By Derek Elles
There has been much talk about speaking in tongues and there seems to be some confusion about it. Today we will begin a series on this controversial phenomenon to shed some light and give a better, biblical understanding of it.
Speaking in tongues has come to be known as an outburst of unintelligible words. This is usually seen by congregation members in the middle of a worship service and sometimes by worship team members. There are churches who teach this practice to its members and even YouTube videos doing the same. Many also profess that it is an indication of being saved and receiving the Holy Spirit and that if somebody cannot do it, they are not saved.
Let me first state that tongues was an Apostolic gift, meaning it was only given to the Apostles. To be an Apostle had certain requirements which are no longer possible to achieve, and therefore since there are no more Apostles, tongues is a gift no longer given. Moreover, when it was given, it was not to speak unintelligible words, but actual languages that the speaker had not learned.
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Let’s go back to the beginning to see where it all started. Speaking in tongues occurred during what is called Pentecost in Acts 2:4. First of all, we need to dispel the teaching of there being 120 people present, which is in Acts 1. This is a completely different time as can be seen in the opening of Acts 2 chapter 1 and also in chapter 12 where Peter took his stand with the eleven – in other words the Apostles.
So, we see that the Apostles began to speak in other languages in verse 4 and in verse 9 we see that everyone present from every nation (verse 6) heard the Apostles in their own native language – not a bunch of unintelligible words unable to be written or understood.
Next week, and probably a couple more, I will talk about the other points of confusion regarding the gift of tongues. In the meantime, please read the Bible references above and post any comments you would like to be considered regarding this topic.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
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