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Isaiah 28:11. For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.


Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.


1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren...forbid not to speak with tongues. 

There's much unnecessary controversy over the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. Considering that God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33) one must speculate if Satan is trying to prevent Christians from receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit because He gives power over demons, power to witness, and power to heal, as well as enables Christians to pray in accordance with God's perfect will. Simply, speaking in tongues serves two functions, one is personal to build up the individual Christian while the second is corporate to build up the Church. Either may utilize angelic languages or foreign languages of men. Each believer receives his own prayer language so he can pray and worship in spirit and in truth and needs to expect it as evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives the language, it cannot be taught, and Christians use it to commune with God in accordance with His will without the pollution of our own opinions, wants, and desires. As far as the corporate function goes, not every believer has the gift of tongues to serve the Church which often includes intercessory prayer but, when combined with interpretation, the message is equivalent to prophecy.




Mark 16:15-18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 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.


John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.


1 John 5:6b ...the Spirit is truth.


Acts 1:5, 8, 12-14; 2:1-4 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth...Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren...And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Acts 9:17-18 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

NOTE: It doesn't say here that Paul spoke in tongues upon receiving the Holy Spirit, however, we must remember that he wrote 1 Corinthians 13:1a Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels... and in 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.


Acts 10:38, 44-46 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him...While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 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. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.


Acts 19:2-6 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 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. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues...


1 Corinthians 14:2, 4 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God... He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself


1 Corinthians 14:13, 23, 28 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret...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?...But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.



  1. ...that the person speaking in tongues may also be the interpreter - this usually happens only in a small group where there aren't two individuals with the necessary gifts, one with the gifts of tongues and another with the gift of interpretation

  2. ...that Paul writes against there being a babble from people speaking in tongues in church because it drives away Christians who don't know about the phenomenon of speaking in tongues as well as unbelievers

  3. ...that just as you can pray silently in English or in another language, you can pray silently in your prayer language.

Please keep in mind that Christians are supposed to lead others into a relationship with Christ, not scare them away from Him!


1 Corinthians 14:14-15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 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.


Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.


Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost



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1 Corinthians 12:7-8, 10 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit...divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues


1 Corinthians 12:28-30 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. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?


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.


1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 16-17 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret...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? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.


1 Corinthians 14:19 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.


1 Corinthians 14:21-22 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. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not...


COMMENT: The best example of these verses in action is when a foreign nonbeliever attends a church or revival meeting and hears a message in tongues that is actually his native language just like in Acts 2:4-12:

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 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 marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?"


1 Corinthians 14:27-28 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. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.


1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.


Romans 8:26-27 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. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.


NOTE: While we don't always know what we should pray for in our weaknesses, the Holy Spirit does and He will seek out an available Christian to pray intercession for someone in need since He can't utter the prayer Himself. The intercessor will feel a groaning within himself and will be moved by the Holy Spirit to pray what He gives. When the prayer's complete, the intercessor will feel a release that may rise to the point of thanking and praising God.


Ephesians 6:17-18 And take... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints


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