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Speaking In Tongues A Gift

I would like to know about the speaking in tongues. Some churches do teach their followers to speak in tongues. Is the speaking in tongues a gift from the Holy Spirit and is it correct to teach people to speak in tongues.

Moderator - Yes, it is one of the nine Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, it is a gift not something you practice.

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first things first, straight from a tongue talker.
churches dont teach you how to speak in tongues. if one dose teach they are not of god. it is jesus our lord that sends his spirit down and enables you to speak, its all jesus, from jesus. truly, he dose take over. there are no words to describe that experience. but i felt happy, excited, warm, like he was hugging me. wonderful....
NOW, after that experience NO ONE can tell you that jesus is not god, that he didnt rise on the third day, or that god dosnt exsist. thats why the holy ghost is also called the witness. thats your proof and i fall back on it daily. its the power from on high. everyone needs it.
---batieste on 3/17/09

speaking in tongues are actually used in two different ways.

one is the gift of the Spirit for public ministry to the assembly of believers. that one must have interpretation following it. not all speak them. [1 corinth.12]

the second is personal devotional tongues which doesn't require interpretation. unless the individual speaking wants to know what they're saying. when they speak it out, it is equal to prophesy. all may speak them. [1 corinth.14]

a person develops in knowing the difference between the leading of the Lord and their own notions by practicing what God has given.

it is just as correct to teach about tongues as it was correct for the apostle Paul to do it.
---opalgal on 1/15/09

Why was being full of the Holy Ghost a prerequisite for leadership?
Acts 6:3, "look ye out among you seven men..full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom"

Why are we told to be "filled with the Spirit;"? Ephesians 5:18
---Bruce5656 on 11/4/07

Indeed a beautiful gift as Paul said I speak in tongues more then you all.....
---Jeanne on 11/19/06

The minister that saved me told me if you speak in tongues from your heart audibly the devil can't know what you are praying for. I also notice that when I speak in tongues I can do it in 2 ways. 1. speak without knowing what I'm saying from my heart but I still can feel what I'm saying. 2. Speak aloud in tongues and choose to decifer what I am saying in my mind. It is actually very awesome doing it that way.
---Matthew on 11/18/06

does God not understand english? tongues at Pentacost were different spoken languages-there is a difference between tongues in acts and in 1 corinth 13 and 14
---r.w. on 11/18/06

Yes, a beautiful gift one used to make the spirit man very strong. Paul said I speak in tongues more then you all but if I dont have see it is a lovely gift to ask, seek but your salvation does not hinge on that. If you were my child and I gave you a Christmas gift and you opened it but did not know how to use it does that change the fact you are my child or would i love U less? No. Nothing would change between you and I.
---Jeanne on 11/11/06

Bruce -- Thanks for clearly explaining what I've been exhuasting myself over many blogs trying to explain. I was beginning to think my writing must be coming accross in "tongues" ;-) since, nobody seemed to understand what I was saying.
---Donna2277 on 10/28/06

Praise the Lord, Donna & Bruce, for JohnT and I finally agree on something. JohnT said "According to my understanding, legitimate tongues need to be [interpreted], or else it is like a clanging cymbal." 1 Cor 13:1; 14:8-9, 23, 33.

Donna & Helen, whether you shop Walmart or Sears you are still doing the same thing, using funds to purchase merchandise and you women do shop with spirit & understanding though illogical to us men - smile!
---Geoff on 10/28/06

I am not an anti-tongue person either. I have heard many speaking in tongues but no one has any idea what they are saying. I belonged to a Pentecostal church for three years and when someone spoke right out in church the pastor would have someone stop them. It is silly for someone to speak in public when no one knows what they are saying. I had a lot of respect for the pastor for stopping it in church.
---lisa on 10/28/06

