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Is it Biblical for Christians to speak in tongues today?

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Tongues were languages that edified it's non-believing hearers into belief. If a person spoke in tongues today, it would be useless without an interpreter or the direct understanding of the individuals you were speaking to.
Ezra 4:7, Prv 15:2, Isa 50:4, Acts 2:6-11, Acts 21:39-22:2, 1Cor 12-14
---MIchael on 6/7/09

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

I do believe
God Blessed You
---TheSeg on 6/7/09

Corey, it just happens that I am saved by GRACE through FAITH in the finished work of Christ, Galatians 2:20-21.

I happen to know what is written in Mark 16:17-18 is literal, not an allegory or parable, and who it was written to.

Corey, I know these things from doing indepth study which takes time and effort.

It is apparent you don't know these things because they are too deep for you, or you don't want to know the truth because you are afraid of truth.
---Rob on 6/7/09

markv- You know, God COULD put you among jungle Indians, if He wants to. Your attitude is poisonous as if you had already swallowed poison. I don't think He approves of people being against the Holy Spirit, as you obviously are. I did not speak or write in tongues to you or anybody else. When the Holy Spirit spoke through me before, it was a spiritual matter, and He spoke to God in another language I could not understand, because He did not want me to know everything He was saying. He lets me know things in my own language that He wants me to know. You need the Holy Spirit as much as anyone else. He is necessary for Life. He is God. You would be happier with Him than without Him.
---Betty on 6/7/09

MarkV - *They even have classes for tongues so they can all speak at the same time, very religious, but when they get on line they critize you, your faith, and even your salvation.

I am inclined to agree with you that all too much of what we see in the tongues movement is fake. If one were to receive this gift, I would believe that it would be more spontaneous and simply occur while one is praying, not in an instruction class.

One also wonders if those that claim to have this gift are really trying hard to convince themselves of its legitimacy. The human mind does have the ability to mimic other languages - you can do this yourself if you want to.
---Lee1538 on 6/7/09

MarkV - *They even have classes for tongues so they can all speak at the same time, very religious, but when they get on line they criticize you, your faith, and even your salvation.

There is always the problem of convincing others that any spiritual gift one has received is legitimate. The Way International - an enslaving cult - even has instructions of speaking in tongues in chapter 8 of their basic manual.

I had a Greek instructor walk into a AOG tongues meeting where he rattled off a Psalms in Greek. A lady gave an interpretation and after he introduced himself, the entire meeting became chaotic. I believe those that claim to speak in tongues are very much aware that they can be depicted as being foolish in their behavior.
---Lee1538 on 6/7/09

markv- The reason I told you to park your car over hell was because you told me to drink poison and pick up snakes to find out if it would kill me. Jesus said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe, "In My Name they shall ....take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them...." Deadly thing could mean contaminated water and/or poison. People could be poisoned by others. Acts 28:3-6 Paul was bitten by a serpent after he added a bundle of sticks to the fire. He shook it off & wasn't harmed. He did not tempt God by intentionally handling snakes. Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, "It is written again Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
---Betty on 6/7/09

Beware of any who teach classes on how to receive the Holy Ghost. Repentance, praying for forgiveness,and asking for the Holy Ghost, that's how you receive Him. Jesus meant literal snakes and poison, but don't go looking for trouble. He meant if trouble came your way & happened without you asking for it. Mark 16:17 Jesus Himself said speaking in tongues is a sign that shall follow those that believe. A sign that the Holy Ghost is with them. God said He hates those who hate Him. The Holy Ghost is God also.
---Betty on 6/7/09

Lee, I am not testing God in any way answering your comments. What I am doing is testing the spirit of the person answering, by asking and giving answers to see what they say is of God.
God I know, I don't have to test Him. I have studied the Sovereignty of God for over eleven years. His nature and attributes completely. Though I do not have all the answers about every topic in Scripture I do know who He is.
I gave you a kindly answer and ask you a few questions why I believe some of those gifts are not for today. I am not trying to convince you, just having a dialouge with you. There is two tongues, one singular and one plural. One is fake and the other is legit.
---MarkV. on 6/7/09

