Speak­ing in Tongues - En­lighten your Mem­bers!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Simeon James

In con­ver­sa­tion with per­sons from time to time, they ask about “speak­ing in tongues”. In essence, they ask: Is the speak­ing in tongues done to­day re­ally from God, as was the case with the Early Chris­tians? Acts chap­ter 2 records this sub­ject. When Holy Spirit filled the apos­tles and dis­ci­ples on the day of Pen­te­cost, they were given the mirac­u­lous gift of “speak­ing in tongues”, that is, be­ing able to speak other lan­guages as Acts 2: 4, 6 show. A lis­tener was able to hear his own lan­guage and thus un­der­stand the mes­sage of God. Acts 2: 6 – 11. Yes, speak­ing in tongues served to ed­ify or ed­u­cate oth­ers, es­pe­cially un­be­liev­ers. 1 Corinthi­ans 14: 22, 26. It was not done for show.

Peo­ple, in­clud­ing church mem­bers, rightly ques­tion speak­ing in tongues to­day. Why? Un­like the lis­ten­ers men­tioned in Acts 2, peo­ple to­day do not un­der­stand what is said by those who claim to speak in tongues. The Early Chris­tians speak­ing in tongues served a use­ful pur­pose as per­sons speak­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages un­der­stood the good news in their re­spec­tive lan­guages and could ac­cept the good news. What sense does it make to speak a for­eign lan­guage to an au­di­ence that speaks English as is done to­day? Do they even speak a for­eign lan­guage? Who un­der­stands?

1 Corinthi­ans 13: 8 in­di­cates to us that speak­ing in tongues was to be done away with, cease, af­ter the apos­tles’ death. Statis­tics re­veal that the gospel of God’s Kingdom is be­ing preached glob­ally in hun­dreds of lan­guages to­day, by word of mouth, printed ma­te­ri­als etc, and is sup­ported by God’s Holy Spirit. Matthew 24: 14; Acts 1: 8. But it is not done through mirac­u­lous speak­ing in tongues to­day. Can re­li­gious lead­ers please en­lighten their mem­bers on this topic?

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