about Speaking in Tongues
IS THE BIBLICAL
REASON FOR TONGUES?
GOD WANT BELIEVERS TO KNOW ABOUT
SPEAKING IN TONGUES ?
(1)- GOD WANTS US TO KNOW THAT IT IS THE
FULFILLING OF PROPHESY.
Mentioned 800 years earlier in-
(Joel 2:28). It announces that the last days are upon us.
Acts 2:16- "But this is that which
was spoken by the prophet Joel". (referring to the preceding
verses where the Apostles preached to an audience that heard the word
of God in 16 different dialects and a large number of people were
ANNOUNCED A CHANGE IN HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS IN THE LIVES OF MANKIND.
It is a change from the Holy Spirit coming
upon people for temporary
as it was in old Testament days to God coming into the hearts of
believers to live and to guide and to protect.
Acts 2:18- "And on my servants
handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall
John 14:17- "Even
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you".
(3)- GOD WANTS US TO KNOW IT
INTRODUCED SALVATION TO
2:21- "And it shall come to
pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the
Lord shall be saved".
1 Cor. 12:13- "For by one Spirit
are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one
WANTS US TO KNOW
WERE GIVEN AS A SIGN TO UNBELIEVERS.
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
WERE GIVEN IN ORDER FOR ISRAEL TO BELIEVE JESUS
CHRIST IN THE FREE PARDON OF SIN.
2:36-"Therefore let all the house
know, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both
Lord and Christ".
ANNOUNCED SALVATION TO THE JEWS,
THEIR CHILDREN AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.
gospel was now given on a who-so-ever will approach, unlike in the Old
testament where a person had to become a Jewish proselyte in
order to come into covenant with the Lord.
Acts 2:39- "For the promise is to
you, and to your
children, and to all that
are afar off".
(A)- To you-(The Jews).
(B)- To your children-(The Jewish children).
(C)- To all that are afar off-(Gentiles: both adults and children).
TONGUES USURPED IN THE CHANGE FROM LAW TO GRACE.
Marked by special miracles that lasted until
the dispensation of grace was fully instituted and the Apostles were
16:16- "He that believeth and
is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned". (verse 17)- "And these signs shall
follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues";
shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and
they shall be healed".
Marked by miracles that revealed a new dispensation was being
The miracles were given to make known to the world that grace was being
imparted and that Christ was seeking a bride for himself among the
gentiles. These verses taken out of context will cause delusion and
confusion. Many are deceived about Apostolic succession in the church
age and spend their entire lives in disappointment while trying to
duplicate miracles that God never intended for New Testament believers.
WHAT ARE COMMON DECEPTIONS IN THE TONGUES MOVEMENT?
How is the subject of
Tongues and Miracles misinterpreted? Apostolic secession
is practiced by Pentecostal groups
and others who
seem to think that the six things listed below are carried over into
age. This is a subject that needs careful study to understand how God
used miracles to help establish the dispensation of Grace. God used
these special miracles by the Apostles to prove to unbelievers that
their preaching was ordained of the Lord. We need to discuss several
fallacies that are being used in churches to glorify man instead of
being directed by the Lord.
of Pentecostal groups in the mountains of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia
and other regions practice taking up rattle snakes in order to prove
in the "Spirit" and I might say that if I were to get caught in a
like that; I probably would do as the jesting comedian
once said: "When it came my turn to handle the snake I told them to
it to the lady
behind me because I surely don't want anyone to get the impression that
I am not a gentleman".
THE DRINKING OF POISON FALLACY.
of these Pentecostal groups is
drinking poison to prove their spiritual connection to the Lord. Many
of those wind up being killed by the snakes or the poison and the
passes it off as "They must not have been in the will of God" Well, at
that point I agree. They were not doing God's will and neither were the
rest of the congregation. Scripture taken out of context and applying
it where it doesn't belong has confused many new testament people!
THE SPEAKING IN TONGUES FALLACY.
God specifically states in his word that Tongues were for a sign to
them that believe not but people who adopt the practice think it is for
believers to prove their spirituality which is the farthest from truth
as you could get.
(4)- THE LAYING ON OF HANDS
has been the taking of Mark 16:18 to try and determine
that they can lay hands on the
healing and by-pass the medical profession. If that were so, we would
have no need for Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses or any of the medical
profession! This is
another of the devils tricks to try and impair God's people. God gave
us Hospitals and Doctors as well as other personnel to secure healing
you will do well to never forget it! I always seek God's divine healing
through prayer first and then the medical profession as the Lord leads.
God placed them there for a purpose and not one word of his is ever
down without special meaning but we need to understand who he is
talking to before we determine
passages are for the New Testament body of believers!
(5)- THE RAISING OF THE DEAD
Another fallacy of these groups is the raising of the dead. If the same
miracles were for
today; why can't they raise the dead? That would eliminate morticians
and close down funeral homes! There would be no need for
crime scene investigators: They could just get someone to lay hands on
the victim and raise them from the dead!
