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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 of ...


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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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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 deals with the first century as well, but in that period he mentions only prophecy, not tongues. The first evidence for speaking in tongues that Kydd mentions ...


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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 speech," but rather that they referred to the real human languages of the nations around the Apostles. Citations [of church fathers], along with two ...


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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 what ...


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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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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 that is now in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. According to the book "Welcome, Holy Spirit" - edited by Larry Christenson (Augsburg Press, 1987), Risto Santala ...


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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 28:...


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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 other than angelic speech to humans on earth (intelligible). Long Answer Anthony C. Thiselton's NIGT Commentary on 1 Corinthians (2013) provides extensive ...


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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 spokesman who gives new revelation from God. Few charismatics today claim that they are giving new, infallible, divine revelation from God. But if they aren't, then it'...


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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 come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall ...


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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. For example, my church takes the exact opposite stance, saying that it would be quenching the spirit to suppress that gift. In Christ!


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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 believers) then he exaplains to them that non believers will think they are mad if they hear them talking in tongues without an interpretter - This section is what ...


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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 tongues or desiring to - that goes for all leadership as well as attendees. I suspect some AOG churches lean into it and others do not?


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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 tongue and can understand it. (Acts 2:8) And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? But as verse 23 demonstrates, if the whole ...


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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 19th century on, but that does not mean that it has not been done. I am simply not aware of any modern cases of it. The closest example of it, can be seen in my ...


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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. Anthony and the Gift of Tongues The book “The Little Flowers of St Francis” was written by Brother Ugolino about 100 years after the life of St Francis of Assisi ...


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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, Pentecostals seem to distinguish between at least two different functions of the gift of tongues: Tongues for self-edification in the form of prayer or worship to ...


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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 (like personal edification, this is generally done in private rather than in a corporate gathering; I have, however, seen this type of tongues occur in a ...


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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 gather from this that you are asking for opinions or viewpoints from so-called tongue-talking Christians. I belong to that category, so here's my two cents: I ...


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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 remarkably useful.


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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 documented in number that I would not be surprised to find well-documented cases. That is where someone speaks a language they ought to not know and another ...


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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 mention "the tongues of Angels" and claim it as a kind of heavenly language. Romans 8:26: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know ...


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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 be pointed out that many historians & Scholars of the 19th century made a distinction between various kinds of tongues. For example, Philip Schaff writes the ...


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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: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 1 Corinthians 14:23-24 If therefore the whole church be come together ...


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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 scriptures. There is a huge period of cessationism in the church For a full research on tongues through out history go here http://www.brothermel.org/sites/...


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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 we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the ...


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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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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 receiving the Holy Spirit may be discouraging to saved Christians who do not have the gift of speaking in tongues.


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