Speaking in tongues / why does it always sound the same???

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  1. xdisciplex

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    In my charismatic house meeting I noticed that most of the members sound exactly the same when they speak in tongues, the same style! The same "words".
    Isn't this really strange? And this is on fluent language. Most of the time they repeat a few "words" over and over again. This doesn't seem real to me.
    I cannot imagine that this is supposed to be this way. I mean a real language should have variety, it should be fluent. :(
    I think I'll never speak in tongues, before I do this stuff I rather leave it because this way I would always feel like I'm only copying others or inventing my own words. Copying such a style is no problem at all. I can also make up words in my mind. I'm really kinda disillusioned with the charismatics. :(
    But there also has to be real speaking in tongues out there, stuff which really sounds like a real language. :confused:
    And I'm so sick of these advice like: Just try it! Don't think, just say something.
    lol! And I stand there and there's nothing and feel totally dumb. No words. Zilch. How can I say something when I have no words?
    I feel like most charismatics simply feel like they have to speak in tongues and then they simply copy others or make up stuff. I bet there are not many charismatics which could pray in tongues for 30 minutes without always repeating the same words and this is a bit strange in my opinion. A real language should have a lot of variety.
  2. SpiritualMadMan

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    Maybe they aren't really speaking Tongues?

    Don't get me wrong.

    I am a Tongue Talker. Ie., a Pentecostal...

    But, there is a tendency to go overboard with the Gifts of The Spirit especialy tongues without really being In The Spirit...

    My own "take" on the issue is my Prayer Language is _NOT_ the Public Gift of Tongues...

    But, a language I recieved by a Word of Knowledge that in effect taught me a new language...

    Now, I have a learned language of limited proficiency...

    The only way I gain proficiency is by praying in the Spirit...

    If I start to pray in the part I have already learned and do not progress into The Spirit it will always sound the same...

    It is important for Pentecostal to realize that there is a requirement to do at least two things...

    1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

    While the majority of these are for the Public Gifts of the Spirit...

    It shows the importance of knowing the Word of God and the propensity for 'humans' to get it wrong...

    For the Pentecostal the important thing is that once you are open to the Spiritual Realms by being filled with the Spirit you need to realize there are more than one 'spirit' inhabiting that realm...

    And, the Holy Spirit doesn't mind if we 'test the spirits' because He has commanded we do so...

    Mike Sr.
  3. xdisciplex

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    Hi Mike!
    But how do you test a spirit?
    I mean not everybody has the gift of discernment. I feel like those christians which do not have this ability are totally helpless and have no chance to know what's from God and what not and then they rather shut up because they are scared of "touching God's anointed"...
    Unless you are really sure that something is not from God you will not dare to say anything against it because these scare-tactics will shut you up. I mean if you're not 100% sure that something is not from the holy spirit then you won't dare saying anything against it because if you're wrong then you've blasphemed the holy spirit. This is what I've heard. But if it's really so serious and if making a wrong judgement can have such terrible consequences for a christian then you have to be 1000% sure before you can even say something and I can imagine that this also causes a lot of insecurity because how are you supposed to know who does the miracles wether it's God or not.
  4. SpiritualMadMan

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    Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    The most important job the Holy Spirit has (after getting you to a place to get saved) is to come alongside you and guide you into all truth...

    John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

    And, this is for *ALL* Christians not just 'us' crazy tongue talkers...

    (That is you don't have to be a Pentecostal to have the Holy Spirit's Help and Guidance. Just be open to it.)

    When you became born-again you immediately had access to the Comfort and Guidance of the Holy Spirit...

    But, usually we are too noisy to hear His Still Small Inner Voice...

    So, there are two things used to test the spirits... Your own knowledge of the Word of God... And, your own ability to know the Holy Spirit's Voice when He speaks...

    There are times you just have to hang on and trust your peers...

    Waiting for time to prove all things...

    I've had prophecies spoken over me and even though I was hearing exactly what I wanted to hear...

    Deep inside my heart there was a 'check' a tiny bit of 'this isn't quite right'.

    As time went on the prophecy was revealed to be about 20 percent correct...

    If I hadn't waited for the Spirit to show me over time the truth or lack of truth, and if I had forged ahead based on the prophecy, in spite of the 'hesitation in my spirit'...