Lee, 2: As you can see by the answers that Corey and Betty and some others give, that gift they so much say they have has made them boastful. So much that they tell you, you don't have the Spirit or don't know the Bible are park your car in hell. They even have classes for tongues so they can all speak at the same time, very religious, but when they get on line they critize you, your faith, and even your salvation. If someone really had a special gift, they would never boast, they would only be move by the Spirit to do what the Spirit has given them. God would never give a gift to someone so they can be boastful and proud. I am sure there is people out there that God is using in a specail way but you won't be hearing about in on the Web.
---MarkV. on 6/7/09

Rob, you are lost. It is not about literal snakes and poison. It is talking people like you. The Bible is filled with types and shadows. It is evident by your blogging that you have limited knowledge of the Bible. It is because you don't have Gods spirit living inside of you, therefore you will not understand Gods word. I clearly point this out in my blogging today. Perhaps you should read those scriptures and then ask questions, or give us some proof scripturally yourself. I believe Matt 7:6 talks about situations like this.
---corey on 6/6/09

Rob, if you really examine the verse 18:17 it states that 'these signs shall follow them that BELIEVE', not only those who would speak in tongues, etc..

So as you truly believe, do you also contend that you will not only speak in tongues, not die when you drink poison, etc.?
---Lee1538 on 6/6/09

Lee, why do you keep trying to change testing people with testing God? Also, Mark 16:18 does not say "IF" they drink poison it says "WHEN" they drink poison.

If people are so eager and boastful about their speaking in tongues being evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit, they should be even more eager and boastful about showing this evedence by picking up snakes and drinking poison without any harm coming to them.

But they won't do this because they know they have done what is written in Romans 1:25.
---Rob on 6/6/09

Rob - *Those people who claim to speak in tongues as evidence they have been Baptized by the Holy Spirit, should also show the evidence which is written in Mark 16:18

But would that (drinking poison) be tantamount to putting the Lord to the test? Proof of ones spirituality is NOT the possession of spiritual gifts.

16:18 They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Handling serpents is indicative of dealing with an adversary, and many churches today that do not practice speaking in tongues, believe laying hands of the sick.
---Lee1538 on 6/6/09

Lee, I don't recall MarkV writting anything about testing the Lord thy God, unless yourself along with the others who claim to speak in tongues say they are God.

1 John 4:1-3 tells us to test the Spirits to see whether or not they are from God.

Those people who claim to speak in tongues as evidence they have been Baptized by the Holy Spirit, should also show the evidence which is written in Mark 16:18

No matter how hard people try to separate Mark 16:17 and Mark 16:18, they are part of the same sentence and the same statement.
---Rob on 6/6/09

Mark, do you honestly think that verse 18 has to do with REAL SERPENTS & REAL POISION?
This verse is referring to people such as yourself. It is amazing to me that you and many like yourself take verses you do not understand and write about them. The New Testament is full of scripture addressing this exact topic. Do you understand MATT 13: 10-17. I is also interesting to me that you would be SO opposite of Jesus and the apostles teachings. See with out the infilling of the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues you are not filled with Gods spirit. It does not work to simply say a couple of sentences and "accept Jesus as your personal savior" Again, what do YOU believe you have to do to get saved?
---corey on 6/6/09

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Mark 2, What do you think the apostles doctrine is? In Galations 1:6-12. Do you realize Paul is so adament about verse 8 he repeats it in 9. REPEATS it, why do you think that is so? Because people like yourself will try to change the Gospel. You yourself said that you read all these books written by MAN, when the only book you need is the inspired word of GOD. Acts 19: 2-6 it is clear that you can believe and not receive the Holy Ghost. It is also clear that Paul was not speaking in tongues to the men before he re-baptized them, but afterwards what happens? HUMMMM. Oh yeah, they spake in Tongues. To who? Clearly not to Paul, he was already speaking with them before they spoke in tongues.
---corey on 6/6/09

Mark 3
To GOD! Just like I explained to you before on the prayer language of tongues and you did not answer me back. So Mark, do you think it is possible you believe and do not yet have the Holy Ghost? Perhaps you are like the men in Acts 19:2-6. John 3:5-8 is very clear, you cannot enter the Kingdom of GOD unless you are born of water and of Spirit. In verse 8 he says that a sound will accompany those born of the spirit-not some, not his friends, not just the apostles, not just back in there time, EVERY ONE!!! who is born of the spirit. He explains that sound as TONGUES in Acts 2:2-4.
---corey on 6/6/09

MarkV While Mk. 16:18 tells us that if were were to drink any deadly poison it may not harm us.

