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Speaking In Tongues For Today

What do you believe about speaking in tongues for today?

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D, The word is clear. If the LORD'S spirit leads you to speak in tongues - go for it... unless there is no interpreter. Then, keep quiet. Pretty easy to understand huh?
---D on 5/31/08

Oh yeah! There is no where in the bible it says it ceased or was done away with...not one. To use 1 Corinthians 13:8 is ridiculous.
---melanie on 5/26/08

Doug5759_It's in 1Cor.14th, This chapter is about speaking in tongues.

I believe this is the Verses your talking About?
27 If ANY man speak IN an unknown tongue, let it be by TWO, or at the most by THREE, and that BY course, and let ONE INTERPRET.

28 But IF there be NO interpreter, let him KEEP SILENCE in THE CHURCH, and let him speak TO himself, and TO God.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/26/08

The way I was told about speaking in tongues is that it is spiritual as long as there is someelse there that can interpert it. I believe that it is spiritual. I have seen several who supposedly are speaking in tongues but it appears to be on their deman and not a gift from GOD. I think there is a scripture in the bible but I can not find it at the moment.
---doug5759 on 5/26/08

oh rickey here's why tongues are so wrong--youre not supposed to edify yourself like you said. there are spirits in a crowd at a ballgame, a horse also has a spirit, these are vain babblings that are from A spirit, not THE Spirit
---r.w. on 6/8/06

Rebecca D - "a true child of God will know if it is from God or of the devil."

The other possible source is from man himself as the brain is totally capable of gibberish like we hear from small children. While I have witnessed both, I am more inclined to believe that far fewer people really have this gift than one would imagine.
---lee on 12/29/05

When a person speaks in tongues a true child of God will know if it is from God or of the devil. If one speaks in tongues that is a gift from God, then don't be ashamed and don't go around saying it is of the devil. because God knows all and God sees all.
---Rebecca_D on 12/29/05

I would have some problems telling people if I prayed in tongues. One of my old girl friends witnessed to me about her experience and I just felt that as a woman it was just another emotional experience displayed within a worship type service. I suppose that it is what is associated with that gift that makes it more personal and private. There are some real whackos out there that really abuse the gift if they really have it in the first place - it often sounds like babblings.
---lee1538 on 12/28/05

I do believe that tongues are for today. It is an awesome gift. I don't know everything about it, but I do know that when I pray in the spirit I speak mysteries. One thing I have found out is that tongues edify, equipt, and build you up so that you can be a witness for the Lord Jesus.
---Rickey on 12/7/05

Tounges, its just different languages like English, french etc. its unfortunate that we are found talking backwards and think its tounges. No its not
---Megg on 12/7/05

I received this gift in 1987. Before then, I did not like tongues, did not want to hear it and was afraid of it. Now I couldn't live without it. When I don't know how to pray, the Holy Spirit takes over for me. But it's private, between me and God. And unless I have someone's permission to pray quietly in tongues over them, or unless I am in a small group and we're all praying that way, it will stay that way until God shows me differently.
---Susan on 12/4/05

Tongues is a gift from God, to God via his people. Why should this not be for today? There are abuses and perversions of all things today as God said there would be. Should that make the truth of none effect? I think not. As long as there is a need for God to communicate with man and man to communicate with God there will be tongues. This I believe.
---mike_fl on 12/3/05

Yes. Misuse should not lead to disuse.
---daphn8897 on 11/29/05

Speaking in tongues is only a manifestation of the holy spirit that resides in your heart. He's been since birth. Tongues are spoken from the Holy Spirit in our hearts, directly thru Jesus to God himself. It is a language used only to God by the Holy Sprit that Satan cannot understand or interpretate. Unless it is a prophecy from God to us, then it is manifested thru another person. (but beware of false prophets)
---Fred on 11/28/05

Ross "..speaking tongues ... amounts to in today's setting is meaningless chaotic gibberish".

To many that has been the observation but I have also observed it to be something that sounds like a beautiful language.

I believe that the gift is far more rare than believed and that many who believe they have this gift only deceive themselves; thus simply gibberish. My experience with the phenomenon was with the Episcopal church.
---lee on 11/27/05

Corinthians 13:8
"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."

