Speaking in Tongues

If I have spoken in tongues with unintelligible speech, does this mean I am not saved? What should I do?

It is not a curse to have the light of truth shine on our lives. Rather, as we accept truth, we find greater freedom and victory in the Holy Spirit. As with any false doctrine, there can be innocent people who get entangled because they lack understanding of God’s Word. The enemy is crafty and has ensnared many with this deceptive practice.Read more

Tongues Through History

The practice of speaking in ecstatic tongues and their interpretation predates Pentecost and was of non-Christian origin. Babbling ecstatically is common in pagan religions both ancient and modern and is similar to the unintelligible speech of many charismatic churches today.

It is practiced in religions and countries around the world. It can be found among Catholics, Buddhist monks, Shaman in Ethiopia and Haitians practicing Voodoo. It is practiced at Japanese séances and in many African tribal religions amongst many others.

 

Other Tongues

When the disciples spoke in ‘other tongues’ after being filled with the Holy Spirit, they were not speaking an unintelligible, heavenly language. They were speaking human dialects or languages of other nations. For “every man heard them speak in his own language” (Acts 2:6).

This “gift of tongues” was miraculous because the disciples had not previously known the languages in which they spoke. This helped to further the spread of the gospel and to reinforce that salvation was a gift to all people.