Why is there so much confusion about speaking in tongues?
I will tell you why, because we are too busy listening to what other people are telling us about speaking in tongues, and we aren't studying the Holy Bible for ourselves!
It is very, VERY dangerous for us to put our trust in other people and not to read the Word of GOD for ourselves!!
So what happens is, we are being led astray by men and women whom have also been led astray, and confusion about this spiritual gift is running rampant world wide!
This is also exactly what has happened with the topic of the Rapture of the Church. People put their trust in other people about the rapture without reading the Holy Bible for themselves, and the world has been led astray by satan!
*Back to speaking in tongues*
We need to discard what men and women are teaching us about speaking in tongues, and go right to GOD'S HOLY BIBLE.
Here is a very short article that uses Holy Bible scriptures only, that will show exactly what GOD says about speaking in tongues!
I KNOW THIS ARTICLE IS GOING TO OFFEND A LOT OF PEOPLE - But it is time for someone to put together an article on exactly what GOD'S Holy Bible says about speaking in tongues-
Well that somebody will be me!
Let us start off by finding out who gives the spiritual gifts to us men and women. Ooopps, forgot to mention the teenagers’ and children too :)
1st Cor 12:4 - 4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.
(Paul says that the HOLY SPIRIT is the one who gives the gifts).
(The HOLY SPIRIT is the FATHER'S SPIRIT).
Does everyone get at least 1 spiritual gift from the HOLY SPIRIT when they are truly born again?
1st Cor 12:7 - 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
(Paul clearly says that every Christian gets at-least 1 spiritual gift)
(These gifts are given to us to be used to help each other and to help and build up the
Kingdom of GOD).
OK now, how many spiritual gifts are there mentioned by Paul in the bible?
Read slowly and carefully how Paul clearly says to 1 person, such and such gift is given, but to another, a different gift is given. This is very important to understand that we do NOT all get the same gifts............... Please read how Paul describes this in the paragraph below!
1st Cor 12:8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
(We notice above, that there are 9 different possible spiritual gifts a person could get from the Holy Ghost)
IMPORTANT - We also notice from reading the above paragraph real carefully, that the HOLY SPIRIT decides which gift each person should have. It does NOT say everyone gets the gift of speaking in tongues, in fact it says the exact opposite!!!!! Look at the last sentence carefully in the above paragraph; The HOLY GHOST decides which gift = aka single gift = to give each person. So we are told that we all get 1 gift out of a possible 9 gifts that the HOLY SPIRIT can choose from.
Here are the 9 gifts mentioned above in 1st Cor 12:4
*Discerning the Spirit Realm*
*Speak in Unknown Languages*
*Interpreting Unknown Languages*
The HOLY SPIRIT decides which gift to give each person, and since there are 9 possible gifts, about 1 person out of every 9 gets the gift of speaking in tongues. The other 8 people DO NOT get the gift of speaking in tongues, but are given one of the other gifts mentioned above......
Of course I am using common math here to say that if there are 9 gifts, than a person has a 1 in 9 chance of getting the gift of speaking in tongues, but I cannot use the bible to prove this. Those math figures are just my estimation!
Now I want to make it clear that some people are given more than just 1 gift. Many Christian men and women are given possibly two, three or even four different spiritual gifts out of the nine spiritual gifts listed above. Once again the HOLY GHOST decides which gift to give each person.
Paul had all 9 spiritual gifts! We know this because as we read the New Testament, Paul displays to the reader all 9 spiritual gifts at different times throughout the scriptures....................
Can a person ask GOD for another gift?
Paul says here in 1st Cor 14:10 - Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.
So yes we can approach GOD with a pure heart asking HIM to give us an additional gift.
I believe that the LORD will then look carefully at your heart, and check your motives into why you want an additional gift; GOD will do a inventory of your inner heart looking to see if it is a clean heart, and GOD will check thoroughly into why you want the additional gift. If you want the new additional gift because you love your Christian brother's and sister's with an incredible deep love, and you have compassion for the hurting and for the lost pouring out of your heart and soul, the LORD will most likely answer your request with a YES!
But if you are asking for an additional gift of say - (doing miracles) - because you want to impress the girls down the street, or if your asking for the (gift of healing), because you could then walk up to people and heal them, and get lots of praise and glory from the other people standing around you, your requests for an additional gift will be ABSOLUTELY REJECTED!
It is all about love and compassion. The LORD will take a good look at your heart and motives searching deep inside of you, to see if you want the new gift because you love your brother's and sister's in the LORD with all of your heart and soul. GOD will also be looking to see if you truly have compassion for the people who are less fortunate than you are!
There are many people who do not believe that speaking in tongues is real!
Well here is another scripture that shows that (yes) Paul could speak in tongues.
1st Cor 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you. 19 But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.