Prophecy and tongues have NOT some places apparently knowledge has passed away, although all three go together and are still alive today in places where the Holy Spirit is alive.
---John on 11/27/05

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2. I truely believe in the gift of tongues. I think it is a very important part of Scripture. Some are gifted in healing too. But we need to be careful that we don't overemphazes anyone of them to the extend that it governs our life's and we forget the gospel in the process. Scripture when used the way God intended, is our whole life.
---Lupe2618a on 11/27/05

Brother Lee, if you have noticed, that many of the things that happened in the early church are happening now in this time. It is no different then when the church began. Just the followers of Jim Jones and others make us see that people can be perserated very easy to follow without question. Our emotions and cercumstances play a big part in our decisions. Though many things might be wrong that we see, I still hang on to God's soveregnty. Somehow, someway, He is controlling this world.
---Lupe2618 on 11/27/05

Lupe...In Corinthians, everyone spoke in tongues at once. What Paul is saying is that if you are doing this in front of a church meeting, there should be order. One person at a time, followed by an interpretation. Otherwise, God will understand, but noone else will. But with interpretation everyone is edified.
---wes on 11/27/05

There is no evidence in the Bible that supports the fact that speaking tongues is still given as a spiritual gift today. All it amounts to in today's setting is meaningless chaotic gibberish. It is a shame that so many in churches today are distracted by these actions. Those that "speak in tongues" are only hurting the overall work of God's elect.

Moderator - Read the NT for the supporting scriptures.
---Ross on 11/27/05

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Lupe "There is many that do talk in tongues but the way Scripture intended."

And there are many that have found this gift in the quietness of their prayer life, and apart from the chaotic environment it is often observed.

It is unfortunate that many abuse the gifts God has given to them and that there is seldom a place for some of the more exotic type gifts.
---lee on 11/26/05

2. The early church needed the gifts so much because they didn't have the New Testament where they could teach the new convenant. So gifts were very important then for the start of the Church. But in Corinthians they used them wrong. It was a troubling time then.
---Lupe2618 on 11/22/05

Brother Lee, I have explained what you ask further in my answers and my stand on the gifts. I explained they were for a purpose and they always had a speaker to interpret if the message was for the church. I totally agree with you in what is done today and I don't see the church edifying itself through people talking the way they do now. There is many that do talk in tongues but the way Scripture intended.
---Lupe2618 on 11/22/05

Lupe - if tongues were for today, then how is it to be regulated or governed? If you go into some Pentecostal churches today, what you hear reminds one of hogs being dipped back on the farm. We visited one of those churches as I had to give a presentation there and my wife and son were frightened nearly too death. They were running up the aisles and in a state of complete bedlam.
---lee on 11/22/05

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Thank you, Lee and Allan, for your responses. Sorry, I got so busy. It took a long time before I could get into your replies. Okay, I understand now what you both mean.
---Linda6546 on 11/22/05

3. Keep the good work Dory, many need you to respond no matter how you do it. To me defending Scripture is more important. We need to know and whoever does not agree it is their choice. I love brother Elders answers because he jokes sometimes but he mainly puts his point across very well and doesn't use as much space as me.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

2. This site is a great source of communication so that others can speak and ask questions. I know for a fact that it has helped many Christians. So many have gone through so much and need help not just on doctrine but how to live their lives as Christians. Just look at the questions that come up. We should speak and let God do as He will in our lives with what we put down and what we learn. He is after all the determinator of our lives. He knows what He will allow to go on and what not.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

Thank you sister Dory for your answer and apoligies. You don't have to be afraid of saying anything. What I realized is that I have a responsibility to God that I teach the truth. I am not speaking against denominations although sometimes I have to in order to bring a subject up like the SDA's and others. It is the Christian that I think about. When we discuss subjects like this, the world is reading what we write. Christians from other countries write me. They want to know more.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

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Lupe - I apologize for complaining about the way you express your perception of other denominations and believers. I'm not used to people talking in such ways about their brothers and sisters in the Lord plus, I personally don't believe this activity is particularly edifying to the Body of Christ. But freedom of speech is the right of everyone of us and it's not my place to say otherwise. So I apologize ... my attitude was wrong.
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

