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Since all the Pentecostal and Charismatic manifestations, including tongues, are appearing at the same time, we must presume that all, including tongues, come from the same spirit. Therefore, we must absolutely determine if these tongues, which many cling to while rejecting the other manifestations, are of the Holy Spirit or not. 

For our purposes we will focus on Dr. Marcus Bach who, in 1969, wrote, Inner Ecstasy: The Power and Glory of Speaking in Tongues. Bach believed that all roads lead to God. A Director of and lecturer for, Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship conferences and author of many books, his influence was widespread.

The Annual Conference of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International (SFFI) 1 to be held June 15-18, 2000 was called, " Frontiers of Consciousness In the New Millennium." This occult conference is jointly sponsored by the SFFI (45th annual conference) and The Academy of Religion and Psychical Research (25th meeting of the Annual conference) The SFFI is located in Philadelphia, PA.

The June 2000 Conference was to be held at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, with Conference workshops to include: Joy in the Morning: Mystical Prayer and Meditative Moments; Another Side of the Near-Death Experience; Kundalini in the New Millennium; Spirit Images: A Slide Presentation; The Expansion of Consciousness in the New Millennium; Astrology: What Do Your Stars Say'?

Speakers to this year's conference include psychotherapists, astrologers, healers, retired clergy, seekers, naturopaths and so on. The SFFI and its members are involved in related study in metaphysics, paranormal phenomena, ESP, biofeedback, Holistic Health, etc.

The SFFI Mission statement "... is to illuminate, for all people, the reality of life after physical death."

The co-sponsor of the Conference,  The Academy of Religion and Psychical Research (ARPR) 2 which was formed in October 1972, is, of course, related to the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) mentioned in the articles, The 'god ' in Every Man; What Happened in Africa? and Jacob Prasch & the JSSR. It is "An Academic Affiliate of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International"

The ARPR, as an academic affiliate, has the following three stated purposes on its site: 3

"FIRST, to encourage dialogue, exchange of ideas and cooperation between clergy and academics of religion and philosophy and scientists, researchers and academics of all scientific and humanistic disciplines in the fields of psychical research and new disciplines as well as the historic sciences.

SECOND, to conduct an education program for these scholars, the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship membership and the general public, blending data already available in the area of their common interest with the interchange of views stimulated in these scholars, to the end that both the scientific and religion communities may be better informed about such facts and views and their propriety, value and respectability.

THIRD, to work closely with, and offer good offices to, all reputable organizations having related interests in the fields of education, religion, science and psychical research

The ARPR is associated with such groups as the Theosophical Society and the already mentioned SPR. The American branch, as discussed in "The 'god' In Every Man," was formed as an extension of the British SPR. According to the website for the ASPR, their history 4 involves some names common to both.

"...The American Society for Psychical Research, first organized in 1885 with astronomer Simon Newcomb as president, later became a branch of the British Society for Psychical Research, founded in 1882, and functioned in Boston under the guidance of Richard Hodgson, formerly of Cambridge University, until his death in 1905. A newly-organized and independent ASPR was soon thereafter established in New York with James H. Hyslop, formerly Professor of Logic and Ethics at Columbia University, as its secretary and treasurer. During the years between 1906 and his death in 1920, Professor Hyslop greatly expanded the scope of the Society's work and built up its endowment fund. Publication of the Journal  5 was initiated in 1907 and has continued uninterruptedly to the present Among the distinguished contributors of the past may be mentioned the physicists Sir William Barrett and Sir Oliver Lodge; the psychologists William James and Gardner Murphy, both of whom played major roles in the development of the ASPR. The contemporary scene in psychical research includes philosophers, psychologists and physicists, many of them on the faculty of distinguished universities and colleges here and abroad."

In the online article, the Rockefeller Bloodline, 6 the author recorded that The Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship (SFF) was  founded in 1956 in Independence, MO. "Their address was Exec. Plaza, 10715 Winner Rd, 64052."

"...Two prominent men in SFF are Marcus Bach and Gardner Murphy. They both have interesting backgrounds. Marcus Bach shows the touch of the Rockefellers. Marcus Bach, born in 1906, is director of special projects for SFF. The Rockefeller Foundation granted him a fellowship in “research and creative writing” from 1934-36. Gardner Murphy was the consultant in 1950 for UNESCO in New Delhi to the Hindus of the Indian Ministry of Education. From ‘52-’68 he was director of research at the Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS. (Yes, psychology is led mainly by occultists!) Menninger himself is a member of several environmental groups for the elite, an Honorary trustee of the Aspen Institute, a Freemason, member of ACLU, and a close associate of W. Clement Stone. W. Clement Stone in turn is also a Mason, a member of the occult American Society for Psychical Research, and the financial backer of the Menninger Foundation. The Federal Council of Churches was financed to a large extent by Rockefeller money."

