Is speaking in tongues required for ALL Christians?

Monica - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 113 moms have responded )

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First of all I want to make sure I have this right (please correct me if I'm wrong) the Holy Ghost/Spirit are the same thing? I know receiving the Holy Ghost/Spirit is something essential for christians to continue on in Christ but from what I've been told recently is that I NEED to be "baptized" with the Holy Ghost as a confirmation. I thought that when you repent and accept Christ into your life you receive the holy ghost/spirit (comforter). I kow God has given me a lot of gifts but I haven't received the gift of speaking in tongues and I'm told every christian should have that gift. Our pastor uses Acts 2 and says that the Holy Ghost is a promise to ALL believers and if we don't have it we should ask for it. So now I'm wondering what is the holy ghost? speaking in tongues? I'm confused. Can anyone please help?

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Carla - posted on 03/12/2011

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There seems to be a lot of confusion on this, and it's been going on for a LONG time! A lot of people have given a lot of Scripture, so I don't think I need to go into them right now. I will give you kind of another look from the logical point of view.

When Jesus was getting ready to leave Earth, He said 'receive the Holy Ghost'. That constitutes a commandment, the same as 'thou shalt not kill'. Anytime Jesus says do something, it should be taken that this is essential for our well-being. The Holy Spirit has been relegated to the back seat of the God-head, so therefore is kind of the 'mystery' Person. But if you have read the letters of Paul, you will understand that the Holy Spirit is a revealer of Truth, a Comforter, a Guide. So who wouldn't want Him? Speaking in tongues, as an evidence of the Holy Spirit living inside us is different than the GIFT of tongues Paul talks about in I Corinthians 12. Speaking in tongues is a prayer language that only you and God share. No one knows what we are talking about to God, it's our little secret. What happened in the Early Church was that their prayer language had become a status symbol, so all the people were running around speaking in tongues and it was making the church look like they were crazy. There was no wisdom being used. In Verse 18 Paul said 'I speak in tongues more than you all. But once you step inside the church, you are to keep yourself in control. Verse 27: if any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two or three, and let another interpret. You see the difference in the two? One is prayer language, and I have been in meetings where the Spirit comes down and we are all worshipping, singing, praising God, in song, in singing in tongues (which is very beautiful). This is completely separate from prophesying in tongues with another person to interpret.

God gave us the gifts He felt were necessary. In Verse 39 he says, covet to prophesy, but don't forbid them to speak with tongues. In other words, prophecy edifies the entire church, but speaking in your Heavenly Language between you and God is sacred, and is not to be forbidden.

Does that help any? If not, message me, and I can go into more depth.

God bless, honey

Keneesha - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hello Monica

No, speaking in tongues is not a requirement for all Christians. In fact not everyone who speaks it can interpret it. It says in the bible the nine gifts are spread among God's children and it says that no one person has all the gifts. These gifts also come without repentence, which means they are born in us to be able to use with God's holy spirit/ghost, should we choose to become part of the body of Christ. I think God allows us to experience the gifts individually because it forces us to work together for his purpose and not act selfishly or arrogantly. I will look up the scriptures that talk about the nine gifts and send you which book the information comes from.

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Mark 16:16 tells us, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." From this I gather that in order to be saved we must believe and that being baptized is important to us if we believe. I think that it's clear in the Bible in other places that those who believe have the Holy Spirit. So if you believe than I think you have the Holy Spirit. I think that God commands us to be baptized because it is a good thing and it is a place where He guarantees that His love and His Holy Spirit will be poured upon us but I don't believe that you MUST be baptized to be saved nor that you MUST be baptized to receive God's forgiveness and His Holy Spirit. It is another wonderful gift that God has given to us.

As for the speaking in tongues thing, I am from the Lutheran church and I believe that speaking in tongues as it was described in the book of Acts was when all the people could hear the disciples speaking in their own languages at the same time and understand them perfectly even though the disciples did not know all those different languages. So when I hear about people today "speaking in tongues" where they need a translator and they are supposedly speaking some divine language I don't think that it's the same thing. It may be something that God is working in them but I don't think it's what the writer of Acts was speaking about. And I certainly don't think that you need to speak in tongues to get the Holy Spirit.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Lisa:



Quoting Kathy:

Monica,
I think your pastor is sincere in telling you NEED the Holy Ghost/Spirit but it can place a type of religious pressure that it's now your responsiblity to GET IT! I do have the Holy Ghost/Spirit and I do speak with UNKNOWN tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance so I need to also let you know that He not only is a comforter but with the Holy Spirit speaking in an unknown tongue is only one of the evidence, initial one, but only one.
This is being stressed in and around you because of the "end times" that we are now living in. Think of this way....If someone very special in your life offered you a gift would you look at them and say, gee, I already have so many gifts and I really don't need this one....Is that what we do to our Heavenly Father. It's a gift wrapped up and you don't have a clue what's on the inside of the package.
I could quote you scripture and after scripture of why you would "need" the Holy Ghost/Spirit but until you have the desire to have that gift, you will not even pursue it! Hunger for it and even do your own Biblical Research. I hope I don't sound ugly because I really am not trying to sound this way.
I was raised in very strict religious rules and then my denomination decides after I'm grown to change those rules. I'm not bitter or angry either, I just don't want this to happen to another generation and you feel like it's a rule to have the Holy Ghost??? He by the way is a 3rd God-Head person. The Holy Ghost/Spirit is referred to in the Word as a person just as Christ and God the Father.
Don't seek the tongues....that's wrong.....seek to know more of the person - Holy Spirit...He's wonderful, gently, kind, He does not lead you down the wrong path, He's faithful, caring, protective. There's so much more to Him than just the tongues.


I agree!  While tongues is beneficial for prayer and building yourself up in your most holy faith, it's more important to seek the Father.


