What Is Speaking In Tongues?

There are a number of differences between what the Bible teaches and what denominations claim constitutes "speaking in tongues". In studying Acts 2:1-4, 6-11, 43; 10:44-47; 11:15-17; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 29-30; 13:8; 14:5, 22, 26-28, 33, 40 - a person concludes that the New Testament indicates that speaking in tongues...

  1. Came unexpectedly - while denominational advocates state that it is a gift that must be sought for with time.
  2. Came instantaneously - while denominational advocates state that the gift comes in many cases after a long delay.
  3. Are real, known languages that can be understood - while denominational advocates claim that they are not real languages.
  4. Must be translated by an interpreter - while some denominational advocates state that they do not and in some cases cannot be translated by an interpreter.
  5. Must be spoken in a decent and orderly manner in an assembly - while some denominational advocates claim they can be random and that it is be acceptable for several to be speaking in tongues at the same time in the assembly with no particular order.
  6. Was an ability given by God for a specific purpose and for a limited in the first century A.D. to only a few Christians- while some denominational advocates teachthat the gift must be obtained by all as evidence of their salvation (that is, reception of baptism in the Holy Spirit).
  7. Were secondary in importance - while some denominational advocates claim that they are superior.


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