According to the author of SPIRIT ENTRY INTO HUMAN MIND 7, Dr. Marcus Bach moved from Holy-Roller tent meetings to the world of the occult and séances.

"...His father was a member of the Presbyterian church; his mother of the Reformed faith, (now United Church of Christ). Bach's father had an interest in fundamental religionists and their soul-filled worship practices. He would take young Bach with him to holy-roller tent revivals and camp meetings in the years...With the strong interest of his parents in religious life Bach was initially persuaded to attend Mission House College and Seminary near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At the end of his third year he devised means to leave and moved on to the secular environment of a state university. He obtained a graduate fellowship which took him to various parts of the country and encounters with a wide spectrum of religious faiths... By the time of World War II he [Bach] had experience with many different religions and contacts with widely assorted cults and sects. Those contacts led him to Ralph G. Pressing, then editor of the Psychic Observer. After attending a séance and mind-reading session in Hollywood, which was obviously fraudulent, he expressed a strong desire to learn more about true spiritualist performances. Pressing suggested they travel to Chesterfield, Indiana and the spiritualist center located in that town. The center is still operating today."  

Bach was involved in séances at the spiritualist "Camp Chesterfield" where he "conversed with" his dead sister and also had a fifteen minute "conversation" with, "... Dr. William James, famous philosopher and scholar, then deceased, who had been conjured up by the medium." William James helped found the American Society for Psychical Research. See: The 'god' IN Every Man

Of his many ventures, we find "Dr. Marcus Bach......State University of Iowa"  listed on the ORIGINAL NICAP BOARD OF GOVERNORS 8, that is, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena,  aka UFO's. Bach actually left the University to become a full time Director of SFFI.  Bach has also been acclaimed among the B'ahai for his writings about their faith, as mentioned on their website which included the "bahai-library" 9:  "Marcus Bach acquired a certain fame amongst Baha'is for his book Shoghi Effendi: An Appreciation (New York: Hawthorne Books, 1958), one of the longest tributes to the Guardian by a non-Baha'i..."

Some of Dr. Bach's new age teachings included the following affirmation text 10, which includes the teaching of the inner light which we have discussed in-depth in our previous article: "...You are a distinctive and individual expression of a Creative Force. You are not a blueprint or a carbon copy or a ditto of anyone past, present or future. You are you and there is no one quite like you in the world....Talk about living well! Who lives better than the one who is true to his own inner light?...This inner world grows as we will to believe in it. It is not through searching or feverish groping that we enter into it. It is through the gateway of our will to believe. You will to believe that because you are an individual expression of God there is purpose, real and meaningful, in your life, and you will to believe that to achieve this purpose you are also equipped with the talent and potential necessary for its achievement. Will to believe it!..."

Bach, whose writings are used as a resource for occultists across the spectrum, wrote "The Unity Way", which is used as a Resource for the theology of Unity School of Christianity, Lee's Summit, MO.  The website for the Unity School 11 of Christianity explains their beliefs.

"Unity School of Christianity : Mission Statement: Unity School of Christianity is a center of spiritual light for the people of the world. We are dedicated to letting this light shine so brightly that people become more aware of their spiritual nature and express it in their daily lives. We address physical, mental, and emotional needs through affirmative prayer and spiritual education. We serve those who seek inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings as their primary path of spiritual growth."

" Our Vision: We, as an Association practicing the principles taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ, serve one another all over the world with loving leadership, integrity, and excellence. Our vision is expressed through a consciousness of love, authenticity, open mindedness, cohesiveness, responsiveness, decisiveness, prayer, progressiveness, equality, professionalism and relevance. We are committed to living a God-centered life, continually developing and providing creative, spiritually sound, and socially responsible programs, materials, and training. We assist and support one another as we serve humanity in all its cultural diversity.

"Sacred Texts: The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are the main religious text used by Unity followers. However, all writings of all world religions are respected. "Unity believes that there is good in every religion on earth" (Charles Fillmore).

"...Many in Unity believe in a form of reincarnation. After death the soul is believed to leave the body, and to live again in another human body."