    I would have been hurt pretty badly...

    I wish I could say I listened that well all the time... [​IMG]

    As for people who go around controlling others with the phrase, "Touch Not The Lord's Anointed"...

    IMHO, they are blind guides making a vain attempt to guide the blind...

    That phrase was specific for it's time and leadership of Israel...

    Now we are **all** Kings and Priests unto God...

    Kinda hard not to "touch" the Kings and Priests when you are one, and when you are specifically told to do so? (To discren and to judge.)

    On the other side of the coin...

    I mean if you're going to use OT scripture to support something...

    In OT times if any person purported to speak for God and was found to not have been authorized to do so...

    They were summarily executed. Period. No trial, no mitigation, instant stoning...

    What I am saying here is that it is actually far more dangerous to say you are speaking for God when God is not speaking through you, than it is to challenge what doesn't sound like it measures up next to God Written Word.

    If you prefix the challenge (and it will be seen as a challenge) with, "The Berean in me wants to know how this squares with this Scripture", and you get the "Touch Not" response...

    IMHO, it's time to find another fellowship...

    You're in Germany?

    I would try Assemblies of God if you want to stay with Penetcost.

    Or, Calvary Chapel if you still want some Charismatic without the heavy Pentecostal influence...

    And, I'd bet there are some good Baptists there, too... People who love Jesus... And, know how to worship...

    Some 'wags' have stated that the Pentecostal and Charismatic groups are a very healthy diet...

    Full of Fruits, Nuts, and Flakes... :D

    So, if you are in a group that is not open to Gently Instructing you... It's time to move on.

    Mike Sr.
  5. donnA

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    humm, thats what I've seen too, does God give the exact same message over and over again, from one person to the next, everytime they speak in tongues? I think not.
    Some people think they have to help the Holy Spirit with tongues, meaning FAKE! I once heard a popluar televangelist say that, can't remember who it was. According to him you ahve to start it out and the Holy SPirit takes over.
    Yeah, right.
  6. Gup20

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    1Cr 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

    Well the Bible is pretty clear here that we are not to forbid someone from speaking in tongues. However, I think there is a difference between tongues that is a personal prayer language and tongues meant for the edification of the body of christ.

    For example if I am meditating and praying, the Bible says the Holy Spirit makes intercession on my behalf with groanings that cannot be uttered. I would call that tongues for my personal prayer life.

    Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Then there is also tongues for the edification of the body. A friend of mine was just telling me the other day that a friend of his felt lead to deliver a word in tongues at his church. He said the words sounded different from his normal tongues. The pastor asked for anyone who might have a translation, but no one came forward. After the service a man walked up to him and informed him that he spoke perfectly in the man's native dialect and that the message was specifically for him. He had not come forward because the message was directed specifically to him from the Lord.

    When we consider that Language - and the different languages - are all divine in origin (the Tower of Babel) it is no great stretch of the immagination that the one who created all languages can use your tongues in any way He sees fit. Generally, our part as His stewards is to be willing vessels for Him.
  7. BobRyan

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    I agree with you but this is more than just a problem of "I don't feel like this is the right thing to do".

    There is a good Bible model for determining that this is in fact fake.

    In 1 Cor 14 we see some interesting facts about the gift of tongues.

    #1. The person speaking has complete control over its content.

    #2. IF the content is NOT freely and clearly understood by an unbeliever then the whole thing is goofed up.

    #3. It is intended as a "sign to unbelievers" who come in and hear it - NOT as a sign to "believers".

    #4. IF the unbeliever simply hears "jibberish" he will say "you are mad" and the whole thing is a flop!

    #5. Paul spoke in more languages than the entire church at Corinth combined.

    The only way all of this works - is if the gift is in fact the gift of speaking a known language "known to unbelievers" given supernaturally such that the unbeliever KNOWS you should not be able to do it.

    For example - going to Ephesus and hearing someone speaking in Mandarin IF someone from China heard a greek or a Hebrew speaking their native tongue fluently they would accept this as a "sign". But other Hebrews or Greeks in that church who are "believers" would not think it was much of anything since they did not speak the language. It can only BE a sign to someone from that far away country.