"they will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them, they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

However there is also a verse that states we should not test the Lord our God.

Mt 4:7 Jesus said to him, Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.

And would we not be testing the Lord if we were to drink poison to see if we would survive?

The theology of some that believe one must speak in tongues is faulty as the Spirit seeks to glory Christ and to build up the church and that by diversity of gifts.
---Lee1538 on 6/6/09

Brother Lee, I remember I had difficulty answering you the last time concerning women leaders of God's Church. I hope responding this time doesn't lead to the same thing. I have great respect for your work but what you said to me the last time I believe was wrong.
Concerning the gifts, I don't have a problem with any of it. I don't have a criteria to say, this is end and this is out. What I have done is made a study of the history of the Church. I have many books to look up and many of those gifts were not use for over 1700 years are so. Give or take a few years.
I have also studied the words Paul used, concerning tongues and tongue. One singular and one plural. I also have not heard any of the tongue speakers drinking poison and living.
---MarkV. on 6/6/09

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Lee 2: When you're talking about millions of Pentecostals and others who declare they have certain gifts you would think there would be thousands of evidence. Millions of people would be walking away from their death beds. And if they did, when would the die? They could do it again and again and the person would never die.
And how about poison, there is no evidences that state they drank poison and lived. As many people who believe this you would hope to see thousands.
Lets talk about death. God has an appointed time for each of us from the creation of the world. Would this people with that gift change the outcome of God's plan? No one can change God's plan. It is what it is and all we can do is trust in the Lord that it is right.
---MarkV. on 6/6/09

markv- Now that I had my say, I hope you don't take offense: I was only quoting you. I would not want you to drink poison.
---Betty on 6/5/09

MarkV - *If you insist that the gifts are for those who are baptized by the Holy Spirit today and forever or until Christ comes,...

Greetings brother!

The problem with your position is that in believing some of the gifts of the Spirit ceased while others have not, is that you must have some criteria to say some scripture is obsolete to the church today while other scripture are still applicable.

So I would beg you to give us your criteria?
---Lee1538 on 6/5/09

Betty, wow, Park my car, my Bug. I suppose that is what you speak in tongues about only no one knows what you are saying, only you. This time you interpreted it for us. That was very Christian of you, just shows how far people will go to defend their own tongues. That is what I was talking about in the beginning. Only those with tongues get mad. If they have such a gift they should be happy campers all the time. Just think, able to speak any language whenever you like, for the purpose of what? We have Bible's in every language. I need Roseta Stone to teach me other languages. Maybe one day when I am among all kinds of jungle indians I will suddenly speak their language. But I don't know if I will try the poison.
---MarkV. on 6/5/09

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markv- Park your car over hell. How about it, you claim to be Christian-shall we drink to your health and you take the first sip. Chug-a-lug, markv. Was it Christian of you to offer me poison? I'm used to being around snakes - I married one. I try to stay out of the snake pit where he came from. Jesus Christ said, "You shall not tempt the Lord thy God." He did not leap off the mountain, and I'm not going to knowingly drink poison or pick up snakes.
---Betty on 6/5/09

rob- Mark 16:18 was not mentioned by me because I was saving space and keeping on the subject of speaking in tongues.
---Betty on 6/5/09

Corey, people say speaking in TONGUES it is a SPIRITUAL GIFT and is a sign of being filled with The HOLY SPIRIT. Mark 16:18 is part of the same sentnce as verse 17, and the same sign should follow. You cannot separate the two, even though I know yourself along with others want to.
---Rob on 6/4/09

Rob because the blog topic is about Tongues. The next verse is another topic.
---corey on 6/4/09

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Corey, are you able to drink deadly poison and not die? Just ask yourself that question. If you insist that the gifts are for those who are baptized by the Holy Spirit today and forever or until Christ comes, and Betty says if you don't have those gifts you are not saved, you and all the others should be able to drink poison and not die. Do you are anyone else you know have tried it? And please give us the results.

