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Does the gift of tongues exist today?

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Used to work with a man named Grady Welch and he had a daughter who was a missionary in South Korea. The daughter reported that one day at a Bible school for South Korean kids a 10-year-old Boy started speaking in tongues. And part of the message that he delivered was in perfect English. The child had never spoken English or any other language than Korea.
Very interesting.
---mima on 1/29/11

God can supernaturally impart a known earthly language to anyone whom has never spoken it as in Acts 2:8, but this is not the same thing as the language of glossolalia which is given to edify, as in I Corinthians 14:2. God's tongue from heaven is not any earthen language, but glossolalia is the language we speak in heaven, and with God and God to us. While God's Spirit knows every earthly language spoken by mankind, God's tongue is not one of these, and does not come from the earth.
---Eloy on 1/28/11

I've heard of a guy who went to Brazil as part of a crusade and spoke fluent Portuguese and otherwise knew no such language.
A lot of folks confuse estatic babbling with the Gift of Tongues which was a manifestation and reverse of the curse at Babel.
The Gift of Tongues is for spreading the Gospel to all corners of the earth, not wild charismatic services.
---larry on 1/27/11

The dead have foolish words for the saints, and their dissings multiply to themselves, therefore none deliverance for them, says the Lord. For as they sow they reap, they will reap the whirlwind upon themselves, and there will be none to help them, says the Lord. For as they raise the tongue against the holy, it will surely rot away within their head. Says the Lord, Yes, their worm will never die, and their fire will not be quenched.
---Eloy on 1/26/11

did you know that the catholiccharismatic movement is the only branch of the RCC that has a systematic gospel outreach programm? in which crusades and megamanifestations in the style of Jesus Christ? with this i would like to ask those who opose this clear sign of tongues, how is it that a diabolical manifestation brings us back to the works of the apostles, and even those of Christ? if it was diabolical should we not walkl away from Christ instead?
---andy3996 on 1/26/11

Bill_willa6989 - good testimony and fantastic experience. I hear of these stories all the time.

Donna - glad to hear you agree with my assessment that spiritual gifts are not a measure of spirituality nor does it indicate that one really knows much about the Bible.

A Roman Catholic group showed up in my office one day wanting to know if I had any used Bibles they could use for their meetings. Unfortunately I did not, however, directed them to places where they could purchase them for little or no expense.
---leej on 1/26/11

Eloy - amhn amhn legw umin oti o ton logon mou akouwn kai pisteuwn tw pemqanti me ecei zwhn aiwnion kai eiv krisin ouk ercetai alla metabebhken ek tou yanatou eiv thn zwhn

Sorry that you often get so very confused. You really need to bring these issues to your mental health care provider.
---leej on 1/26/11

Thus says the Lord God, "mahdesee chuloh belo neiko ti: the mocker is bound for the abyss."
---Eloy on 1/26/11

I learned some Italian. Then I talked with a nursing home resident in Italian and she didn't respond. Then I spoke maybe ten words in what sounded like Italian dialect, speaking in a spirit so pure unlike I had ever experienced. And then she asked something like, "How you speak Italian?" Duh??? Her daughter later told me she understood only the dialect of her region where I had never been. I don't know what I said, but the pureness of that spirit convicted me of how I was not really pure in the Heavenly pleasantness and beauty of the Holy Spirit. That is what really got my attention.
---Bill_willa6989 on 1/26/11

leej-- Yes it usually is addressed later, but I have known of people (few) who accept the Lord as Savior and speak in tongues all at the same time.
(After all, speaking in tongues is not necessarily a mark of spiritual maturity)

The charismatic Catholics I know are all born again Christians and believe that God can forgive without intervention by a "human priest". Some hang on to beliefs about Mary and the saints that are typical RC. Most were raised Catholic, love the liturgy and have no desire to leave the church.

One of the nice features about the "Renewal" is that it has brought some genuine fellowship between Catholics and Protestants who might otherwise never share much.
---Donna66 on 1/25/11

Donna66//I've had and still have several friends who are Catholic Charismatics
yes, they speak in tongues and are "slain in the spirit"

yes, God does not seem to be much of a respecter of correct doctrine. If the Cornelius a Roman centurion could speak in tongues and not even know much about the Bible, I reckon Roman Catholics (and even Eastern Orthodox) Christians can do also.

