Just touching upon a subject in this blog that will most likely require much more in-depth aspects for people to truly understand. Today I will cover one crucial aspect called Speaking in Tongues. There are those people who profess to 'speak in tongues' and then there are those 'who do not speak in tongues'.
So by an examination of that matter let's quickly look at the points to be made. Is speaking in tongues still valid today or required to this day? Or is speaking in tongues nothing more than modern day 'demonic jibber-jabber'? In this blog I will help you learn the truth which can have dire consequences.
First thing we need to understand is this: one of the most intriguing, yet least understood Heaven-bestowed gifts is that of speaking in tongues. Many Christians today believe that unless a person has received this “gift of the Holy Spirit” and can “speak in tongues” then he or she has not yet been “baptized by the Spirit.”
Speaking in tongues is typically used as a test to prove whether or not a person has been saved. The “speaking in tongues” that is practiced by many Christians today when they say they are praying or worshipping, is totally contrary to the genuine, Biblical speaking in tongues. Re-read this again if you don't understand what was just written.
For the apostle Paul believed in the gift of tongues, but he (Paul) understood that a true gift of tongues was ALWAYS a legitimate language which could be understood! Hence Paul, more than any other New Testament writer, wrote of the gift of tongues. Paul warned against the modern meaningless noise (just modern day demonic jibber-jabber) that many Today call the “gift of tongues.” For as true followers of Christ Jesus we are called to “But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more impiety.” (See 2 Timothy 2:16).
Therefore, it is recorded 1 Corinthians 14:18-19 (KJV) "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 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." Today the tongues which is given is not a known language but rather an unknown language, which then stems from the kingdom of evil thus a demonic trick to edify this person as being ‘truly baptized’.
The Apostle Paul explained the difference between those who make senseless noise (which is what is happening today) versus those who have actually been gifted with the ability to instruct others of truth in a foreign language. Follow this up with the words as follows 1 Corinthians 14:4-5 (KJV) "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 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."
Now let's go a bit deeper shall we. According to the holy word we find this: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance ... Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” —Acts 2:4,6. The Bible says that the people from other nations HEARD (Acts 2:6-8) in their own native tongue (i.e., language). Re-read this once again so you understand – Tongues is a true known language unknown to the speaker and the person who hears and then understands!
What those who actually experienced that day recorded in the Bible was HEARING IN TONGUES, which is totally different. The Apostle Peter never spoke any language other than the Greek he normally spoke in. It is IMPOSSIBLE to reconcile the demonic jibber-jabber of Pentecostals or Charismatics today with the miracle of tongues found in the Bible. Acts 2:9-11 mentions sixteen different nations which were present on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:8 plainly states that each man HEARD the Gospel in his own native tongue in which he was born. How does this compare with the so called Charismatic speaking in tongues today that makes NO SENSE TO ANYONE?
Many have all heard the term "speaking in tongues"; but, no one actually spoke in tongues in the Bible. Rather, they spoke in their OWN language, and the listeners then heard and understood the message spoken in their OWN native language. We read in Acts 2:8-11, "And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Parthians, Medes, Elamites, the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judaea, Cappadocia, in Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, in Egypt, in the parts of Libya, Cyrene, strangers of Rome, Jews, Proselytes, Crete’s and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." So none of the Apostles, nor any of the New Testament saints, ever spoke in some unknown so called Heavenly jibber-jabber; but rather, in their own native language.
This is confirmed in Acts 2:8. The gift, or miracle, of tongues had manifested in the HEARING of the Word, and NOT the speaking. The term "speaking in tongues" is often misunderstood and is somewhat of a misnomer. When the Bible mentions "speaking in tongues," it is referring to truly hearing in tongues. When the Gentile converts spoke with "tongues" in Acts 10:46, it was the same Greek word for "tongues" as in Acts 2:4 ("glossa," meaning, "the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations."). It was a KNOWN earthly language. The same Greek word is used by the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 14:18, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all." However, Paul had the GIFT of tongues, which is different from the MIRACLE of tongues in Acts 2. Paul was fluent in different languages, just as many people today are gifted in being able to learn several different languages.
The same is true of musical instruments. Some people are gifted writers. Now, nearly anyone can write something, but few people can write in such a way that others are compelled to read their works. The "gifts" of the Spirit are different from the miracles of God. The gift of tongues still exists today; but the Apostolic miracles of tongues and healing ceased during the New Testament, which is evidenced by Paul's inability to later heal himself, Timothy, and Trophimus. God does still heal today, but he works through the prayers of the saints, and requires for us to be reconciled with our Christian brethren (James 5:15-16). More importantly to be properly baptized in the spirit means that each person must be obedient and do the will of the Father, just as Christ Jesus did!
So as you have learned “speaking in tongues” should be questioned as well as tested properly for it probably is demonic jibber-jabber. I pray this has helped someone today have both their heart and mind opened on the aspect of this area.
Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist & Deliverance Minister