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Random babbling isn't "speaking in tongues" as the Apostles did on the Day of Pentecost. The Apostles preached, and everyone present heard the message in their native language. This is the purpose of speaking in tongues: to facilitate communication. In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul warns very strongly about speaking in tongues simply for its own sake, since it ...


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The accounts of speaking in tongues in the Bible were always in the context of speaking in a language otherwise unknown to the speaker, but to which there are hearers who understand (on the Day of Pentecost, each member of the crowd heard Peter is his/her own language). Likewise, when Paul instructs the church in Corinth (1 Cor 14:26), he says to make sure ...


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Yes, the gift of speaking in tongues still exists today. Paul speaks about gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, and in the next chapter writes the following: 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (ESV) [emphases mine] 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in ...


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No, I do not believe that this is the only sure sign of the Holy Spirit. Also, I would question if someone is truly speaking in tongues when they claim to be. Can people speak in tongues today? I have seen people who would claim they were speaking in tongues, but there was no one there to interpret. Paul lists speaking in tongues as one of the spiritual ...


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The New Testament does not give us a method for receiving the gift of tongues. On the contrary, we are taught that the Holy Spirit distributes various gifts according to His own will. Thus, it may not be His will that you or me receive the gift of tongues. The twelfth chapter of 1 Corinthians is the key text on all of this: 4 Now there are varieties ...


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The gift of tongues is just one of many spiritual gifts. The Bible provides examples of many people throughout history who had been imparted with various Spiritual gifts. For instance, Isaac had the gift of granting blessings (Gen 27). Balaam had the gift of cursing (Num 22). Daniel (Dan 2) and Joseph (Gen 40) had the gift of interpreting dreams. Elisha ...


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Assemblies of God strongly believe and encourage speaking in tongues. It is considered as the physical evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit. This site mentions about this matter. It says, The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them ...


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There are two competing views. This is why "charismatic" denominations are seen as in contrast to "traditional" denominations (called "cessationist" by others). The charismatic view has been described in other answers and refers to scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Corinthians 12 as directed at all believers and exhorting them to desire and exercise ...


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Abstract The spiritual gift of tongues serves one purpose: communication where ordinary language skills do not serve. Paul saw prophecy as useful to non-believers even though its primary purpose is for the edification of believers. But speaking in a language the unbeliever does not understand fails to accomplish any purpose at all. A little context is ...


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The sure sign of having the Holy Spirit is affirming the Lordship of Jesus. 1Co 12:3 NIV Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. As to the second part of your question regarding the justification for the belief that speaking in ...


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The bulk of the teaching on tongues in the Bible is not in Acts, but in 1 Corinthians. While there are a couple of instances in Acts that do mention people speaking in tongues, only Acts 2 mention that the words are understood by the bystanders. In 1 Cor 12-14, it is clearly understood that tongues require interpretation in order to be understood. ...


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You are overlooking the most important word in your question, and that is 'gift'. A gift is something that is freely given - the giver chooses whether or not to give, and the receiver can only choose whether or not to accept it - if it is given. If the receiver can compel the giver in any way, or tries to earn it, then it isn't a gift. It's long been part of ...


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From experience, it is a relatively common teaching in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles that one of the benefits of praying in tongues is that Satan can't understand it (and can't stand it!). As well as the verses you've cited, this doctrine is also supported by Romans 8:26-27 - 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know ...


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Are there others who actually practice the gift that consider the purpose to be different? The gift of tongues has a minor, though important, role in Mormon theology. In the Articles of Faith, a simple, short enumeration of basic LDS beliefs written by Joseph Smith, the seventh article mentions spiritual gifts, and the first one listed is the gift of ...


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The most relevant passage I can find in the Bible is this: 1 Corinthians 14:2 (ESV) For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. I'd venture a guess that if a person is "uttering mysteries in the Spirit", they don't understand what they're saying.


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I attended a small baptist church where tongues was rarely used for its actual purpose (delivering prophecy or undeniable message from God). However, it was somewhat common that when group prayer got very intense someone would utter a sentence or two in what sounded like a different language. The pastor told me that they were prayer languages (see this ...


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There are denominations who emphasize the use of tongues, for example, Assemblies of God. In such kind of Churches, there are occasions where someone would prophesy while speaking in tongues and the same person or sometimes others will interpret it. There are many prophets who always start their prophetic words with tongues first and then interpret it ...


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According to this website, the Assemblies of God denomination really does speak in tongues as an important part of the faith. They believe that believers are baptized by the work of the Holy Spirit, and thus the Holy Spirit allows them to speak in tongues, as what happens in the biblical narrative in the book of Acts of the Apostles. It is a religious ...


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Yes and No The church fathers gave no specific instructions on how to receive the gift of tongues. However, we can ask God for anything (including gifts) and he can give it to us. There's also credence to believe that the more often and sincerely we ask for them the more likely he is to give them to us (like in the parable of the persistent widow and the ...


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In reference to the Acts passage: The believers speaking in native tongues is a throwback to a Midrash on the Sinai event when the Law was received. The rabbinic retelling has Israel speaking in all the tongues of the world, meaning that this is a monumental act of GOD happening. The gospel is here, guided by the spirit and is intended for all peoples of ...


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As far as speaking in tongues, Paul addresses the subject throughout 1 Corinthians, and we also see it in Acts and in Mark (all quotes from the ESV) 1 Cor 14:2-4 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for ...


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The only group I am aware of who see speaking in tongues as necessary to salvation are the United Pentecostal Churches, which teach some other doctrines most Christians would disagree with. For example, they are deny the Trinity and teach that there is only one person in the Godhead who appears in different forms at different times, whereas the Trinity ...


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1Cor 14:21 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. 1Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. Isa ...


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Tongues used in any other context refers to a different language not babbling that makes no sense to anyone. In this case the injunction against speaking in more then a few tongues and keeping quiet if no one could translate for you makes complete sense. How confusing would it be to walk into a church and hear 20 different languages or dialects being spoken ...



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