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Should Christians Expect to Speak in Tongues Today?

Long Hill Baptist Church, 100 Middlebrooks Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06611
Pastor Robert Hammond, Phone: 203-268-5104, E-mail:

At Long Hill Baptist Church, we reject the teaching that the LORD is using the sign gift of
tongues today. When tongues are encountered, we should be reminded to test our
experience against the Scriptures.
A. In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied that tongues would be used as a sign to
unbelieving Jewish people:
Isaiah 28:11-12 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to
this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the
weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
Jewish people were present at every instance of tongues in the New Testament
(Acts 2:6-11; 10:46; 19:6). At Pentecost and Acts 19, it was Jews who spoke in
tongues (D. Cloud)
B. In the New Testament, the Bible specifically indicates that tongues are not for the
benefit of believers:
1 Corinthians 14:20-22 20. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit
in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. 21 In the law it is written,
With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet
for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 22 Wherefore tongues are for a
sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying
serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
C. Just as the Bible predicted the beginning of tongues, the Bible predicted that the
use of tongues (and the other sign gifts) would end.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 8 ¶ Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether
there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we
prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is
in part shall be done away.
Note that tongues are not mentioned in Scripture after Acts 19!

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D. How are the tongues spoken in the contemporary Pentecostal-Charistmatic
movements different than Biblical tongues?
1. Biblical tongues were heard as an actually earthly language (not as
unintelligible language)
Acts 2:6-11 (Pentecost) 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude
came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them
speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying
one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how
hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and
Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and
Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the
parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works
of God.
The same Greek word used for tongues in Acts 2 (glossa) is the word that’s used
for tongues in 1 Corinthians 12-14. Therefore, there’s no reason to think that the
tongues that we hear at Pentecost are any different that the tongues that Paul
addressed in 1 Corinthians. (D. Cloud).
2. The Biblical use of tongues was accompanied by an interpreter
1 Corinthians 12:10 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:
1 Corinthians 14:27-28 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by
two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. 28 But if
there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to
himself, and to God.