2. He told me that speaking to God in tongues was not for everyone. That most of the speakers were just false. He didn't permit anyone to do that during services. I believe each one has a way of talking to God in our relationship with Him. But to say that everyone has to do it, is like the SDA's saying everyone has to do Saturdays for Sabbath. If it is a gift for you, that is great.
---lisa on 10/28/06

3 I will continue to follow what all of you are saying. Maybe through here I can see others points of view. I understand the problem that arose in the Corinthian church, and Paul had a lot of trouble with those people because of the tongues. Chapter 13 of Corinthians was put in between the two others for a very good reason concerning the speaking of tongues.
---lisa on 10/28/06

4. which is really the problem we see today in most churches. Donna, you have some great answers. thank you, I will just follow along to learn.
---lisa on 10/28/06

On the day of pentecost those who waited for the promise had never heard of speaking in tongues, they had no Idea it would happen, nor did Cornelious's house hold. When asked by the crowd that gathered what was happening peter made no mention of tongues but quoted Joel as the prophesy was fulfilled your sons and daughters would prophesy because they were all preaching in understandable languages of all regions.
---Exzucuh on 10/27/06

Tongues are given by the Holy spirit and can be recieved without knownledge or faith it is a free gift their faith must be in Jesus the giver of Gods Spirit. Peter and John laid hands on the samaritans and paul laid hands on the disciples of John to receive the Holy Spirit after which they spoke in tongues. You should tell them to receive Gods Spiritual baptism the giving of tongues is God's job and has nothing to do with the ability of the believer to receive it.
---Exzucuh on 10/27/06

Bruce thanks for disagreeing civilly, something severely lacking in some .

I admit a bias against tongues speakers. My former FiL, a tongues speaker who sounded like a chipmunk in "prayer language" molested my daughter at 5 or 6.

Before we were aware of the abuse, his pious gibberish grated on my ears. Ive heard MUCH false teaching about it and went to a "school" for it ,so it is difficult to see much good in it.
---JohnT on 10/27/06

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The mistake is using tongues without interpretation in a GROUP: I Cr 14:27 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
PRAYER in tongues NOT ADDRESSED TO MEN,thus not needing interpretation,: 1Cr 14:2 For he that speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him, howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries. Should NOT BE USED IN A GROUP.
---Donna2277 on 10/27/06

John T not all tongues need to be interperted. Paul's instruction re tongues and interpertation refers to the public use of tongues.

As Paul pointed out to the Corinthians, not all tongues need to be a language that can be understood.

Paul prayed in tongues and he worshiped in tongues (with out understandign) just as he did with his own understanding.
---Bruce5656 on 10/27/06

There is such a thing as corporate worship and corporate prayer when many present are praying or worsiping. No one stands out and commands attention. So, while it is a public setting, people are engaging in private prayer and worship.

Paul spoke of the private tongues that edify.

So the answer is yes - sometimes when it is a public "tongues and interpertation" and no - sometimes when it is a private "praying, worshiping or singing in tongues".
---Bruce5656 on 10/27/06

Bruce I certainly have both heard had have spoken tongues that sound like a language.

Then the essential Q must be Have they been interperted as they were in Acts by native speakers of that language?

I am NOT anti-tongues, but I am wary of good-feeling experiences masquerading as a godly event.

According to my understanding, legitimate tongues need to be interperted, or else it is like a clanging cymbal.
---JohnT on 10/27/06

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"Having been around many "tongues speakers" I have NEVER heard anything sounding like a LANGUAGE,"

I certainly have both heard had have spoken tongues that sound like a language.
---Bruce5656 on 10/27/06

Read what I wrote again. I never said he did. Only that he beleived in a seperate from conversion empowerment by the Holy Spirit. Have you read his book "Twelve Sermons on the Holy Spirit"?
---Bruce5656 on 10/26/06

Check out the sermon "The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit p 50 "Now then, if Jesus Christ, the great founder of our religion, needed to be anointed of the Holy Spirit, how much more our ministers?"
or "The Indwelling and Outflowing of the Holy Spirit pp 113,114 "You see, there is s distinct promise to the children of God, that their heavenly Father will give them the Holy Spirit if they ask for His power; "
---Bruce5656 on 10/26/06

Geoff -- I've said it at before. Most Pentecostals MISUSE tongues in the CHURCH (That's why I don't attend a Pentecostal Church.).1Cr 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an [unknown] tongue."

