Speaking in Tongues through the Holy Spirit

What is Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in tongues, for the Christian, is a way of allowing the regenerated human spirit to pray to God or to praise God, or to speak a message from God, without the interference or limitations of the human mind. Speaking in tongues actually happens when a person allows syllables to flow out of their mouth without consciously controlling them. When a Christian is empowered by the Holy Spirit in this, it is a powerful spiritual practice.

The Bible says that we do not know how to pray as we ought. See Romans 8:26. This is a fact. Now, the Spirit of God helps us to pray through unutterable groanings, but that is not the only way He helps us to pray. He also enables us to pray with our spirit, which is to pray in tongues. This I will show from the Scriptures in due course.

It has now been shown scientifically that a Christian while speaking in tongues is using totally different parts of the brain than one does while speaking a known language.

The apostle Paul spoke in tongues. He said,

1Co 14:18  I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

Paul did not say that he was ashamed that he spoke in tongues. If Paul was not ashamed of it, no
Christian today should be ashamed of speaking in tongues.

For Paul wrote in another place:

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1

Paul spoke in tongues. Paul prayed with his spirit, as well as with his understanding. There are
good reasons for both kinds of prayer.

If you are critical of speaking in tongues, please remember one thing. God did not entrust the writing of any part of the New Testament to anyone who did NOT speak in tongues.

There are people who hold to a theological viewpoint known as Cessationism. Cessationists believe that all the sign gifts like speaking in tongues and the working of miracles stopped once the early church apostles died. One problem for Cessationists, apart from the serious risk they will face of ascribing the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil, is that it is hard to come up with rules for deciding which verses of the New Testament apply today and which are not.

For example, do we still not know how to pray as we ought, or has Romans 8:26 been superceded by some new understanding?

Does the verse in Mark 16:17 which says, “These signs shall follow those who believe. In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak with new tongues” – does that verse still apply or has it been now abrogated by some sacred principle of Cessationism which has rendered it obsolete?

Should the verse which says, “Whatever you ask in faith, really believing, you will receive” now read: “Whatever you ask in faith, really believing, except if it be tongues, spiritual gifts or the working of miracles, you  shall receive”?

Is the Bible itself now an insufficient guide to doctrine? Does the Bible give one message to the people it was originally written to, and another message to us today?

Is Jesus who is the “same, yesterday today and forever” now a God who does not speak except through a Book, whereas formerly He could talk as any human being could?

I hope you see one problem with Cessationism as I have outlined it here.

If we dispense with Cessationism, we are left with the thought that valid Christian speaking in tongues is still available to the believer today.

 

Three Kinds of Speaking in Tongues

The Bible refers to different kinds of speaking in tongues. Without this insight, it is impossible to harmonize all the Biblical passages about speaking in tongues. In the Book of Acts, chapter 2, the disciples spoke in tongues and the people around them recognized what they were saying as praises to God in their own language. God obviously intended this to be a sign for the Jewish people who had gathered for the feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem. This kind of speaking in tongues still happens today, but it is quite rare.

The second kind of speaking in tongues is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Now Paul makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 14 that speaking in tongues out loud in church is not helpful at all unless it is interpreted. This kind of tongues, then, is one way God sometimes chooses to give a message to men, to people.

The third kind of tongues is referred to in 1 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." (KJV)

Obviously this verse cannot apply to the other kinds of speaking in tongues we just mentioned. In those cases men understood the tongues, or they were messages to men, not to God.

A message to God is in fact PRAYER. So this kind of speaking in tongues is in fact a powerful form of PRAYER. It is powerful because it consists of words given by the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we take this on faith, but anyone who has spent much time praying in the Spirit in tongues knows that it can make an incredible difference to the level of anointing, power and grace that can flow out of one's life as a result.

This is the only kind of speaking in tongues that is generally available to all believers in Jesus. The other types can only happen by the Sovereign will of God, by the initiative of the Holy Spirit.

 

Praying in Tongues

One of the chief benefits, then of speaking in tongues, is to have a new channel of prayer opened up, in which the Holy Spirit transcends the limitations of your mind and gives you words which will be acceptable to God, even though you do not understand them with your mind.