    It's purpose was "unlimited evangelism" to unbelievers from distant lands. The "purpose of the counterfeit" today is anything but that.

    in Christ,

  8. SpiritualMadMan

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    The Love Chapter mentions Tongues of Men and of Angels... How many of you know Angelic Languages?

    1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
    Paul writes in Romans about the Spirit helping us pray using Groanings and Utterances...

    Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    So, I stand by my statement of there being a prayer language...

    As for the Gift of Tongues, for Public use...

    There must be an Interpreter or it must be a known Language...

    As I alluded to earlier, my Pentecostal Peers have a problem with realizing that just because they are Spirit-Filled, it doesn't make them Spiritually Invulnerable or Infallible...

    Paul spoke in Tongues more than they all did...

    1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

    Strong's says that this is a language naturally unacquired... That is not learned through normal human means...

    The same word is used throughout Paul's discourse on Tongues... Meaning Paul was talking about the same thing throughout the discourse...

    Languages of Men and of Angels not learned in a normal manner...

    He also speaks of edifying the Church in addition to convincing the Unbelievers...

    1 Corinthians 14:5 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.

    My Pentecostal Peers are majoring on minors when they over emphasize Tongues...

    The the cessesionists are incorrect in saying the gifts are gone and everything we have now is counterfeit...

    There are nine manifestations or gifts of the Spirit...

    If Tongues has ceased then so have the other eight because they are part of a group package...

    Where, then, do you Cessionists obtain that sudden insight of the meaning of a passage of Scripture?

    Where do you Cessionists obtain that sudden insight into just the right counsel to give?

    Where do your Missionaries obtain that extra special oomph of Faith to get through those extremely dangerous and trying times?

    If not from the Gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church...

    You see I am firmly convinced that One does not have to be 'filled' to have the Holy Spirit in attendance...

    And, wherever the Holy Spirit is... He will manifest Himself to the extent we allow Him to...

    You can not deny one manifestation and then proclaim others in the same package...

    The Spirit is whole not in pieces.

    And, it is the Spirit that distributes His Manifestations as He sees fit for the edification of the Church...

    Not a denomination... Not a man...

    Mike Sr.
  9. xdisciplex

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    They do not prophecy in tongues. They usually either pray in tongues with a quiet voice. This usually happens while others are praying. Somebody prays using normal language and then I watch the others and they are all sitting there whispering in tongues. And what they also do is simply singing in tongues but what's so strange is that last time somebody else was singing and playing guitar and when this person sang in tongues it sounded exactly like the other person which usually sings in tongues! The same style, the same words. This is what makes me sceptical of it.
  10. SpiritualMadMan

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    It sounds to me like they have never gone past their intitial filling of the Holy Spirit and grown in their prayers...

    Lets see if I can put this into understandable words...

    I have a prayer language that I "know" a few phrases fairly well...

    If I start praying in that part with which I am familiar with and seek to allow the Holy Spirit to pray with and through me I should progress from praying in my 'known' tongues to Praying in the Spirit...

    The fact, IMHO, that people are not progressing past their own volitional prayer in their 'known' tongues may be an indication that the Holy Spirit is not actually in attendance...

    Or, they just aren't growing, relying only on the preacher to be spoon fed baby food...

    OTOH, Some praise *is* repetitive...

    As someone mentioned over on the Music Forum...

    Consider the Hallelujah Chorus...

    Now if you hear someone singing or praying "Hallelujah" or "Praise the Almighty God" over and over in an angelic tongue that may actually be OK... For Pentecostals, that is. [​IMG]

    When I sing in the Spirit it is almost always in English. A spontaneus song of Worship or Praise...

    In your case it should probably be a Prophetic Song in German?

    There may be an over emphasis on Tongues at this place...

    An old Penetcostal Evangelist, when asked what do you geth when you get filled with the Holy Spirit, said, emphatically, "Trouble! With a captital 'T'".

    Tongues are not an end... It's a beginning...

    If you really believe that the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit...

    If you really believe that God is Holy and Righteous...

    Then where do we Pentecostals get off thinking that we can have God Almighty's Lliving Presence within us and not allow or expect our lives to at least begin a Clean sweeping process?

