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How To Speak In Tongues

A Christian friend, who I know to be a strong strong beliefer, asked me what he should do to speak in tongues. What should I tell him, what is your opinion?

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Eph.4:5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Holy spirit baptising you into the body of christ no water involved
evidence: change in your life.
---michael_e on 12/21/09


Hi Mima
When I and everyone i know speaks in tongues it is a tongue unknown to themselves
I beleive it was a miracle that the hearers could understand in their own language nevertheless Praying in tongues is principally for speaking to God (1Corin14,2) but occassionally in my experience by a miracle someone hears and understands in their own language but its an unknown language to the speaker I hope this helps.
---Rodney on 12/20/09


"a preacher from Four-Square Gospel Church came to preach in our Church, spoke in tongues during pastoral prayer & i heard it in English, months before i ever spoke in tongue. "
---Adetunji on 12/17/09

Here in the above statement is described what I believe happened on the day of pentecost.

The disciples were speaking in tongues(unknown tongues) but the hearers heard in their own language. I know for a fact that this took place once in China and here
---Adetunji in speaking of the same thing taking place.
---mima on 12/19/09


Hi Adetunji
I certainly had a sense of euphoria when I recieved the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues but that has passed but the speaking in tongues has not passed it is a constant reminder of what the Lord has done for me which i can share as i keep myself built up on my most holy Faith praying in the Holy Spirit 1Corinthians14,14 Jude 20
---Rodney on 12/17/09


Rodney, thank you for stating the experience you have had & heard of. But God is greater than our experience. The evening we were prayed for to receive the HS in church, what happened to me was my whole body vibrated for ~1hr, ~30min standing & ~30min sitting. Some spoke in tongues that day. Few Sunday from then a preacher from Four-Square Gospel Church came to preach in our Church, spoke in tongues during pastoral prayer & i heard it in English, months before i ever spoke in tongue.
---Adetunji on 12/17/09




Hi Michael i don't have an answer to every question i just know that the day i recieved the holy spirit and spoke in tongues was the best day of my life and i love sharing this message because the Bible says that this promise is for everyone how they can have their own personal pentecost miracle (Acts2,39) Where Jesus confirms (proves)the word spoken with signs following.Mark16,20
---Rodney on 12/15/09


hi rodney, i read acts 10 and i see the sequence was a little different, then i read acys 19, 1-6 and that was differnt still. then i read I cor.14, again different then i read i cor 14:34 it says women keep silent, a little confusing.
---michael_e on 12/14/09


Hi Michael
Thats a good question Michael but there is a scriptural precedent in Acts10,44-48
Where Cornelius and his household received the Holy spirit speaking in tongues and then Peter Baptised Him to fulfil the commandment
It happened this way to me also and I was baptised a couple of hours later. I know others also like this and some who come up from the water of Baptism calling on the Lord and received the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues while they were still in the water and others who have this experience days or weeks after they were baptised Have you had this experience? Would you like to have it?
---Rodney on 12/14/09


hi rodney, i have a question, you say the lady spoke in tongues and then was water baptised. peter says you recieve the H.S after baptism.
Acts 2:38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
how did this happen?
---michael_e on 12/14/09


Hi Michael
She (Tracey)received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues on Saturday at a church BBQ and got baptised in water at our meeting the next day However it happened before i arrived so i only heard the exciting news secong hand so I don't know any details and I still havent met her yet although my wife has and she seemed very happy
---Rodney on 12/14/09