 



 



 





 

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Quoting Roxana:

Thank you Desiree and Tonya! Baptism is not needed for salvation...if you choose to be water baptized, you are simply doing an act to show the Lord that you love him and commit to leaving the old man behind. However, salvation is not of works but simply of faith in Christ and the work that He alone did on the cros for you! Tongues and healing and performing miracles, like Tonya stated, was given to the apostles at Pentecost to continue to bring glory to the Lord and to spread the gospel after Christ's death. They are not active gifts at this time. Try to focus on Paul's writings please so that you do not get distracted by the messages meant for Israel. The mystery that Paul talks about in the New Testament, that was hidden from the beginning of time and only shown to Paul and for Paul to pass on, is that salvation is now not only for the Jew but also for the Gentiles (the middle wall of partition was broken). If you don't have a church yet, or are unsure, please just make sure you go to a bible teaching church who helps you understand the GRACE message. You need nothing but faith in Christ's work on the cross to be saved. No other works or gifts like tongues will give you salvation or further prove that you are saved. To say that having the gift of tongues proves that you have the Holy Spirit is insane and a lie! Just read the scriptures for yourself and it is obvious that you are baptized in the Holy Spirit the moment you place your faith in Christ's work on the cross (1 Cor 15:3-4). And by the way, there is no secret prayer language necessary. Christ is our only necessary intercessor and He will and does listen to every one of your prayers in whatever language you naturally speak! God bless you!


I beg to differ.  If it's not a gift at this time then why is the Holy Spirit stilling baptizing people with the evidence of speaking in other tongues which is clearly worded in the Bible.  I pray in the Spirit. Does that mean God likes me more than others? Absolutely not.  If God stopped , then He'd be a respecter of persons which He is not (also in the bible)



The reason it's secret is not so that you can't understand but because it's between you and God (see  1 Corinthians 14, entire chapter). This chapter explains alot about tongues (also saying it's a mystery)  and no where does it say in the Bible that the cessation of tongues has stopped.  Also, all of us are commissioned to spread the work of Christ, not just Paul.



 



Also see Luke 24:49



These are not opinions but Scripture.  If anyone wants to argue that it's wrong then you have to take that up for God. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and since He's given me the baptism in the Holy Spirit to pray in other tongues I will contine to do so and others can as well because I'm no special child of His.

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Lakisha - posted on 03/12/2011

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no, for in romans, it talk about the gifts of the spirit. speaking in tounges is one of those gifts.

Karen - posted on 03/11/2011

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I've always understood from 1 Corinthians 12 that there are many spiritual gifts and that having or not having any one gift makes you no better or worse Christian. God made each one of us unique, it is our job to use the gifts we have for His glory. Gifts aren't for keeping score.

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It is not! If someone does speak in tongues there need to be atleast TWO people there to translate! And God is all powerful, if he wanted to speak through you he would speak so that you and others could understand! There are NO requirements to being a Christian! Believe in God, be good!

Prophetess Lawanna - posted on 11/12/2009

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Listen we need to be careful right there, just like u so many of our people of GOD is confused. Speaking in tongue is a gift & the evidence of having the HOLYGHOST/HOLYSPIRIT, having the gift of speaking in tongue is just what it say's a GIFT, being BAPTIST & THE EVIDENCE is a symbolic sign, that does not determine whether or not u have the HOLYGHOST/HOLYSPIRIT, they are the same thing(holyspirit/holyghost) once u r filled with the gift of either 1(holyspirit/ghost) God thens dwell down on the inside of u!

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2009

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"Lord I pray in the Name of Jesus that you will open the eyes of your people's understanding right here at the Circle of Moms." Allow your will and your Word to be made clear to those who understand and those who do not. In Jesus name I pray" Amen

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Kathy:

Monica,
I think your pastor is sincere in telling you NEED the Holy Ghost/Spirit but it can place a type of religious pressure that it's now your responsiblity to GET IT! I do have the Holy Ghost/Spirit and I do speak with UNKNOWN tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance so I need to also let you know that He not only is a comforter but with the Holy Spirit speaking in an unknown tongue is only one of the evidence, initial one, but only one.
This is being stressed in and around you because of the "end times" that we are now living in. Think of this way....If someone very special in your life offered you a gift would you look at them and say, gee, I already have so many gifts and I really don't need this one....Is that what we do to our Heavenly Father. It's a gift wrapped up and you don't have a clue what's on the inside of the package.
I could quote you scripture and after scripture of why you would "need" the Holy Ghost/Spirit but until you have the desire to have that gift, you will not even pursue it! Hunger for it and even do your own Biblical Research. I hope I don't sound ugly because I really am not trying to sound this way.
I was raised in very strict religious rules and then my denomination decides after I'm grown to change those rules. I'm not bitter or angry either, I just don't want this to happen to another generation and you feel like it's a rule to have the Holy Ghost??? He by the way is a 3rd God-Head person. The Holy Ghost/Spirit is referred to in the Word as a person just as Christ and God the Father.
Don't seek the tongues....that's wrong.....seek to know more of the person - Holy Spirit...He's wonderful, gently, kind, He does not lead you down the wrong path, He's faithful, caring, protective. There's so much more to Him than just the tongues.


YES IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Victoria:

Speaking in Tongues is available to all born again Christian who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, it's an evidence that you have received the Holy Spirit. Tongues are received by faith, as your Pastor said if you don't have them you can ask for them. Tongues are a prayer language, for instance when we don't know what to pray over a situation we can pray in tongues. Pray in the spirit. It is our spirit speaking directly to God in heavenly tongues & by-passing the understandable language.

Just because you haven't received tongues doesn't mean that you haven't been baptized in the Holy Spirit.

I have included a few scripture about speaking in tongues, I trust they are helpful.

Acts 2:3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Ro 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Mr 16:17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Ac 10:46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said,

Ac 19:6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

1Co 12:10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

1Co 12:28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.

Co 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

1Co 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

May God bless you & reveal Himself to you.


Now that's what I'm talking about. Amen sister. If it don't line up with the Word of God, it is null and void!!!