I will shop at Walmart and I will shop at Sears also...does that mean I necessarily do both at the same time? What's the basis for your interpretation of I cor 14:15?
---Donna2277 on 10/26/06

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Geoff - It is impossible to do both together. Nobody can have two languages coming out of their mouth at the same time. "Also" means "as well as".
---Helen_5378 on 10/26/06

Donna, advocating the proper use of tongues doesn't mean one is against tongues.

Helen, Paul didn't say he does one or the other independently, but both together.

I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also-1 Cor 14:15

If we are following Paul we will do the same.
---Geoff on 10/26/06

Having been around many "tongues speakers" I have NEVER heard anything sounding like a LANGUAGE, having verbs, syntax or discernable meaning, as in Acts. It is more like "rama rama rama ding dong" or "boom shack a lacka", etc.

I am not mocking; tongues can be legitimate if it is done as in Acts. However those tongues speakers I heard frequently say, "It seems so good when it do it, therefore it MUST BE right.

That opens a door to disaster.
---John_T on 10/26/06

Bruce, I'll take you up on your comments. Give me a Book, page number and refrence to where Charles Spurgeons experiences included the Baptism in "Tongues" You have the burden of showing us the proof. I can name just as many great men who didn't experience "tongues." Show us your documentation. To my kowledge, I have almost all the printed manuscripts of Spurgeon including his studies in the Kingdom. Tell me where to find your proof.
---Jason on 10/26/06

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They never spoke in tongues? How do you know? Were you there? Did you talk with them?

Even if they did not speak in tongues, they certainly believed in a subsequent Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Here are the topics of four of Billy Sunday's sermons from the Omaha, Nebraska campaign of 1915.
---Bruce5656 on 10/26/06

"Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" (Acts 19:2);
"But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until. ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49);
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8);
"The Revival at Pentecost."
---Bruce5656 on 10/26/06

Other great evangelists of God who claimed to have recieved a subsequent baptism in the Holy Spirit are, DL Moody, RA Torrey, Dr. Wilber Chapman, Charles G. Finney, Charles H. Spurgeon, Ivan Roberts, Rev. AB Earle (a baptist by the way) etc. etc.
---Bruce5656 on 10/26/06

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Look at Billy Sunday, and other great soul winners of the past, they never spoke in tongues.
---Rev_Herb on 10/26/06

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mmadm - The churches you describe ARE THE REASON I cite I Cor 14!
I run from them too!

But rejecting emotional excess is no excuse to reject Pauls teaching. Both "tongues are not for today" or "tongues are all known languages" are totally UNSUPPORTABLE by Scripture,...which doesnt seem to bother most people. ICor 14 is easily skipped over. Pentecostals, dont want to exercise discipline as Paul teaches. Many others fear that "unknown tongues" might be genuine.
---Donna2277 on 10/24/06

aaaah Donna, but they were all understood and note how the people were surprised to hear their own languages spoken of by those who were filled with the Holy Spirit. They didnt babble unintelligible language but known and understood language. I have been to one church who were babbling and throw themselves on the floor writhing and it gave me the creeps and I made a quick exit never 2 return.
---mmadm on 10/24/06

If you want to know about it, go to a church that preaches it, or read the Bible.
---peter on 10/23/06

mmadm --1Cr 14:13 "Wherefore let him that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue pray that he may interpret."
If tongues is ALWAYS a KNOWN language why pray to interpret? It would be for a listener who is present and understands that language...just as on the day of Pentecost (the speakers didn't understand, but the listeners did)
---Donna2277 on 10/23/06