5. As always, thank you for been upfront with me and telling me how you feel. You can be upfront when I give an answer any time. I am never afraid to speak the truth to anyone when it concerns doctrine. You might not agree and that is fine. My intentions are for God's word, and for teaching. I cannot please everyone with my answers. As Martin Luther said once, "Here I stand, do as you will, I cannot go against my conscience" or something like that.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

4. Our denominations should not matter. What matters is that we learn correct sound doctrine. That is our goal. We are warned many times to make sure of that. To be approved to give the reason for our faith. This is not an attack on anyone. I mentioned many times on my answers about pride, been the weakness we all have. Catholics,SDA's and others that stand firm on denominations and sacrafice God's word for it. If we are true lovers of Christ, we search and continue to search for the truth.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

3. Paul made it a point to show them what they were doing wrong. I pointed that out too. I have been careful not to hurt anyone's feelings when I answer a question and yet be able to explain Scripture as best as I can. If I have wrote anything that is not Scritural then please tell me what I wrote and show me with Scripture. Every book I have read I have read it in its entirety to make sure what was happening and who was been spoken to. Believers or unbelievers. I never take a passage and use by itself.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

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2. When I write, my concern is, how far will someone take a gift and misuse it". I am for everyone to be happy and joyful. when I go to church I raise my hands in the air and sing just like many do. Nothing wrong with that. We should be happy for what we have. When I explained the gifts I wanted to send you back in time so you could be there in the time of Corinthians to see what was happening and why this gifts were so important for that time. How and why God gave them and is still giving them.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

Sister Dory, I didn't expect that reaction from you but thank you for explaining it the way you did. It was the same reaction another sister had when I asked, "why get baptize again"? "What am I missing". She too got angry. I am sorry you feel that way. I am not pointing the finger at anyone. The bapism of the Holy Spirit has been taken to an extreme that now people get angry if someone does not agree on people falling to the ground yelling or been slain in the spirit.

Moderator - Lupe if you have observed someone rolling on the ground and yelling, the odds are the person was demon possessed or oppressed and there was a spiritual battle going on. I have seen that happen a few times. You are correct though some people are in the flesh and being fleshly emotional which in my mind is mocking the work of the Holy Spirit.
---Lupe2618 on 11/17/05

Okay, Lupe, you said I could be up-front with you, so here goes. -- Anyone who thinks there is only one aspect or purpose for tongues has a very limited understanding of the subject and ... in my opinion ... is not a qualified authority for determining whether or not there is a problem with tongues. From your writing, Lupe, it is very obvious that you do not understand tongues.
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

Regarding emotions: I agree that emotions are nothing to base our faith on BUT ... aside from that ... when people are passionate about something, emotion is involved. I believe when one is passionate about God, it's going to show. According to the Bible the Holy Spirit has emotion. The soulish realm of our make-up is mind, will, and emotion. God created our emotions and I do not agree that emotions and Christianity (or church) do not mix.
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

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Now, if you have a problem with Christians displaying their joy or their passion for their Lord then you should definitely not attend a church that allows for freedom of emotional expression. You need to stay away because it will offend you. BUT just because it's wrong for you, does not make it wrong for everybody.

Faith based on emotion ... no, that does not work. But worshipping God with emotion ... that's something completely different.
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

As for people falling away from the gospel ... that happens in every denomination and in every church. Why are you pointing your finger at others and not your own denomination? Do you think I've never attended Evangelical churches? If I wanted to broadcast what I've seen there, that is against Scripture, do you think I'd have nothing to say? We're all doing the best we can with the understanding we have ... just like you are.
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

The Bible says - "Leave these men alone! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men, you will only find yourselves fighting against God." (Acts 5:38,39)
---DoryLory on 11/17/05

3. Many Christians make the mistake of taking one passage to an extreme and ignoring all the others. For instance "Election" for someone who doesn't believe in God's sovereignty they have to ignore every Scripture that speaks of God's election, chosen, God's plan, and so many more just because they believe in one passage. We have to reconcile all Scripture in its totality. Nothing is there for nothing. Every incident and story has a reason and a meaning. It's our job to find out.
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

