Speaking In Tongues

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Then there's the teaching that one should use it in their private prayer.  I have never known anyone that has interpreted their own tongues during private prayer.

1Cor 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

1Cor 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; . .

1Cor 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

 

Now these are the three verses they will use to teach that it is ok to speak in tongues in your private time in prayer.  But Paul says "IF" not that he did. He is trying to clarify that "IF" he did his understanding will be unfruitful.  So in that case it is not beneficial even to the one praying in private unto God in an unknown tongue.  the edification of verse 4 then is more of a building up of ones ego rather than building up his spiritualist.

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I have heard recordings of Buddhist Monks who were never trained in English speak perfect English by Christian Missionaries to China and Tibet.

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AV...another scripture they use is where Simon the sorcerer wanted to buy the power.  They ask themselves what was it that manifested that Simon wanted to buy?  Could it be the manifestation of the cloven tongues of fire as recorded in acts rather than assuming he was witnessing them speak a "spiritual language" as is practiced today? 

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AV...another scripture they use is where Simon the sorcerer wanted to buy the power.  They ask themselves what was it that manifested that Simon wanted to buy?  Could it be the manifestation of the cloven tongues of fire as recorded in acts rather than assuming he was witnessing them speak a "spiritual language" as is practiced today? 

Then they are in error not knowing the word of God and quick to make their opinion or assumption co-equal to the word of God thereby leavening or corrupting the word of God.

 

Acts 8:14 ¶ Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

 

The Scriptures don't say that it was tongues that made him want the gift.  It could have been, but when something is not clearly stated in scripture it becomes a supposition, assumption or opinion rather than the words of God.  And in a way corrupts the word of God.  We need stick to the clear word and things are easier to understand.  He was after the ability to lay hands on people and they receive the Holy Ghost and all the benefits that go with that.

 

The previous verses to this event with Simon the sorcerer it tells us what led up to the place where he becomes covetous for the gift of laying on of hands, Acts 8:4 ¶ Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
(you will notice it does not say ALL but many)
 8 And there was great joy in that city.  Now here comes Simon
 9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
 11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  He was seeing the healings, the miracles, and the signs and then Peter comes along and they receive the Holy Ghost which could have manifested it self in many ways that made him lust for this power.  When he saw what Peter was doing he wanted it too.  He never offered Philip money for the ability to heal or do miracles but he was quick to ask Peter and when he did he was rebuked.

 

Anyone who would use these verse to teach it is ok to desire tongues or use tongues is like Simon lustful for power and recognition, tied up a a bond of iniquity (self-will).

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1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Tongues have ceased.

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You need to be very careful because Paul taught that the gift of tongues was from the Holy Ghost, and the qualifier is that if it was interpreted then we know it was of God because it brought edification.

The unknown uninterpreted tongue known as an unknown tongue could be of the Holy Ghost too because it was for the one who did it is being edified, but the body is not being edified. Pauls teaching is about who is doing it where and how and its outcome.

1Co 14:10
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

This verse tells you that every single tongue, that Paul mentioned, was a kmown language of the Earth.

I have dealt with Charismatics who became possessed by "speaking in tongues".

You wanna warn someone to be careful? Warn them to believe the scripture, and speak in words easy to be understood.

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that last one may not have been from the Lord.

I was witnessing to a lady on a short term mission trip to a So East Asian country. Our translator started to translate what shared and she stopped him and said (which had to be translated for me) that she understood me and heard me speak in her native tongue of which I was not trained in or spoke. but as far as I know our whole team who was present heard me speak in English.

I heard of a young Jewish lady getting saved because one person spoke in a High Forum of French and another lady interpreted and supposedly neither of them knew this type of French, the young Jewish lady was trained in that language and was wondering why the other had interpreted it. She verified that it was the correct translation and was told neither one of them learned or spoke French at all.

I don't know of anyone who speaks in an unknown tongue in their private time with God where Paul says, they speak unto God. Of course I don't go around listing or spying on someone who is in their private time with God to see if they are speaking in tongues or not.

Tongues is a sign to unbelievers.

You weren't speaking in a tongue unknown to you.

The unbeliever heard in their native tongue.

This has nothing to do with the hyper-emotional babbling, exclusionary litmus of the Devil-worshippers of the Azusa St. Churches.

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1Co 14:10
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

This verse tells you that every single tongue, that Paul mentioned, was a kmown language of the Earth.

I have dealt with Charismatics who became possessed by "speaking in tongues".

You wanna warn someone to be careful? Warn them to believe the scripture, and speak in words easy to be understood.

My warning was to those who would attribute a gift that is said to be of the Holy Ghost to Satan (just like the Pharisees did Christ).  Nowhere in the NT are we told that tongues is of Satan.  I am not promoting anyone doing it in any unbiblical way as many assemblies do, but at the same time we need to also follow the word of God which says, in 1Cor 14:30 . . . . forbid not to speak with tongues.

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Tongues is a sign to unbelievers.