(So yes, speaking in tongues is a real spiritual gift and yes it is listed in 1st Cor 12:4 as 1 of the 9 possible gifts that a person could get)
We are all together one body, and here Paul describes a few different parts of the body of CHRIST. Notice the last part that Paul mentions = Speaking in tongues
1st Cor 12:27 - 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: Note: These are only some of the parts of the body, NOT all of them!
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
AS WE CAN SEE ABOVE, NOT EVERYONE IS AN APOSTLE-
NOT EVERYONE IS A PROPHET-
NOT EVERYONE HAS THE GIFT OF HEALING-
AND FINALLY -------- NOT EVERYONE HAS THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES!!!
We have to learn to be humble, and to believe what GOD'S Holy Bible says.
Let us not go past what the bible says, and also let us not change what the Holy Bible says either........... No people we do not all get the gift of speaking in tongues.........
Here are more scriptures to help you even further to understand that speaking in tongues is only 1 gift out of 9 that the HOLY GHOST might give you, or might not give you-------
Please read below very carefully!!!
LET US TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT GOD says through his servant Paul.
1st Cor 12:29 - 29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!
(Did you look at the last two sentences carefully)?
(Paul says do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages?
HE THEN SAYS OF COURSE NOT!!!!!!)
People did you read that? Paul speaking for GOD says NO, WE DO NOT all get the gift of speaking in tongues.
No people we are all NOT apostles - We are all NOT prophets - We are all NOT teachers - We CANNOT all do miracles - We do NOT all have the gift of healing -
WE DO NOT ALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEAK IN TONGUES, JUST LIKE Paul clearly says above!
Now why is there so much confusion and discussion over the 1 spiritual gift of speaking in tongues when Paul CLEARLY SAYS IT ISN'T EVEN THE BEST GIFT TO SEEK AFTER!!!!
That is correct people - Paul is going to say now that we should NOT seek out the gift of speaking in tongues, BUT INSTEAD WE SHOULD seek out the gift of prophecy!!!
Look at the following scriptures below
GOD speaking through Paul says that the gift of Prophecy is much better then wanting the gift of Speaking in Tongues -
1st Cor 14:1 - Tongues and Prophecy
1 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. 2 For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. 3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.
Read this Carefully!!
14:5 I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.
IMPORTANT: Paul clearly says here that He wishes we could all speak in tongues, this plainly tells us that WE CANNOT ALL speak in tongues.
Then Paul goes on to say he wishes we could all prophesy. So as we look at the above paragraph, GOD once again through Paul is making it clear that only some people get the gift of speaking in tongues, and only some people get the gift of prophecy!
Here Paul makes it clear again that we should desire the gift of prophecy much more than speaking in tongues.
1st Cor 14:6 Dear brothers and sisters, if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language -(speaking in tongues), how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful.
(Prophecy is much more helpful to the church than speaking in tongues is).
Here is another scripture that states the same thing.
1st Cor 14:9 - 9 It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.
1st Cor 14:10 There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. 11 But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me. 12 And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.
Paul says above that if we are speaking in tongues, but nobody can understand the language, then they would be speaking like a foreigner does in a foreign language!
Did you notice how Paul says to the Corinthians for the second or third time now " Since you are so eager to have these special abilities?
The people were wanting the gift of speaking in tongues, because then other people would hear them speaking in tongues and it would build up their pride, ego and self which is the exact opposite of what GOD wants inside of us.
Speaking in tongues is one gift that when we do it, the entire rest of the church can hear we are using our special gift, and many times this brings lots of praise and empty glory to the person up on the church stage who is speaking it = AKA - Kind of like when a guitarist up on stage does a long guitar solo! It brings lots of praise to the person doing it.
I have listened to Christian concerts myself, and heard during a song when the singer would speak in tongues for a few seconds with the loud music in the background playing. The entire audience would start applauding and screaming as if the performer did a guitar solo. hmmmmmmm.................
My point is this; Speaking in tongues can bring a lot of praise from other people and this is most likely why the Corinthian people were wanting this gift so badly!
GOD speaking through Paul saw right through this to their evil pride and self and sent Paul to teach the Corinthians that it would be much better if we sought out instead the gifts that build up the entire church, like prophecy - Instead of seeking out the gift of speaking in tongues that builds up only the person speaking it and nobody else!
Here Paul tells us that if you do have the gift of speaking in tongues, you should also desire the gift of interpreting tongues too!
1st Cor 14:13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said. 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying.
(What good is it praying in tongues in church or at a bible study group if the other men and women do not even know what is being said or prayed about)?
So if you have the gift of speaking in tongues, ask the HOLY GHOST for the gift of interpreting tongues too so you can interpret what you are speaking............
This can be quite powerful for you!
*LET US STOP HERE FOR ONE SECOND TO GO OVER SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT*
People reading this article who CAN speak in tongues, might be feeling a little down now, after Paul was saying that we should seek out other gifts that are more important.
Let me explain to you something very important here about your special gift..........
If you can speak in tongues, praise GOD!!!!!!!