Rodney, please STOP LIMITTING the Holy Spirit to speaking in tongues. The Holy Spirit had been before the earth-creation Gen1:2. The HS worked in many in the old testament, not for tongues-speaking alone e.g. King David. The Lord Jesus Christ is the full measure of the HS John3:34, HE did not speak in tongues to people's hearing. The Lord Jesus in Mark16:17-18 said "AND THESE SIGNS shall follow...",5 signs shall follow. Why do we have to limit God to one-of-five? The fact that God manifested in Acts 2, Acts 10/11 by the HS does not mean HE had not manifested in other places in the other signs(even more than the FIVE stated in Mark16:17-18).
---Adetunji on 12/14/09


hi rodney, what did she say
---michael_e on 12/13/09


Hi Michael>I think Acts5 gives a key to understanding Acts2,44 In Acts5,4 "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." Ananias wasn't under any sort of rule to give up his land or his money the problem was that he lied to God but no I have never heard of anyone dying on the spot for a similar thing or any other reason like that. Whereas Speaking in tongues is not something that is our own or under our control in the sense that it is given by God as part of the Holy Spirit and everyone I know who has asked for the Holy Spirit has spoken in tongues
A lady had this experience here yesterday
---Rodney on 12/13/09


my point is if we are to follow the example of the acts 2 with tongues etc. what do we do with whese verses?
Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common, 45 And sold their possessions and goods,and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Is this our hour of prayer?
Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
Does Acts 5 happen in our church today. If this is our example, we're doing something wrong
---michael_e on 12/12/09


Hi Michael and Steven
In Acts the disciples who were beleivers received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues(Acts2:4) As did Cornelius who feared God and prayed always (Acts10:2,44-47) And the Ephesians who were believers but were willing to adjust there belief when they heard the full truth (Acts19:2-6)
The people who it seems didn't recieve the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues were the mockers the unbelievers and the sceptics
Acts2,13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Ga 6:7 Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Michael I dont understand what your point is about the selling and sharing of possessions?
---Rodney on 12/12/09


lets not discount these verses

Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common, 45 And sold their possessions and goods,and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
---michael_e on 12/11/09


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go to school and learn a new tongue (language) or Rosseta stone cd's or move to another country were they speak in another tongue.OR do like "tarzan the ape man" there are many congragations (not churches) that will teach yeahba dabah due
---steven-rem7000 on 12/11/09


Speaking in tongues is very real. And you cant teach anything to anyone that God send down from heaven.
You need to ask God to send it to you.
you will not recieve it if your faith is weak. God knows our hearts he knows what we are thinking all the time. we can not fool him.
show God that you want the holy spirit, dont give up so easy. be presisant. this is his holy spirit that were talking about. the creator's spirit, the same spirit that created the universe. Its HOLY....
---batieste on 12/11/09


who were they and why were they repenting?
acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
i have an erv and many more
simple salvation,
I cor 15: 1. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand, 2. By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
---michael_e on 12/11/09


The instruction to repent be baptised and Receive the Holy Spirt which you now see and hear (Acts2,38 & 33) can only be refering to speaking in tongues Nothing else had happened at this point
---Rodney on 12/10/09


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acts 2:37 "what shall we do" was answered in acts 2:38. plus they did sell their possesions. plus not everyone spoke in tongues, i believe it says they all heard.
Also at a later meeting of peter and paul, paul was asked to take collections for the poor saints at jerusalem who had sold all their possesions. I hope this helps
---michael_e on 12/10/09


Hi Michael Lee and Exzucuh
The answer to the question What shall we do? (acts2,37) Involves receiving the Holy Spirit which you now see and hear (Acts2,33)
If people choose to donate all their goods they have the choice but that is not what the people saw and heard. Neither was walking in the Spirit which is necessary but not something you can see instantly but can only be observed over an extended period,
Everyone at pentecost recieved the Holy spirit and spoke in tongues so if people today can receive a Holy Spirit which you can't see and hear then that is different Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
---Rodney on 12/9/09


Hi all ,,Speaking in Tounges is one of Gods gifts an if you will pray an seek him an you really want this gift he will give it to you i no because he gave it to me ..May God Bless all who reads this ....
---jan on 12/8/09


The reason you think speaking in tongues is evidence of the Holy Spirit is because your doctrine teaches that it is. A man saw the results of what happened to some people when the Holy Spirit came on them and like Sherlock homes used his deduction and reasoning and came up with the idea that if you do not speak in tongues you do not have the Holy Spirit.
Now if you would believe what the Word says like you are supposed to, you would know you are wrong. If you believe man over God then God will give you over to your belief and you will find yourself speaking in tongues and living in sin.
---exzucuh on 12/8/09


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//If speaking in tongues isn't evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit then what is..