Betty, you say you have those gifts, how about you, can you drink deadly poison as proof to us that it will not hurt you? It is one of the gifts you are talking about. You say if we don't have them we are not saved. How about just taking up serpents. How many have you taken up?
---MarkV. on 6/4/09

Betty, why is it those who claim to speak in tongues always quote Mark 16:17, but they never mention Mark 16:18 which is part of the same sentence?
---Rob on 6/4/09

Tongues are given by God through the holyspirit and it is another language from another nationality read the book of Acts 2. 1-18 this speaking in tongues or another language was after they were baptizes with the holyhost.This was a promise that God spoke by the mouth of the prophet Joel and it started to be fufilled on the day of pentecost, those people who believed trust and obeyed christ Jesus which bring faith and makes faith alive and God gives the holyspirit to those who obey him Acts 5:32
---laverne on 6/4/09

If you read and understand the context of I Cor 13, you will know (Verse 10) that which is perfect is come(Jesus)will bring an end to all which is in verse 8. So until Jesus Christ Comes back for his people tongues will still be in the church today. Amen Once we see our Creator face to face we will not have to pray in tongues, have prophecy, and knowledge. We will know all. That is why people have trouble with tongues, they take it out of context and do not know the difference between the tongues in Acts and the tongues in Cor. both which are alive and well in Church today until JESUS CHRIST returns.
---corey on 6/4/09

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Yes it is Biblical. Speaking in tongues is a sign from the Holy Spirit that He is there, and sometimes He uses it as a prayer language to God. Mark 16: 17 Jesus said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe, In my Name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues...." Mark 13:11 When talking about End Times, Jesus said, "...take no thought... what ye shall speak...for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." Whether in a foreign language or not in that case. Loving the Lord, you can ask for the Holy Spirit and find out what happens.
---Betty on 6/4/09

Corey, I have explained things with you in a kindly brotherly manner. If no one can discuss godly things with you, why are you here?
Heb. 13:8 does not speak about tongues lasting forever. It speaks of Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.
1 Cor. 13:8- "Love never fails, But whether there are prophecies, they will fail, whether there are tongues, they will cease, Whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." This passage implies that tongues does cease. Of course it doesn't say when.
And please, do not act like those who condemn others here by throwing 2 Thessalonians 2:8. I think I have been more then kind answering you. Just because I don't agree. Give passages to support your view.
---Mark_V. on 6/4/09

Hebrews 13:8 I believe this verse says that tongues will be around for ever, Christ did speak it in Mark. So unless the bible is wrong we should still have tongues today. If you don't believe that then II Thessalonians 2:9-12 will most likely describe your situation. If you truly understood the book of Acts you would not be arguing this blog. Many people would call your doctrine "easy believism" -Mark 7:9. II Timothy 3: 6-7. If you want true salvation it is explained in great depth in Acts. You cannot take away from the Bible or add to it. Pray that God will open your eyes. Larry Smith "rightly dividing the word" is where I would start.
---corey on 6/3/09

Corey, Romans 13:8 "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for who loves another has fulfilled the Law" you want to understand that? Owe no one anything, pay your bills. I don't get your question.
Second, I will address your prayer blog later'
Third, you say where in the Bible does it say some gifts ceased? Now that is not a very smart question, since the Bible closed once it was cannonized. No more was added through the years. And since Church history is written down we know that for a thousand seven hundred years no tongues are mention other then the one's pagan's used and a few radicle groups. There was no healings done only death came. No one is mentioned drinking poison and living to tell about it.
---Mark_V. on 6/3/09