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Keneesha:

Hello Monica

No, speaking in tongues is not a requirement for all Christians. In fact not everyone who speaks it can interpret it. It says in the bible the nine gifts are spread among God's children and it says that no one person has all the gifts. These gifts also come without repentence, which means they are born in us to be able to use with God's holy spirit/ghost, should we choose to become part of the body of Christ. I think God allows us to experience the gifts individually because it forces us to work together for his purpose and not act selfishly or arrogantly. I will look up the scriptures that talk about the nine gifts and send you which book the information comes from.


Hey Keneesha while I agree with most of what you are saying, I must say this: The Bible says {SOME} gifts come without repentance (Some)... Not all. Some gifts REQUIRE repentance and belief in Christ Jesus to be operational. Salvation is a gift and you cannot receive salvation if you don not believe on Christ. The Holy Ghost does not come upon you to MAKE you saved, it comes because you are ALREADY saved. Speaking of gifts, in order to desire a gift you be willing to RECEIVE the gift. You have to want it. I can't give you a hundred dollars if you don't open your hand to RECEIVE it. Hope this helps.

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting alison:



Quoting Nina:

I could get into all the theology and doctrinal interpretations. I like to keep things simple. To me, the Bible says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Do you believe? The rest is bonuses. You are saved by grace, not doctrine, not giftings, not other peoples opinions.





someone's got it! :)






 






keep in mind that there is no "sinner's prayer".... god says you only need to believe.  you believe, you follow god, you are a christian and you are saved!  horrah!  baptism is your confession of faith.  spiritual gifts, (such as speaking in tongues) are bonuses. everyone has a spiritual gift, but not everyone has tongues as her spiritual gift.  i would be concerned of the doctrine my pastor was teaching if i was told i wasn't a christian for not having a specific spiritual gift.   





The Word of God says, "...If you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, then you shall be saved...."

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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Monica, I pray that God has given me the right words to help you and not confuse you. First of all Yes, the Holy Ghost/ Spirit are the same person. True also, it is essential to the believer's salvation and walk with Christ to have the Holy Ghost present and working in their life. Yet , here i believe is where your confusion lies: Salvation- Baptism of the Holy Ghost!
Well, Acts 16:31 says....'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved...' Your belief in Christ is the foundation of your salvation. The Holy Ghost is a keeper of that foundation (Salvation). Your salvation is an open declaration that you believe Jesus Christ to be the only begotten Son of the Living God, that He was crucified, That He died, that He was Buried and that He arose on the third day with all power in His hands. Your salvation comes first, from your belief in the risen Savior who is Jesus Christ.
You must first believe unto Salvation before you receive the Holy Ghost. Because the Holy Ghost is a GIFT from GOD given to BELIEVERS who ASK for it. Once you receive this GIFT from God, (which is the Batism of the Holy Ghost), you will evidence this by speaking in tongues upon receiving Him. BUT!!! I must tell you that the evidence of the tongues and the gift of the tongues are two different gifts. I can say this because, I have the evidence of speaking in tongues and I also have the Gift of tongues operating in MY life. The gift of the tongues is for edification and for praying and interceding in prayer, for prophecy and interprtation by the will and the Spirit of God and it is to be used as the Holy Ghost gives the utterance, (not for show or to be seen or to be marveled at).
But the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost is what other believers look for at the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. It does not mean that you will speak in tongues every day or everytime you come together to worhip, it is simply the evidence of the Holy Ghost dwelling in you. Yet, it is nor wrong to ask God for the gifts of tongues for all gifts are good and come from God. I Corinthians12 and I Corinthians 14 give you a complete breakdown of spiritual gifts and callings. Use them for your reference and God. I pray this helps you and does not confuse you. Because confusion is the handiwork of satan who is the author of confusion and the work of God is decent and in order. I love you in Christ. Search the scriptures in them is life!!

Kimberly - posted on 11/11/2009

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the bible say's And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Its not that you are no more saved than the person beside you because they can speak in tongues it's the level of maturity that God has you in in this season, his word also says Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. so be patient and wait on the lord. Keep fasting and praying and ask him and it shall be give unto you....

Dawn - posted on 11/11/2009

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Quoting Lori:

I was raised to believe that speaking in tongues was the fact that another language came to you an dyou could talk to someone else. Like all of a sudden I could talk to a spanish speaking person without ever learning their language. I now know different. I started attending a full gospel church and heard others talk about speaking in tongues. If they had told me I had to do it, then I would have left. We do not have to do anything, but believe that Jesus is the son of God, he died for our sins, and rose again on the third day. That is it. When we belive, the holy spirit comes into our heart to guide us and teach us how to live a victorious life.

My mother used to tell me that if I needed to pray and didn't have words just focus on God's power and all him to commune to me with my spirit. I did not utter any noises. I did cry at times before I began to speak in tongues. Once I started going to the full gospel church, I prayed that God would show me what his will was. I prayed that if there was something to being baptistized in the holy spirit, that he would teach me as I was hungry for everything he had for me. He showed up to me through a total stranger in Arizona at a school retreat. I live in Oklahoma. My new friend told me things about myself that a stranger would not know. He then laid hands on me, and prayed for me. From that time, I have prayed in tongues. I never feel called to do it in public. I only do it in prayer. I will speak in front of my children, but always seem to get the words of the prayer after I do. The gospel is true. The relationship with Christ builds, and builds. and as it builds, he gives you victory over things in life.

If your pastor is trying to put boundaries on your relationship with Christ, then he is in need of prayer for a discerning spirit, heart of mercy, and life of victory. God breaks all boundaries, rules, and laws set forth by man.



I am also attending a Full Gospel church.  I was raised in a Catholic church with a spirit-filled priest.  What Lori is saying here is accurate.  I have always known that the gift of tongues is just that...a gift from God.  Not everyone recieves this gift as not every recieves the gift of healing hands, or prophecy, or interpretation.  But those who believe and come to the Lord will receive according to His will. 



