There has been much confusion concerning the tongues issue. We are admonished to compare scripture with scripture to see the truth on any issue. (1 Cor. 2:13)
My friend, there are TWO DIFFERENT TONGUES mentioned in the Bible. The confusion comes when people try to make them one and the same.
Please get a Bible and look up these verses for yourself. The Bible says that we are to "prove all things." (1 Thes. 5:21)
|Definite foreign languages used|| Unknown tongues used|
|The Holy Spirit is the interpreter||Human beings are the interpreters|
|A Jewish background||A Gentile background|
|A Jewish feast day - Pentecost||No special day involved|
|Only apostles talked in tongues||Everyone talked in tongues|
|Edified those that heard (church)||Edified themselves only|
|A mighty rushing wind evident||No mighty rushing wind in evidence|
|Cloven tongues like as of fire||No cloven tongues|
|No women speaking||Women speaking though forbidden|
|Tongues are a sign to the Jews||We are to walk by faith, not signs|
|Peter is the main speaker||Paul (apostle to Gentiles) is the speaker|
|All done decently and in order||All done disorderly|
|Many were saved||Many considered as barbarians|
|Spoke to men||Spoke into the air|
|Mature Christian leadership||Carnal Christian leadership|
|No rebuke given to tongues speakers||Rebuked for misuse of tongues|
|All words easily and clearly understood||Words not understood by hearers|
|Scriptural tongues||Unscriptural tongues|
|Holy Spirit's work glorified||Glorified the Holy Spirit instead of God|
|Were profitable and fruitful||Considered unprofitable|
No where in Acts do you find the term "Baptism of the Holy Ghost" in connection with speaking in tongues.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is related to salvation and not tongues (1 Corinthians 12:13).
There is NO command in the Bible to speak with unknown tongues.
A person who does not have the Holy Spirit is not saved (Romans 8:9 and 1 John 4:13).
A wicked generation seeks a sign (Matthew 12:39).
The tongues movement of today is NOT Acts 2 tongues but the CARNAL tongues of 1 Corinthians.