It's all about Jesus, not Biblical doctrine. But is that not something that is addressed later after one is spiritual born again in Christ?
---leej on 1/25/11

The question asked is whether Eloy would make a good Roman Catholic since he truly believes spiritual gifts are a measurement of spirituality.

Of course, Eloy cannot answer since he still has both of his feet in his mouth.
---leej on 1/25/11

Absolutely-I have experienced it and many of my family and friends have.
---shirley on 1/25/11

The Catholic Charismatic movement has been around since the seventies. It is most often referred to by Catholics as "The Renewal"

Some quick research on the web...Cardinal Suenens (of Belgium) was asked to oversee the integration of the Catholic Renewal into the heart of the Church. He accepted the mission. from 1974-1986,

Encouraged by the leadership of Pope Paul VI and later by John Paul II, many Catholic bishops of the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe wrote pastoral statements supporting and encouraging the Renewal.


I've had and still have several friends who are Catholic Charismatics
yes, they speak in tongues and are "slain in the spirit"
---Donna66 on 1/25/11

\\Leej ... I have never heard that Roman Catholics speak in tongues.

Can you give information about this?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/24/11\\

The Roman Catholic Charismatic movement has been going on since the mid-60's in the USA.

Ann Arbor, Michigan seems to be the center of it.
---Cluny on 1/24/11

Leej ... I have never heard that Roman Catholics speak in tongues.

Can you give information about this?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/24/11

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Jay, Jesus imparts his Holy Spirit to us in order to carry out his will upon the earth, and until the rapture Jesus' work through his Spirit will continue with great power and with signs following.
---Eloy on 1/24/11

// I am going to cease further replying to you because you only dis what I post...blab blab blab..

Eloy, it is know as a white flag of surrender. Let's face it, you have the same problem as those that stoned Stephen.

Acts 6:10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he (Stephen) was speaking.

But that is ok, as what you are offering is a mere opinion and I can respect you for that much.
---leej on 1/24/11

leej, I am going to cease further replying to you because you only dis what I post. For I will focus on those truly seeking the truth, and I will redeem the time, and when you decide to become one of these then you too will become gladly communicated by me.
---Eloy on 1/24/11

Perhaps Eloy would make a good Roman Catholic as he recognizes that speaking in tongues is a measurement of spirituality.

The Roman Church has many that speak in tongues and they believe it helps them be good catholics.

Perhaps if Eloy was not divorced, they could even make him a priest? Then he could pontificate all he wants. LOL.
---leej on 1/23/11

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Jay, Yes, the gift of tongues exist today.
---Eloy on 1/23/11

Eloy, What you teach is not always truth. Since you have been found wrong so many times. And like Leej said, you have a right to your opinion.
And the reason I say this is because of your answers, just take the subject of you been sinless, "If we say we have no sin, (Now hear this) we deceive ourselves and (what?) the Truth is not in us"
Your claim of no sin, reveals the Truth is not in you. You want everyone to think it does, but God says it is not. How do you get around that?
And goes on to say,
"If we say that we have not sinned, (now hear this) we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us"
That is even worse. Not only calling God a liar, but the Word is not in you.
---Mark_V. on 1/23/11

leej, Again, there is No "opinion" in the truth I preach, and No "if" in the holy scripture I post. And false religions have zero to do with glossolalia. Yes, God laughs at the foolish unregenerate clay whom mock, and he knows their end.
---Eloy on 1/22/11

Eloy //For those without the Spirit will mock and blaspheme the Holy Spirit and his Spiritual gifts, because dissers have zero spirtual discernment.

Respect your OPINION, however, if you were to walk into any prayer meeting where they speak in tongues, quote off a Psalms in some other language rather than in English, you will find someone will give an interpretation that will be totally different than what you said.

If spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues is an indication of spirituality, then you should feel very comfortable in a Roman Catholic charismatic meeting where they will tell you that speaking in tongues helps them be better Catholics.