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Corey 2: as to the forth question, "Where in the Bible does it say they had no training?"
Corey, be sensible, the Bible says it was a gift of the Spirit, no training with that, they just spoke in another tongue. The Bible doesn't mention that the Spirit came to them everyday teaching them other languages until they got it.
Fifth, The Bible speaks about them been able to drink anything deadly and not be hurt or die, that gift was included by Jesus to the eleven.
Sixth, I didn't say the Bible spoke of only the disciples getting baptize. The passage Mark 16:14-18 in the context, Jesus was talking to the disciples at the time.
The Bible does declare that all who believe and are saved, are commanded to be baptize.
---Mark_V. on 6/3/09

Mark, I meant to say New Testament not Old in my question. What does Romans 13:8 mean to you? Please help me understand for ever.
---corey on 6/3/09

Mark, will you address the prayer language of tongues that I presented in my last blog.
I am interested to see where you go with that. A couple of questions.
1. Which gifts have ceased since the old testament, and where can I find it in my Bible?
2. So from your last blog, only the disciples should be baptized?
3. Where does it in the Bible say that they had no training on other languages?
4. Where in the Bible does it talk about them being poisoned by someone?
5. Where in the Bible does it say that laying on of hands was for the disciples and people "CLOSE" to them. Sounds like a lot of opinion.
---corey on 6/3/09

Yes. Old Testament and New Testament.
---Betty on 6/3/09

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Corey, many of this gifts ceased by the time the New Testament was written. Now the Word of God was going to bring faith to the reader or the hearer's of the gospel. It wasn't until Eighteenth-century Methodism that the American holiness movement took root again this time by John Wesley who taught a definite second work of grace distict from the remission of sins. Then Charles Finney influneced it even more. His theology embraced an experience subsequent to conversion, which he style "baptism of the Holy Spirit" His one volumn systematic theology is widely used today by Pentecostal evangelist.
---Mark_V. on 6/3/09

Correy, I don't see anything wrong with the passage in Mark 16:17. First of all Jesus was talking to the eleven apostles who sat with Him on the table. Jesus rebuked them first for unbelief and hardness of heart for not believing those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, (the eleven), Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." that was the command to the eleven. Then He says, "He who believes (of the eleven) and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned" He was talking to the eleven who at first He rebuked for unbelief. For the disciples that believed, they would be save and could do the gifts spoken of by Jesus in vv 17-18.
---Mark_V. on 6/2/09

Corey 2: They (the eleven) could actually go preaching the gospel. They could be able to speak in other tongues or languages, they had no training on, but that the Spirit would guide them in speaking. These happened many times whenever they were among people who didn't speak their own language. The ability to drink anything deadly and not hurt them was another gift. I am sure that was to protect them in case someone tried to poison them while they preached the gospel. They could also lay hands on the sick, and they would recover. This was for the eleven and later for some others close to them. Verse 20 and "they went out and preached, and the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs, Amen"
---Mark_V. on 6/2/09

Paul is talking about tongues for translation in the church. If a message is given by God to the church through tongues, another who has the gift of interpretation will be able to give the message to the church. The context Jesus is talking about in Mark is the prayer language of tongues that you receive once filled with the Holy Ghost-1 Cor 14:2, Acts 10:45-46. The tongues here in Acts clearly is tongues not understood by man 1 Cor 14:2 But the prayer language he gives us once we are filled with the Holy Ghost to Magnify him. Many times people do not rightly divide the word and will miss the boat.
---corey on 6/2/09

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I am actually exposing false prophets. ....
So either way you look at it you should either speak in a new language now that you believe or doctrine you believe in is false and you have not received gift of tongues yet. ---corey on 6/2/09

Corey....I'm interested as to what translations were....when you've spoken in your new language? It should be edifying... with ..... interpreter to qualify. another divers kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues:
1 Corinthians 12:9-11

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
1 Corinthians 14:25-27
---Trav on 6/2/09

I am actually exposing false prophets. The Bible is for today as well, Jesus or the gospel has not changed. So if you believe Samuel, what new language do you speak? Or perhaps you are following a false doctrine, not that of the apostles, that is why you don't speak in tongues (or languages if you perfer) So either way you look at it you should either speak in a new language now that you believe or the doctrine you believe in is false and you have not received the gift of tongues yet. There is really no other way to look at this verse. Why would Jesus have that verse in the Bible?
---corey on 6/2/09

Websters Bible - Mar 16:17 - And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out demons, they shall speak in new languages,

NLT - Mar 16:17 - These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages.*

The people of GOD had to speak many new languages to those around them.