We are told to "pray without ceasing". There are a number of ways this could be achieved, but tongues is certainly a very helpful weapon to have in your arsenal in this regard.

Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray at all times in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer and supplications. Since tongues is ONE KIND of praying in the Spirit, it is part of "all kinds" and therefore we are encouraged by God to do it.

The truth about these things does not depend upon which ecclesiastical body believes in or practices it. The various denominations of Christianity have proven that they are not absolutely reliable measures of truth, or interpreters of truth. Therefore, if the Scripture exhorts one thing, and a denomination another, it is SAFER to go with the Word of God.

You will find that way you also get to enjoy God's blessings.

 

Other Benefits of Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in tongues can become a kind of introduction to the supernatural power of God. It is an a gateway into some of the other gifts of the Spirit. Exercising the ability to pray in tongue opens up a person to learning to operate from their human spirit, joined as it is to the Spirit of God by virtue of the New Birth. It is with the spirit that one can touch God, and receive the things of God. The natural man – that is the purely mental and emotional part of man, cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, nor perceive them.

Praying in tongues brings pleasure and refreshing to the spirit and soul of man.

Because it brings a strong connection with God's Spirit, praying in tongues can create a spiritual refreshing for the heart of a person. When you are weary from a hard day at work, or from dealing with various trials and frustrations, you may be even too tired to pray in your own mother tongue. At times like this, you can pray in tongues and receive a direct refreshing from God that does not depend on mental effort. It is truly a form of "rest" for the people of God.

Speaking in tongues may be interpreted to reveal the things of God

If you have faith for it, and you have prayed for it, you may also intrepet your prayers to God. While you are praying in tongues, thoughts and revelations may arise in your heart and mind which come from the Spirit of God. These thoughts can be highly relevant for your life. They can give key insights concerning what to do, or what God will do, or how to change. The value of speaking in tongues then is very great inasmuch as it acts as a catalyst for hearing important things from God in your heart. 

Speaking in Tongues allows you to Pray about things you Do Not Know 

God may need to find someone who can pray for something that only God and the persons needing prayer may be aware of. If God has an intecessor who is available and will pray in tongues, that can be the means through which God is invited to act in a situation that the intecessor knows nothing of. In this way the prayer can result in "God's Kingdom coming, God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

 

Speaking in Tongues creates a Bond of Common Experience with Other Christians

 

We do need to learn things from other Christians who do not necessarily share all our doctrinal beliefs. When Peter saw that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles in the same way as it happened with them, it created a kind of trust that God was genuinely at work in the lives of those people. In the same way, when I talk with a Methodist who speaks in other tongues, or an Anglican, I share a deeper bond of fellowship because I know this person is more likely to have an understanding and appreciation of some of the spiritual experiences I have.

 

Speaking in Tongues helps prepare for Soulwinning Activities

 

Speaking in tongues is somehow like charging the battery of the human spirit. Much speaking in tongues attracts God's power and grace. It is a sacrifice of time and energy with which God may well be pleased. It requires one to give up some other less important activities – entertainment for example, to devote oneself to facilitating the purposes of God in the world.

I have found that much speaking in tongues brings me to a place where the anointing for leading people to Christ seems to be stronger. Call it faith, call it power, the Holy Spirit works more when we pray in tongues – all other things being equal.

 

Speaking in Tongues empowers other Aspects of Ministry

 

Whatever your gift and call is, spending time speaking in tongues will attract power into your life, or rather cause the power of the Holy Spirit within you to be released more. This will make for more effective ministry in every area of Christian service.

Conclusion

I hope this article will motivate you to pray in tongues more. If you have not yet started praying in tongues, may I recommend my article on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

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  1. Wanda Blaylock Logan says:

    I’m a tongue talking apostolic love your website would love to join, I left a comment earlier at top of page, Love my JESUS!!