"...Jesus Christ: Unity rejects the traditional view that Jesus is a deity to be worshipped. At no time did Jesus tell his disciples to worship him. We look upon Jesus as a great healer, miracle worker, and mystic who had a direct access to God. We believe that his actions can be emulated by us today."

It becomes very obvious that Marcus Bach was not a follower of Jesus Christ. His world was the occult and the search for and embracement of, the universalism of belief.  That is why the significance of his experience of tongues while involved in the Pentecostal movement, prior to his above activities, is important to understand.

1 Timothy 6:20 "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:" 

Bach's, "Inner Ecstasy: The Power and Glory of Speaking in Tongues" reveals the manifestations embraced by Pentecostals and Charismatics to be the same as those embraced by occultists and recorded throughout history in various god or goddess rituals and worship. We are not speaking of "other languages," but rather, unintelligible gibberish, which is claimed by many partakers to be a gift of God.

Recounting the experience of his close friend, Joseph Wannamaker, at a Pentecostal healing service, followed by his own "Baptism," Bach wrote:

"...I saw Joseph's luminous face...I swear his shock of black hair had an aura around it, blue-white, brilliant, a radiant aura reaching to his shoulders...the aura's light enfolded him...It was then that the congregation exploded with shouts of 'Praise the Lord!"...This was how we entered into Joseph's rapture...It was a healing miracle...But for the grace of God and Pentecostal prayers...All this came back to me now as I pressed my head deeper into my arms, leaving thoughts of Joseph in order to reconsider myself. My knees ached. My body convulsed as if I were deliberately trying to force myself into the Baptismal fire."

"The Baptism, Lord! The Baptism for my friend! The Baptism for my good friend and brother!"

"It was no use. I was reaching out for something which wasn't out but in. I cursed my ungullible mind for hanging on to reason, while my ego praised me for not going out-of-my-mind. My body grew tense. Tense and tenser to a breaking point."

"A strange thing was happening. I was feeling light, relaxed, trancelike. I was aware that my lips were moving and that I was mumbling incoherently. Something was using my vocal cords, jabbering something through me. Short, sharp, stabbing gasps were getting the upper hand, taking me over, clearing a spiral path with a jargon I did not understand. ...Joseph's voice. My voice. God's voice. It was all one...Not my words. Not my language. It was by no means I who was speaking into my nestled arms. This was what the Pentecostals called the unknown tongue or glossolalia."

"I was conscious of what was happening, but as I contemplated this, the I that I thought I knew began moving out of range, moving into the shadows, forced into retreat by an oncoming blob of light. My body was shaking. I was hot and cold. An ecstatically pleasant, thrilling surge of passion swept through me as if the Holy Ghost, whatever it was, had finally found an entry and was rushing in to take control."

"The shaft of light was real and visible behind my tightly closed eyes. The more I tried to block it out, the more intense it became. The more I let go of my resistance to it, the faster it took form, setting up a blur of whirling scenes:...crowds of people battling for and against my search for the Baptism....Overpowered and overcome, I felt my arms lifted up in sheer delight...I answered his exclamation with a rush of gibberish welling up from deep inside me, I burst into hysterical laughter and weeping and sprawled on the floor in freedom and delight...It was insanely wonderful. For the first time in my life a liberty beyond understanding and a joy that knew no bounds had hold of me. Just to lie on the floor and roll in the floor and shout prayers to God in a voice and words that only He could recognize, that only He could have put in my heart in the first place, to know that for once there was no separation between us, no quarrel, no quibbling about what is good or bad, true or false, white or black, pure or sinful, knowing only that whatever is, is right, that must have been what I was talking about in my "unknown tongue." p. 14-16

"...The outpour of the heavenish words...I was saying it now in a "language of the Spirit" of which I understood not a single word. Mine was a feeling, a feeling that I was being spoken through." p. 17

"My words were drowned in a flood of ecstatic laughter. It was the silliest thing. I was again being spoken through. Words spewed out of me..."I am Ishmael's offspring!" The expression came from  the same source from which I was getting all my "wisdom and power." From the Holy Spirit. Straight from the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Third Person of the Trinity. Praise the Lord."

"It was all mine. Everything I needed to know was mine. Anything I ever wanted to be was mine..." p.17 end quote.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."

Since all receive the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, to receive "another baptism" of a spirit is Biblically to receive another spirit. It is Biblical to keep "being filled" with the Spirit.

Bach, Joseph and the other Pentecostals were babbling back and forth in the same unintelligible language. 

