Pentecostal Man With Gift Of Interpretation Sent To KJV Only Church To Explain Bible
Gene Simmons has attended Faith Assembly of God in Greensburg, Indiana his whole life. He has served in various ministry capacities over the years. As a teen he discovered that he had the spiritual gift of interpretation, which he would regularly use during worship services when someone spoke in an unknown tongue. But he never considered himself a missionary. That changed when God sent him to Calvary Independent Fundamental Baptist Church in Columbus, IN.
“I just felt God pulling my heart one Sunday morning,” relates Simmons. “All night I was dreaming about Christopher Columbus. And he was talking to me, and I couldn’t understand him. I watched him sail away, and God woke me up. Obviously God wanted me to go to Columbus and translate for someone.”
Gene stopped at the first church in Columbus. He went inside. He felt out of place, but tried to worship with the congregation the best he could. When Brother Steve Franklin stood up to preach, the mission became clear to Simmons, who tells what happened next.
“I was trying to follow along, but I couldn’t understand what the preacher was saying. It turns out he was speaking something that sounded like a prehistoric form of English. But no one in the congregation speaks that way… ever. I was looking at my NIV, and nothing matched up. And The Message that I keep as a backup was not even close. The Holy Ghost told me that the preacher was using a King James Authorized Version 1611. I prayed that God would use me. All of a sudden I stood up and started explaining what the preacher was saying, and I was doing it in 2019 English. I looked around and it was like lightbulbs were coming on over people’s heads. After the sermon the preacher thanked me, but told me to never let it happen again. But he also asked if I would help him prepare his sermons every week.”
“I must preach out of the Bible with the unknown tongue, but I would like to be able to explain it better. There is nothing in our charter that says I can’t use a translator in preparation,” explained Brother Franklin.