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Is there any extra-biblical evidence of tongues from the first, or even second, century?

Ronald A. N. Kydd in his book Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church mentions several second-century quotes that he argues refer to glossolalia, what we call speaking in tongues. His work clearly ...
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According to Pentecostalism/Charismaticism, can Satan understand all tongues?

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 ...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

Francis Gumerlock provides a survey of the views of church fathers in "Tongues in the Church Fathers." He concludes that "the early church had no such concept of the gift of tongues as unintelligible ...
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How do Pentecostals or other Charismatics respond to criticisms about 'speaking in tongues' by multiple people at once and without interpretation?

I found a thread on Christian Forums titled "Speaking in Tongues Corporately Without Interpretation" which has some interesting posts addressing exactly the question you ask. In short, ...
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Are there any documented cases of Xenoglossy (i.e. "Acts 2:1-13 type" tongues, understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

One of the most impressive stories that I have heard, related to xenolalia, is the case of a 1976 lecture at Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. This is the same Lutheran Seminary ...
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Why do some people speak in 'tongues' , which have to be interpreted, when angels do not?

Short Answer Among those who practice "speaking in tongues" they would have understood the activity as something other than angelic speech in heaven (no one has heard it) and also something ...
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What is the basis for Cessationism?

Tom Pennington provides a variety of arguments on this here. There are three arguments I found particularly compelling: The purpose of miracles is, biblically, to establish credibility for a ...
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What is the basis for Cessationism?

What is the basis for Cessationism? The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit were first observed at Pentecost; Acts 2:16-18 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall ...
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What is the Southern Baptist belief regarding speaking in tongues?

I am a Baptist. In many Baptist churches it is thought that the power to speak in tongues, or prophesy, etc. is evil, and must come from the devil. However, although a rule, it has it's exceptions. ...
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Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers?

Paul was replying to the matters they had written to him about - 1 Cor. 7:1 "Now for the matters you wrote about". In Chapter 14 he quotes what they have written (that tongues are a sign for non ...
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What is role of speaking in tongues in Assemblies of God denomination?

I have attended a 30-year AOG church for the past three months and never during service or otherwise (fellowship, classes, etc.) have I heard someone speak in tongues or even mention speaking in ...
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What did Paul mean when he wrote 1 Corinthians 14:22 in the context of 1 Corinthians 14:23-25?

The context is that tongues are for a few individuals to demonstrate to a group of unbelievers of the same tongue the power of God. It is only a sign to the unbeliever if the unbeliever is of that ...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

This is a good question. 👍 Direct evidence for "speaking in tongues" being viewed as anything other than existing human languages is lacking at this time. Having said the above, it should ...
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Are there any documented cases of Xenoglossy (i.e. "Acts 2:1-13 type" tongues, understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

Are there any documented cases of “Acts 2 type” tongue speaking (i.e. understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)? I have not heard of this being done in modern times, say from the ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the "gift of tongues"?

The following Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”? Of coarse there are. Here are a few that may fit the bill: St. Anthony of Padua St. ...
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When was it claimed for the first time that Christians could "pray in tongues" in private for self-edification?

As for the practice of glossolalia being a private practice for self edification, prior to the charismatic renewal, it appears to have been a monastic practice for a long time - at least in the ...
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How do Pentecostals or other Charismatics respond to criticisms about 'speaking in tongues' by multiple people at once and without interpretation?

In agreement with Spirit Realm Investigator's answer, I would like to add the following: At least some Pentecostals and Charismatics recognize two more uses for tongues. Tongues for deep intercession ...
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What would Christians sympathetic to Holy Spirit 'speaking in tongues' today say about such a practice going on in non-Christian religions?

From Anne's question: It was just that claim that I wanted to ask about, preferably getting answers from Christians sympathetic to what they view as modern-day Holy Spirit speaking in tongues. I ...
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What answer do speakers of 'tongues' have in regard to the emphasis of scripture?

From a layman speaking my heart on the tongues issue. I have spoken in tongues for about 25 years. I find the vast majority of the time tongues flows out of me during my praise & worship of God. ...
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Have a message in tongues and its interpretation ever been verified by an outsider fluent in both languages?

I'm only aware of a single case where this has been claimed to have happened. This is a first-hand account by Dr. David Petts, whose personal website can be found here. In short, an Irish woman spoke ...
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How do Continuationists discern between genuine and made-up interpretations of tongues?

My godmother spent a lot of time in Charismatic churches. She said that anyone who made themselves the center of attention every week was faking it. That's not based on a Biblical passage but it's ...
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Are there any documented cases of Xenoglossy (i.e. "Acts 2:1-13 type" tongues, understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

I am baffled by the nature of these answers and don't see how any of them answer the question. There are two things that I am accustomed to call glossolalia and xenoglossolalia; the first is so well ...
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Do Pentecostals believe that they are speaking real languages or that God purposely uses gibberish?

I've heard at least two lines of thought on the issue back when I was in the Charismatic movement, attending Full Gospel churches etc. A minority of folks seem to cite the verse of saint Paul that ...
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What did Paul mean when he wrote 1 Corinthians 14:22 in the context of 1 Corinthians 14:23-25?

How do we interpret 1 Corinthians 14:22 in the context of 1 Corinthians 14:23-25? 1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: ...
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Is the Pentecostal concept of "praying in the Spirit" consistent with any pre-Pentecostal teachings?

As a student of Pentecostal history and a practicing charismatic/Pentecostal, the simple answer to your question is no, it is not the meaning all church history pre dating Pentecostalism put on those ...
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Is the Pentecostal concept of "praying in the Spirit" consistent with any pre-Pentecostal teachings?

Praying in the Spirit is a concept that was put forth by Paul in the book of Romans. Romans 8:26 and 27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as ...
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Any instructions given by the church fathers on how to receive the gift of tongues?

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 ...
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What is role of speaking in tongues in Assemblies of God denomination?

1 Corinthians 12:30 is clear that speaking in tongues is one of many spiritual gifts but no more necessary than the other gifts. In fact, to stress speaking in tongues as a necessary evidence of ...
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What is role of speaking in tongues in Assemblies of God denomination?

When I still attended an AOG church, I was told, with no uncertain terms, that speaking in tongues was a requirement of being a mature Christian. No speaking in tongues, well, you're not really a ...
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