A changed life that reflects the love that Jesus had for others and the resulting fruits of the Spirit depicted in Galatians 5:22-23 - "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control..."
---Lee1538 on 12/8/09


if speaking in tongues is the evidence of receiving the holy spirit, then would not these verses be part of your salvaton plan?

Acts 2:36..let all(not some)the house of Israel know.. God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye(Israel) have crucified both Lord and Christ 37.. when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and.. the apostles.. what shall we do? 38. Peter said.. Repent(for killing your messiah), and be baptized every one (all)of you.. for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2: 44.. all that believed were together, and had all things common, 45. And sold their possessions and goods(all that they owned), and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
---michael_e on 12/8/09


Hi all
If speaking in tongues isn't evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit then what is

We know from Acts8 that we can rule out being healed having great joy Believing the things concerning The kingdom of God and Jesus Christ and being baptised in water

Because the Samaratins had experienced all these things and yet none of them had received the Holy Spirit See Acts8,5-8,12 & 16-17
---Rodney on 12/8/09


On the day of Pentecost not one person knew what speaking in tongues was. They had never asked God for it, nor did they know what they were doing when it happened to them. Jesus told them to wait for the promise and that was the Holy Spirit. They knew what the Holy Spirit was and they were praying for it. There was also tongues of fire. If you believe speaking in tongues is evidence of the Holy Spirit then you must have the tongues of fire also. And you should be able to speak in other languages because that's what they were doing. They were not Speaking in an unknown tongue they were prophesying in known languages. And all the people heard the gospel in their own languages.
---exzucuh on 12/7/09


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Hi Jody
Jesus said
John4,24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This was fulfilled at the day of pentecost
Acts2,4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And explained By Paul in 1 Corinthians14,14,16 & 17 When He said
Speaking in tongues is praying in the Spirit, blessing with the Spirit and giving thanks with the Spirit
The way you get to speak in tongues is to ask persistently for the Holy Spirit and when you recieve the Holy Spirit you will speak in tongues as well as all the other benefits such as Power Acts1,8 and the Love of God Romans5,5
---Rodney on 12/7/09


Darlene 1 is correct Also when you receive the Holy Ghost you recieve power (Acts1,8) you receive the love of God (Romans5,5)
You receive all things pertaining to life and Godliness (1Peter1,3) and you receiv a deposit or guarantee of eternal life

Ephesians1,13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
---Rodney on 12/3/09


I would tell him that it is not important. His strong belief is important and focus on diligently seeking God in all areas of his life. God uses and loves His children in His own way and time. You can't learn to "speak in tongues". The Bible tells us to pray for the gift of prophecy. That (prophecy) IS the mind of Christ. It doesn't tell us to pray to speak in tongues. Jesus NEVER spoke of tongues as necessary for salvation, spiritual growth or service.
---jody on 11/18/09


I would tell him tongues were for a sign to the Jews that the Gentiles had also been adopted into the family of God. I would then tell him that this sign had ceased.

1Co13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail, whether there be tongues, they shall cease, whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
---trey on 11/18/09


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The Gift is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost the tongues are the evidence of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,and began to speak with other tongues,as the Spirit gave them utterance. This tells us they all were filled with HG and "began to speak with other tongues". So you see it wasn't a gift of hearing by those who heard them speak,a very good reason it wasn't is because the Gift of the Baptism of HG wasn't on those who were from all the different areas and heard. It was only manifested on those who received the full infilling and the HG Spirit of God spoke through them. Hope this helps. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 11/18/09


IF, it is a gift today, why would you ask for the least of the SIGN gifts to Israel? Plus if you are a women aren't you supposed to keep silent in the church?
---michael on 11/18/09


RebeccaD ... Nice to see you again!