Are you spreading the Gospel or just building up yourself and making it seem like you are better then others?
---Samuel on 6/2/09

I suppose it is easy for someone to explain tongues away. I say I don't believe something because I don't know about it our really understand it (human nature). However, I bet it will be hard for you to explain away Mark 16:17, I believe NEW is the word Jesus uses. So what new "language as you put it is he talking about" should I all of the sudden know Greek now because I believe? Because the way you expain it, everyone who believes according to this scripture should have two languages. It is amazing how many people do not know or understand the book of Acts or for that matter Baptism. Maybe Jesus did not mean to say those things and left it up to us to decide what we need to do to get to heaven.
---corey on 6/1/09

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Thank you SAMUEL as 40% of the world has still yet to hear the Gospel and a good portion of the globe may have languages and dialects unfamiliar with the evangelist or missionary. Tongues bridges the gap breaking the curse at Babel.
The 40% should get you going (spreading the gospel) and curtail some of the foolish USA point-of-view predictions that God is returning in 2010 having all heard the gospel.
He is long suffering and not willing that any should suffer.
---larry on 6/1/09

Yes tounges are for today. The church speaks in many different languages. What is not for the church is to act foolish and jump up and down roaring like lions or barking like dogs and saying it is the HOLY SPIRIT making them act foolish.

Tounges means languages. It does not mean unintelggible sounds that no one know what they mean.
---Samuel on 6/1/09

The reason most people don't believe in tongues is because they have never experienced it, and because they are following a false doctrine. If you follow the apostles doctrine, then you will speak in tongues, so it is easy for someone to denounce tongues simply because they have never experienced it. It does not mean that it is not true, it means that you are going about it wrong. GOD does not make mistakes or change his mind. Pray that GOD will show you the truth. There is nothing more spectacular than receiving the Gift of tongues from our Creator. God Bless
---corey on 5/30/09

I believe in God
I believe God raise him from the dead.
But Joh 10:18
Most of all I believe in the Holy Spirit.

As to speaking with tongues, where is it written it is only angelic?
In 1Co 13:1 (men and of angels.)
So many of you seem to think it is just angelic!
Speaking in tongues is for a sign to them that believe not!
When you speak in tongues, anyone on earth can understand your words.
For they are not your word but God!

Covet to prophesy
1Co 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people, and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
---TheSeg on 4/16/09

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I am in complete agreement with---clarence_puckett.
---mima on 4/16/09

The baptism of the holy spirit has never been negated by the lord, in fact before his ascension into heaven, he told over 500 plus his disciples to go to the upper room and be endued with power from on high, only 120 showed up and were of course filled, we should have an humble balanced attitude about this precious gift from on high and not to think we are more spirtual than others and not to exalt it, God wants all believers to be pentecostal or to have this gift to make you a more enboldened saint to witness for Christ and win souls for him, it is a prayer language and not to be displayed before the elements of the world,
they don't understand salvation and surely they don't understand this.
---clarence_puckett on 4/16/09

Larry is right in some regards about tongues being a sign that the curse of Babel is over. It's over for the saints. Where tongues dispersed a nation of people throughout the world, it brought the peculiar and holy nation of God together. Yes, saints will always have to live by faith. But let me tell you what real faith is. The example of faith given in the bible is coupled with obedience, but how many people fight Acts 2:38. I could honestly care less about what christian super evangelist say about salvation and the spirit. I personally will follow the teachings of the apostles, Christ chosen men to deliver the message of the WHOLE gospel. When the Spirit came it came with tongues.
---Charleston on 4/13/09

It was Spirit pour out on all flesh Acts 2:17, and it's Spirit of refreshing Acts 3:19 & Isaiah 28:11. I see people weekly receive the Holy Ghost the same way, ages 4 and up, just like the bible says, if a man has REAL faith to OBEY the doctrine of salvation he'll receive it just like they did in the book. Obedience that what it takes. To really understand you must be honest with the scriptures. Romans 10:9 salvation wasn't preach until men like Billy Sunday and Billy Graham came with a quick fix salvation. The Apostles didn't preach this. In Acts 10 and 19 the only way they knew they had received the Holy Spirit is for "they heard them speak in tongues" It was the common sign then and is still the common sign today.
---Charleston on 4/13/09

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1Co 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

Order of importance
1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

I will say, if you believe one must speak to be saved, well.
Do you not believe God know your every word?
Speak the words of God to men as a man? Clearly!