Thanks Eloy, we all could use a good laugh.
---leej on 1/22/11

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leej, There is no "If" in the holy scripture that I posted. And spiritual gifts are indeed a measure of spirituality, for zero spiritual gifts indicate zero spiritual presence. Finally, babbling under the influence of whisky is not the same thing as speaking in the holy tongue from God, but on the contrary drunken slur is degeneracy and even lower than common earthen language. "holpen latapee lane ahfeenakay lehoma dea: knowing you make light of my tongue, says the Lord." For those without the Spirit will mock and blaspheme the Holy Spirit and his Spiritual gifts, because dissers have zero spirtual discernment.
---Eloy on 1/22/11

Eloy //NO ONE FOLLOWS, but the Spirit speaks mysteries.

If the Spirit speaketh mysteries, then the Spirit probably would not want anyone to interpret what He is saying through the receipent because neither he nor unbelievers may be understanding what is being uttered.

In any case, hopefully you will agree that spiritual gifts are really not a measurement of spirituality or ones relationship to Christ.

The Bakkers, Swaggarts and other misguided ones spoke in tongues as do some cultists (Way International, Onesness Pentecostals, etc.)

And you may be able to speak in tongues if you drink lots of whiskey. (Acts 2:15)
---leej on 1/21/11

MarkV //Now if someone feels good in talking to God in gibberish that is the choice of that person.

Agree, as tongue speaking is often viewed as rather foolish - I noted that some of my Pentecostal friends are relunctant to talk about it from their own personal experience, I suspect that many who have had that experience simply keep it private.

I am more amazed by how the Spirit guides me when I pray and the thoughts that He puts into my mind when I find myself witnessing to others and what I need to minister to others.
---leej on 1/21/11

francis,... (if you write it, is it called fingers?)

That is toooo funny! Hahah

I just joined this site and I found this blog interesting...I hope my family, that on here that our pursuit is Truth and fellowship with God and one another thru His Truth. So, I guess I'll say where I'm at:
YES I believe that tongues is a gift in operation..both "tongues of men", English, Spanish..etc.. and angelic..The Bible is clear on that. I will submit that I'm not convinced that most of what we see in our churches is that gift. I think many times we are carried away with our emotions (with a good heart) and act out of that. But I would be careful in dismissing it as not a gift for now..or calling in "minor."
---Remi on 1/21/11

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While I am not a believer that tongues are what we see today in Churches, I would not disprove that at some time or another God used someone to bring the gospel to others in their tongue. When God wants to brings the gospel to someone, He will. But to say that all those people speaking in gibberish is something the Holy Spirit is doing in their lives, I just don't believe it is the tongues of the Holy Spirit. Now if someone feels good in talking to God in gibberish that is the choice of that person. I don't think its all satanic either. Do I mind when people speak in tongues, it bothers me a lot because I do not know from where it is coming from. No one can proof it is of God.
---Mark_V. on 1/21/11

God has blessed me with tongues and also with the interpretations of tongues, none of which I have gotten from this world. People confuse the "tongues of men" in Acts chapter 2, with the "tongues of angels" in Acts chapter 14. These are not the same tongues, man's learned language is not God's nonlearned language. The source of glossalalia comes straight from heaven, and not from any scholastic studies on earth. "For the speaking in a tongue, not the man speaks, but of God: FOR NO ONE FOLLOWS, but the Spirit speaks mysteries. For if I pray in a tongue, the Spirit in me prays, BUT THE KNOWLEDGE IN ME IS UNFRUITFUL. What then to be? I will pray in the Spirit, and I will pray also in the knowledge." I Cor.14:2,14,15.
---Eloy on 1/21/11

Disciple //Examine for yourself what the scriptures say and you shall find truth.

The fact is about speaking in tongues, is that it is something that has been in the church for centuries. You will find testimonies of it largely in the monasteries.

I would suspect however, that the genuine gift of tongues is more rare than what one would think as all of the spiritual gifts cannot be granted at the discretion of some pastor or church member.

Of course, we can say that these last 2000 years have been the last days?
---leej on 1/20/11

Yes. Either God be true or God is a lier. I believe in the New Testiment in the Book of Acts 2:16-17 the Apostle Peter qoutes the Prophecy of Joel, which states in the last day God shall pour out his spirit upon all flesh. Either the last day are here or they are not you decide. Also speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the Spirit. It is not what man states it is what God States. Examine for yourself what the scriptures say and you shall find truth.
---Discple on 1/20/11

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James_L //I heard of a missionary who went to an african country on short notice, and was not familiar with their language. At one point, she started to try to talk to them, and nothing but gibberish came out.

