Speaking In Tongues, Part II

Let us now examine several lists in the New Testament of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit:

1)Romans 12:6-8  Several gifts of the Spirit are mentioned, namely prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling with diligence and displaying mercy.  How strange that the one “gift” that saves (according to many charismatics) is not even mentioned.

2)Ephesians 4:11-13 Five more gifts of the Spirit (church offices) are mentioned, and they are all for the purpose of edifying the church.  Again, “tongue speakers” are absent.

3)Galatians 5:22-23 Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in this classic passage, memorized by many believers, including myself.  There is no mention of tongues.

4)I Corinthians 12:28-30 Several of the aforementioned gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned again, and tongues is mentioned in this list only, and it is listed last and was the least important of the gifts.  The church in Corinth was a mixed up, carnal and confused church where the apostle Paul spent a lot of time.  The two books of Corinthians cover all church problems.  I Corinthians 13:1 tells us that love is superior to tongues and the other gifts.  I Corinthians 13:8 tells us that “tongues shall cease.”  After the New Testament church was established, the sign and gift of tongues was no longer used by the Lord.  That is why tongues is mentioned no where else in the New Testament, including the pastoral epistles (I and II Timothy and Titus).  They are not mentioned in the book of Revelation or in the seven churches (chapters 2 and 3) mentioned in Revelation.  Nor are tongues ever mentioned again in the early church after the time of the apostles, the church of the Middle Ages, the Reformation era church, and the church in early American history.  Tongues ceased, just as the Bible tells us, and God was through with this early sign of speaking in foreign languages.  The tongue movement of today is a counterfeit and apostate teaching that is based soley on human emotions that masquerade as the Holy Spirit.  It has absolutely no scriptural support.  If the Lord continued to use the sign of speaking in tongues today, it would not be necessary to send our missionaries to language school.


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