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What Does the Bible Say About Tongues?
Is today’s modern gift of tongues the same as it is in the New Testament? Absolutely NOT! The modern tongues movement is definitely NOT what happened on the Day of Pentecost as described in the New Testament.
Acts 2:2-3 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (KJV)
Consider these questions:
(1) Is there a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind in churches today? Answer . . . NO!
(2) Does this sound from heaven fill all the house where they sit today? Answer . . . NO!
(3) Do cloven tongues like as of fire appear and sit upon each of them today? Answer . . . NO! Absolutely NOT!!!
Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (KJV)
Acts 2:9-11 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_acts_ch2.htm
Consider more questions:
(4) Each of those present at Pentecost were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the Gospel in a LANGUAGE that the person did not know. Does this happen in today’s modern Pentecostal churches? Answer . . . NO!
(5) Acts 2:9-11 lists the sixteen LANGUAGES which were spoken that day. Are ANY common LANGUAGES spoken at these churches? Answer . . . NO! It is mumbo-jumbo gibberish that no one can understand?
What Does the Bible Say About Tongues?
Speaking-in-Tongues is a Satanic form of witchcraft that is practiced in many churches today; such as Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Church of Christ and many Ecumenical Churches that wrongly ENCOURAGE inter-denominational fellowship at the expense of Biblical doctrine and moral standards.
One of the clearest proofs from the Bible that speaking-in-tongues is NOT for today is the fact that the Apostle Paul mentioned speaking-in-tongues ONLY to the church at Corinth. If, as Pentecostals claim, Paul was instructing the church on how to speak in tongues, then WHY was it done ONLY in the church at Corinth? I think it is quite clear that Paul was rebuking them for the carnal and worldly heresy of speaking-in-tongues. 1 Cor. 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch3.htm
The heresy of tongues had crept into the church at Corinth and God put it in Paul's heart to expose this wicked practice.
In all of Paul's 14 writings in the New Testament, it was ONLY to the church of Corinth that Paul mentions the subject of speaking-in-tongues. If speaking-in-tongues were a sign of being saved or filled with the Spirit, then the Apostle Paul and the other Apostles certainly would have mentioned tongues in EVERY epistle; but they do not. In 1 Corinthians, Paul is really rebuking the church for being selfish, carnal Christians, for edifying only themselves instead of doing something to edify the church.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/john_commentary_ch14.html
Jesus promised us the Comforter, but there is absolutely NO mention of His saying that we had to speak in tongues. NONE! NOT even one place in the Bible! The apostate Churches of Christ are notorious for demonic speaking-in-tongues, which is actually dealing in familiar spirits of devils. Anyone who claims to have spoken in jibber-jabber tongues is admitting that they are carnal, and likely not saved, and they are woefully ignorant of the Word of God . . . because there is NOT one place in all the Bible that tell us we must speak in tongues!
Of all the churches that Paul wrote to in the New Testament, it was ONLY the church at Corinth whom he mentions as having had the experience of speaking-in-tongues. That plainly teaches us that speaking-in-tongues is NOT a sign of salvation or being filled with the Spirit. IF it were necessary for us to speak in tongues to be saved, JESUS would have told us to do it . . . He did NOT tell us that ANYWHERE!
The spiritual gift of tongues mentioned in the Bible were languages of men (Acts 2:4-8) the Spirit gave them utterance to speak in tongues (languages), and the people were able to understand them. They understood by either the one exercising the gift or another present so all would understand and be edified.
1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch12.htm
1 Corinthians 14:2-6 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch14.htm
Paul rebuked the Corinthians about the misuse of the gifts of tongues. The one who spoke in a tongue either understood what he was saying as he uttered the previously unknown language to him or someone else would interpret.
1 Corinthians 14:8-14For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (KJV)
Confusion occurred among the people when the speaker who uttered the tongues did not make the message known afterwards or failed to have an interpreter. This resulted with those who heard not being edified and enlightened; and as far as their understanding, it was not fruitful. The one who spoke, was edified by what he said in the same way as those in the church were edified and built up when they heard God's Truth spoken in their native language (v. 4). Edification or enlightenment requires understanding on the one who hears.