Your use of the term Holy Ghost speaks to me that you were raised in a Catholic church, the term Ghost was used simply to make it easier for people to understand the term Holy "Spirit"; they are one and the same.  My suggestion to yuo is to seek the truth in your bible after first praying to Him and asking for wisdom and guidance to your query.  He knows what you need, He knows what you want, He knows what you ask. 



Speaking in tongues is a step up from the type of deep intense prayer that you are used to.  It is yuor own private prayerline to God using a language only He will understand unless He has given the ability to interpret to someone else or you.  This prayer brings you closer to God and is special between the two of you.



May I pray for you?..... Lord in heaven, I come to You to ask for understanding and peace in the heart of Monica.  Show her the true meaning of the gifts you bestow upon us all and grant her the ability to be able to discern what is true and not true.  Protect her from untruths that may keep her from coming to You bringing her closer to Your heart.  Lord I pray You send her a teacher who is truly following Your word and understanding of Your desires for us as Your children.  Satan's way is to confuse Your children and give them subtle untruths to cause us to separate from You.  Father in heaven I beseech Thee to bind the spirit of confusion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who covers us in His blood of protection. 



Monica, open your bible, and read, God will show you what you need.  Do not let this dishearten you, that is only from Satan.  Bind him in Jesus' name.  I hope this helps you.

Terri - posted on 11/11/2009

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As I have read some of your responses to the "speaking in tongues" question, most of you put down what you "thought" was the right thing to do. Not many of you once decided to open up the Bible to see what God (your Father, Lord, Savior, had to say concerning it. But what does the Bible say about speaking in other tongues and then you will have the understanding of it. Let us see what the Bible says...Acts 10:1- 48. Focus point is on verses 44 - 46 "The Holy Ghost was poured out on the Gentiles also (all those who were not jews were considered to be gentiles) God poured out His Spirit on the Jews but this is the first time recorded that a gentile received "the gift" of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 1: 8; 2:1- 4, 8- 14; 2:37 - 40) Did you notice that each time someone was filled with the Holy Ghost they spoke with other tongues? Acts 11: 14 - 18 says now both jews and gentiles are granted salvation. When we repent of our sins, some of us are baptized first and some receive the gift of the Holy Ghost first. But if we do not believe then we will not be baptized and if we do not beleive in Jesus, we will not receive God's gift. We are not supposed to be afraid of tongues or of God. If we follow his teachings we will understand fully what God is showing us here. There is no way that we can live above sin without the Holy Spirit. Somethings we do have "power" over but others will take the Spirit of God in us to overcome them. Speaking in tongues is simply an outward sign of being filled with God's Spirit. He is a God of power and might. As we experience God's Presence, we experience His Love, Joy, Peace, Power, Strength, and so on....which are also signs that God has filled us. How will we know if God Almighty... dwells in us! We will change!!! Not just one day or two days but forever!!! Change how? For the good!!! No one is perfect so everyone is included. God is the Only Perfect Being and He is trying to get us to a perfect state so that we can be with Him forever. Why? Because No sin can dwell in His Presence, so if sin lies in us, then we are not going to dwell with Him. God does not send anyone to Hell...Sin has separated us from our God! Isaiah 59:1-2. He will still bless us but not dwell in us who lives and abides forever! When a person speaks in tongues properly, something happens. Yes, there are those like Simon who thought they could purchase the Holy Ghost with money, I'm not speaking of them. (Acts 8:16 -25) I say this in love and not in offense so, I hope this helps someone's understand of the holy scriptures.

Terri - posted on 11/10/2009

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I speak in tongues and it is me speaking my heart to
God. I haven't read much about it, I just long for a deep, closeness with
God and when I speak in tongues I feel him near.

Martha - posted on 11/10/2009

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Speaking in tongues is NOT a requirement for all Christians. Some believe speaking in tongues is a gift. God gives each person their own gifts and none of us are completely alike.

Temika - posted on 11/10/2009

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Speaking in tongues is not required of all Christians. It is a gift just like any other gift that we do or do not have. I know a lot of people have taught that you only have the Holy Ghost if you spek in tongues which is not true because unsaved non Christian people can speak in tongues because our gifts and callings are without repentance. This is a gift that is a language between the person and God which is why some feel they have to have it or God must not hear them. That's why the word states that when tongues are used in the open it is best to have an interpreter so everyone can benefit because it is only beneficial for the one speaking it without the interpreter. If you desire the gift then you can ask for it and God will grant it to you, but the word also states we should request to have the gift of interpretation instead. Be Blessed

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Hi Monica. I would like to tell you how I recieved the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Growing up I came from a denomination that never really spoke on the subject. They treated as if it was a thing only for the book of acts and not now. When I grew up I knew that God was still the same yesterday today and forever. My mother became a devote christian after leaving an abusive relationship and I noticed the change in her life. One day I went to church with her and while there she spoke prophetic tongues while another with the gift interrpreted. I was in SHOCK. I had no idea that she had been given this gift. I latter found out that she had been seeking for a long time and it came to her one day. So I began seeking a closer relationship with Christ. I began fasting at times and God lead me to some things that I had in my life that were wrong and I changed them with the help of God's Spirit and after about a year and a half I went to a conference speaking about tongues and at the end the pastor asked if their was sanyone who wanted to come and give it all to God and recieve the power with the evidence of tongues. I did and when I went down there I had a wonderful support group that helped pray with me and for me and finally this holy language that I didn't know or wasn't controlling just started pouring out of me. I still pray in tiongues frequently. I'm not aware of what it means b/c it is the Holy Spirit speaking through me to God on my behalf, but it has to be good. I don't have the gift of prophetic tongues like my mother which now can also interpret. But there is info out their and all I can say is seek with your all.

Deanna - posted on 11/10/2009

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If you have been baptized by the Holy Ghost you have received it, your will have to build your faith and exercise it to be able to speak in tounges but also shut down your mind. This has been hard for me, I know I received it but I haven't been able to utilize it. I don't know that you have to be baptized but I would recommend it.

