1 Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
Some churches allow any and all speaking in tongues and even say that speaking in tongues must be done in order to prove you have the Holy Ghost. Then other churches forbid speaking in tongues saying either that it was reserved only for the Day of Pentecost almost 2000 years ago and/or that it is of the devil. What is the truth?
Look in the Bible for yourself. It's really simple.
1 Cor. 12
1 Cor. 14 and don't forget 1 Cor. 14:39 That cannot be ignored or erased!
Speaking in tongues is a Real Gift from GOD. Sometimes some people speak false gibbish, some times people speak in devil tongues BUT other times some people do correctly use the real gift from GOD known as speaking in tongues. IF and when done from/of God, it is Biblical. The ministers that forbid it are going against 1 Cor. 14:39 "forbid not to speak with tongues"! Paul's solution to the tongues problem in the Corinthian Church was not to forbid tongues, but to correct the improper use of the gift from GOD. It was not for just the day of Pentecost. Pentecost happened in Acts 2. But speaking in tongues was continued in Acts 10 and Acts 19. No where in the Bible does it say that it stopped being allowed or that it was reserved only for the early days of the church. In fact, it says it will also be for the end times! And if it was for the early days AND the end times, then it is also for the in-between times! Acts 2:16-20.
If you live in fear and don't allow the Spirit of God to move in your services, how is God going to manifest this end time speaking in tongues and seeing visions that the Bible does speak about? You must allow people to simply say the word "Amen" and lift up their voice and praise God! You must allow the congregation to worship God and not be ashamed or embarrassed to openly worship and praise God. Let God do what God wants to do!
However, there are also tongues of the devil as well of course. I have heard both. I have received tongues and I have interpreted tongues. Tongues must not be focused on as being the only evidence of having received the Holy Ghost/Spirit. It is NOT the only evidence! 1 Cor. 12:10, 27-31 Everyone does not receive the gift of speaking in tongues. Just as we must not forbid it, we must also not require it. The Bible does NOT say that speaking in tongues is required and it does NOT say that speaking in tongues is the ONLY evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost. However it does teach that we must receive the Holy Ghost. But there are more than one evidences of having received it.
Please see our Worship page for more information on how we can truly and respectfully worship and praise God in Spirit and in Truth. I would also recommend you do a bible study on the words "sing", "praise", "shout", "dance", etc. Do your research and do not believe us and do not believe those other churches. Believe your Bible!
Clarification: We do NOT believe in just rambling babel gibbish. That is of the devil. But we do believe the Bible when it says there IS true speaking in tongues. How can that be? Well, the Bible speaks of it!!! There is a difference. The babeling devil tongues are pretty evident and you can sense when it is fake or of evil spirits. But true tongues, when it occurs, will either be followed by interpretation OR else someone will understand in their own language without interpretation, that is, they will understand in their own language. But to others, it may sound like a foreign language. It may be meant as a message just to one person or one couple in the congregation. I have heard of that happening. And then there is also the times that the tongues is used to talk/pray to God in the Spirit. That is also biblical and does not come with interpretation or human understanding because the person is talking to God, not to the congregation. Please check out ALL the scriptures on the subject and don't just pick and choose which scriptures. Don't ignore one scripture in favor of another scripture. If we forbid all speaking in tongues, then we will never see the true tongues. If a person speaks in a devil tongue, then the minister WILL go to that person right then and there and will rebuke the devil. I have seen that happen more than once. Please search the scriptures and pray and fast concerning this subject.
"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." 1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV
"He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself;" 1 Corinthians 14:4a KJV
"For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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 Corinthians 14:14-15 KJV
"But ye, beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost," Jude 20 KJV
The gift of tongues listed in 1 Corinthians 12:10 is totally separate from "praying in tongues", or what some Christians call the "prayer language." The word "tongue(s)" simply means language(s). These are some of the major differences between the gift of tongues, and the prayer language...
1.) The gift of tongues refers to a divine gift given by the Holy Ghost (Resurrected Power of Jesus Christ, NOT a trinity) in a public assembly, in a church service. A person will have an unction from the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues out loud for all to hear. There may be an interpretation and there might not be an interpretation. This gift of tongues (not talking about prayer language) should be done one person at a time.