He gave you himself to make it easier.
The Holy Spirit of The Lord My God is so very much more then speaking.
Listening is more important!
---TheSeg on 4/13/09

This issue of this one gift has received more scrutiny because its spactacular and the spiritual equivalent of "breaking news." "Discernment" for example is much more useful in knowing the "wiles of the devil" or as a gift of a pastor or president albeit less likely to create corporate euphoria.
Further, tongues has become divisive as charistmatics (for I am one) believe other saints are somehow incomplete without this gift which they believe is not a gift but an experience for all. This is foolishness to suggest that Billy Graham and others are somehow lacking the anointing to complete the great commission because they do not speak in tongues. The bible makes it clear that all gifts are not for all saints.
---larry on 4/13/09

This is from an emphasis on the spactacular which can be experienced in some services requiring no hard work, repentence or spiritual maturity. The life of Martin Luther is much less attractive then going to a service, hearing louder and louder music as some (not all) preachers whip up the congregation to jumping, shouting, laughing and even barking all claimed to be works of the holy spirit. Some of this is genuine and much of it satanic mimicry. The enemy loves chaos even within the sanctuary.
When you get done shouting, or lift yourself up from being slain in the spirit you still have to live by faith.
Most forget that before Moses parted the sea he spent 40 years in the desert.
---larry on 4/13/09

Yes its say to see some dont understand.

1Co 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
---TheSeg on 4/13/09

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Charleston how right you are on this issue! I couldnt have said it better myself. There are so many people who fight the issue of speaking in tongues, I dont understand why. It is very clear in the bible that he wants all of us to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and if we obey him with an open and contrite heart we shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (speaking in tongues) as they did on the day of Pentecost. It makes me so sad to see so many people rejecting His Word and putting their own spin on it or quoting theologians instead of the Holy Bible. This is serious souls are at stake.
---Shawnie on 4/13/09

This statement by Joseph,"As far as an "unknown tongue", it does not exist, there is no communication without understanding, and no understanding without knowledge." Would seem to have great difficulty in light of this scripture 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."
---mima on 4/13/09

Yes it is. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can't believe in the first 7 gifts and not believe in the last two. Tongues and the interpretation of Tongues.

I pray in tongues, so I think you are referring to prophesies given in tongues, right? Because there's a difference.

There's also a difference between praying in tongues and praing in the Spirit with groanings too deep for understanding - I've done both, but I am an intercessor and sit for hours and pray -that could be why I have the gift of tongues - it's the 8th gift of the Holy Spirit.
---donna8365 on 4/13/09

"Is it Biblical for Christians to speak in tongues today?
Biblically "tongues" are languages or dialects, used by a particular people distinct from that of other nationalities. This is applicable to all men.
As far as an "unknown tongue", it does not exist, there is no communication without understanding, and no understanding without knowledge.
As far as the "tongue of the Pentecost" spoken of in Acts chapter 2. This is recorded biblically as occuring only once. This language, or utterance, of the Spirit, was understood by all who heard it. Act 2:6.
Act 2:4 is simply stating an empowerment, of the Spirit, to speak in a language that was not naturally acquired or learned, yet with perfect dialect.
---joseph on 4/13/09

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The tongues refered to in Acts was God's sign the curse of Babel had been broken.
Speaking in Tongues was used to overcome language barriers as to Babel where our lord was moved to create languages and confusion due to man's propensity to consolidate and sin.
It would be as if you spoke in tongues not knowing someone nearby could only understand Portugese and needed to hear the Gospel. You may have had no idea what language you were speaking.
There is also a prayer language as the spirit gives us utterance...this as tongues should be done in your prayer closet. Tongues is supposed to have a evangelical purpose not a sensation as presented by most charismatics.
---larry on 4/12/09