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I believe speaking in tongues is a gift from God, just like any of the special gifts he bestows on us. Every one of us has a special gift. When the time is right the Holy Spirit will allow this gift to reveal itself.

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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It looks like everyone has answered your question, but you may also look at being Baptized as "putting on your God Jersey". It's an outward way of showing others that you are now a Christ Follower. When you are baptized you are born again and you are filled with the Holy Spirit. The speaking of tongues is like the evidence that you have been baptized as well. When you start speaking in your prayer language, you then realize how much power and authority that you really have. Some people don't believe that demons are running around us daily, but they are. The enemy can not understand your prayer language. That is a way you can speak and pray to God, especially when you may be overwhelmed or you can't find the words to speak to Him. Remember to put on your armor daily...we are in a fight with Satan for our families, friends, etc. If you desire to receive your prayer language, just ask God, but be patient. He'll give it to you when you least expect it.Have a Blessed Day!

Sara - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting Heather:

I have been taught and found in my studies that speaking in tongues is a prayer language that is your heart expressing itself to God. Sometimes our own thoughts or opinions, pride, or whatever gets in the way of our prayers. Praying in tongues is allowing yourself to speak to God without having to be in control. I also believe that it is a gift, and that not all Christians have it, (although I know many denominations believe otherwise, and have scripture to support it). My pastors wife prayed for 3 years to be anointed with the gift of speaking in tongues, and it happened when she least expected. She was praying all by herself, and all of a sudden she noticed that she no longer understood what she was saying. She said it was an amazing feeling, and that she felt extremely close to God, and now she prays that way when ever the spirit moves her. As for the translator part, one of God's gifts is also the gift of interpretation. So if you are in a public setting and are moved to speak in tongues you should only do so if you know that someone there is has that gift. Otherwise no one will understand, and that is not beneficial for those who listen. 1 Corinthians 12 is where it talks about them being gifts. (Also 1 Corinthians 14) If you look at 1 Corinthians 13:1 it speaks of tongues of men and tongues of angels. That is why I have to disagree with it just being a different earth language.



First of all I have to say I don't believe you have to be able to speak in tongues, I see it has a bonus.  Second  I deffinetly agree wit Heather, some in my family don't believe it is neccessary today because in Acts it was needed due to the variety of spoken languages there that day, and I agree with that.  I do believe (as I am pentecostal, as in the day of pentecost found in  Acts) in speaking in tongues and have also been taught like Heather.  I believe that if it is done in church for the church or  someone there God will also provide a translator. 

Quo-Llettea - posted on 11/10/2009

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I argue w/ the word your pastor gave you because it is the word of God. The purpose of the Holy Ghost is Acts 1:8 But you should receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Luke 14:26 But te comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever i have said to you. All said by Jesus. And the spirit of God and yes the spirit od God and the Holy Ghost are the same things.

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Thank you Desiree and Tonya! Baptism is not needed for salvation...if you choose to be water baptized, you are simply doing an act to show the Lord that you love him and commit to leaving the old man behind. However, salvation is not of works but simply of faith in Christ and the work that He alone did on the cros for you! Tongues and healing and performing miracles, like Tonya stated, was given to the apostles at Pentecost to continue to bring glory to the Lord and to spread the gospel after Christ's death. They are not active gifts at this time. Try to focus on Paul's writings please so that you do not get distracted by the messages meant for Israel. The mystery that Paul talks about in the New Testament, that was hidden from the beginning of time and only shown to Paul and for Paul to pass on, is that salvation is now not only for the Jew but also for the Gentiles (the middle wall of partition was broken). If you don't have a church yet, or are unsure, please just make sure you go to a bible teaching church who helps you understand the GRACE message. You need nothing but faith in Christ's work on the cross to be saved. No other works or gifts like tongues will give you salvation or further prove that you are saved. To say that having the gift of tongues proves that you have the Holy Spirit is insane and a lie! Just read the scriptures for yourself and it is obvious that you are baptized in the Holy Spirit the moment you place your faith in Christ's work on the cross (1 Cor 15:3-4). And by the way, there is no secret prayer language necessary. Christ is our only necessary intercessor and He will and does listen to every one of your prayers in whatever language you naturally speak! God bless you!

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Quoting Dorene:

The Holy Ghost is the ones that keeps you, strong and "ready", the comforter. You dont just have the Holy Ghost/Spirit in you like that. You may feel His present upon you but you still have to ask for that Comforter. Speaking in tongue is speaking to God one on one, being able to speak to him is a blessing and is something that many Christian wants but few get. If you don't have that gift pray for it but God will still hear your voice in any language. Yes you do need to be Baptized, those who believe, repent and accept Christ into their HEART/LIFE. Yes it is promise to us all but many come short of getting the things that were/is promise to us from GOD due to our lack of giving Him praise/ worship, not obeying Him and varies of other reasons. You should PRAY about it and read your Bible more, and don't think about what others may say. Know for yourself!


Amen.  And since God is not a respecter of persons (yes that's in the Bible), why would he give the gift of speaking in tongues to one and not another?  We receive the Holy Spirit (baptism) just as we would receive anything else from God.  I don't think anyone here is saying that you need to speak in tongues to be saved.



 



Holy Ghost /Holy Spirit same yes.  Old time christians usually refer to Him as the Holy Ghost but not only.



While speaking in tongues is highly recommended it is NOT necessary to go to heaven. However, can you imagine standing before the Father and then learning that you could have spoken to Him in a heavenly language all along? Tha'ts all I'm saying.  Everyone has their own interpretation and most err in the way.



Your best source for TRUTH Is the Word of God and a  Concordance to find those scriptures and then ask God to enlighten your mind.  When you seek truth, He leads and guides you into it.



God Bless everyone here for regardless of if you believe in tongues or not, we all have one thing in common. We accept Jesus as Lord!