Everyone has heard that story or one similar to it for ages past. However, stories of that nature are much like the story of the vanishing hitchiker - a story you will find in every country on earth.

If you tried to verify that story, you would find you could not.
---leej on 1/17/11

I heard of a missionary who went to an african country on short notice, and was not familiar with their language. At one point, she started to try to talk to them, and nothing but gibberish came out.

What she later found is that she was speaking the language of those Africans by the power of the Holy Spirit.

That's how tongues worked in the NT, too. Tongues isn't some mystical, magical, non-human language. It's speaking a language not known by you, but known by others.

She went on to help the people put the bible in their own language.
---James_L on 1/17/11

james l, good point...does not Jesus Himself speak against prayer in repetition and prayer in public.

if german folks can converse in German, why can't tongues folks converse in tongues?

francis, if you wrote in tongues, we could not read it. (if you write it, is it called fingers?)
---aka on 1/15/11

Of what benefit(s) is there in speaking in tongues?

1Co 14:19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Seems to me we would be better off if our focus was more on edifying the church.
---leej on 1/15/11

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Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

True tongues has understanding by those who ALSO speak the language.

What some people call tongues is babeling. No one understand it.

1 Corinthians 14:5 that the church may receive edifying.

true tongues ediies. Most of what people call tongue cannot edify because no one knows what is said.

1 Corinthians 14:16 the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

None christians attemding a "tongue" speaking church ever says amen.

True tongue is simple a language. To most people it is a foriegn language.
---francis on 1/15/11

Jay: I have heard a number of people speaking in toungues (well 3 that I can remember). And though they spoke different languages, I have always had the impression that the language spoken was the same - could it be the language spoken either in heaven or before Babel?

I am not sure
---peter3594 on 1/15/11

//It measn YES in english. That was me writing in tongues
---francis on 1/14/11

Yes, if you want to try to read "writing in tongues", all one needs to do is to try reading some of the junk Ellen White put out, especially the stuff she believed in her convoluted prophecies she got from reading the book of Daniel.
---leej on 1/15/11

Francis, What does TES mean in English?
---1st_cliff on 1/14/11

It measn YES in english. That was me writing in tongues
---francis on 1/14/11

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Francis, What does TES mean in English?
I'm also bilingual (English and Profane) a little tongue-in-cheek humor there. lol
---1st_cliff on 1/14/11

Does the gift of tongues exist today?


I myself am bilingual
---francis on 1/14/11

john //I once opened a sermon by reading the book of John1in Greek, and several people stood to interpret what they thought was the gift of tongues.

While taking a course in Greek, this professor told of his attendance at a local AOG prayer meeting where they spoke in tongues. He rattled off one of the Psalms in Greek, and the interpretations were not even close to that Psalms. The meeting ended in total chaos when he revealed what he had done.

That alone should indicate that there is something wrong.

As to being satanic, probably not in most cases, as the mind is capable of mimicking what sounds like a language. It is really in the most case, simply baby talk.
---leej on 1/11/11

my brother once told me about hearing someone on the radio tell a very similar story. Maybe you?

After several futile attempts by the congregation, the preacher told them he had just spoken Greek, and that they had all wrongly "interpreted" the "tongue"

They were ready to round up a linch mob.

I used to attend an Assembly of God church, and found it perplexing that the "tongue" was filled with repetition, but the "interpretation" was not. One lady always said "yo-shi-dee-ah-mah" 6-8 times in her "tongue", but there was never an "interpretation" which had one word or phrase that many times. Hmmm.
---James_L on 1/10/11

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The bible says the gift of tongues was meant to minister to the unbeliever, but it seems the gift only occurs during worship services.
I once opened a sermon by reading the book of John1in Greek, and several people stood to interpret what they thought was the gift of tongues. None of them quoted John1. The modern day version of this gift is known to be popular in Satanic cults as well. Read Charismatic Chaos, by John F. MacArthur Jr.
---Jay on 1/10/11

Cluny ----

Read the article by Fr. George Nicozisin Speaking in tongues, an Orthodox Perspective.