I believe that God can speak to us through the bible and the inspired word through the Holy Spirit. I don't understand why God would want to communicate to me His will through someone else that I cannot understand what they are saying.
The people that I have witnessed speaking in tongues in the middle of a worship service appear to be pulling everyone's attention from God and on themselves and their ability to speak jibberish.
I prefer God speaking to me through a pastor. A pastor who helps me understand God's word.
---dave on 4/12/09

Speaking in tongues is certainly biblical according to 1 Corinthians 14:1-18. But for Paul, at least, it did not have the highest priority -- 1 Corinthians 14:19. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/11/09

The interesting thing about most people that quote 1 Cor. 12:30 as all saved people don't speak in tongues is that Corinthians is a letter(epistle) written to that whole church body in Corinth, it was not written in chapter and verse, so the letter continues into chapter 14. Paul say in 14:18 that he thanks God that he speaks in more tongues than you all(meaning all, every, the whole) church of Corinth. He goes on to say in v23 if the whole (not part) of the church comes together and ALL(again) speak with tongues than the unlearned person would think we are mad. How is it that all the people at Corinth speak in tongues and Paul is suppose to be saying they all don't?
---Charleston on 4/11/09

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Now there are some(I am not among them) that believe making fun of "Glossalalia" is in fact making fun of the Holy Spirit.
Of course will some people rush in where angels fear to tread. But I have met people who believe that "Glossalalia" is the Holy Spirit.
---mima on 4/10/09

"Fabricated,meaningless speech". Dr.William T Samarin,professor of anthropology and linguistics Uof T.
Glossalalia is practiced around the world by all kinds of religions,Voodoo's in Haiti,Hindu Gurus and Fakirs,the Mithra's cult of the Persians,Shamans of the Arctic etc.etc..
It emerged relatively "recently"in Christendom.1901 Charles Parham of Bethel College in Kansas started the "wave",now today seen in every denomination including Catholic!
---1st_cliff on 4/10/09

As a person who speaks in tongues I think the following statement is very wrong.

"Most definitely, it is absolutely necessary to speak in other tongues."

I believe the statement to be demeaning to those who do not have the gift and I am certain it is unscriptural!!!

As proof of being unscriptural I offer
first Corinthians 12:3o," 30-Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret

---mima on 4/10/09

When someone is really speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives the speaking, the person is speaking a language the person does not know, and is saying exactly what the Holy Spirit has the person saying. This takes being very submissive to the Holy Spirit. So, this is good. This edifies someone to become more in the Holy Spirit's flowing and perfect word-for-word inspiration, and this ability can feed into the person's speaking in one's own language and doing ALL things in the Holy Spirit's inspiration, all the time. It's maybe like how you can "surrender" to a movie and at each moment be brought where the movie takes you, without you knowing where the movie will take you, next. Why not surrender to the Holy Spirit, instead (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/9/09

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Most definitely, it is absolutely necessary to speak in other tongues. Jesus said these signs *shall* follow them that believe according to Mark 16:16-17, they shall speak in new tongues... A true believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ and is obedient to that gospel will speak in tongues. It comes with receiving the Holy Spirit. See Acts 2:1-4,16-17, & 33,10:44-46 ,19:1-6. Jesus said in John 3:8 everyone born of the Spirit is born the same way. On the day the Spirit was poured at Pentecost everyone spoke in tongues. It happened then and it's happening now. Jn 3:8 The wind(pnuema grk mean breath or spirit) hear the sound of it so is EVERYONE that is BORNED OF THE SPIRIT. SEE Acts 2:1-4*
---Charleston on 4/9/09

1 Corinthians 14:4-5, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself, but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues...,"
---bruce5656 on 4/9/09

Since speaking in tongues is named in the Bible as a spiritual gift, it would be Biblical to do so. However, no spiritual gift should bring attention to the individual or disrupt the community. Those who practice speaking in tongues should be sensitive to those who do not and be aware that even talking about their ability to speak in tongues could be a deterent to someone else's faith.
---dawn on 4/9/09

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