Do you mean "when" of "if"?
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/17/09


You're friend needs to seek God while fasting and praying. He needs to have faith and have patience. He will speak in tongues when God wants him to and use him the most.
---Rebecca_D on 11/17/09


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cluny....Wow! You been keeping a secret? You're a monk? What's up Jack????
---KarenD on 11/17/09


Donna ... Thanks !!!
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/13/09


cluny --- When someone asked earlier, I thought you said you were a female and the name "cluny" was a nickname! Now you are an orthodox monk. I was sure I didn't remember incorrectly. Did I?
---Donna66 on 11/12/09


AlanofUK --HA! You must be deluded! THEY know all about you! They even know your (and others) standing with God and feel duty-bound to tell you.
---Donna6 on 11/12/09


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I asked a Buddhist monk living in a refugee camp years ago if he monkeyed around much. I was there to distribute pamphlets of the Gospel according to John.

Do monks in the Orthodox denomination do much the same?
---Lee1538 on 11/12/09


Cluny //Especially those who say that speaking in tongues is part of the Orthodox spirituality or monastic tradition know nothing of Orthodoxy.

It's in the literature for all to read. And I have already quoted from 2 sources, do you need more?

But you need not be ashamed of having the Holy Spirit speak thru you even in words that are not intelligible. Romans 8:26
---Lee1538 on 11/11/09


Cluny ... Read the whole of my post, and I think you will understand my meaning!!

For '"know"', read "claim to know"
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/11/09


\\There are those who "know" more about the Orthodox church than you, who have been a monk for 30 years.\\

Clearly not on here.

Especially those who say that speaking in tongues is part of the Orthodox spirituality or monastic tradition know nothing of Orthodoxy.
---Cluny on 11/10/09


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Mima, please tell your friend to meditate & pray on John 14:21 often and follow it.
---Adetunji on 11/10/09


Cluny ... there are a lot of folk here who know more about our beliefs than we do ourselves!!

There are those who "know" more about the Orthodox church than you, who have been a monk for 30 years.

There are those who "know" more about the RCC than life-long RCs like Emcee & Ruben

There are those who "know" that when you and I celebrate Christ's birth, we are celebrating a death.

There are those who "know" I am not a widower

There are those who "know" that when I say He is Sovereign, I am taking glory for my own salvation.

There are those who "know" that I am a woman and don't live in England.

Strange, for I still think I am ...
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/10/09


Lee, since neither you nor mima really know me, neither of you are in a position to say what I should do.

mima, can you tell me what my comments reveal?

Please be precise.
---Cluny on 11/10/09


Lee I too found this statement"I've been an Orthodox monk for over 30 years." by Cluny to be very revealing and I must say it explains many attitudes that I've seen in Cluny's post here on Christianet.
---mima on 11/10/09


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Cluny - *Lee, I've been an Orthodox monk for over 30 years.

Maybe it is time you bail out of your cocoon and find out what it is all about.You apparently have spend too much time isolated from the rest of Christiandom.

I find nothing really wrong with the gift of tongues except that all too many who believe they have that gift really do not.
---Lee1538 on 11/10/09


\\ Apparently you are less knowledgeable about your own church than you really think.

"The Eastern Church, with its strong mystical leanings, never fully lost the gift of tongues and made provision for its regulation and use." Rev. Robert J. Sanders, Ph.D March 1995.

There is also a reference to the Eastern Orthodox practice from Morton T. Kelsey in his book Tongue Speaking.\\

Lee, I've been an Orthodox monk for over 30 years.

These people don't know what they are talking about.

