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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Salty, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Salty

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    Found this from a Pentecostal page

    The Purpose of Tongues

    There are two primary purposes for speaking in tongues. One is to edify the individual believer who exercises the gift of tongues in private devotional time with God. The other is to combat racial and cultural prejudices among different people groups and thus promote Christian unity amongst diverse peoples. I believe this purpose is clearly depicted in the book of Acts.

    In Acts 1:8, Jesus commanded his followers to take the gospel to “the ends of the earth.” These first followers were all Jews who didn’t believe non-Jews could become Christians without undergoing Mosaic rites such as circumcision. Unless this conviction was discarded, the gospel could not penetrate the non-Jewish world. When Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit upon Gentiles at Caesarea, tongues accompanied the outpouring just as it did at Pentecost. These tongues were for the sake of the Jewish Christians who didn’t believe Gentiles were eligible to be received into the Church without submitting to Jewish rites.


    I have never heard of this!! At the moment I am speechless.

    Open for discussion
     
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    I've always viewed speaking in tongues as a sign of the Supremacy of God.

    The same God who caused men to speak in various tongues, reveals to mankind that he is the one who speaks one gospel to all mankind in every tongue.
    The God who scattered men because they sought to be greater than God has chosen to be greater than men by speaking to them as one.
    Tongues, then are a sign of the Supremacy of God.
     
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    I thought it was for a sign, and to enable communication of the Gospel. Didn't realize it was part of the woke gospel.
     
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    To lick things with
     
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    Don't quit your day job, "Reverend."
     
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    The Apostle Paul instructed the Corintian church tbe value of what the gift was to be, 1 Corinthians 14:6, ". . . 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? . . ." And we know the genuine gift was God speaking from the day of Pentecost, Acts of the Apostles 2:4, ". . . to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. . . ." Jesus promised this, Mark 16:17, "these signs shall follow them that believe; . . . they shall speak with new tongues; . . ." And Paul explains more to Corinthian church, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 13, and 1 Corinthians 14.
     
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    The tongues in Acts fulfilled OT prophecy of people with strange language would worship Hebrew God, and also was a wetness to assembled Jews Jesus was risen Lord!
     
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    The purpose of “ tongues” was to allow Christians to speak the gospel in the native language of those they were proclaiming the gospel to. It was a supernatural event because they were speaking in a language unknown to them.

    At Corinth, some introduced “ecstatic utterances” into worship services. These were common in pagan worship, especially with cult prostitutes who shaved their heads and spoke “ecstatic utterances” during the act. They would then interpret what was said.

    Paul allows for the possibility these could be unknown languages and gives guidance that no more than two or three speak at a service and then only if someone interprets that known language. It was for proclaiming the gospel.

    Paul also allows for the possibility of “private” communication with God, but clearly downplays its importance and forbids it in worship services.

    peace to you
     
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    A vast majority of what is accepted today in charismatic churches as being real tongues and prophecy fail bible test of that!
     
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    I agree. Most put great emphasis on ecstatic utterances as proof of indwelling Holy Spirit. Very few follow Paul’s instructions concerning tongues, but I have heard of rare instances when the guidelines are followed.

    peace to you
     
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    Crazy stuff is when dome churches have female pastors who pray in a tongue or speak for prophecy , and yet none wonder how she even was put in that authority position to start?
     
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    Well, it’s comes from dismissing Paul’s teaching in 1 Tim. concerning male leadership in our churches as a 1st century cultural issue.

    Not to derail the thread, but I remember discussing this issue with a man who made the 1st century cultural argument concerning male leadership. I pointed out that Paul’s argument was based on OT scripture, not that women were inferior, or not able, but that male leadership was Gods design.

    He replied that he disagreed with Paul’s interpretation of the OT.

    I knew then discussion was useless.

    peace to you
     
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    Yep, same reasoning used to discount Paul and gay issues, as he was homophone and misunderstood God is their reply!
     
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    charismatics like the Swaggarts (Jimmy his son and grandson) say it is for power.
     
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    Its for holiness and living for Christ, how did they do there?
     
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    Y, I have no idea what you are asking brother.
     
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    Those that you listed there, the Swaggerts, claim to have the tongues and thus the power to live godly, how did they do?
     
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    not too well.
     
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    Ironic that among the Charismatic crowd, ones claiming super Holy Spirit power, has been well documented excessive sex and money sinning going on!
     
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    true but be careful what you say and how you say it.
     
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