THE CASTING OUT OF DEVILS FALLACY.
miracles in actuality were given to equipped the Apostles during their
life as they went about preaching the gospel and setting up New
Testament churches but those miracles were not carried over into the
dispensation of grace
after the Apostles died. Devils are cast out by the Lord as the holy
spirit takes up his abode in the heart of a repentant sinner.
during a transition period with
miracles to prove that God was setting up his Church and were kept in
until the written New Testament was completed. Ephesians 3:5- "Which in other ages was not made known
to the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and
prophets by the Spirit; (verse 6)
That the gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel":
1-Corinthians 13:10- "When that which is
perfect is come, that which is in
be done away". The word "Perfect"
I believe this is
in reference to the Written Word of God as penned down by the Apostles.
After the Apostolic writings were concluded with those of John
the revelator in the book of Revelation; we have an end to any new
revelation and therefore an end to the signs that vindicated those
3,000 souls saved and tongues were languages spoken by specific people.
The Greek word every where the word tongues is used is Glossa or
Gloce-sah' which means: "A
member of the body; an organ of
speech. The language or dialect used by a particular people.
2:1-"And when the day of
Pentecost was fully come, they were all
accord in one place".
This is a
miracle in itself because you couldn't
find a modern day group anywhere who were all with one accord.
(1)- SCRIPTURE REVEALS THAT THE HOLY
SPIRIT CAME TO SAVE SINNERS.
2:2-"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting". (Acts
2:3)-"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of
fire, and it sat
upon each of them". Here we
have the power of The Holy
Spirit given for introducing sinners to Christ.
"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance".(Acts
2:5)-"And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out
heaven". Here is the key to
the verse. "Men out of every nation under heaven". And they each needed to hear the gospel
in the language that they
TONGUES OR LANGUAGES WERE GIVEN FOR THE
PURPOSE OF MAKING THE
GOSPEL KNOWN AS WELL AS BRINGING ABOUT A DISPENSATION CHANGE.
2:6-"Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came
together, and were
confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own
2:7-"And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to
are not all these which speak Galilaeans? The people knew that the Apostles didn't
any other language but God did and he opened the ears of the hearers so
that they could understand the gospel as it was preached.
2:8- "And how hear we every man in our own
wherein we were born"?
PROPHESY VERIFIES THE DISPENSATION CHANGE.
The prophesy of Joel chapter
2 in the
old testament speaks of the miracles of acts chapter
2. We need to remember that the Old Testament was written by Jewish
prophets for Jewish people. The miracles were real and confirmed by
prophesy but we need to be
careful not to apply them to this present dispensation unless they are
revealed again in the Church epistles. The book of Joel was warning the
Jewish people to look for a new event sometime in the future that would
be verified by signs among which were speaking with new tongues as
revealed by the Apostles. The last days began with the Apostles and
to the present time.
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 see visions, and your old men shall
dream dreams: and
on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out
in those days of my Spirit; and
they shall prophesy ":
All this was taking place like
Joel prophesied for the setting up of the Church age.
The last days began
with the setting up of the
Dispensation of Grace in which we now live and the miracles were given
to launch that change from Law unto Grace!
(4)- THE CHURCH IS
INSTRUCTED TO USE
AN INTERPRETER WHEN THE SPEAKER DOESN'T SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE.
1 Cor. 14:27.
They that heard
saved and the Acts of God's Holy Spirit were present to bring it to
pass. I also think the scripture in 1-Corinthians 14:27 where we are
rule out a
speaker who speaks in tongues but allow a person
who doesn't speak our language to speak to the congregation but not
without an interpreter. We some times make more of a subject than is
there and we must be careful not to add what we think it is saying but
allow the scripture to speak to our hearts.
If we recognize what the scripture
is telling us
with the Greek word for tongues which is: Gloc-sah'
which means a member of the body. An
organ of speech; it is scriptural for us today when used properly and
many times speakers
have to preach
with an interrupter. I suppose one of my most rewarding experiences
came while preaching to a group of hispanic preachers who understood
little or no english. The interrupter spoke in their tongue or language
with a sentence by sentence revelation of what I was preaching. God
used the message greatly to enlighten those who heard it in their
tongue or language.
1- Corinthians 14:23- "If therefore the whole church be come
together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in
those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are
? There is some need for the
preacher's message to be interpreted into the language of those present
who do not
understand the speakers language.
1-Corinthians 14:27- "If any man
speak in an unknown
tongue, let it be by two, or at
the most by three, that by course; and let one
I preached to a group
of Hispanic preacher boys one time with an interpter who knew their
language and I must admit that was one of the most rewarding
experiences I ever encountered as the Lord used both of us to get the
Gospel message to those who didn't understand what was being said.
I hope this sermon helped you to
understand the real meaning of
speaking in tongues. If you will study the message carefully it will
reveal what the Lord wants us to know about the subject and the
solution. God is a
miracle working God and we witness many miracles as we live for him
while leaving off the superficial falsehoods being taught by many
BY JAMES TYSON SR.