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tongues is known as a known/understood natural languages and there was never any need for an interpreter unless the other speaks in a different known language/tongue.False tongue is unknown to man and 2 God. the following verses contained no unknown tongue but filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:4-6,4:31,32 8:14,17 9:17, 10:44-46, 19:11-6 Luke 1:15,41 !:67,68, 1Cor14:27, Real gift of tongues is speaking of known tongue with no interpretation required.
---mmadm on 10/23/06

Geoff - There were two different types of praying and singing that Paul was talking about. Praying and singing with the understanding is in one's own language and therefore one understands. Praying and singing with the spirit is praying in tongues which one does not understand, but God understands.
---Helen_5378 on 10/23/06

Mormons speak in tongues. They would be considered counterfeit.
---Rachel^^^ on 10/22/06

P.S. to Geoff --- If you think Paul is speaking aganist tongues in ICor 14:14&15, just go down a couple of verses to vs.18, where Paul says, "Thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all".
---Donna2277 on 10/22/06

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Geoff -- sounds to me like Paul was using both methods of prayer (and singing)...sometimes using the normal language that he understood and sometimes praying or singing directly from his spirit.He makes a point of saying that in the company of others he prays in a language they both know,

In a sense praying in tongues IS "mindless" (gasp!) praying... because the mind (or soul) doesn't interject human thoughts, plans, and desires into the prayer.
---Donna2277 on 10/22/06

Jason, What is it about ICor, 14. you don't understand? I will try to help.

---Jackie on 10/21/06

Donna, you are describing and promoting mindless prayer, the opposite of what Paul did. He understood what he was saying.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:15
---Geoff on 10/21/06

Jasons #1-- No need for tongues to be saved, to have the Holy Spirit or to have times of feeling "filled with the Holy Spirit". But there is a free and full outpouring of the Holy Spirit that comes from Jesus, a "Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire" MT 3:11 that includes the ability to speak in tongues (which some are afraid to exercise and some pastors who privately speak in tongues don't admit because of prejudice). Paul in ICor 14:5, recommends it for all. I must continue..
---Donna2277 on 10/21/06

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#2 Jasons --To me, the greatest value of tongues is in private prayer, described in I Cor. 14:14 "For if I pray in a tongue, my SPIRIT prays, but my MIND is unfruitful". Genuine speaking in tongues is NOT AN EMOTIONAL experience (emotions and thinking are of the soul), there's no "altered consciousness". It's praying in the SPIRIT without these other things to interfere... THE best way to pray for complicated serious situations!(no temptation to "figure out" God's methods)
---Donna2277 on 10/21/06

Donna, I agree whole heartedly that the Power is not of men but soley of the Holy Ghost. My point is that I may, through the Holy Apirit be a partaker of His Power without speaking in tongues. What about the rest of I Corinthians 14? Thank you for your appropriate reply.
---jasons on 10/20/06

I disagree with MikeM's science remarks. Speaking in tongues is Biblical from the book of Acts. Also Romans 8:26.
---Jansen on 10/21/06

Tofurabby, it is sad that some would stubbornly hold onto myths & fables, but the truly repentant will forsake all error.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7
---Geoff on 10/20/06

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Louis Bernhardt::Respectfully,never heard an Anglican Rite Catholic church.Are you Anglican or Catholic.Because they are two (for want of a suitable name)different parts of different species. Most christian's claim Catholics are not christian.Pardon my inquisitiveness but are you Catholic affiliated to a diocese ordained by a Bishop& follow the roman Rite & acknowledge the Roman Pontiff.Because your theory is suspectTongues were at pentecost. Period-early christians were priveledged 2ooo years ago.
---Emcee on 10/20/06

I believe the evidence is that most of this is a bio-chemical reaction in the brain, the release of endorphines. It is related to the 'fight or flight condition, or even a 'runners high.' this can all be measured.
---MikeM on 10/20/06