  2. We are to edify each other. Nothing must be about emotions, but the truth of the word of God. Satan indeed performs miracles every day. Whole churches/congregations are infected with deception and kundalini spirits, rolling around on the floor, barking like dogs, speaking in other tongues, and misleading the elect. Babies who are enticed with sensationalism and only visual stimulation thinking God’s love is a dog and pony show.
    Speaking in tongues, i do not believe a believer should deny. The urging of the Holy Spirit will speak to the elect. In my case, it is heaviness of heart and tongues are the ultimate release the God surely understands. A gift of the spirit.

    I pray consciously and I pray in tongues which does not use the frontal lobe. Both are in the spirit as I am indwelt with the Holy Spirit. I pray for the will of God, the saving of souls, for faith, for discernment, for deliverance, for the opportunity to be God’s instrument everyday, to minister to those in need, to be sanctified and regenerated, to have the whole armor of God, to thank God for all things he has done and what he will do.
    I don’t pray for selfish reasons. I pray for biblical reasons. I believe the Holy Spirit will answer all of your questions, in time. Be sober minded and do not discuss and confide your new Christianity with the unsaved as you lose the ties of this world, as I read above.

    Be humble always, and in all things give thanks.

  3. I never believed in speaking in tongues really. THEN I was carrying a HEAVY burden and a woman of Faith that I’ve known for years..put her arms around me and she began to whisper a prayer in my ear. THEN, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL language I’ve ever heard came whispered by her into my ear. She did know and whispered immediately what it meant. I felt a Peace and a Calm I have NEVER IN MY LIFE felt. I KNEW it was real.

    A few nights ago she and 2 other women asked me to come and pray with them. I felt the Spirit in me and I SO WANTED it to come to me, through me. I THEN felt an evil and I KNEW that SATAN was trying to push me from this awesome feeling. I SAID OUT LOUD for Satan to LEAVE ME ALONE. The friend who first prayed in my ear began speaking tongues..still pretty but VERY IN EARNEST..I FELT with satan left that room and Peace came back into me.

    I did not speak in tongues that night but I know that there are reasons. I have some people I cannot forgive and I believe the Lord WANTS ME to Forgive THEM before he will give me this beautiful gift.

    ALL I’m trying to say is NEVER DOUBT something that the Lord gives a person. YOU do not know. GOD DOES. There ARE people who “pretend” to speak in tongues and they should be very afraid.

    ONE MORE SHORT story…I worked with a man who made fun of his wife who spoke in tongues. The next day, he woke up with sores ALL OVER his tongue and in his mouth. NEVER doubt what you do not fully understand.

    ONE DAY, I do believe the Lord will give me that gift and I am now open to it. I just need to get rid of the bad thoughts I am having toward a few people and forgive them before I can Be Blessed with this beautiful gift and/or help others to.

  4. Speaking in Tonques is a TRUE GIFT FROM God.
    Given to all Born Again Christians.

  5. My denomination is Southern Baptist. Even though I am Baptist I have had an interest in speaking in tongues, or a heavenly language. I have no problem believing that this gift exists today. Why would it not? The only thing that would inhibit it would be unbelief.

    I recently ordered a revised expanded edition of three CD’s and one DVD from Sid Roth, a converted Jew and who is host of “It’s Supernatural”. It’s called P.T.T., Personal Trainer for Tongues. Everything you mentioned in your post was mentioned in this edition. There were personal testimonies from pastors and lay people who have experienced speaking in tongues. It was said that speaking in tongues opens up the pathway to the other gifts of the Spirit. One woman who could speak in tongues said that she prayed for a lady who had had a mastectomy and her breast came back. Where man is limited, God is not. This is what God says about Himself in Jeremiah 32:27:

    I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?

  6. I read through this passage… I have never felt comfortable with the idea of speaking in tongues… one verse stated above – “Since tongues is ONE KIND of praying in the Spirit” This is not the case.. how could it? If God wanted us to Pray in tongues he would have said “Pray in/with tongues”.. but nowhere in the Bible does it say pray with tongues. In fact … it encourages us “ALL” to pray in the spirit… but .. only “SOME” are given the gift of tongues… I ask myself.. would God want to confuse me? Why would God want to communicate with me in some babble? The Bible was written in Greek… and Glossolalia meant then .. a tongue.. in those days… another language. I understand praying in the spirit as praying with ones heart.. ones deepest emotions… earnestly… let your soul cry out to Him. How can the Bible use the word tongues and imply different meanings… they would not have used just 1 word. The Bible did say that in the last days people would veer off from proper doctrine… STart loving the Lord.. not your so called gift. satan can fool us. ( just so it is known.. I spoke in tongues myself before) go read this for some insight http://www.speaking-in-tongues.net/
    there are a few pages on it so make sure you read all of it