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2. What happens is that many make a call for Christ without the gospel and later fall away when the dust clears. They don't know why they cannot make it in their Christian life's. There was no conviction for repentance. Some are promised posperity and happyness and receive nothing but misery and later fall away. We need to stay with the Word of God. Get a little here and a little there of God's food so that we don't over eat one thing only and make a mistake as Pierr has done with the Sabbath.
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

Sister Dory, don't be afraid to be upfront with me. I will answer as best as I can. I don't remember what state you are from but here in California its different. Very liberal at everything. I have seen people fall on the ground yelling and people been slain in the spirit so I have seen the emotional states they go through. Nothing like this is in Scripture. It happens when someone overemphanzises a gift over what can edify the church. Emotional states don't help us teach the gospel to the world.
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

4. I am with the moderator just about every time. I don't know who they are but they seem to have a great knowledge and understanding for the Word. Tongues is a problem but not something that we cannot talk about. There is many that read and don't answer because they are afraid to hurt someone's feelings. Some don't have the whole picture yet. Each book if read in its entirety will reveal to us the whole picture as to what was happening at the time and then how we are to apply it to our lives. Thank you
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

3. he is not a Christian, for he attacks the deity of Christ with a passion and laughs about it. Here is a guy that everyone should be answering too. I am not saying he is not saved, only God knows but he targets everyone else and not many answer to him. Brother Eloy has been going at it with him now for a while and so did brother Elder. We try to keep it within the essentials of the Christian faith. To protect God's word for us. If my answers offend you, I am sorry. I answer you as I do brother Emcee.
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

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2. I try to put an explanation as clear as can be and I know I don't do a good job all the time but I try. I use a lot of space to explain and don't just throw one verse out there in the air. It is important to learn and I do my best to bring it to others. I work hard in all Scriptures. I totally understand there is many different denominations on line and when something is explained others will get upset. I know Emcee and Ruben are Catholic by their answers and Pierr is SDA, and as for Cliff
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

Sister Dory, I am not attacking Pentecostals, this is happening in all denominations. I don't know what church you go to but when I moved from my church which was a great Pentecostal church I had to find one in this town and I attended at least six of them and all of them spoke in tongues during the service. They were not only Pentecostal but some were Baptist. I gave an explanation on what tongues were used for in the early church. They had a meaning for the start of the church.
---Lupe2618 on 11/16/05

I have seen two men on the God channel chatting with each other 'in tongues' and then having a good laugh about whatever they are supposed to have said. A relative of mine was at a convention where 2 of the main speakers decided to 'tell jokes in tongues' At least that is what they said they were doing. For what purpose no-one knows. Tongues might be a genuine gift but, by some, it is very abused and misused.

Moderator - I have seen a video like that one also and believe when tongues are used in such a sacrareligious way that it would be the equivalent of taking God's name in vain. We are talking about the Holy Spirit here.
---M.A. on 11/16/05

2. These people all seem to attend churches where tongues are used in the way scripture says they SHOULD NOT be used. i.e. many speaking at once and no interpretation. I believe that tongues is still a gift for today but a gift that God gives to whom He chooses and that He chooses that gift for some and different gifts for others.
---M.P. on 11/15/05

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I agree with much of what Lupe has said. There are pentecostals who feel that anyone, regardless of denomination, who does not speak in tongues is lacking something in their spirituality. Without actually saying it, they give the impression that they believe that they are 'better' Christians.

Moderator - On rare occasions, I have seen this also. Yet, it is obvious they are goof balls because the typcial mature pentecostal doesn't have that believe at all unless they are UPC.
---M.P. on 11/15/05

Lupe - I've been a spirit filled Christian for 22 years and I've visited enough churches to know that your descriptions of pentecostal churches are extremely exaggerated. I've NEVER, to this date, witnessed this "ecstatic utterance" you seem to think is so common place.
---DoryLory on 11/15/05

Look, from a worldly perspective, tongues is weird. In the beginning it sounded weird to each of us too. But we aren't so naive that we got into it, without first checking it out. Therefore we're all aware of the conditions applied to public meetings. Likewise, I highly doubt that there would exist a bonafide pentecostal pastor, naive enough to allow the activity you speak of, to continue unchecked in his congregation. Really, Lupe, you could give us a little credit.
---DoryLory on 11/15/05

