The reading of this book will help to enlighten those who are concerned and perhaps confused in the face of the flood tide of subjectivism which has burst upon the Church, carrying with it souls who are poorly grounded in experiences which are subtly labeled as being biblical. Two pitfalls are pointed out: The dangerous error of counterfeiting the truth in this manner; the chilling error of a dead orthodoxy.
Most of those who have preceded G.-F. Rendal in dealing with this doctrine of speaking in tongues have often dealt with it in a presumptuous spirit common to the doctrine's opponents. Their process of reasoning, drawing conclusions, and application of these to the problem at hand are all too frequently suffocating, incomplete, and prejudiced. Thus, they remain unconvincing or at least not convincing enough.
G.-F. Rendal approaches this doctrinal problem and deals with it from the inside out. He, as it were, takes a step back and looks at it both objectively and subjectively. He shows it to be an outdated, erroneous or fraudulent teaching.
Under his pen, the whole body of Scripture is convincingly shown to be harmonious.
It is highly desirable that pastors, those responsible in local churches, assemblies and bookstores, as well as editors of Christian periodicals, and teachers in Bible Institutes and Seminaries recommend this book so as to give it the publicity it deserves.
My wife and I had the joyous privilege of serving our Lord Jesus Christ for over 32 years on the Island of Martinique in the French West Indies. During the latter months of our missionary church-planting ministry there we learned of G.-F. RENDAL's book I Speak in Tongues More Than You All. After a careful reading of this unusual book we felt that we should do all we could to acquaint everyone possible with his treatment of every scripture text having to do with this question of speaking in tongues.
The modern-day teachings and practices erroneously based on these texts have sown untold confusion worldwide.
It is certainly no understatement to say that his treatment of this modern doctrinal aberration (his quotations of Augustine are refreshing) is the most complete, competent and convincing of any writing we had seen on the subject. Mr. RENDAL's fair, lucid and thorough examination of the subject, based on a background of personal knowledge and experience, deserves a wide reading.
As missionary church planters looking forward to further Gospel ministry in France, we delight to add our personal recommendation of this significant work, encouraging everyone who has any interest whatsoever in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to examine this book with great care.
May God's rich blessing multiply its usefulness to untold numbers of people.
Rev. & Mrs. John WEEKS
How surprised I was when, the day after my conversion from the world to Jesus Christ, I found that supposedly stable, spiritual and dedicated people-people being used by the Holy Spirit for the salvation of souls-bristled at the mention of the gifts of the Spirit, especially that of speaking in tongues. I sadly listened to them run down the work that God was doing through those whom they ironically called "holy rollers". With the delicacy of a bulldozer plowing into a mountain they silenced any objections, like "the gift of tongues no longer exists" or "that was only for the apostolic period" with sweeping declarations which I considered to be dogmatic and hollow. I was more impressed with their conviction than by their arguments. For, to tell the truth, they did not defend their beliefs biblically. In their churches the subject of tongues was as taboo as sex or healing; they just did not talk about it, and that was that! It was as if they said with an air of superiority, "I know all that by heart..." (An ironic song known by the French which makes fun of the school "inspector" who wants to teach a lesson to those who know more than he does.)
I didn't dare discuss the subject with them because I was young, inexperienced and had little Bible knowledge. But as elementary as my knowledge of the Word was, I wondered how these people could miss the many texts in the New Testament which refer to speaking in tongues.
As for myself, even if I wanted to ignore them (which was not the case), I could not do so. I wondered how a small part of the evangelical world was able to play hide-and-seek with these passages. They might be ignored in preaching, but it was impossible in the reading and personal study of the Scriptures. To me they seemed to be everywhere in the New Testament.
To ignore them seemed as serious as ignoring the Apostle Peter in the Gospels. Had not Jesus said, "And these signs will accompany those who have believed in My name: they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents; and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)? Certainly all those who have believed unto salvation do not have to prove their faith by each one casting out demons or by all drinking a poisonous beverage or by all eating poisonous mushrooms without harm or by all speaking in tongues or by each one healing some sick person. But do we have the right to take away such a piece from the marvelous puzzle of the whole Bible picture? One day someone told me in all seriousness that it was satanic. Wow! I have learned that he has since modified his opinion. How can we ignore that so many Christians have had the experience of speaking in tongues and that they testify of having received great blessing? Can we pass over in silence, or try to hush the fact that in the world it is the Pentecostal Churches that are growing the fastest (except for Islam and perhaps Jehovah's Witnesses)? The work done among the gypsies of Europe is due to their activity, and it is remarkable. Did not the Apostle Paul, who has been called the greatest since the Great One, say, "I speak in tongues more than you all (I Cor 14:18)? This citation of the great apostle to the nations has been chosen as the title of this book.