Question: If one does not know what is being babbled in this unintelligible tongue, how does one know whether  they are praising or blaspheming God? Can a person not belonging to Jesus Christ lay claim to praising God with a gift of the Holy Spirit?

James 3:5-6 "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. v. 13 "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." v. 17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

Matthew 12:30-33 "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit."

Paul wrote that when the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, it was with groanings which can not be uttered. Those groanings cannot be Spoken.

Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Paul also wrote to the Corinthians that there were to be no tongues--other languages-- spoken unless there was an interpreter and then only one or two were to speak and in order. If everyone is babbling incoherent gibberish, whether like described above or in group prayer as individuals, how is that being Biblically obedient?

1 Corinthians 14:27-28 "If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church: and let him speak to himself, and to God."

The manifestations Bach described as being identical to that of his Pentecostal friend, 'Joseph', are described in like manner by those who achieve 'cosmic consciousness'  and which we discussed in "The 'god' In Every Man." and More Manifestations & Less Bible! The manifestations and concept of having all knowledge and so on is also the same as was described as taking place with Fox, Boehme and many others. Yes, the "expression" Bach describes and all that was happening did come from the same source.  However, that the source was God is what will be put to the test. 

First, there is a need to evaluate whether the disciples who received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost behaved in this described manner. Did they:

  • Babble gibberish which no one could understand? 
  • Laugh and weep uncontrollably and hysterically? 
  • Have convulsions? 
  • Roll around on the floor shouting at God? 
  • Believe that they knew all things and everything they wanted to be was theirs?
  • Was the knowledge that they were sinful removed from them?
  • Were they given the idea that whatever they thought or believed was right before God? 

A perusal of Acts and other Scriptures would indicate otherwise on all questions. 

If one has the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling. What was it, then, that controlled Bach's body and vocal chords? In order to have the Holy Spirit, you have to belong to Jesus Christ. It's that simple.

Romans 8:9-10 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

1 Corinthians 6:19 -20 "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

To our understanding, what took place at Pentecost was a gifting of languages, as those in attendance spoke the wonderful things of God and every person heard in their own language. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 of the purpose of tongues or languages, 

“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people, and yet for all that they will not hear me, saith the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe."

Paul specifically addressed the idea of all in a church speaking tongues, something advocated by Peter Wagner and supported by Billy Graham. v.23 "If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?"

Will God contradict those statements by having groups of people doing what Marcus Bach described and which activities both Pentecostal's and Charismatic's engage in, in varying degrees? 

1Corinthians 14:26  “How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”

 1Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 

Please understand that this is not suggesting that any who engage in this activity have not accepted Jesus Christ nor is it affirmation that they have. God knows the hearts, we do not. There are some pastors who have suggested that the emotional yearning to receive this 'gift of tongues' is so strong as to cause a person to respond from what they have heard others say, and merely mimic what they have heard. Tongues is listed as the least of the giftings, and Paul said to desire the best gifts, which then excludes tongues. See: one former Charismatic's experience of tongues

We firmly believe that a person can not be possessed by another spirit unless they are forfeiting Christ or have never honestly accepted Him. 

Jesus himself said in Luke 11:34-36:

 "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."

Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other..." 

 

Next Section: Universal Tongues and Manifestations 

Previous Section:  Pentecostal Tongues  & "The Inner Ecstasy"

    Footnotes


* Marcus Bach, The Inner Ecstasy; The World Publishing Company, New York and Cleveland; 1969

72. http://www.rapidnest.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/hayford/

73. Charisma vs. Charismania , Chuck Smith, Harvest House Publishers, 1983, p. 113, 110

77. Association of Fundamentalists Evangelizing Catholics Resolution on Ex Catholics For Christ (renamed Reaching Catholics for Christ) and Separation   http://www.angelfire.com/ky/dodone/Reso.html

1. http://www.spiritualfrontiers.org/

2. http://www.lightlink.com/arpr/

3. http://www.lightlink.com/arpr/#PURPOSES

4. http://www.aspr.com/who.htm

5. http://www.aspr.com/jaspr.htm

6. http://user.tninet.se/~gbl020q/rockefeller_bloodline.htm

7. http://www.world-destiny.org/entry2.html

8. http://www.spookyfox.freeuk.com/first.htm

9. http://bahai-library.org/newspapers/cc.second.look.html

10. http://www2.powr.net/skyward/affirmations/bach.txt

11. http://www.unitytustin.org/unity.htm

 

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