The person who spoke a tongue (LANGUAGE) on the Day of Pentecost, did NOT utter senseless, unintelligible, ecstatic gibberish. Those today, who claim to speak in tongues in this way are NOT exercising the Biblical gift of tongues. A person cannot express praise to God without clearly speaking words.
1 Cor. 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. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch14.htm
Being filled with the Spirit means being under His control, it is not an experience that departs from Scriptural standards.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. (KJV)
If one is constantly speaking in a tongue, not knowing what he is saying and is unable to control his mouth, he is not under the control of the Holy Spirit of God, but instead of the devil.
Tongues are languages according to the Bible.
Acts 2, Godly Tongues, Spiritual 1 Cor. Ungodly Tongues, Carnal
Certain foreign languages used, Acts 2:6 Unknown tongues, 1 Cor.14:2,4
The Holy Spirit is the Interpreter, Acts 2:6-8 Humans are the interpreters, 1 Cor.14:13
A Jewish background, Acts 2:14, 22 A Gentile background, 1 Cor.1:2
A Jewish feast day, Pentecost, Acts 2:1 No special day involved
Only apostles talked in tongues, Acts 1:26 Everyone talked in tongues, 1 Cor.14:23,26
Edified those that heard, Acts 2:11 Edified only themselves, 1 Cor.14:4
A definite mighty rushing wind, Acts 2:2 No mighty rushing wind anywhere
Cloven tongues like as of fire, Acts 2:3 No cloven tongues
No women speaking Women spoke though forbidden,1 Cor.14:34
Tongues are a sign to the Jews, 1 Cor.1:22 We are to walk by faith, not signs, Heb.11:6
Peter is the main speaker, Acts 2:14, Gal.2:7-8 Paul speaks,1 Co.1:1; Rom.11:13; 15:16
All done decently and in order All done disorderly, 1 Co.14:33
Many were saved, Acts 2:41 Many considered as barbarians, 1Co.14:11,23
Spoke to men, Acts 2:6 Spoke into the air, 1 Cor.14:9
Mature Christian leadership, Acts 1:26 Carnal Christian leadership, 1 Co.3:1; 12:1; 14:20
No rebuke given to tongues speakers Rebuked for misuse of tongues, 1 Cor.14:19
All words clearly understood, Acts 2:6 Words not understood,1 Co.14:8-11, 14-15
Scriptural tongues Unscriptural tongues, 1 Cor.14:19-20
Holy Spirit glorified God, Acts 2:11 Glorified the Holy Spirit, not God, Jn 15:26; 16:14
Were profitable and fruitful, Acts 2:6 Considered unprofitable, 1 Cor. 14:6
NOWHERE in the Book of Acts do you find the term Baptism of the Holy Ghost in connection with speaking in tongues.
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is related to salvation, NOT tongues (1 Cor.12:13).
There is absolutely NO command, anywhere in the Bible to speak with unknown tongues.
Anyone who does NOT have the Holy Spirit is NOT saved (Rom.8:9; 1 Jn.4:13).
A wicked generation is always seeking a sign (Mat.12:39).
The tongues movement of today is absolutely NOT the Acts 2 tongues, but the carnal tongues of 1 Corinthians.
The tongues of the Bible (in both Acts and 1 Corinthians) were ALWAYS understandable, known, established, common, every day languages; NOT indiscernible gibberish and noises as used by the Charismatic Movement in today’s modern times.
God always began the miracle of tongues in the Bible, NOT men (Acts 2 and 10). It is the complete opposite today; men (and women) are behind the false tongues movement spoken in Pentecostal churches today.
The gift of tongues in 1 Corinthians was simply using known languages, which some did not understand, so Paul told them not to speak in foreign languages in multi-lingual congregations unless an interpreter was present. Consider that the gift of tongues in 1 Corinthians is totally different than the miracle of tongues in Acts 2. In Acts 2, Peter spoke in Greek, but at least 16 different nations heard each man in his own language. Only God can do this!
This humble servant of Jesus has been involved in two occasions of speaking in tongues; one was in a Pentecostal Church and the other happened in a friend's home, when her Pentecostal sisters were going to PRAY over my pain so I would not have to go to a chiropractor. BOTH these incidents were utter confusion and chaos, and I was SO glad to get away from there!
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