extensive input. I totally agree with all the portions of Scripture you’ve cited, and your take on the subject. This is really encouraging and helpful.

      With best wishes from Moscow,

      Serdar

    9. Russell
      February 12th, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

      Dear Dr.brown
      I am from a small church and we starting an outreach ministry.i was wondering if you could give me some insight or information on how to go about this.
      Thank You

    10. David Roberts
      February 12th, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

      @Bo,

      Thanks for sharing that. I appreciated it.

    11. Bo
      February 12th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

      David,

      Thanks. We just had a new moon meeting last night and discussed 1 Corinthians 14. It was quite fresh in my mind and heart. I have studied the subject much for 30+ years and have come to some conclusions that seem to incorporate all of scripture on this topic.

      Rosh Chodesh Sameach!

    12. Sheila
      February 12th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

      Serdar,

      Can you comment on the state of the Church in Russia? Is it growing, thriving or is it in trouble?

      Thanks!

    13. Serdar
      February 13th, 2013 @ 6:13 am

      Dear Sheila, thank you for asking, I’ll try to give my own perspective.

      Buy-in-large, the Church in Russia is thriving, but on the other hand, it very much varies in each particular case. I myself am a part of a big full-Gospel congregation in Moscow which is growing, thriving, vibrant, Israel-oriented, and very multinational. There are many churches like this in Russia, and they have sound and solid Bible-based teaching on faith, holiness, sin, heaven, hell, etc.

      At the same time, I realize that we in Russia also need revival. We had one back in the 90-ies after the collapse of the Soviet Union which birthed thousands upon thousands of evangelical churches across Russia. As I hear from many European and US ministers and read articles on the web, the Church in Europe and US desperately needs awakening since many churches there have false teachings, and the society in general has been deviating from God’s ways. The Church in Russia is rather young, but my concern is that we well could do the same mistakes in future.

      I have a heart for the US, and I really do believe that the awakening will strike the land because as long as there are people who are yearning for transformations, yearning for God’s intervention and mighty outpouring—like Dr.Mike Brown, and I believe, so are you Sheila—there’s hope for your nation. I feel the same for Russia.

      With love in Him,

      Serdar

    14. Sheila
      February 13th, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Serdar. I apologize for forgetting to pray for the Church in Russia. I’ll do better. A worldwide awakening is needed. You’re the first Russian I’ve ever communicated with! :)

      Peace to you. Pray for us Please.

    15. Serdar
      February 13th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      Dear Sheila, thank you for praying for Russia, and i’ll do better to pray for the US in turn.

      Actually, I’m not native Russian, I moved to Moscow from Turkmenistan back in 1999, and came to know Jesus in Moscow later on. So, probably, I’m also the first Turkmen you’ve ever communicated with:)

      Appreciate your attention and payers,

      Serdar

    16. Sheila
      February 13th, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

      The first Turkmen indeed! Be well.

    17. Ray
      February 14th, 2013 @ 4:06 am

      Lewis, in reading your question (#7) I thought about the Lord’s words from the cross, “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me!?” I believe his payment was enough. (Romans 5)

    18. David Roberts
      February 14th, 2013 @ 4:19 am

      @Serdar,

      Thanks for the update on the faithful in Russia.
      I actually looked up your name and saw lots of Turkish connections…

      May I ask if anyone was Muslim in your family growing up? Only because if so, I’d love to hear how you came to faith. I always love hearing testimonies anyway. Do you speak Turkish?

      Peace!

    19. Serdar
      February 14th, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      @David Roberts

      Dear David, thank you for asking, I’m delighted to share this.

      I come from Turkmenistan [not Turkey] with the city of Ashkhabad being the capital, and thus as a native-Turkmen, I speak Turkmen language which is of the same language group as Turkish, but still a different language.

      The name “Serdar” is very popular in Turkmenistan. Actually, it’s also wide-spread in other nations but variously pronounced in each case–”Sardar” [in Turkey and India], “Sardor” [in Tajikistan]. And the name has two meanings–”leader” and “servant”.

      For the most part, Turkmenistan is a Muslim country, but our family never really was religious—just observing common traditional feasts as most Turkmens do. Buy-in-large, my life was pretty normal secular. But it was in Moscow, Russia, where I moved in 1999, that I met Jesus in October 31, 2002, what had totally transformed my life.

      I went there [Moscow] in pursuit of a happy life, but all my hopes soon failed, and I basically lost the meaning with my life. I had this strong pain inside caused by the failure of my dreams and felt tremendous void inside at times. It was then that I ended up going to an evangelical congregation and got born again.

      Now I have a wonderful family—an amazingly great wife and two cute toddlers, and we are a part of that congregation I got saved in where we serve the Lord together.

      That the story in a nutshell:)

      With best wishes,

      Serdar

    20. David Roberts
      February 14th, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

      @Serdar,

      Thanks for sharing. It’s always wonderful to hear about the Lord reaching people, happy to hear about your family, to him be all the glory.

      Have you read Joel Richardson’s book – The Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist?

    21. Serdar
      February 14th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

      @David,

      Morning David (evening your time), no I haven’t. I have read though Jonathan Kahn’s “The Harbinger” and watched and listed to multiple interviews about the topic.

      Which city do you live in n the US?

      Serdar

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