    That's where the trouble comes in...

    He is the Lord... He changes not... YOU do!

    You can either change voluntarily or take another trip around mount Sinai. [​IMG]

    Mike Sr.
  11. Claudia_T

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    it always sounds the same because its fake
  12. Ben W

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    Does the Seventh Day Adventist Church teach that the gift of speaking in tounges has ceased?

    This is not a crack at the SDA, I am just interested in their position on Spiritual gifts?
  13. Claudia_T

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    Hi Ben,

    No we believe that speaking in tongues means everyone hearing the gospel message in their own language. Thats what it was for. I will post something for you in a minute about it...so you can see our position

  14. Claudia_T

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    Speaking in Tongues by Jeff Wehr


    A Chinese gentleman visited a charismatic church in which the members

    were speaking in tongues. One of the elders of the church recognized

    the Chinese man and visited his business the following week. When he

    asked the Chinese man how he liked the church service, the man shook

    his head in disapproval.

    The elder said, "What was wrong? I thought I heard a lady speak in

    tongues that sounded like Chinese."

    The Chinese man said, "She did speak in Chinese, and she was cursing

    God the whole time."

    This is just one of many such examples, of which I have heard, of

    individuals who believed that they were praising God, but who were in

    fact cursing Him.

    How could this be? Certainly the Holy Spirit would not lead someone to

    curse God. Could the devil have a counterfeit of the Biblical speaking in


    For those of you who have never heard of this phenomenon of people

    speaking in an ecstatic tongue, let me take a brief moment to explain.

    Today between 7% and 20% of all Christians "speak in tongues" from

    time to time in a language that is not their mother tongue. The example

    above, of the lady who spoke in Chinese, is exceptional because usually

    those who speak in "tongues," speak in a language that linguists say

    has no systematic resemblance to any human language that is spoken

    today. It is this most common form of "speaking in tongues" (the

    nonhuman, nonintelligible language) upon which we will focus our study.

    This phenomenon of spontaneously speaking in a language that is

    generally strange to humanity is of recent origin. While there were

    several incidents of tongue speaking during the 1800s, the first wave of it

    occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century.

    It began on December 31, 1900, at Bethel College in Topeka, Kansas.

    When Pastor Charles Parham laid his hands upon some of the students,

    they began to speak in a form of speech that was not recognizable to

    anyone. One of those young students was Miss Agnes Ozman.

    Six years later, in 1906, Ozman and several other students, who had

    received this experience, moved to Los Angeles and held meetings

    which started the "first Pentecostal effusion."

    Since then, this tongue-speaking experience has taken in over 300

    million Christians. What phenomenal growth! However, why is it

    happening now?

    Some say it is a sign of the soon coming of Christ, and perhaps it is.

    Yet, that alone does not explain or prove that it is of God, or of Satan.

    We do know that this form of ecstatic speech in an unknown language is

    not peculiar to Christianity--or even to religious people. This same

    phenomenon of speech is found among non-Christian religions,

    especially in Asia and Africa. This ecstatic speech is also found among

    atheists and agnostics.

    Certainly it is not the Holy Spirit who is performing this phenomenon in

    religions that reject Jesus as the Saviour, and through others who even

    deny the existence of God, but it is happening. Research has shown

    that all of these forms of ecstatic speech in Christian and non-Christian

    communities is identically the same "cross-linguistically" and


    Along with this gift to speak in an unknown tongue has come the gift to

    interpret these ecstatic utterances. Are these interpreters accurate?

    An experiment was performed in which someone speaking in an ecstatic

    tongue was recorded on tape. They then replayed the tape to several

    different people who claimed to have the gift to interpret these

    utterances. However, there was no similarity in the several

    interpretations. They ranged in their interpretation from saying that the

    utterances referred to a prayer for the health of someone's children--to

    praising God for a recent and successful church, fund-raising effort. It is

    evident from this example that the interpreters were not accurate. So

    where are they getting their gift to interpret?

    Of course, this phenomenon raises some very serious questions. If it is

    of the Holy Spirit, why do people misinterpret what is said? After all, the

    Bible says that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. See John 14:26. If

    this is of the Holy Spirit, then why is He manifesting the same gift

    through different religions that teach contradictory beliefs. After all, the

    Bible says that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. See John 16:13.