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I don't know what Version of the Bible you use, but I use the KJV and my Dad and Dad In Law are both preachers. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity or 3 in 1, The Father (God) The Son (Jesus) and the Holy Ghost (or Holy spirit). Upon Salvation, the Son takes upon himself our sins and washes them away through the shed blood at calvary. The Holy Spirit then enters our lives as the comforter (or a sort of conscience). While there are many who believe in speeking in tongues today, I do not. the Holy spirit came upon the 12 disciples after Christ death and empowered them to do great and mighty things, of which one was speaking in tongues. They were given the ability to speak in a foreign language of which they had never spoken before, this was to spread the gospel to others in the area who were from other places eg, spanish speaking, latin speaking, greek speaking etc. like our modern day misionary's who have to learn a foreign language upon entering a mission field. I would recommend reading through the book of Acts and studying it out for yourself. Pray and ask the Lord to show you what is needed in your life and the answers that you seek. He will!!! my prayers will be with you as you search for you answers. God Bless!!

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I am not an expert by any means, but when you repent, are baptized, and accept Jesus into your heart and life, the Holy spirit comes to dwell inside you. There are many gifts of the spirit. Speaking in tongues is evidence of the Holy spirit, but it is not the only evidence of the Holy spirit. Personally, I have a prayer language of speaking in tongues, and it is a wonderful gift. I would suggest you look into it more and talk to someone who wants to help you understand prayer language and then pray about receiving that specific gift. I am not sure what church you go to, but I was part of a Pentecostal church for a while, and their legalistic ways were very over bearing. I believe in the Bible, but there are things that Pentecostals get hung up on, so depending on who is telling you this, please do your own research and pray about it. God will use the Holy spirit to help you understand and be discerning. Good luck and God bless.

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Your pastor is right. The Holy Spirit is yes a gift to all believers. However there are many spiritual gifts and everybody is not given the gift of speaking in other tongues. Paul says that the church can't run if everyone has the same gift. There are a "diversity of gifts". So, yes, you need the Holy Ghost to keep you and to comfort you but speaking in tongues is a spiritual gift such as the gift of prohecy or the gift of knowledge or working of miracles.

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Speaking in tongues is absolutely not a requirement to being a christian. When you receive the gift of tongues you are in a place with God that is so powerful and spiritual. You can ask for it, like I did, but sometimes you just begin to speak and realize it's not an earthly language. I received my gift as a teenager, but I have since lost that deep connection with Christ that I once had. I am working on getting back to that place and hopefully will find my tongue again.

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We are given the Holy ghost/spirit when we come to Christ. Baptism is a symbol of accepting Jesus Christ. The speaking of tongues is a gift some christians have, hopefully along with an interpreter, so we may understand. God bless you.

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Quoting Stacy:

I have not read all of the replies so I hope I am not repeating what others have said...

The Word of God says that unless a man be born of the water and of the spirit he shall NOT see the kingdom of God. This tells me that I need to be baptized and the bible says that we must be baptized in Jesus name or in the name of Lord (same thing). Also I need to be baptized with the Holy Ghost -- how do I know if I have received it?? The Bible says receive the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

The Holy Ghost is God's spirit residing in you -- it is our comforter and guidance.

Do you have the Holy Ghost if you don't speak in tongues?? Well I can't say yes or no, but according to the Bible how we know is the evidence of speaking in tongues. If you don't have it yes ask for it. Don't need to just be act church to receive the Holy Ghost -- you can receive it anywhere. I received it while breast feeding my youngest daughter. The important thing is where your heart is -- that is what God is looking at! For me personally I had hatred among other junk that I hadn't fully repented for and rid my heart of -- but as soon as I did that I received it. Some people receive it before, as soon as, or after they are baptized in water. It is different for everyone and the way you speak in tongues would be different than someone else.

Monica -- the important thing is to search the scripture for the answers you need. Don't forget the spiritual leaders you have in you life either! Keep living for God with a pure heart and hunger for Him and He will guide you in the way you need to go!

By all means if you have any questions please feel free to ask, but you should also consider a sit down with your Pastor to discuss the questions you have.



Hi Stacy,  It is important that when you quote a scripture that you be careful because you would hate to be called a false teacher.  Always for God name sake that you state the scripture.  I speak to you from wisdom and love not to demean anything that you stated.  May Grace, Peace & the sweet commuion of the Holy Spirit rest rule and abide with you now and forevermore.

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Quoting Monica:

Is speaking in tongues required for ALL Christians?

First of all I want to make sure I have this right (please correct me if I'm wrong) the Holy Ghost/Spirit are the same thing? I know receiving the Holy Ghost/Spirit is something essential for christians to continue on in Christ but from what I've been told recently is that I NEED to be "baptized" with the Holy Ghost as a confirmation. I thought that when you repent and accept Christ into your life you receive the holy ghost/spirit (comforter). I kow God has given me a lot of gifts but I haven't received the gift of speaking in tongues and I'm told every christian should have that gift. Our pastor uses Acts 2 and says that the Holy Ghost is a promise to ALL believers and if we don't have it we should ask for it. So now I'm wondering what is the holy ghost? speaking in tongues? I'm confused. Can anyone please help?


 



Greetings Monica, I too questioned the inability to speak in tongue.  Within my studying I’ve learned that Christians are giving different gifts yet, there is one thing that should flow from each of us and that is Love.  In 1 Corith 12:4-7 Paul tells us that each one of us has been giving different gifts to serve God which is to serve all.  In Acts 2:4 the word translated tongues is the normal Greek word for known languages.  The tongue in which they spoke was not words that were not understood by any one but God gave them the gift to speak to other cultures that were assembled there that day.  If you go and study The Day Pentecost you will find out that many different cultures assembled that day.  There were Arabians, Crete, Asians and even as far as Romans.  With that benign said no, speaking in tongues is not a requirement but Love is. 



 



FYI, 1 Corinth 14:5 Paul desired for all to prophecy rather than speak in tongues.



 

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Think of the trinity as a part for the whole. Like an Apple. There is a core, an inside, and the skin... but it's all still an Apple.