You might want to read what Orthodox monks themselves have actually said about this practice, starting with Fr. Seraphim Rose's Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.
---Cluny on 11/9/09


Everyone has different gifts. I don't think that he should worry so much.
---amand6348 on 11/8/09


lit.Gk: "For the speaking in a tongue, not the man speaks, but of God: for no one follows, but the Spirit speaks mysteries. Therefore if indeed speaking in a tongue let him pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, the Spirit in me prays, but the knowlewdge in me is unfruitful. What then to be? I will pray in the Spirit, and I will pray also in the knowledge. Else if you bless in the Spirit, how will he which occupying the place of the unintiate say the Amen at your giving thanks, since what you say he knows not? For truly you give thanks well, but the other is not edified. As brothers, crave the prophesying, and not forbid the speaking in tongues." I Corinthians 14:2,13-17,39.
---Eloy on 11/8/09


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When people speak in an "unknown tongue" (non language, ecstatic babble) only God can understand they're really saying nothing, just nonsensical pagan babble -- not a real language. That's why no man can interpret or understand it.

Today, like it was in Paul's day, believers are trying to MAKE THEMSELVES SPEAK in unknown tongues (languages) like Peter & other disciples ligitimately did at Pentecost. It was ( & yet is) a gift from God.

In 1 Cor. 14, Paul warned believers not to practice unedifying babbling. If one is truly gifted by God to speak in tongues, he/she will. Instead, prophecy (speak the Gospel of Jesus Christ) to the edifying & building up of the Church, & advancement of God's kingdom on earth.
---Leon on 11/7/09


When people speak in an "unknown tongue" (non language, ecstatic babble) only God can understand they're really saying nothing, just nonsensical pagan babble -- not a real language. That's why no man can interpret or understand it.

Today, like in Paul's day, believers are trying to MAKE THEMSELVES SPEAK in unknown tongues (languages) like Peter & other disciples ligitimately did at Pentecost. It was ( & yet is) a gift from God.

1 Cor 14: Paul warned believers not to practice unedifying babbling. If one is truly gifted by God to speak in tongues, he/she will. Instead, prophecy (speak the Gospel of Jesus Christ) to the edifying & building up of the Church, & advancement of God's kingdom on earth.
---Leon on 11/7/09


I believe we hear God all the time, God is all there is.
God bless you.

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Thou wilt say then unto me, why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?

I love this
Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee
---TheSeg on 11/7/09


Cluny //I don't know where you got this tidbit (about tongue speaking in the Orthodox church), but obviously you are not well informed about either Eastern Orthodoxy OR her monasticism.

Apparently you are less knowledgeable about your own church than you really think.

"The Eastern Church, with its strong mystical leanings, never fully lost the gift of tongues and made provision for its regulation and use." Rev. Robert J. Sanders, Ph.D March 1995.

There is also a reference to the Eastern Orthodox practice from Morton T. Kelsey in his book Tongue Speaking.
---Lee1538 on 11/7/09


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The Seq ... Point taken ... BUT if they had been strange sounds, how was it that everyone understood in their own language?
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/7/09


ps
Just in case

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem.
be this known unto you!

They would have understood Greek, right.
Maybe not all, but some or just one!
Go ahead find a way around it.

God love you
---TheSeg on 11/7/09


Glossalalia was practiced long before Pentacost.
Practically every aboriginal religion had/has some form of "tongues"
To all be speaking different languages at the same time would be like "Babel"
The miracle was not in the mouth of the speaker but in the "hearing" of the listener!
God is not the author of "confusion"
Acts 2.12. "we HEAR them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
---1st_cliff on 11/7/09


There is a difference between glossalia or utterances and tongues. The unspoken prayer language may edify he who speaks it to God in private, but tongues was the wonderful reversal of Babel and the first supernatural act of the great commission.

The beauty of Pentacost was that no one for any reason was beyond the reach of the Gospel. Everyone heard the gospel in his own language. Praise his Holy name!
---larry on 11/7/09


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There's nothing in the report of that occasion, to suggest that the disciples speak in unknown sounds.

Ever heard a drunk speak?

Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.


The Spirit gave them utterance!


Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?
---TheSeg on 11/6/09


there is an order that God has for the body of christ and its to benefit the christian. Speaking in tongues is to be done in the way God set it up 1 corinth 14:27,28 shows it and also tongeus is another langauge not familiar to the listener.Acts 2:4-11 God wont the hearer to understand what is being said. Exortation and edification will be brought about when words of understanding are spoken [God bless]
---laverne on 11/6/09


In prayer he should ask Jesus for this gift, for glossalalia comes from heaven and not from earth.
---Eloy on 11/6/09


Cluny ... Yes I think Pentecost was about the gift of ears ... with the disciples speaking in their own language, but people hearing in their own (possibly dozens) seperate languages.

There's nothing in the report of that occasion, to suggest that the disciples speak in unknown sounds. But that does now occur, min prayer and praise. I don,t do it myself, but have witnessed it (and received pryaer in that fashion) and am convinced it is genuine.

However, it is not somehting that can be acquired by training.
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/6/09


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\\Same at Petecost when they spoke (probably Greek) each "heard them in their own tongue,no headphones,HS interpreting as they spoke!
Acts2.8."How is it each of us hears them in his own native tongue?"
HS interpreting made it look like they were "speaking" in tongues!
---1st_cliff on 11/6/09\\

What you seem to be describing is not a gift of tongues, but a gift of ears.
---Cluny on 11/6/09


Mima, If you go to the U.N meetings you see rep.s from every country,sitting with headphones ,as the speaker addresses them they each "hear" him in their own language.How?
Same at Petecost when they spoke (probably Greek) each "heard them in their own tongue,no headphones,HS interpreting as they spoke!
Acts2.8."How is it each of us hears them in his own native tongue?"
HS interpreting made it look like they were "speaking" in tongues!
---1st_cliff on 11/6/09


For those who believe tongues to be senseless babbling I suggest a close reading of first Corinthians 14:2,
" 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. "
When you hear someone speaking in tongues and not being interpreted perhaps that person is speaking in an unknown tongue. Consider this phrase"for no man understandeth him,"
---mima on 11/6/09


\\But does not the Eastern Orthodox church have rules governing the speaking of tongues?

I understand that historically you will find it to be be common among the monks in the Eastern church.\\

I don't know where you got this tidbit, but obviously you are not well informed about either Eastern Orthodoxy OR her monasticism.
---Cluny on 11/6/09


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Cluny -//Too often I've seen people teach others how to speak in tongues, including Evangel Temple in Houston, TX (home of the Happy Hunters).

But does not the Eastern Orthodox church have rules governing the speaking of tongues?

I understand that historically you will find it to be be common among the monks in the Eastern church.

Of course, many of those that play the game of religion like to babble anyhow so tongues really fits them good.
---Lee1538 on 11/6/09


While the Holy Spirit gives gifts for the edification of the church, I would tell him that he should focus on asking whatever would accomplish that and leave it to the Lord.
---lee on 11/5/09


When I hear of people wanting the gift of tongues, I always wonder why people aren't seeking God for the gift of giving.
---Rod4Him on 11/5/09


It is simple. Jesus told HIS followers to wait until they were endowed with the Holy Spirit. They prayed and were IN UNITY before the Holy Spirit fell upon them. The Holy Spirit is still available today to those who wait and pray. The timing of the receiving of the Holy Spirit is not up to the individual. It is up to the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is the evidence of the receipt of the Holy Spirit as was evident in that upper room.
---KarenD on 11/5/09


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Mima, Tell him to forget it, it's theatrical, The demons are getting a big laugh playing a joke on humans!
Tell him seeking first the Kingdom is not talking in gibberish!
---1st_cliff on 11/5/09


Too often I've seen people teach others how to speak in tongues, includin Evangel Temple in Houston, TX (home of the Happy Hunters).

If you can teach someone how to do something, then it's a technique and NOT a gift.
---Cluny on 11/5/09


You should tell him you want to lay hands on him and Baptize Him in the Holy Spirit.

Tell him to read the book of Acts and see how they got the Gift of Tongues. By the laying on of hands.

He needs to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit first since tongues are of the Spirit of God, they are given through the Holy Spirit.
---Donna on 11/5/09


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