Posted November 13th, 2011 at 08:30 AM by Lois
I do believe in the gifts of the Spirit, including speaking in tongues, and believe the gifts of the Spirit are available today. I believe the Bible clearly shows that these gifts are not limited to the nine often taught in some circles. I do not believe the Bible teaches that tongues are evidence of anything or salvational.
I do believe that there is a wrong overemphasis on speaking in tongues in some churches (as well as an almost equal underemphasis of other gifts), in addition to their misuse, like there was among the Corinthian believers. The Bible says very little about speaking in tongues, with the most being found in 1 Corinthians 12 & 14, where much correction was made by Paul.
I believe the Bible teaches that tongues do not have a place in a gathering of believers unless there is an accompanying interpretation. I firmly stand upon what Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 12-14 with regard to the gifts.
Nowhere in the Bible do I see speaking in tongues as anything more than one of many gifts of the Spirit that a believer might possibly receive. Paul clearly showed that all do not speak in tongues and that we should desire gifts that edify all and not just ourselves.
So, in none of my postings am I trying to discredit or say that speaking in tongues isn't for today. They are not at all trying to take from anyone's experience. What they ARE trying to do, is put tongues in their proper biblical place - one of many gifts of the Spirit a believer might or might not receive. Nothing more and nothing less. And to bring attention to places where things are read into the Bible and assumed.