Jason -- When you are a child of God,the Holy Spirit can use you anytime you yield to Him. "Tongues" is just a gift (IMO mainly for intercession and gaining strength, i.e."self-edification")see ICor.14:4. It's not a SOURCE of power...that is ALWAYS the Holy Spirit. The "Baptism in the Holy Spirit", which you MAY have experienced, seems to produce an inexplicable boldness and insight in witnessing. It is all HS. No man can take credit for, nor sustain, this "power".
---Donna2277 on 10/20/06

Rebecca, I speak directly to God Everyday that I have breath. Scripture claims that I can go to the Throne Room Boldly. Abraham spoke to Directly to God, so did Moses, Ezekiel, David, And Even Christ, (In the Garden) None of those needed tongues or a "secret code" to speak in. I know what you will say, that was before the Holy Ghost Descended. Before you try that one on for size, be ready for my response, from the Bible. Remember He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
---jason on 10/20/06

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More people than just I have noticed that those who speak in tongues have just as hard a time learning Biblical languages as those who do not.

Why do you suppose this is?

Is it reasonable to expect the Holy Spirit to give the gift of reading the Bible in the original languages?
---Jack on 10/20/06

The Bible says the blind lead the blind,they both fall in a ditch, couldn't those who do believe all of Acts say that the reason those who delete the Book of Acts won't admit it is because then they would have to acknowledge they are the blind following the blind? You see it could work both ways by either groups so the best thing to do is for the demeaners to hold their peace and let God direct the course of Christianity in this day,whether you agree or not? He knows His sheep and they know His voice.
---Darlene_1 on 10/20/06

Rev_Herb, I agree with you 100%. The problem is that we will never convince someone who claims to have the gift of tongues that they really dont... why? Because it means their "spirituality" is fake. It means that they are liars. It means that they have taken part in public displays of deception. etc. None of them are willing to admit that, no matter how true it is.
---tofurabby on 10/20/06

I agree that speaking in tounges is a gift. I know of many denominations that speak in tounges. It is wrong to say that everyone must speak in tounges as certain denominational churches do. The Lord and Christ Jesus gave me this gift many years ago and there are many Catholic congregations where Christians do speak in tounges. This is a Biblical gift, not a requirement.
God bless & keep thee. Now and forever. Amen.

Father Louis Bernhardt
The Anglican Rite Catholic Church
Houston, Texas
---Father_Louis on 10/20/06

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Jason; Maybe it isn't a blessing for your spirit to speak directly to God. But it is to me. A person don't have to speak in tongues to recieve God's power. Many have the Holy Ghost but don't speak in tongues.
---Rebecca_D on 10/20/06

I had the gift of praying in tongues for many years before I started to use it regularly in my own quiet time. I started praying in tongues for myself for 5 minutes every day and found after a few months that I started to be more joyful, less anxious, I found that God was healing a long standing problem of irrational fears, I began to have lots of answers to prayer. I can really recommend praying in this way every day. The Bible does say when praying in tongues we edify ourselves - it really works.
---Dorothee on 10/20/06

Donna, Thanks for taking time to agree that there is a biblical system for the gift of tongues in I Cor. 14. About the power, do you believe it is tongues? I have been saved and therefore have the "power" of the Holy Spirit. I have personaly witnessed across the globe. Currently this year I have witnessed to thousands and through the "Power" of the Holy Ghost I have seen God save well over 2,000 this year. I don't speak in tongues. Would you say that I don't have the power?
---Jason on 10/20/06

Just for the record. I haven't saved anyone. I am just willing to go witness that God will save them. To God be the Glory and Honor!
---jason on 10/20/06

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I totally agree with Donna's answer to this question.
---mima on 10/20/06

#2 I have a gift of tongues, but do not attend a Pentecostal church for this reason. (stated above). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, by the way, is not just to "fill you with joy"...though an overwhelming by the Holy Spirit does this. Jesus said, "you will receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost parts of the earth".Acts 1:8 Power to witness is the purpose of HS Baptism.
---Donna2277 on 10/20/06