    • Michael Fackerell says:

      You have never felt comfortable even with the idea of speaking in tongues – yet the Bible says clearly in Mark 16:17 “These signs shall follow those who believe: in my name … they shall speak in tongues”. Honor the word of God more than what you FEEL comfortable with. Faith is not about feeling comfortable. It is clear from the context of 1 Cor. 14 that praying with the Spirit IS referring to tongues. How could it NOT be so? There are three kinds of tongues, not all are given messages in tongues from God to people in tongues but all may pray in tongues as per 1 Cor 14:2 – speaking not to men but to God. God is not confusing you, Satan is. The Bible is clear enough. It is best not to insult the Spirit of God by causing one of his giftings “babble”. The Bible says the natural man does not understand the things of the Spirit – perhaps you are functioning merely as a natural man. You can pray in an UNKNOWN language and God has His purposes in this. You can redefine words however you wish but it doesn’t negate the clear meaning from the context about what praying in the spirit is. Just because people veer from the correct doctrine and you state this does not mean that YOU are not the one who has veered from correct doctrine. Loving the Lord is not incompatible with gratefully utilising the gifts He gives. Satan has fooled you. I’m sure that website you reference is worthless because almost everything you have said on the subject is full of holes – I have addressed virtually every sentence in your comment above.

      • Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

        2 Peter 2:1-3
        But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

        2 Peter 2:18
        For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
        2 Timothy 3:1-7
        This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

        I pray i am not wrong… may God Forgive me if I am… I am quite sure you really think you are correct… i ask you just one this.. When you pray in tongues.. do you pray with “UNDERSTANDING” Paul certainly tells us to pray with UNDERSTANDING.. you know the Scriptures better than I. 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 (NKJV) “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. ” Do you understand when you sing or pray in the spirit? These are not my words so go ahead and poke a few holes it it…
        YOu have responded with a tone of one who wants to prove your doctrine is right, If it is pls show me. I am open to be TAUGHT the truth. Pls show me yourself without so called word manipulation or re-defintion. If so I would thank you sincerely.
        What I have clearly read so far in SCripture… and tell me if I am wrong
        Tongues is for the unbeliever… 1 Corinthians 14:22. Did the original Greek transcripts use a different word to say this than It used in any of the other scriptures in reference? No! The Bible is clear. All summarised in one line. Perhaps I have “redifined” it in my own words again. To be decieved is not knowing yoru actually deceived.. else it wouldnt be deception… and I pray i am not… but the Bible says to look at the fruit… all you have for an expample of people speaking in tongues…
        benny Hinn, kenneth copeland.. and many others as “advertisments” for the unbelievers… not exactly the prized fruit besides their inflated bank accounts and self glorification.

        • Michael Fackerell says:

          The Scriptures you quote talk about false prophets. There is NOTHING in these Scriptures to suggest that the issue God has with false prophets is that they speak in tongues. In fact, EVERY author of the New Testament from Paul to John ALL spoke in other tongues. And these people were not false prophets.

          I will grant that there are false prophets who speak in tongues – but this does not make speaking in tongues wrong. The word of Mark 16:17 which will NEVER pass away will stand forever to rebuke what you are saying.

          Paul is recommending two types of prayer. Prayer with the understanding i.e. in a known language, as opposed to prayer with the spirit (where the mind is unfruitful). He explicitly says he engages in both kinds of prayer. We don’t understand all that we say when we pray with the Spirit – if our minds could understand all that God had in mind then our prayer lives could not go beyond our level of understanding and that would be quite limiting as we are not omniscient as God is.

          You quote Scripture but you can’t use the Scriptures you quote to make them say what you are trying to say – that tongues is a bunch of rubbish we should stay away from.

