I am posting some thoughts on “Speaking in tongues” becuase I am asked about it every now and then. I actually jotted these thoughts down several years ago. This is not meant to state what I believe speaking in tongues is or isn’t but to simply give Scriptural truths that must create a boundry of what it might mean. Anything outside these boundaries is obviously, to me, unbiblical. Defintions of tongues that fit within these boundries may still be debateable.
  1. You cannot confess “Jesus is Lord” apart form the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:3)
  2. The Holy Spirit determines who has what gifts. (1 Cor. 12:11)
  3. Everyone is NOT to speak in tongues. (Tongues does not prove you are a Christian nor are they essential to being a Christian.) (1 Cor. 12:30)
  4. The greatest demonstration of our relationship with Jesus is love. (1 Cor. 13)
  5. Tongues do not edify the church (the purpose of spiritual gifts) apart from interpretation. (1 Cor. 14:4-5)
  6. Tongues is not the greatest gift to be desired. (1 Cor. 14:1)
  7. Prayer should be with spirit and mind. (1 Cor. 14:14-15)
  8. Paul spoke in tongues but would rather speak intelligible words. (1 Cor. 14:18-19)
  9. If tongues are spoken, only 2 or 3 may speak and they may only speak if there is an interpreter. (1 Cor. 14:27-28)
  10. We are not to forbid speaking in tongues, but services are to be orderly and peaceful. (1 Cor. 14:32, 40)
Additional Thoughts:
  • In Acts 2, Speaking in tongues occurred when the disciples preached in foreign languages of visitors that were in Jerusalem. Therefore, some argue that speaking in tongues is being given the ability to speak in another known language that one did not previously understand.
  • Throughout Acts, tongues was a demonstration that a new people group recieved the gospel. Some (Ethiopian Eunich) did not speak in tongues after being saved.
  • Tongues is not the measurement of one’s spirituality or the sign of having the Holy Spirit. At salvtion (entering into a relationship with G0d through HIs Son Jesus) we receive the Holy Spirit. Epehsians 1:13, 14

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