#1. In chap 14 of I Corinthians, Paul cautions Christians about the improper use of tongues IN THE CHURCH. He doesn't discourage use of the gift; in fact, he says he speaks in tongues more than they. Tongues require interpretation. He points out the superiority of prophesy in the church, since it can be understood by all. "Therefore if the whole church assembles together and all speak in tongues and unbelievers enter, will they not say you are mad?" v23. Many pentecostal churches ignore this.
---Donna2277 on 10/20/06

Maybe be while there is such a discussion of speaking in tongues and deleima is also one might have not known the difference between recieving the Holy spirit and being baptised in the Holy spirit.
Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy spirit.
---Claudia on 10/20/06

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Now that you know who wrote ICorinthians , who he wrote it to, and why, it is obvious that he was rebuking them because they were improperly using this "gift"of tongues. Paul set the guidline in chapter 14 and that is how it should be done. You would have a greater argument if you did it biblically. But you and I both know that it is not being done in accordance to chapter 14. This is why not one person has brought a biblical argument against me. So Far everything is about what you FEEL.
---Jason on 10/19/06

I teach New Testament Survey, Theology of the Epistles along with Classes on The Life of Paul. I Corinthians was written to the church at Corinth. It was written around A.D.59 while Paul was in Ephesus. It was written as a rebuke of the church. He was dealing with their conduct as Born again Believers. These Christians were carnal and needed Godly Rebuke. Now I answered the question brought to me.. Now what does that have to do with my question. Someone please tell me what he meant in I Corinthians 14?
---jason on 10/19/06

Who was the book of I Corinthians written to and why?
Find that out and it might tell you something.
---Elder on 10/19/06

Jason. I was just like you at one time. Thinking that everything I had was enough and that what others had, I didn't need because I didn't like the way it looked. If you are filled with the Spirit you will want everything God has. His gifts are wonderful and useful, every one of them.
---john on 10/19/06

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Rebecca, Where in the Bible does it say that Speaking in Tongues is a "Blessing."
It must not have blessed Paul much because he said he would rather speak one word understood than a whole lot in Tongues. BIBLICALLY it isn't a BLESSING, It is a SIGN. Or maybe I missed a verse about blessings. Please inform us of that verse.
---jason on 10/19/06

Herb what happens if you spill some of the glass of milk, or if you give some away? What happens if you get down to a few drops! You might want to think about a REFILL!
---deon on 10/19/06

Herb; why not let the cup runneth over, and drink from your saucer? So your saying that you can only take so much of God's blessings? If not then what are you saying?
---Rebecca_D on 10/19/06

It's great to have you back, Dottie.
---Billy on 10/19/06

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When I was growing up in the mountains and saw something laying on the floor, flopping like a fish and foaming at the mouth... we didn't think it was in the spirit. It usually had rabies. We always shot it!
I'm just kidding!
I am glad to report that I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and I am filled with the Holy Ghost AND I have NEVER spoke in tongues. AND my life is WONDERFUL in Jesus. Praise His name.
---jason on 10/19/06

(1) Rev. Herb, Do you believe in the Bible? Gods word is a living word, either you believe ALL of it or you believe NONE of it. Where do you fit into that? 1 Corinthians 14:22-27 PLEASE READ! I was going to type it all, but it is too lengthy, then come back and say that the Bible is not true. (Let all things be done unto edifying) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.(1 Cor. 14:33)
---Dottie on 10/19/06

(2) "Don't rewrite the Bible."Speaking in Tongues is a GIFT, and can NOT be learned. It is only one of the NINE GIFTS of the HOLY SPIRIT. Go back to, 1Cor.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. (I know you only believe in the KJV so that is where this is from.)Is God a Liar?
---Dottie on 10/19/06

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