          There are three kinds of tongues. The kind of tongues for the unbeliever is where Christians speak words understood by the unbeliever but not by them. There is also messages from God to men in church which must be interpreted and then there is speaking not to men but to God (prayer) 1 Corinthians 14:2

          We have people who have good fruit who speak in tongues – they are all over the world. There are also bad examples amongst those who speak in tongues. The same could be said amongst those who hold to the doctrine of justification by faith. There are saints and really bad sinners who both hold to this at least mentally. It says nothing about the validity of it. You will see on this site that I even have an article somewhere I believe that points out that just because someone speaks in tongues does not make their doctrine or their life right. Tongues is for personal edification and its not impressive to God unless a person walks in the love of God.

          • “Tongues is for the unbeliever”! Its what the Bible says so Sorry but I believe the Bible… not what you say. I do notice that you have failed to post my response to your response earlier. fair play .. its your website. I am not trying to convince you .. you have been warned. believe this form of gospel as you are free to do as you wish… I am just the lowliest minno on the planet. A new Christian without a theological background or Bible study course under my belt. You obviously know and understand much more than I. Call it how you want.. 3 dirrefent types of tongues… praying in a tongue that you believe to be a language God listens to. I also know that the devil can make it seem like this to to. why? cos the Bible say he is able to do things that will wow even the most elect. My view on the Scriptures are simple… and I believe the Bible is meant for the simple. The Bible says Simply… Tongues is for the unbeliever… I will not question its authority on the subject. Will not read into it whats not there to satisfy my craving for a “fleshy” reason to believe. I believe only cos the Bible says Jesus Died for me and He lives now and forever and the many changed lives I have seen through His Works… I ask myself.. how is the unbeliever benifiting from this. I think you have answered my questions adequately. I did in fact have doubts myself about this when I first responded to your article. It was a subject i never really had peace about in my heart. I have asked and asked and asked so many tongues speaking believers to help squash these doubts about this issue. This might sound condesending but want to actually thank you sincerely.

          • Michael Fackerell says:

            Some people on this site get their comments published without moderation. Anyway all your posts are published now.

            Just because the devil can make something fake does not mean that God does not mean what he says. The Bible says that he who speaks in tongues does not speak to men but to GOD. Speaking to God = PRAYER. Therefore some tongues at least is a form of PRAYER. I am not making this up. It is obvious. You will never be able to reconcile on verses in the Bible on tongues speaking if you assume it is only ever used in one way. It clearly is used in more than one way, but before you can see the obvious, you have to be willing to consider that there might be something that is different to what you already choose to believe on the issue.

            If you reject God’s gifts, don’t be surprised if you dry up or cannot explain why things are not working for you as the Bible promises. I hope you will reconsider this and realise that Paul was not condemning himself and the other apostles when he wrote about speaking in tongues.

          • Sciptures on speaking in Tongues

            Mark 16:17

            17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

            Acts 2:1-11

            1) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

            2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

            3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

            4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

            5) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

            6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

            7) And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans?

            8) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

            9) Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

            10) Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

            11) Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

            Acts 10:44-46a

            44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them [the Gentiles] which heard the word.

            45) And 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.

            46a) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

            Acts 19:4-6

            4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

            5) When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

            6) And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

            1 Corinthians 12:7-10

            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:

            Comment: Verse 10 indicates that there are different kinds of tongues.

            1 Corinthians 12:27-28

            27) Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

            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.

            Comment: Here again in verse 28 it mentions that there are diversities of tongues.

            1 Corinthians 14:1-28, 39

            1) Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.

            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.

            Comment: Notice who the believer is speaking to , when he or she is speaking in an unknown tongue. That person is speaking to God. What is this person saying? He or she is speaking mysteries.

            3) But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

            4) He that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

            Comment: The believer who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself.

            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.

            6) Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

            7) And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
            8) For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

            9) So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

            10) There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them [is] without signification.
            11) Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh [shall be] a barbarian unto me.

            12) Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

            13) Wherefore let him that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue pray that he may interpret.

            14) For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

            15) 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.

            16) Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

            17) For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

            18) I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

            19) Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that [by my voice] I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an [unknown] tongue.

            20) Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

            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.

