Speaking in tongues is one of the most controversial “gifts” of today. We have all seen or heard various pastors claiming that they have the power to speak in tongues and others around them having the power to interpret the speech. Most of it just sounds like jibberish or baby talk to us. Is there a point to where this false teaching becomes blasphemous and heretical? Yes.
It is evident, especially in the book of Acts, what the gift of speaking in tongues meant. The gift has stopped, but the Biblical examples of speaking in tongues is vastly different than it is used today.
Some people believe that you do not truly have the Holy Spirit in your heart, guiding your life, if you cannot speak in tongues. In fact, my good friend actually dated someone that believed this. She believed that he was not truly a follower of God because he could not speak in tongues.
Why do false teachers decide to teach this false gospel? Usually it revolves around the money that they can receive through their televangelism.
While reading the Holy Bible I am engulfed in the thought of what it would have been like to live back during these times. What an amazing and scary time. Would I have been a follower of God, or would I have been one of the people in the crowd mocking him? For all of us today we would have been those in the crowd. If we were followers of God, he would have elected us to live during this time for His will. Oh what an amazing thing that God has spared us! A life where we can be used for His will and be promised eternal life in Heaven.
In the book of Acts, it is recorded how speaking in tongues was used on the day of Pentecost. While the disciples were all together in a meeting, a “violent rushing wind” came in and filled the house of the meeting place, giving them the power to speak in tongues.
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
An amazing thing ensued after this occurrence. The Jews living in Jerusalem, from all different nations and languages, gathered around and started hearing the disciples speak in their own individual languages. Imagine this in today’s terms. That would be as if a group of people gathering around the disciples who spoke spanish, english, french, german, dutch, chinese, russian, and swahili, all being able to interpret and understand what was being spoken to them. This is VASTLY different than the supposed speaking in tongues today.
5Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language. 7They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?
This feat was so amazing and astonishing that some in the crowd even charged the disciples with being “full of sweet wine”. This, of course, was false as they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
So what do you do if you are following a false teacher that professes he can speak in tongues today? You run. This individual is a false teacher and we are warned to denounce these people and flee from them, as they can lead us away from God and the true gospel.