"Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy." I know from personal experience (on the receiving end) that the type of prophecy Paul is referring to here has not ceased. Since it is one of the spiritual gifts, as is tongues, why would tongues have ceased but not this type of prophecy? " Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?" Paul said tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers so why did he tell the Church to not use tongues when an unbeliever came into the church? " But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you." Then, Paul says prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers and then tells the Church to use prophecy (prophecy as used here is the same prophecy as used in john 4:17-19) when unbelievers come into the church?