    It is easy enough to see that Satan would want to join the world's

    religions together through some spiritual manifestation. However, what

    does the Bible say concerning the speaking in tongues or in a different


    Mark 16
    First of all, Jesus foretold that His disciples would speak with "new

    tongues," "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name

    shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall

    take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt

    them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mark


    The context of Jesus' words is His commission for His disciples to

    evangelize the world. The speaking with "new tongues" was to enable

    the disciples to speak with people who spoke other languages. The

    disciples would speak in a language that was "new" to them but

    understood by their audience.

    When Jesus trained His disciples during His three-and-one-half-year

    ministry, He limited their training to reach out to the Jews living in Israel

    and Samaria. However, after Jesus ascended into heaven, He desired to

    send His disciples to every nation, tongue, and people. Consequently,

    He gifted them to speak in "new tongues" or languages.

    Acts 2
    In Acts 2:1-13 we have recorded the fulfillment of Jesus' prediction. The

    disciples and other fellow believers, 120 in number, gathered together for

    prayer and consecration in preparation to receive the outpouring of the

    Holy Spirit.

    When the day of Pentecost had come, the Holy Spirit came upon every

    individual, and they "began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit

    gave them utterance." Verse 4.

    The speaking in an "other tongue" did not come by man's own efforts,

    but it was a gift the Holy Spirit bestowed upon the followers of Christ

    when they were gathered together. "Jews, devout men, out of every

    nation under heaven. . . . And they were all amazed and marvelled . . .

    because that every man heard them speak in his own language." Verses

    5, 7, 6.

    Notice that the gift of the Holy Spirit to speak in a foreign and known

    human language was bestowed upon believers--not upon unbelievers.

    The purpose of the gift was to give unbelievers an opportunity to hear the

    gospel in their own language. Consequently, the gift itself would serve as

    a sign to unbelievers that the message they heard was from Heaven.

    The result of Jesus' followers receiving the gift to speak in a different

    language was the conversion of "three thousand" precious souls to

    Christ in one day. Verse 41.

    There were also present those who scoffed and mocked the disciples by

    suggesting that the disciples were drunk. See verse 13. They heard the

    gospel in their own language, thereby signifying that the gift bestowed

    upon the disciples was a definite sign that the message had the signet

    of Heaven. Yet, they rejected the message and the messengers.

    Acts 10
    The next example of "speaking in tongues" is found in Acts chapter 10.

    In this passage, the apostle Peter has an opportunity to teach Gentile

    believers in Caesarea. The Holy Spirit "fell on all them which heard the

    word. . . . For they heard them speak with tongues." Verse 44, 46.

    On this occasion as well, the Holy Spirit came upon the believers--both

    Jew and Gentile Christians. The Holy Spirit "fell" upon them suddenly,

    representing that it was a special endowment from Heaven and not from

    man. The purpose of the gift was the communication of what God had

    accomplished through His Son Jesus.

    Again we find this gift employed in a large metropolis where many

    different peoples and languages were represented. When Peter gave his

    report on the events of Caesarea, he said, "The Holy Ghost fell on them

    [in Caesarea], as on us at the beginning [in Jerusalem at Pentecost]."

    Acts 11:15. Of course, what happened in Jerusalem was that every man

    heard the gospel in his mother language.

    It is important to note that Luke, the writer of the book of Acts, did not

    need to explain the manifestation of "speaking in tongues" in Caesarea.

    Why? Because he, the author, had already defined the gift in Acts

    chapter 2. Peter himself confirms that it was the identical manifestation

    of the Holy Spirit as experienced at Pentecost.

    Acts 19
    In Acts chapter 19 we see this gift exercised in another major

    city--Ephesus. Here the apostle Paul met with some believers who had

    no knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit. Because these disciples in

    Ephesus were baptized with John's baptism, Paul instructed them about

    the true baptism "in the name of the Lord Jesus." Verse 5.

    Paul then baptized them in the name of Jesus and laid his hands upon

    them, and "the Holy Ghost came on them." Verse 6.