The Holy Spirit, Jesus, and God, are the same way. When you accepted Christ you also accepted God and the Holy Spirit into your heart. Pentecosts believe that unless you speak in tongues you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit. I was raised both Pentecost AND non-denominational. Here's what I think, Speaking in tongues is a prayer language between you and God. It is a spiritual gift, some people have the gift of discernment, visions, prophecy, etc, others don't

Listen to Nina and Kristen, they're pretty much are right on the money!

Kim - posted on 11/09/2009

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Speaking in tongues is a prayer language between you and God and can be done anywhere. You do already have it but your ability to use it is where you are in question. If you want the ability you pray for it. You have the Holy Spirit but speaking in tongues is Holy Spirit talking to God directly through you. HOLY SPIRIT by Michael Pitts addresses this very well. It is a rather old book but EXCELLENT and will address your questions about this.

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After Jesus died and went to heaven. He gave us the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit then.
(Joh 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Joh 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:(Joh 16:7) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

I believe we receive him after we accept Jesus and are born again. The Holy Spirit is our new breath of life in us! He (the Holy Spirit) gives us new life. (Rom 8:11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Tongues appears in Acts 2 for the first time in the new testament.
(Act 2:3-4) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Gentiles received the gift of Tongues in Acts 10.
(Act 10:46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

1 Corinthians 12 tells us that there are a Gifts given to us from the Holy Spirit.
(1Co 12:4) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:10 tells us that tongues is one of those gifts. (1Co 12:10) To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

You can speak in another language or interpret an language unknown to you.

(1Co 12:28) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
This verse states God has set some in the church! That implies to me that not all have tongues.
(1Co 12:31) But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
This verse implies best gifts. But I believe God is not a respecter of persons and gives to each children equally. (Act 10:34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
So you are not better or worse with or without this gift!
I believe we are to ask for the Best gifts for us and our church body. The Church body is who is to be edified or built up by our gifts. (Luk 11:13) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

(1Co 14:32) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.(1Co 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
This verse implies being in control of yourself and what you do. The Holy Spirit would not cause confusion and chaos in your church service.


Read these scripture selections! Ask God to give you understanding! The Holy Spirit Himself is with you able and willing to teach you!
(Joh 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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You know what, it depends on your denomination. It is a highly controversial topic, but going by the bible ALONE, tounges were given to the aposltes during pentecost and were part of that dispensation (time past). In our current dispensation, the grace dispensation (we are saved by grace alone and not by works of our own; Eph 2:2-5; Eph 2:8), speaking in tongus is obsolete. This is also the case when it comes to water baptism. Nowehere does it say in the new testament, which is after the four gospels (the messages in the four gospels are intended for Israel) that you have to be water baptized for salvation. It solely says that you need to place your faith in Christ alone, in that he died for your sins, was buried and rose on the third day, according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4). Based on my studies of the bible, is that when you are saved you are automatically baptized in the HOLY SPIRIT--there is only one baptism necesary and available in our grace dispensation and that is baptism in the holy spirit which is acquired upon salvation and never lost thereafter (Eph 4:5). God bless you for such a great question and don't worry about tongues as a prayer language. The only intercessor we need is Christ. The holy spirit helps us pray. There is no need to focus on prayin gin tongue so that your good Lord will hear you. He listens as we pray throughout our day.

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Spaeking in tongues is nothing but a communication from you to GOD it's a language that only GOD can understand something that the devil can not take away from you. It's not something you do it's something that becomes apart of you as you grow with JESUS the more you get intimate with him the more you talk to him with tongues

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I believe that speaking in tongues is a gift from God. One of the many many gifts from God. We are all blessed with a different gift. Some have the gift of music, some have the gift of teaching, and some have the gift of speaking in tongues. If you have a gift then you should use it!

Cynthia - posted on 11/09/2009

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the holy spirit gives different gifts to individuals but all gifts are given for the benefit of other christian and of the church itself.i see speaking tongue the same as other gifts of the holy spirit.see 1 corinthian 12 vs 4-12.The most important thing to remember is that all these gifts is given by the same spirit of god.

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I love the Lord I know he is with me and I have the holy spirit abiding in me. I dont speak in tongues.I dont really have a desire to either. Not because im scared just that desire isn't there.I really dont feel like that effects my relationship with christ. My advise is to go straight to the sourse, GOD -pray and ask him what his will for you is.in one of the books of the new testament I think corinthians, it says to seek to prophesy. Because it will bennifit the whole church.This is just one of those subjects that is up in the air for debate. thats y i say go to GOD with it.

Stacy - posted on 11/08/2009

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I have not read all of the replies so I hope I am not repeating what others have said...

The Word of God says that unless a man be born of the water and of the spirit he shall NOT see the kingdom of God. This tells me that I need to be baptized and the bible says that we must be baptized in Jesus name or in the name of Lord (same thing). Also I need to be baptized with the Holy Ghost -- how do I know if I have received it?? The Bible says receive the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

The Holy Ghost is God's spirit residing in you -- it is our comforter and guidance.

Do you have the Holy Ghost if you don't speak in tongues?? Well I can't say yes or no, but according to the Bible how we know is the evidence of speaking in tongues. If you don't have it yes ask for it. Don't need to just be act church to receive the Holy Ghost -- you can receive it anywhere. I received it while breast feeding my youngest daughter. The important thing is where your heart is -- that is what God is looking at! For me personally I had hatred among other junk that I hadn't fully repented for and rid my heart of -- but as soon as I did that I received it. Some people receive it before, as soon as, or after they are baptized in water. It is different for everyone and the way you speak in tongues would be different than someone else.

Monica -- the important thing is to search the scripture for the answers you need. Don't forget the spiritual leaders you have in you life either! Keep living for God with a pure heart and hunger for Him and He will guide you in the way you need to go!

By all means if you have any questions please feel free to ask, but you should also consider a sit down with your Pastor to discuss the questions you have.