            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.

            Comment: Here is the verse you mentioned in one of your post. Tongues are a SIGN for the unbeliever. What does it mean by sign? It means that tongues are a demonstration of the power of God to the unbeliever.

            23) If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in [those that are] unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

            24) But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or [one] unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

            25) And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on [his] face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

            26) 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.

            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.

            28) But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

            39) Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

    • Dear TAMMT
      You wrote:”I understand praying in the spirit as praying with ones heart.. ones deepest emotions… earnestly… let your soul cry out to Him. How can the Bible use the word tongues and imply different meanings… they would not have used just 1 word. ”

      In English and also in other languages we use synonyms, the words meaning basicly the same, it is nothing strange . And in 1Corinth 14, 16 -17 you see Paulus says he prayed in spirit but they did not understand him, so he might be praying with emotians from heart but it was not a ” normal ” prayer.

      You gave reference to a site where author writes things which do not make much of a sence.

      This is the reason why I always teach people to reade the bible for themselves and USE THEIR COMMON SENCE !!

      He mentioned tongues used in occult and long before Christions evidently by demonic powers and he very correctly mentioned Pharao magicians doing some of the same things as God did and used Mose to do them.
      And this very example should teach us, that even though devil does sometimes imitate those supernatural things that God does (tongues, healings, prophecy…) we should definitly not be unviling or disobedient in doing them using this example as some argumentation. In fact this is argument supporting speaking in tongues despite devil doing it sometimes also.!!!!!! And so it is with all the other spiritual gifts!

      The evil in this world is rising and therefore Christians need more and more of Gods power of Holy Spirit and his gifts and as Paul says that he builds himself by praying in tongues!!!! (not fysicaly of caurse) so do we need to build up ourselves spiritualy to be able to meet the evil with power of God and help other people. We are not called to sit in our cosy Church seets but to go out in whole world. How do you expect to be build up spiritualy not just only with knowledge about God and theology! but how to be build otherwise with with Gods power if you refuse method Paul used???( you can be sure that will not do you much good if you go among criminals and drug addicts with only nice theology).
      We used with my friends from baptist Church go among criminals and drug addicts for several years. To place where police dared to go only seldom and in that case at least 5 of them. First time we went there the prostituets started to beat our girls, 2 minutes later they were kneeling down on the concrete floor weeping like crocodiles,(power of he Holy Spirit – no words) and next week they were fighting , but this time with each other over for whom of them I will pray first. The reason was that we did not go there only with nice speach (as Paul says) but with a power of Holy Spirit and the Living God who is acting even today and they all have seen Gods deeds and power there since we all had prayed at home in tongues to get build up as Paul also did.
      The healings and miraculs God did there were so many and each time we went there Holy Spirit did some of hem and consequently there were more people receiving Jesus and really changing!!! their bad ways than among middle class people.
      Some month later some of those tuff guys took a cap from one of us (little tiny boy) and started to toss it to each other, the boy only said: OK guys than I will ask my God to help me, do you want that?, at once they gave it back to him excusing themeself that they were only joking, as they knew that his God is living God since they have seen Gods power in action as we prayed and did have a healthy fear of God by now.

      People who think that we can skip praying in tongues or using spiritual gifts (yes you can get baptised in Holy Spirit, but to keep that power and get build up with the Spirit of God you had better to use the same old method Paul did in praying in tongues) such a people can persuate some people that what is in the bible is the truth, but much more people need to see that our God is really living God or they would not believed, as during the time of apostels by seeing the same miracles and healing and feel His power and loving presence in action, no just read about it.

      Therefore the Church is sometimes laughed at, that it is impotent – no power any more, but so it is only with such Church which refuses to accept everything what God has for us, that means all spiritual gifts and means as first descipeles accepted and used and even risked their lifes to go out with it and with the good news of Jesus taking our sins and punishment.
      Patrik
      P:S:
      There were some things wrong in that article as for example saying that speaking in tongues came in year 1901 or so.
      It is wrong it was always here even after apostles and used with different spiritual gifts all the time through centuries by those Christians who believed in the bible, very often by Greek ortodox Christians.