This gift is given to you so as to build YOU up, and to lift YOU up, and to encourage YOU when you need encouragement.......
This gift is given to you to help motivate you, and to lift you up spiritually when you need lifting up...
This is a great gift to have, and it is very, VERY powerful for YOU to build you up and to encourage you when you are down and feeling lonely or depressed...........
This is a gift that is designed to bless the person who has it.............
Paul also makes it clear that your gift of speaking in tongues can also impress NON believers, and that can give you a great subject to talk about with the non believers who hear you speaking in tongues. They will wonder how did you learn these languages, and wow what a great door will now be open for you to share the great news of CHRIST with them.
So be encouraged, yes and AMEN! THE HOLY GHOST gave you a great gift; This gift is specialized just for you to build you up and lift you up and to encourage you and to keep
you going day after day after day during your life!!!!!!!
So YES, your gift is very powerful for you to use as much as you can and make sure you
pray and worship in tongues too - WOW IS THAT POWERFUL for you!!!!!!
People, you have a great gift from GOD that will build you up, and encourage you, and help transform you into the powerful man or woman of GOD that GOD created you to be.
SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING AT THIS POINT, WHERE IS MY GIFT?
Some of you might be thinking to yourself, I have no idea what GIFT GOD gave me.
Or how can I find out what gift GOD gave me out of the 9 spiritual gifts listed above?
I know what GIFT GOD gave me, but it is very weak! What can I do to make it stronger?
Here is what JESUS taught me HIMSELF on all of the above questions.
The LORD taught me first of all, the closer we abide in HIM and the bible, the easier it will be to see which gift the HOLY GHOST gave us. As we get closer and closer to JESUS, he will help us to learn which gift he gave us, and even how to use it to help others. The key is this; How close are we with the LORD? Are we abiding in him day and night? If you are, than you probably already know what gift or gifts he has given unto you.
But if you only spend a few hours a week in prayer and the Holy Bible, than it is very common that you would NOT know what gift or gifts you have been given............. You might not ever know what gift or gifts the HOLY GHOST gave you, until you really re dedicate your entire life to JESUS and the bible by abiding in both of them day and night the very best you can.
Listen people, this all starts with JESUS and it all ends with JESUS. The closer we are to JESUS and the Holy Bible, the more likely we will know exactly what gift or gifts the HOLY GHOST has given to us..............
Write out the 9 gifts listed above on a beautiful piece of paper with colored pens and pray over this on your couch or bed. Keep the list with you and pray to JESUS for HIM to show you which gift you have........
Some of you might be asking now, HOW CAN I GET MY GIFT TO BE STRONGER?
First of all, the same answer as above. The closer you get to JESUS, and the more you study the bible, the STRONGER YOUR GIFT WILL GET. The LORD doesn’t rain down super powerful gifts onto men and women who ignore him day and night! Oh no no no!!!
The LORD is looking for children who want to know him really well, who want to love him day and night and spend time with him. These are the children whom the LORD will reveal his gifts too.
Also I found out that the more you use your gift, the stronger it will get too..............
So abide in the LORD the very, VERY best you can and HIS Holy Bible, and at the same time, use your gift as much as possible and it will get stronger and stronger and stronger!
Here Paul explains how these gifts should be used in church
1st Cor 14:26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
1st Cor 14:27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.
Paul tells us here that when we do speak in tongues in church, someone MUST be there to interpret it. He goes on to say that if nobody is present who can interpret what is being said, then that person should be quiet AND NOT SPEAK IN TONGUES, but to do it privately to GOD.
This is the exact opposite of what we see in church and concerts today
Oh how satan has twisted around every single thing that GOD teaches us in the bible!
I pray that after reading this article, that any confusion you might of had is now disappearing when it comes to speaking in tongues..............
If you can speak in tongues, what a powerful weapon the LORD GOD has given you to use to help build you up in your walk with JESUS.......
If you cannot speak in tongues, you do have at-least 1 of the other 8 gifts, and Paul makes it clear that the gift of prophecy is very, VERY high on the list or what we would want to have. OR I SHOULD SAY GOD MAKES IT CLEAR THROUGH Paul!
Either way, the HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS THE FATHER'S SPIRIT has given you the exact gift or gifts that HE wants you to have so as to bless the church, and for you to use for the Kingdom of GOD...............
Yes people, all of you reading this article, you do have at-least 1 gift, so I recommend meditating on 1st Cor 12:4 and praying over it asking the LORD to reveal to you which gift HE did give unto you.
FOR THE LORD JESUS LOVES YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH, and you are very precious to HIM. The LORD is thinking about you constantly and all of HIS thoughts are wonderful and glorious over you!
Love, your servant Garrett
*Would you also like to see what the HOLY BIBLE says about the rapture? (Article #1)
*Would you like to get past the lies of satan, and see exactly when the LORD JESUS will rapture his Holy Church? (Article #2)