Tongue speaking in most churches today has becomea worrisome phenomenon, that some genuine servants of God are now wondering if some of these pastors, who make a public “show” of it, read the scriptures at all, about tongue speaking, or is it that they have read but do not understand, what the Holy Spirit is saying through Apostle Paul, about tongue speaking. This is the subject matter of this paper publication. What all believers in Christ should understand is that there are tongues of men and of angels. And that these tongues are just gifts of the Holy Spirit, like any other gifts, differing from one another, as written in ROMANS 12:6-8 and in 1 CORINTHIANS 12:8-10. And these gifts, including, speaking in tongues, are divided to everyman, severally, as the Holy Spirit wills. In 1 CORINTHIANS VERSE 28, it is written and I quote, “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.” And in VERSES 29-30, Apostle Paul asked these questions, and I quote, “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gift of healings? DO ALL SPEAK IN TONGUES? DO ALL INTERPRETE? It means NOT ALL are given the gift of speaking in tongues by the Holy Spirit. Even those who have the gift of speaking in tongues are advised, in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:13, to pray that they may be able to interpret, otherwise if they have not the gift of interpretation, or if there is no other interpreter, then let that person keep silence, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:28, and I quote, “BUT IF THERE IS NO INTERPRETER, LET HIM KEEP SILENCE IN THE CHURCH; AND LET HIM SPEAK TO HIMSELF AND TO GOD.” Why are they commanded to keep silence in the church? It is because, if the unlearned or unbelievers, come into the church, and hear them speaking in tongues that they do not understand, will they not say they are mad, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:23, and I quote, “IF THEREFORE, THE WHOLE CHURCH COME TOGETHER INTO ONE PLACE, AND ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES, AND THERE COME IN THOSE WHO ARE UNLEARNED OR UNBELIEVERS, WILL THEY NOT SAY THEY ARE MAD?” Apart from saying they are mad, will they not be as barbarians unto them? as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:11, and I quote, “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.” And so, speaking in tongues of men without interpretation is just speaking into the air, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:9b. Paul told the Corinthian church, in VERSES 17-18, and I quote, “I thank my God, I speak in tongues more than ye all, 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.” IN VERSE 6, PAUL WENT FURTHER TO SAY AND I QUOTE, “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?”
The tongues that were spoken by the apostles and by all other disciples present on the Day of Pentecost, when they were baptized by the Holy Ghost, were tongues of the different languages of the Jews, who came from different countries of the world, where they were born. And these Jews understood the different languages, which the Holy Spirit gave the apostles utterance to speak, as written in ACTS 2:4, and I quote, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” And in VERSES 6-8, it is written, and I quote, “NOW WHEN THIS WAS NOISED ABROAD, THE MULTITUDE CAME TOGETHER AND WERE CONFOUNDED BECAUSE THAT EVERY MAN HEARD THEM SPEAK IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE AND THEY WERE ALL AMAZED AND MARVELED, SAYING ONE TO ANOTHER, BEHOLD ARE NOT ALL THESE WHICH SPEAK GALILEANS? AND HOW HEAR WE EVERY MAN IN OUR TONGUE, WHEREIN WE WERE BORN?” And in verse 11, it is written, and I quote, “Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God?” Wherefore tongues, according to Paul in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:22, are for a sign, NOT to them that believe, BUT TO THEM THAT BELIEVE NOT: but prophesying does not serve them that believe not, BUT FOR THEM WHICH BELIEVE. He that has the gift of tongue of angels, edifies himself, for in the spirit, he speaks mysteries unto God, but he does not edify the church. But he that is given the gift of prophecy, which is the best of all the gifts, edifies the church, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-5. Therefore, tongue-speaking is just a gift, given to SOME in the church, and like every other gift, will some day cease or vanish away, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 13:8. These gifts are no visas to heaven, but CHARITY, FAITH AND HOPE, which are part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the greatest of which is Charity. And what is charity? It is the love of God that is shed abroad in the hearts of those who are truly born again of the truth and of the Spirit of Christ, as written in ROMANS 5:5. And what is this love of God? The love of God is to keep the commandment of God as written in 1 JOHN 5:3, and I quote, “FOR THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVIOUS.” And Paul said in 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1, and I quote, “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.” One can have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and still end up in hell. Jesus Christ said in MATTHEW 7:22-23, and I quote, “Many will say unto me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name; in thy name cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Where is Judas even with all the apostolic gifts? Where are the Ananias and Sapphiras, who died because of their hypocrisy in the church? Where is Demas, a co-labourer with Paul, who left the truth because of this love of the present world? Remember the thief on the cross, who never spake in tongues, before he was received by Jesus into paradise. Tongue-speaking is NOT a yardstick to measure spirituality or enduement with power. Tongue-speaking, without repentance from dead works or iniquity, and without sanctification, by the truth, is all vanity!

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