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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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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 utterance. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 again. ...


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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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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 and ...


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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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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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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 Christian. That said, this is my experience, and perhaps not yours.


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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 their ...


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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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These verses, read in isolation, do seem contradictory. However, sense can be made of them by reading chapter 14 as a whole. Paul is aware of a strong belief in speaking in tongues, and is tactfully opposing the practice, suggesting prophecy as a better alternative. In 1 Corinthians 14:4, Paul says "Whoever speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but whoever ...


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