2.) A message given in tongues in a public setting is equal to the gift of prophecy.
3.) Every Holy Ghost baptized believer does NOT have the "gift of tongues."
4.) The gift of tongues is a message from God to the local assembly.
The prayer language or praying in tongues is your spirit by the Holy Ghost praying to God.
5.) A Holy Ghost baptized believer can pray in tongues anytime...just as you can pray to God in your own natural language, or with your understanding anytime.
6.) The "gift of tongues" edifies others.
"Praying in tongues" edifies you individually according to Jude 20.
The Scriptures in 1 Cor. 14:2,4,14,15 and Jude 20 refer to the "prayer language", NOT to the "gift of tongues."
There MUST be an interpretation???
1 Cor. 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
Brethren, Let me ask you this question: When GOD gives you the unction to open your mouth and let the tongues flow, How do you KNOW whether or not someone else is going to give an interpretation? You don't! So how can you keep silence? You should not limit GOD by restraining yourself from obeying Him. Let His Spirit Flow! Do NOT quence the Spirit!
There are several examples of speaking in tongues in the Bible with NO interpretation!:
Acts 2, Many people all spoke in tongues, all at the same time, not one by one, and with NO interpretors. Each person heard the language in their own tongue and therefore understood what was being said without an interpretation! Yet others did NOT understand what was being said and thought they were silly drunk!
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Acts 10 doesn't say ANYTHING about an interpretation!
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7And all the men were about twelve.
Acts 19 did not say ANYTHING about an interpretation!
"But ye, beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost," Jude 20
Jude 20 is talking about a prayer language. It is Praying to GOD. Why would you need an interpretation given to GOD? Why would you need an interpretation to people who you are not praying to? This is mostly done in private. But it can also be done at services. There is nothing wrong with praying in tongues at services. When praying in tongues, you don't need any interpretation because you are speaking to GOD and not to the congregation.
So Why did Paul say that if there be no interpreter to keep silence?
Paul was speaking to the Corinathian Church which had let the false tongues run amonk. The church had lost control and there was nothing but confusion. So he was puting his foot down and telling those people to sit down and shut up. He was putting exter controls in place in this much needed time and location. Paul never intended to tell all churches, all christians and all church ages to NEVER allow speaking in tongues without interpretation. Pauls instructions to the corinathian church should serve as a warning to us but at the same time should not cause us to be overly legalistic about how the gift of tongues MUST be performed. True Tongues is from GOD. Let GOD have the control. Let the Holy Spirit of the law reign rather than the burden of the letter of the law. The Pastor/Bishop/Elder must be active in his duty to discern whether it was true tongues or not and then to take approiate (NOT un-approiate) action when necessary. Don't focus on just one verse. It must be here a little and there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept to get the whole picture and full understanding.
1 Thes. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
Many times you will hear people every sunday repeat the same unknown words every sunday. It's just 1-3 seconds long and it's always the same every week. This is NOT speaking in tongues! That is just some gibberish words that they have learned somewheres. True speaking in tongues will last long enough to be a real message to someone in the listening area. Not just one or two words. It is a sentence. And is for edification, NOT to prove that they have the Holy Ghost! You don't Learn how to speak in tongues, it is a supernatural gift from GOD to select people, NOT to everyone!
Some people try to say that you MUST speak in tongues to prove that you are filled with the Holy Ghost. This is NOT biblical. Just because we read about people speaking in tongues at baptism doesn't mean that it must be that way with every person in every occasion. The Bible is clear that there are Different gifts and that not everyone has the same gifts and that NOT everyone speaks in tongues!
1 Cor. 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand (i speak not in tongues), I am not of the body. is it therefore not of the body?
27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28And 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. 29Are all apostles? (N0) are all prophets? (NO) are all teachers? (N0) are all workers of miracles? (no) 30Have all the gifts of healing? (no) do all speak with tongues? (no) do all interpret? (no).
Please pray after reading this article!
Praise be to the Almighty!