Also ... for the record ... tongues is not limited to only one purpose. In reality there are MANY benefits and purposes for tongues. Jeffrey listed 16 in the blog titled "Gifts Of Tongues Needed"

I'm sorry for being so upfront, Lupe, but you keep going on and on with this stuff. It's time to face facts. Tongues are of God, they're here to stay and it's time to get over it.
---DoryLory on 11/15/05

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Speaking in tounge is not only Gift of Holy spirit as i Earlier said it. it is part of another gifts so church or pastor cant only pressure to people to slain in spirit or speak in tounge. if they do so then there is danger.Even Scripture says Test Every Spirits. God bless you all
---Heaven on 11/15/05

3. and raises himself above the others in many ways as though they are more Christian then the other. My Pentecostal Pastor believed in tongues and he never allowed anyone to speak in tongues during the service because he knew what scripture taught about interpreting. That does not happen in other churches and there is no control on the speaker. I believe in the gift but not the way many use it today in "ecstatic utterance". It is not mentioned at all in God's Word.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

2. If you never wondered why Paul put the chapter of love in between chapters 12 and 14, it was because the Corinthians were motivated to show off rather than to love. Following up on his instruction on love in 1 Cor. 13, Paul says that if the tongues speakers were really motivated by love, they would translate the language for the benefit of the hearers, I believe that is what is happening today. The sense of pride also enters the believer when he shows his gifts for others to see
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

I believe what you say that satans agenda is to confuse the believers and he is doing just that. He is being used by many now in the church. Many times the speakers don't even know what they are saying and no one gets edified but themselves. That was not the purpose of the tongues. It is in Scripture. There is gifts, no one said their wasn't, but they have to be used for the edification of the church. God's sovereignty never changes. His word is for us today and forever.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

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2. Many are now believing that if you don't speak in tongues you are not saved. The church is in trouble because too many are taking a gift and taking it to an extreme. The church now is making the same mistake as the Corinthians. Just another example God wanted to warn us about. Those people did not have the New Testament to help them but we do. We should be learning from those mistakes.

Moderator - Lupe that is UPC doctrine for the speaking in tongues. The denominations would consider that false doctrine.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

Heaven, In my explanation I wanted to convey that there is gifts of the Spirit but not the way they were meant to be. Today so much is made of tongues and people don't even know why they were given in Scripture. We are to apply God's word to our lives but we have to be careful what is being preached now. people are making a profession of faith through some emotional state or through someone talking in tongues or even slained by the Spirit. They over do the gifts and get away from sound doctrine.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

Yes, speaking in tongues is for today because God's Word never changes.

His intentions are the same for every generation (Psalm 33:11).

He does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34).

The Lord does not change His mind (Hebrews 7:21).

The Word of the Lord stands forever (1 Peter 1:25).

"... UNTIL heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law ..." (Matthew 5:18)
---DoryLory on 11/15/05

Satan's agenda has always been to complicate the Word of God in order to keep people bewildered. The subject of tongues is not complicated ... it is very straight forward and easy to understand. It's your choice to take or leave it but I think it's just wrong to try to explain it away or make it sound confusing.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ... so that no one may boast before him." (1 Corinthians 1:27, 30)
---DoryLory on 11/15/05

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10. the foreign language in which they spoke. The gift was not ultimately intended for communication between the speaker and God alone, at least not during a public church service. The divine mysteries were wasted on the church because no one understood them. We cannot make the same mistake they did, for erratic tongues do not come from God. What He brings to the church is always understood and made clear to the body of Christ.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

thats very wrong thing and only certain churches or congregation doesnt have those gift that if you go to some church or pastor then only u can have the gift speaking in touge many people have made bussiness of it gift of Holy spirit is not from certain church or following some pastors its Gift from God not pastor or church activates it God bless you all and give youwisdom to understand Him and His word
---Heaven on 11/15/05

lupe im agree with you that speaking in tounge is biblical but there many churches coming up they more pressure congregation to speak in touges thats not only Gift but there are different Gift of Holy Spirit too so people if they cant speak in tounges they just make a sound pretending they speaking in touges out of fear that they cant speak in tounge as other.
---Heaven on 11/15/05