    This practice of the laying on of hands is often represented with the

    reception of the Holy Spirit, and as a sign that those involved were called

    to evangelize the world. Of course, the laying on of hands is not

    necessary for someone to receive the Holy Spirit. See Acts 2:1-4;

    9:10-18; 10:46-48. Nor does everyone "speak in tongues" because he

    received the laying on of hands. See Acts 2:41; 8:38-39; 9:18; 16:15, 33.

    It was simply a practice in those days as they dedicated themselves to

    receive God's Spirit, to accept Jesus as Lord, and to fulfill the gospel


    Greek scholars tell us that the Greek form of the verb "to speak" in this

    passage is in the imperfect tense, indicating that the gift was bestowed

    for continuous and prolonged use. The believers in Jerusalem and

    Caesarea also received the same permanent gift to proclaim the gospel

    far and near.

    Commenting on these verses, Sister White wrote, "Thus they were

    qualified to labor as missionaries in Ephesus and its vicinity, and also to

    go forth to proclaim the gospel in Asia Minor." Review and Herald,

    August 31, 1911.

    1 Corinthians 12-14
    Now the passages that have generated the greatest amount of confusion

    and controversy are those found in 1 Corinthians chapters 12 through 14.

    Some have suggested that Acts chapters 2, 10, and 19 do indeed

    describe speaking in a foreign language known to man, but that the gift

    represented in Corinthians is different. They argue that this form of

    ecstatic tongues is an angelic language used for personal prayer and the

    edification of the church.

    However, when we study the terminology found in all of these passages

    from Mark 16:17 to Acts chapters 2, 10, and 19, we find that the Greek

    word for "tongue" is the same. In fact, the verb "to speak" in tongues is

    the same in all of these accounts. Consequently, there is only one gift of


    Because the gift of tongues had become a permanent gift for those who

    received it, Paul gave some rules for the exercising of the gift during

    church. Apparently, many of the Corinthian believers were (1) causing

    commotion because several were speaking in tongues at the same time,

    (2) there was no one present who understood what they were saying,

    and (3) to the nonbelievers, who were watching, it seemed awkward,

    disorderly, and confusing. See 1 Corinthians 14:23.

    When one considers that the purpose of "speaking in tongues" was to

    reach unbelievers, it was disastrous when many of the Corinthian

    believers were misappropriating the gift. The gift was to be a sign to

    unbelievers that God had a message of salvation for them personally.

    See 1 Corinthians 14:21-22.

    First, Paul counsels them to speak in order, and then let only one

    interpret. See 1 Corinthians 14:27. The word for "interpret" means to

    "translate"--as from one known language to another. Consequently, one

    man would speak in an intelligible foreign language and then another

    man would translate it into the local language.

    Second, if there is no one to interpret, let the one who speaks in tongues

    keep silent. See 1 Corinthians 14:28. The gift of tongues was given to

    communicate truth. If a believer speaks in German, but there are no

    unbelievers who understand German, then another believer who

    understands German should translate the message in a language that

    the others can understand, otherwise, the message is aimless and

    unintelligible to all. Paul testified that he would rather speak five words

    that people could understand than ten thousand words that no one could

    understand. See 1 Corinthians 14:18-19.

    However, some have misunderstood the words of Paul when he said,

    "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not

    charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." 1

    Corinthians 13:1. The Greek conditional clause used in this passage

    indicates that Paul is speaking hypothetically. In other words, we know

    that man does not speak in the language of angels, but even if he could,

    it would profit him nothing if he had not the love of God in his heart.

    Then in another place Paul says, "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.

    The believer who speaks "in the spirit" is speaking by the Holy Spirit.

    What is he speaking? He "speaketh mysteries"? Does God inspire men

    to speak about odd and secret things? No. Believers are the "stewards

    of the mysteries of God." 1 Corinthians 4:1. His servants speak about

    the "mystery of godliness." 1 Timothy 3:16. We are to make known the

    mystery of God. We are to declare the truth about God that has been

    previously misunderstood. This truth is revealed by the power of the Holy

    Spirit. As Paul said, "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,

    that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the

    gospel." Ephesians 6:19.