      • Mr Michael has conveniently left out my other responses… I quote from the Bible.. “Tongues is for the unbeliever” dont argue with me.. its what the Bible says…describe as you may but you both have conviced me with your efforts to prve tongues viable or Holy Spirit driven.. that i ought to just stick to the Bible and not your website… seriously no offence intended. It might help and comfort some… and kudos for that.. but as far as truth… The Bible is simple… meant for the simple… and it says simply… It is for the Unbeliever. The devil is able to deceive even the elect… why cos the Bible says so.. not me. I have nothing against you or Michael… If you are right.. then i am surely dammed… but I read the Scriptures and i am a new Christian… tongues as you say was around after the apostles.. i agree.. but it was to take the WORD of God to the rest of the world. It was the instruction Jesus had given. This is what i understand. We ought to Pray with “Understanding” I assume you can understand what yu pray for when you do it in tongues. I assume someone would be able to interpret your tongues as well.. as the Bible says each of the foreigners heard in his own tongue what the Apostles said when they spoke with tongues…I didnt need the article to convince me… I just read the Bible.. the Article i just happened accross one fine day. …. its your choice…tongues speaking or not May God’s peace be with you Patrik… Sincerely T

        • Michael Fackerell says:

          You are going to have a problem here with your interpretation. You want to stand on ONE verse outside its context: “Tongues is for the unbeliever”.Do you honestly think that Paul, who said in the same chapter “I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all” and “I wish you all spoke in tongues” really meant to say “Tongues is not something for believers to have or practice in their lives – it is only for unbelievers”? That would not make sense then, and if it didn’t make sense then, it is not what it means NOW.

        • Dear TAMMT
          OK, you just read the bible, but you are missing some parts of it and choosing only another parts (as Michael has pointed out for you).

          So why do you neglect words that christians are eddified by speaking in tongues (in greek also building themself up) and only see that it is also a sign for unbelivers??,

          You wrote:”We ought to Pray with “Understanding” I assume you can understand what yu pray for when you do it in tongues” When I pray with understanding, I do not pray in tongues just as Pauld is separating thoses 2 ways of prayer and saying that we should pray BOUTH of them. why do you not notice that he who speaks in tongues (spirit) is not praying with understanding ?? 2) For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth [him]; in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
          So why do you ask if we understand what we pray about in tongues(I have not the gift of translating the tongues). Yes sometimes today people do pray in tongues in existing languages, and other people can understand it, But why do you insist you need to hide under the carpet the fact that in tongues a man can also speak a tongues of angels as the bible says and speak only to God and than NO man understands it??

          14) For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
          If NO man understands him than I do not understand it aither.

          15) 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.

          The same problem had a young man (former drug addict)a new christian who refused to go to some church or home group or praying group when I urged him we need to meet and pray with other christians, specially when we have problems and need prayer answer from God badly, and was hard headed only repeting the quotation from bible that when we pray we should pray privatly in our prayer closet alone. This man wanted to hide under the carpet words of Jesus that where 2 or 3 of us are together He is among us and that whatever 2 or 3 of you are praying for in His name God will do. Evidently God wants us to do both of those 2 things, not only one of them.

          This unwilingness to accept all the statemens God says concerning some subject and only choose some words that suits what we like, is a very, very bad and serious habit that not only new christians have, but sometimes also christian leaders and pastors.

          For centuries and even now some pastors and theologist have meaningsless argues concerning the fact that God says in the bible that He gives us a free will (life and death I set in front of you, that you might choose the life) and also that in the book of life are already written names of those who will be saved and that God knows what will happen in the future, and some say that everything is already decided so we do not have any free will, other say that we have free will and words in the bible that God knows already who will be saved and other things are not ment seriously (they sweep it under the carpet).

          The funny thing is that even unbelieving scientists (astrophysicians) has no problem with those statements and possibility of both of them being the truth IF God would exist and evidently being able to move faster than the light.
          Also those people who were clinicly dead said that when they visited heaven, they aither said that the time did not exist there, or not as we percieve it. (some scientists describe a time not as a flow as but as another dimension in the univeres). To Some clinicly dead people God has shown their whole life they lived withing few minutes, yet there was not anything missing in it. So it shows how silly it is saying that only one part of what God says can be the truth, the other part can not be the truth as those 2 statements are contradicting each other according to our logic. But the common sence I was reffering to means to include the faith in to a consideration of what God says (the wisdom as described in the bible means that – not only dry logic).