9. Christians say today that speaking in tongues is so wonderful because it involves speaking to God. But this view reverses the teaching of this verse. Verse 2 is actually a rebuke. ( 4-6,9, 11-12, 14, 6-17, 19). The tongues speakers were supposed to be talking to men, not to God. After all, God had given them the revelation to bring to the church. Because they refused to translate their public message, they demonstrated that they really were not concerned about those who could not understand
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

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8. In the carelessness in translating the revelation into the common language of the people. The very fact that they regularly did not translate the tongues messages showed that they were not sincerely interested in edifying the congregation. Another thing to notice is that of 14:2, which is commonly misued dealing with the gift of tongues. Paul writes, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him."
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

7. which is clearly done today in churches when one gets to talking and then many others join in. Nothing like this is even in Scripture. When the foreign language speaker came to a service to bring a message, he first had to check to ensure that at least one interpreter was there who could speak his language (1 cor. 14:27-28). The problem with gifts at Corinth ultimately is to be found in the misuse of the gift of tongues. It was desired by almost everyone but very much misused.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

6. and teachings of the apostles. The revelation contained in a tongues message was intended to be a building up, comforting, and encouraging experience to the listeners once the message was translated. These gifts of foreign languages was also a sign to unbelieving Israel that God was now working through the international church. The speaker could control these foreign languages. He or she was not compelled by the Spirit to bring some ecstatic utterance while in some highly emotional state.
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

5. had (1Cor.14:29-38). The book of Acts clearly teaches that speaking in tonues was definitely speaking in genuine foreign languages. At Pentecost, Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotanmia, Judia, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, and Phrygia all heard the apostles speaking in thier languages during the morning. Likewise the Corinthians were speaking in real languages. Other interpreters could translate the messages to see if they were in harmony with previously accredited prophecis
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

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4. they had become Christians; the Spirit of God bestowed these gifts on the early Christians SUPERNATURALLY. We do not know specifically how some of the gifts operated. The Corinthians clearly knew and valued some of the gifts highly. But we have been given very little information about what they were and how they were to be EXERCISED. Although this point is true, prophecy, whenever it was given, was revelation from God. And local church prophets did not have the same authority as an apostle
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

3. Or that one could heal one kind of ailments and another another? In Passages like 1 Timothy 4:14 Timothy is told not to neglect the gift that is in him, given to him by prophecy, "with the laying of the hands of the presbytery." and in 2 Timothy 1:6, in which Paul encourages Timothy, "stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." We see that these gifts, therefore, were not just natural abilities that the people had developed even before
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

2. with natural aptitude for teaching (born a teacher), and we know of people who are teachers because they have learned to teach through a course of training. But what is a "Charisma" for teaching? "Powers" apparently were miracles, but what miracles were in distinction from Healing (which is another gift) is not easy to see. And as for healing, the expression is "gifts of healings" (both nouns are plural). Does this mean that one person had a variety of healing gifts?
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

I support the opinion of the moderator. I read all he/she put down and completely agree with the explanation. Bible students have problems trying to describe each individual gift than attempting to classify them. Take the list in 1 Cor. 12:28.. what is a "prophet". Is it someone like the great figures of the Old Testament? Or does he resemble rather the preacher in a modern church? We don't know. With "TEACHERS" we feel we are on safe ground, but are we? We know of people
---Lupe2618 on 11/15/05

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Linda ... I wondered how to express what I had seen and heard. It was just that during the singing of worship songs, some people started singing not in English, nor I think in other languages, but just praising with their voices. In a way it was bit wierd, but there was such sincerity in it that I think it was just their inner souls using their voices to express wordless praise.
Does that make sense
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/15/05

Speaking in tongues is a beautiful gift,that brings wisdom,peace and encouragement and sometimes chastisement. To hide such a benificially gift because of popular believe is putting mans opinion above obedience to GOD.
---shelby on 11/15/05

If speaking in tongues is a gift, then why should one hide it? Simply because it causes disturbances within the church - most of which do not have a place in their service for it. Also it may interfere with ones testimony due to the very bad press such a thing has gotten over the years = too many coocoo birds that know practically nothing of the Bible.
---lee on 11/15/05

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