    But why does it say that "no man understandeth him"? The problem in

    Corinth was that nobody present could understand him. He spoke in an

    intelligible language, but there was no one present who could understand

    that particular language. Consequently, he was not speaking unto men.

    As Paul said, "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." 1 Corinthians 14:9.

    In summary, let it be understood that (1) Jesus predicted the need and

    the endowment of this special gift to speak in a foreign and "new

    tongue," so that the gospel could be preached throughout the world. (2)

    The very manifestation of this gift was to be a "sign" to unbelievers that

    the message they were hearing was from Heaven. (3) The gift of tongues

    is not some ecstatic and unintelligible tongue, but it is indeed a known

    human language. The purpose of the gift was to communicate the gospel

    to the world's billions who have spoken thousands of different languages

    and dialects. (4) There is indeed a counterfeit to the Biblical speaking in

    tongues. It has taken the world by storm. Satan will use this counterfeit

    manifestation to communicate error. He endeavors to work upon the

    senses and the lower nature of man, namely, man's appetite, passions,

    and desires. This is to keep man from settling into the truth with his

    higher nature, namely, man's intellect, reason, and conscience.

    So often Satan has found success by playing upon the emotions of man

    and his senses, thereby bypassing his intellect, reason, and

    conscience. However, God's people must be intelligent upon that which

    is written in the Word of God. They must choose to do right, because it

    is right and because right doing is pleasing to God. They must allow

    their conscience to be wooed only by the Holy Spirit.

    Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

    proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4. Yet, so many are

    unsatisfied with the plain words of Scripture. They have a false

    salvational security because of this spiritual manifestation of tongues.

    Yet, those who shall make up the kingdom of God must live by faith.

    Day by day, moment by moment, they must walk with their Lord and

    Saviour. They must hunger and thirst for righteousness. See Matthew


    In summary, none of us are saved because we speak in tongues.

    Speaking in tongues is not even evidence that someone is saved. Many

    non-Christians and atheists speak in the same ecstatic and unintelligible

    tongue. Jesus warned the religious world, "Except ye see signs and

    wonders, ye will not believe." John 4:48. We are not to put our faith in

    the signs and wonders. They will increase as time draws to a close. We

    are to trust in the promises of God and prepare to live with our Maker

    and Redeemer forever and ever.
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    sorry that turned out double spaced like that
  16. Brian30755

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    In a sense, this is correct. God gave you the ability to speak, but in order to speak, you have to use your breath, your vocal cords, etc. In other words, words don't just come flying out of your mouth unless you want them to.

    The same goes for speaking in tongues. If God gives you this gift, you still have to use your vocal cords, and your breath, to speak in whatever language He gives you. The words don't just come flying out of your mouth.

    The first time you ever speak in tongues, you do have to speak in faith, speaking this language that you've never heard before, which are only strange sounds to you at first. Then, once you start speaking, the Holy Spirit does take over, and He forms the words in your mouth. You just provide the breath and your vocal cords, and He forms the words that come out. I know this is hard to understand if you haven't experienced it, but that's the way it happens.
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    Jesus told us what the "prayer language" is and how to pray..."Our Father...". Sorry, but Scripture mentions nothing of a prayer lanuage (and the text that talks about the Holy Spirit praying on our behalf does not condone it). If you have one, I would question from "who" it's from, as it's not from God.
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    Act One; Scene Two. It is a performance.


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    Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Isn't about a prayer?

    Then what is "Intercession in and by the Spirit"???

    What are groanings and utterances that can not be spoken?

    Also, for every account of

    1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    (One might then also ask, that, if all gifts are fake... By what Gift do you Cessionist declare Jesus is Lord?)

    There are several accounts of the opposite happening where people were brought to Jesus by a Gift of Tongues in their own languages dialect...

    Only the genuine is ever worth counterfeiting...

    Paul told us (above) that there would be Counterfeits...

    Paul told us to judge Prophecy. I believe that by implication *all* Spiritual Gifts Manifested in Open Congregation are subject to scrutiny...

    John tells us to Test the Spirits to see if they are of God or not...

    It is this lack of self-control and self-policing that makes us Pentecostals open to such charges.

    But, that does not mean that **ALL** Manifestations today are false...

    Though I will admit some, perhaps many, are...

    Mike Sr.

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