The Greek Orthodox Church does not preclude the use of Glossolalia, but regards it was one of the minor gifts of the Holy Spirit. If Glossolalia has fallen out of use it is because it served its purpose in New Testament times and is no longer necessary. However, even when used, it is a private and personal gift, a lower form of prayer. The Orthodox Church differs with those Pentecostal and Charismatic groups which regard Glossolalia as a prerequisite to being a Christian and to having received the Holy Spirit.
---leej on 1/10/11

\\It is interesting that the Eastern Orthodox church still has regulations on the books for those who speak in tongues. \\

That wasn't accurate the first time you said this, leej, and it still isn't.
---Cluny on 1/9/11

Jay, Yes, God's tongue of the Holy Spirit still is manifested and speaks upon his earth today. The unregenerate and blasphemers continue to mock, and the Christians will continue with The Truth, until that time that the we are taken up from off his world, and then will remain every mocker and blapheming sinner and vile soul. The entire world will be purged and consumed by fire and every element will be ablaze, and none will escape. And there will be a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness: and sin will not rise up a second time, says the Lord.
---Eloy on 1/9/11

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Glossolalia has been around as long as history. From the Inuit (Eskimo) to the Voodoo to the primitive tribes of Africa and South America. All babble in gibberish .
If one speaks in a "tongue" and another interprets it, neither one understands the (language?) nor the congregation, who knows if the "interpretation" is correct??? Why the "theatrics?" is the bible not plain enough?
I speak English,Italian, Spanish,German and Manderin Chinese.Not all fluent, but workable, No need for giberish!
---1st_cliff on 1/9/11


hello, an nyang haseyo, hola, Guten Tag, ... you got me on Tagalog (main language of the Philipines). but I do know Flanderese...Hi-diddly-ho neighborino.

i still have yet to meet an interpreter...just those that claim tongues.

i have met a person that has come to Jesus hearing an English speaking pastor. she did not speak one word of english at the time.
---aka on 1/8/11

I believe all the spiritual gifts still exist among Christians today, howbeit was often passes for the gift of tongues is often a self induced deception.

I have observed in Pentecostal churches the one who desires to speak in tongues goes down front where they lay hands on the person who after mumbling something unintelligible is declared to have received the gift of tongues. However, after the recipient goes home very confused, he is informed that he has only received the sign gift. Very bad theology!

It is interesting that the Eastern Orthodox church still has regulations on the books for those who speak in tongues. Perhaps Cluny being a member of one of those 'one true & Apostolic churches' would like to comment on that.
---leej on 1/8/11

Cluny, you never cease to amaze me. What (in your view) is a trinitarian? If that means God the Father,God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, then I are one. Excuse me, I am one. I speak one language and that is english.
---shira3877 on 1/8/11

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No, He didn't, Eloy.

What's more, He told me to tell you that.
---Cluny on 1/8/11

"Does the gift of tongues exist today" I would say Yes.
I believe that The Father still empowers some, usually those who are called to missionary service, with a superimposed, and at times even supernatural, ability to both learn and speak various languages and dialects quickly and easily for the purpose of sharing His message with various nations and tribes of people.
---josef on 1/9/11

I speak in the following tongues, English, Spanish, German, Korean, and Tagalog,

These are all learned languages which are understood by those who speak one or more of them.
---Rob on 1/8/11

Yes the Gift of Tongues does exist today. There are about one half billion Pentecostal and Charismatics in the world. Not all of them have the Gift of Tongues but of that number I am sure there are millions who do. The Bible has very strict guidelines for the use of that gift. 1 Corinthians 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue,let it be by two and at the most three,and let one interpret. 1 Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaks in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. Do not confuse the tongues which comes with the Gift of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the Gift of Tongues,they are two seperate experiences and are usually not received at the same time.
---Darlene_1 on 1/8/11

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I speak in tongues. Just this morning. It is holy host power available to christians who want to go to a higher and deeper level in God. This gift is available to those who desire and want it.
---Robyn on 1/8/11

Yes. Says the Lord, "licatiel homanda: until the rapture, God's Spirit is throughout the earth."
---Eloy on 1/8/11

I know three people who claim to have the Gift of Tongues.

Aside from the fact that they don't know Biblical languages, they have three different and incompatible theological perspectives.

1. A Trinitarian.

2. Sabellian Modalist--aka Oneness.

3. Arian.

Yet all three of them claim to have the same Holy Spirit.

Is this possible?
---Cluny on 1/8/11

I have heard of instances of the original sign gift being activated in a believer where his hearers heard the word of God in their own language.
---Pharisee on 1/7/11

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