You weren't speaking in a tongue unknown to you.

The unbeliever heard in their native tongue.

This has nothing to do with the hyper-emotional babbling, exclusionary litmus of the Devil-worshippers of the Azusa St. Churches.

I fully agree.

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1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Tongues have ceased.

This doesn't say that the gift has ceased, it says languages of the Earth will cease.

Now, can you name a dead language?

Do we have, in writing, every prophecy delivered by angels to men?

Didn't the library at Alexandria burn? All of that knowledge is gone.

This isn't a hard passage to understand.

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Tongues are long gone friends, along with all signs, wonders and miracles. We have no need for the childish when the Spirit has renewed and lives in us.

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Specifically, when did tongues cease, when did prophesy fail and will knowledge vanish away?

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This doesn't say that the gift has ceased, it says languages of the Earth will cease.

Now, can you name a dead language?

Do we have, in writing, every prophecy delivered by angels to men?

Didn't the library at Alexandria burn? All of that knowledge is gone.

This isn't a hard passage to understand.

Latin is dead language,  Koine Greek is a dead language. Sonoma Indian tribal language is dead as are many tribal languages around the world.

 

When I say dead I mean there is no one that knows how to speak or write it correctly. 

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Tongues are long gone friends, along with all signs, wonders and miracles. We have no need for the childish when the Spirit has renewed and lives in us.

This is a heresy that we IFB have taught for years.

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Tongues are long gone friends, along with all signs, wonders and miracles. We have no need for the childish when the Spirit has renewed and lives in us.

I feel for you my friend I have had miracles happen just this week so how could you so adamantly say miracles are long gone.  Our pastor Prophesied today when he spoke of the soon return of Christ and spoke forth the word of God at the assembly of the Saints.

 

I shared a story of a lady who heard me speak in her language when I spoke English.  That is about as close to the Acts 2 tongues as you can get.  Acts 2:5 ¶ And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language
One heard in his own language and the other heard their own language
 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

 

I would say that they have not ceased.  And what it says will cease is clear, 1Cor 13:9, 10 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. That which is in part is said to be Knowledge and Prophesy for they are connected to being done away by the term "in part" so that which is in part will be done away with when the perfect is come and the perfect has not come yet.

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This is a heresy that we IFB have taught for years.

I wouldn't call it a heresy because it does not affect someones salvation if they teach it that way or not

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1 Corinthians 13
 8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. note

 9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. note

 11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. note note

 12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

This whole passage is talking about knowledge and understanding.

That which is perfect is in that context - perfect knowledge and understanding.
The Word of God is perfect. Perfect and complete knowledge, which to the saved man gives understanding.

The Word of God is complete - there is no more prophecy to add, there is no further spiritual knowledge that we need, there is no further need of tongues.

All we need is God's Word.

Context folks is knowledge and understanding.

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Dave,

 

As I stated in the previous post, that which is done away is that which is in part.  what we Know/Knowledge in part and Prophecy in part are the words of God as well. 

 

So "when that which is perfect is come", the perfect could not be the God's Word because it would do away with parts of God's Word that we know in part and prophecy in part.

 

And though we may believe and think that God's word is perfect the AV Bible does not state that, if I am not mistaken.

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I always thought that the "when that which is perfect is come" was when we see God face to face. It says "that" and not "he" so I may be mistaken.

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I always thought that the "when that which is perfect is come" was when we see God face to face. It says "that" and not "he" so I may be mistaken.

I have searched the scriptures and it never says, " that God's word is perfect".  that is an eye opener for all of us.  It is true, it is pure, it is light but the Bible never says it is perfect.

 

But God is said to be perfect.  So I would prOBable agree with you that is is when we see God and all is fulfilled.  for Christ did say that not one jot or title would be pass way until all of the word has been fulfilled.   Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  If I am not mistaken heaven and earth pass in Revelation 21
 

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The word "perfect" can also mean complete.
The Word of God was completed - perfected if you will - with the closing words of John.
Completing - or perfecting - the Revelation of God to man in His Word - no need of further special prophecy or further special revelation.

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The word "perfect" can also mean complete.
The Word of God was completed - perfected if you will - with the closing words of John.
Completing - or perfecting - the Revelation of God to man in His Word - no need of further special prophecy or further special revelation.

complete and perfect are two different things.  and things that are different are not the same, this is a rule one should follow when studying the word of God.

 

while I agree that there is no need for any further revelation or prophecy. 1 Cor 13 is not speaking of that.

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This is a heresy that we IFB have taught for years.

 

Wrong bro, maybe many IFBs make claim to tongues that way but few understand the absence of signs, miracles, etc. since the pouring out of the Spirit. Common sense screams it but few get it.

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the word complete is found only three times in Scripture

 

did you know we are complete in Christ yet we are not yet made perfect?

 Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
 

And here perfect and complete as found in God's word are not meaning the same thing.

Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
 

This is why we should use Biblical terms and scriptures as much as possible to support what we teach.

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Psa 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

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