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Hi Monica,

The answer is in 1 Corinthians 12. It states that speaking in tongues is a gift of the Spirit and while all Christians have a Spiritual gift we do not all have all the gifts of the Spirit. It clearly says to one this gift is given and to another, another gift is given. I think sometimes unwittingly we do the enemies work when we make fellow believers question thier relationship with the Lord, therefore questioning thier faith over such issues. God is more concerned with our heart than any works. My aunts preacher actually told her on her death bed that she would not go to heaven because she had not yet spoken in tongues. We need to beware of such people. I hope this helps you and I pray that God richly blesses you in your quest to know Him more!

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I have seen the argument that speaking in tongues is a requirement to prove salvation... it makes me so mad!!! I hate how that belief makes those who haven't received this gift feel bad about themselves and question their own salvation. Bottom line: the Bible clearly states what is required for salvation and speaking in tongues is not listed.

I remember an excellent sermon on the topic of speaking in tongues. My pastor, who had been from both conservative and evangelical backgrounds in addition to excellent theological training and research, said that the Bible supports three purposes for speaking in tongues. I don't remember the specific scriptures, but the points have stayed with me.

1) a personal prayer language. There are times our heart is so stirred that we don't have words to express what is in our heart. In these times, we may find ourselves stirred to speak and not understanding the words per se, but finding that our heart is being expressed through these utterances. This is something deeply personal and only shared between oneself and God. It can be both praise and supplication.

2) Tongues to speak in a foreign language that you don't already know. This is supported in Acts, when God translated what the disciples were saying into the languages the people could understand. How cool is that?! It is clear that this is a moving of the Holy Spirit, not a requirement for salvation.

3) Tongues in the church, which is a form of prophesy and requires a translation. 1 Corinthians talks about this.

I found a couple informative links about this topic, with specific scripture references. Both look pretty well researched with logical conclusions from the scriptures.
http://www.wcg.org/lit/booklets/tongues/...
http://bible.org/article/speaking-tongue...

Dorene - posted on 11/08/2009

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The Holy Ghost is the ones that keeps you, strong and "ready", the comforter. You dont just have the Holy Ghost/Spirit in you like that. You may feel His present upon you but you still have to ask for that Comforter. Speaking in tongue is speaking to God one on one, being able to speak to him is a blessing and is something that many Christian wants but few get. If you don't have that gift pray for it but God will still hear your voice in any language. Yes you do need to be Baptized, those who believe, repent and accept Christ into their HEART/LIFE. Yes it is promise to us all but many come short of getting the things that were/is promise to us from GOD due to our lack of giving Him praise/ worship, not obeying Him and varies of other reasons. You should PRAY about it and read your Bible more, and don't think about what others may say. Know for yourself!

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My belief is this: To be a Christian--YOU ONLY NEED TO MAKE A PROMISE TO CHRIST AND YOURSELF. Love Christ, trust in him, believe that all is possible. Not every Christian will speak in tongues--from what I know about it, people speak in tongues when the spirit of God is within them. You can't make yourself speak in tongues. Many religions want you to be baptised as an outward showing of your inner commitment with Christ---and I do believe that you should be baptised. BUT I do not think that you will be barred from Heaven if you should die and not have been baptised. Our God is a loving God and he knows your heart. If your heart is pure and embraces Christ, you are already at one with the holy spirit.

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Speaking in tongues is a personal matter. It is one of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have not read anywhere in the bible where it states that you have to have the gift of speaking in tongues in order to be a Christian or to be saved. In fact I read just the opposite it says that some get the gift of tongues, some get the gift of interpretation, some have the gift of ministering, some of prophecy, some of healing, and so on..... The ONLY criteria I know of that you have to have in order to be saved is to truly believe that Jesus is the soon of God and that He died so that we might be saved. Good luck on your journey and with your relationship with God. It is a personal one and there are many different beliefs out there, but my advise id to read your bible, meditate over what you read and be in prayer with your questions then simply be still and listen. God will lead you.

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Nope! It's more so a denominational thing. Not all Christians belive that you have to speak in tounges to be saved/get to heaven. As a matter of fact, some people belive that it causes confusion if there is no one to interpret what is being said. (and we know where confusion comes from...) In the Bible, God used tongues to communicate with others. If nobody understands what you're saying, then who are you communicating with? Although this has been said, it's also been said that in "private devotion" with God speaking in tongues is ok because nobody else is around to hear what is being said.

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Yes,the Father,Son,and Holy Spirit are all one...that is called the Trinity...i believe that the tongues were used back then,but not now..but read the Spiritual gifts.1 Corinthians12;1Cor13;1Cor14.read these chapters and get a commentary.and study ..

Krystalyn - posted on 11/07/2009

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The holy sprit is part of the trinity i,e The Father,Son and Holy Spirit.
All different but all one aswell. From what I have been taught and witnessed
the holy spirit is a part of God who communicates with your spirit man.
And yes the holyspirit is aka the comforter. I personally believe you do not have to have the gift of speaking in tongues, And being baptized in the Holy spirit comes in many different manifestations other than tongues. And it is a prayer language between you and God and That Satan can not understand....it confuses him and makes him angry that he doesnt know what you are praying for so he can come against your prayers.
You can pray and asked to recieve that...but God mmay just not be ready for you to recieve it. I was baptized by the holyspirit when I was 8 and began speaking in tongues.
This gift does not have to be done in private, does not have to be done only at church and you dont always have an interpiter to speak in toungues its just as the holy Spirit leads you.

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If you have Christians tellingy ou that you should be able to speak in tongues they are probably some weird cult or something. I've been a Christian all my life and never heard such a thing.
God, Jesus, and The Holy Ghost are considered "The Trinity" the are all one and the same. The Holy Ghost is most mentioned in the old testament when the Bible refers to so and so hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost or speaking to The Holy Ghost..who is just God that they couldn't see. When you are saved, it means you have repented of all your sins and have asked Jesus into your heart. One you have been saved you can't be "unsaved" thats it for life. Baptism is a ritual suggested in the Bible because it signifies washing away the old you while having the "new" you emerge. I highly recommend it.

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