Sign Gifts


Is Speaking in Tongues for Today?
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 03, 2019)

Question: “Does the Bible say that Believers today should be speaking in tongues?”

Answer: Tongues were for the audiences of the first century apostles…no one else.

Mark 16:15-19 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Notice the words of Jesus in the above passages.

1. Jesus told the apostles to preach the Gospel.

2. He said those that believe. Who are the “those” Jesus was speaking of? Every man, woman, and child that the apostles would preach the Gospel to.

3. Those who hear the apostles preach (we do not hear the apostles preach today, we hear men teach what the apostles preached) will experience the following signs…

a) The shall cast out devils
b) They shall speak with new tongues
c) They shall take up serpents
d) If they drink poison, it will not harm them
e) They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Now, if (b) above is true for today, then (a), (c), (d), & (e) are also true for today.

I am sure many here are familiar with the A&E show “Snake Salvation”. Remember Jamie Coots, the pastor that was bitten by a poisonous snake?

Members of his church who preached in his pulpit and handled snakes and fire with him laid hands on him. And yet…

…he did not recover.

But Jesus said that those that believe shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Not might, but shall.

So, what happened? Is Jesus a liar? Of course not! The only possible conclusion one can arrive at as to why Pastor Coots did not recover is that the promise Jesus made was not for this day and time.

Jesus was speaking of a specific people…the people who would hear the apostles speaking firsthand in the first century. Otherwise, Jamie Coots would not have died from that snake bite.

And, since (e) above is obviously not a promise to Believers today, neither are (a), (b), (c) & (d).

Does Jesus still perform miracles today through other people? He most certainly does! But the fact that many that are sick are prayed over by Believers and they never recover from their infirmities proves that none of the promises Jesus made in Mark 16:15-18 are for today.

Jesus does not promise that we will recover from illness in this life, although we may on occasion be healed.

Death of a Deceiver
by Ronald W Robey

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Last night Linda and I watched a video clip of when Apostolic preacher Jamie Coots was bitten by a serpent at an alleged “church service” and later succumbed to the poison the serpent had injected into his veins.

I say “alleged” because I am not convinced that these people are truly saved. I’ve seen enough videos to know that many of these people will be in a service handling snakes on Sunday and out in the bars, brothels or backroom crack houses on Monday. Many will openly admit it.

These people base their religion on Mark 16:18, which says,

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Now, what I am puzzled about is that the same people who handled snakes that fateful day, laid hands on Jamie Coots and prayed for him…and he didn’t recover.

If Believers “shall” pick up serpents means that “Believers shall pick up serpents”, as these snake handling Apostolics claim, then they “shall” lay hands on the sick and they shall recover means “they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”.

We can only conclude that “they shall pick up serpents” is not speaking of Believers in our present time, otherwise Jamie Coots would still be alive today according to the dictates of the last part of Mark 16:18.

My belief is that Mark 16:15-18 is not speaking of Believers in the apostles’ far away future, but in their immediate future. They (the apostles) were to preach the Gospel to every creature, (humanity) and those creatures (humanity) who Believed them (the apostles) would most certainly pick up serpents. Those who heard the apostles preaching in person would lay hands on the sick and see the sick recover.

Mark 16:18 is not giving Apostolics instruction to pick up serpents…as the death of Jamie Coots clearly demonstrates. Pastor Jamie Coots spent several years of his life tempting God and teaching members of his congregation to tempt God until the serpent bit him and he bit the dust.