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You have no doubt heard people refer to, 'speaking in tongues'. There are plenty of people out there to tell you why you should do it, how you
should do it, and that you should, in fact, be doing it. First I am going to list some MYTHS about speaking in tongues that are held by Christians.
Everyone filled with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues
Anyone who does not speak in a tongue or prayer language is not saved
Prayer language is different than tongues
Basically, most people in the 'charismatic movement' think that tongues is something for anywhere, anytime, by anyone. Anyone who is filled with the
Holy Spirit should be doing it. They can show you many verses in the bible to support what they say, and because they do, I will take it upon myself
to show you , what they won't.
1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
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.
1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.
Do you see it? Clearly not everyone is expected to heal, or speak in tongues, or interpret tongues. Lets take a look at it in the MSG bible
1Co 12:27 You are Christ's body--that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean
1Co 12:28 You're familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his "body": apostles prophets teachers miracle
workers healers helpers organizers those who pray in tongues.
1Co 12:29 But it's obvious by now, isn't it, that Christ's church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It's not all
Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker,
1Co 12:30 not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues.
1Co 12:31 And yet some of you keep competing for so-called "important" parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.
So let no one tell you that you should be speaking in tongues, and thus making you feel that you have somehow done something wrong, or not done
something right. Also notice this: In the verse above it says something about interpreting tongues. The bible says several things on that subject, but
lets take a look at this, and then you can see if it applies to your church.
1Co 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.
1Co 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
That seems pretty clear. During church, there should NOT be a dozen or so people, including the pastor, blurting out tongues in some chaotic manner.
To do so, is just not biblical. Lets take a look at the same verse in the MSG bible
1Co 14:27 If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three's the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you're saying.
1Co 14:28 Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself.
There is just no way around those verses. If you have witnessed tongues different then the way God says they should be, then , you have to wonder, is
the motivation coming from a Godly desire?
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, also weighed in on the matter of prayer.
Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that
they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Mat 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
So how does this apply?
Every part of the bible applies to some part of our life. If you are going to ignore Paul's teaching on tongues, then it is clear you are not
following the bible concerning your 'prayer language'. If your not following the bible, then who is it you are honoring? I have seen tongues
coached, pushed, almost forced. I have seen peer pressure used to get folks to do it. That, my friend, is not from God. If God does not inspire it,
then there will be NO interpretation.
Now before you decide if you agree, I want you to ask your self this question. Was anything taught on this page, that is not in the bible?
I hope this has blessed you, on a subject that many find very difficult.