          Sometimes there are not only several things in the bible of which we should keep all of them, but sometimes God says 2 things which look as contradiction and we can not do both of them, only one depending of the situation.
          Often those who critisize the bible saying there are contradictions there, do not realize that God often talks about different things which are needed in different situations.
          It is as if a mother would have a stupid children and they asked her if they can go out and play in the garden. She would say yes but if you want to play in the garden, you must put on a rain coat and rubber shoes (as it was raining than) and next day – a warm sunny day she would tel them they can go out and they would insist they must have the rain coat and rubber shoes on, as that was her last condition for playing in the garden.

          Once again, I would like to stress that we do realy need to learn to pray in tongues (Spirit) as the things will soon get worse and worse on this earth, so we need to be eddified more and more filled more and more with the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to cope with the hard future and persecuation which God talks about in the last days.

          I Know that in USA preachers often say to people that no persecuation or hard times with hunger, pest or war will come on you , promissing the rupture before that, but here in the Europe we have had the war and persecuation with killing and torture of christians not so long time ago, so people are not so naive to believe that what those preachers in USA teach, and in the bible I have not found any promise which says clearly when the rupture will be, all that they can quote are only indicia which they take as a facts. So we had better to be build upp as the bible says that the antichrist will do many miracles to decieve people and will force all people to take that mark on right hand or forehead without which no one will be able to buy or sell, and as I have already read the advertisment about wonderfull microchips on hand which are so handy and good since you need not to have any money with you, I guess we need to get as much of the gifts God is offering us as possible (as for example multiplication of the food and so on) and one way how to be more fylled with Gods Spirit and receive Gods gifts is praying in tongue (Spirit).
          P.S.
          I do not know when the rupture will be, as I can not find in the bible any clear sure information, but for sure Jesus wants us to get ready and be filled with Holy Spirit (in greek it says be filled continuasly with the Holy Spirit)

        • Timothy Luke says:

          Hi Tammt,

          I do not know what turned you *against* speaking in tongues. In all your arguments, there is much truth. However, Paul did say “I would that you all spoke in tongues.” The fact the devil counterfeits is not reason to avoid, else we should avoid Jesus, as the devil counterfeits him all the time. Discernment is needed and study of the Word is needed to tell the true from the false. Seek after what is good. The false doctrines in the church are not to be reason to forsake the true doctrines they mimic.

  7. out of darkness comes light says:

    I was having a crazy day and Had spoken to someone that I hadn’t spoken with in a while….I was telling her of everything that was going on in my life and how I had given myself fully to Our Lord Jesus but also how I was in a fight with knocking the devil and his crew out of my life once and for all that I had finally taken a stand through God that he would be defeated!!! Through talking with her and she is suppossed to be a bible thumping Christian these are the words right out of her mouth of who she is and what she is about not a judgement on my part what so ever……She was telling me of how my love for God and Jesus and my views were just over the top and telling me all these websites to go to for prayers, to help me through the devil and his games..When it hit me so hard that all her talk ,and prompting to stray elsewhere ,really wasn’t her, but the devil and his games, and as I caught myself questioning everything for a hot second and then immediately thinking forgive me for even thinking such a thing…. A crazy awesome thing happened I literally started to in a very calming,flowed right out of me like I have done this a thousand times before kind of thing started to in a singing way……Sing words that made absolutly no sense to me what so ever, a babbling type of words I completely understood none of this at all what
    I was saying but felt so at peace with a big smile on my face it almost made me giggle it felt so very right and I knew right then and there that I was shown what I already was made aware of and do not question Gods love that he is there for us all and will never give up on us so why should we give up on him.Praise the lord.. I am learning… And what a patient teacher he is and truly does forgive us of our sins….I feel even closer to him now by writing this out to show His truth and that he is very real…Thank you Jesus I believe!!!!!!!

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