What are tongues Biblically

5  By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. Genesis 10:5 (KJV)

20  These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. Genesis 10:20 (KJV)

The Law of First Reference is a handy tool to allow us to understand Biblically the meaning of the Biblical word tongues. The Bible serves as its own dictionary. Indeed, it was the knowledge of this that led Noah Webster to write a dictionary of the English Language – and to define words, he turned to the King James Bible.

As you can see, the Hebrew word לָשׁוֹן Lashon means languages, Biblically. It is synonymous with γλῶσσα Glossa.

Speaking in tongues is speaking in languages.

If I were to stand up in my church and begin to speak in French – and had never learned it – that would be glossolalia, the speaking in an unknown language.

I’ve defined the word Glossa (glow-sah) using the Bible.  I’ve defined it in English, Greek and Hebrew. I even was able to do it in two minutes using Logos, not relying upon my year of Greek and my year of Hebrew in Seminary.

So, with that in mind, let us look at the phenomenon of glossolalia, speaking in tongues.

First of all, I can pretty much tell if you’ve ever had Greek in a classroom setting by how you say that word. And one of my first points is, every tongue speaker I’ve ever heard say the word is saying it wrong.

Wow, right out of the gate you’re getting shot down.

Omega is pronounced “o”, not “Ahh”. Glossa is pronounced Glow-sah. Glossolalia is Glow-sa-lay-lee-ah.

NOT glah-sah-lay-lee-ah.

If you can’t even get that word right, and you say you have the gift of tongues, I’m sorry – I think you just shot that claim in the foot.

In a big way.

Because mis-pronouncing a word – in many languages – gives it a different meaning. You’re now speaking incorrectly.

How can the Holy Spirit give you the ability to speak a foreign language with the quality of a student getting a C- grade average? If this is really from the Holy Sprit – shouldn’t you be speaking it perfectly?

The Charismatic will well protest, “But we don’t speak in that form of tongues anymore.”

But you still tell those stories of you heard it from someone who heard it from someone who was there about the guy who stood up and spoke in tongues, and somebody who happened to be from India who was there started crying and said that prophecy was for him, right?

Relax. That stories’ about 20 years old. I heard it in 1992. And I suspect it goes all the way back to either Zion city or to Frank Sandford and Shiloh, which would probably make it now about 120 years old.

Find me the name of the man from India. Which language did he speak? Don’t assume it’s Farsi. Find me the name of the church. What church? Remember, I heard the story in 1992 – so if you give me the name of a church that started in 2011, I can tell you that it’s not true.

Who’s the name of the man who spoke in tongues? What experience does he have in foreign languages? I can do a monstrous job of faking tongues, because I’ve got a knack for learning languages.

What year did this happen? Give me the name of the pastor, and three witnesses. I need specific, “I was there, it was Jimmy so and so, he spoke in tongues, and Prabdashadah was the man from India on Feb. 31, 1986 in Cleveland Ohio at the Faith Temple of….”

Whenever you hear these stories, notice it’s never from an eyewitness. it’s always hearsay, I know a guy who knows a guy who was there. And when you ask that guy, it turns out that he knows a guy who knows a guy.

The fact you recognize the story and it probably was told to you that “About five years ago…” should tip you off – it’s not true. it’s like the 20 or so people that Todd Bentley supposedly raised from the dead.

History records that people who were at Azuza felt they were called to be missionaries – and no kidding, they were sent overseas with no language training because they had the gift of tongues. They came home disappointed, because nobody could understand what they were saying.

I think we are all agreed that the form of speaking in tongues where you know instantly and can speak every language on earth has passed.

If you believe you know how to speak it, here’s your challenge – go to a Chinese restaurant and order your meal in Mandarin.

“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.” (1 Corinthians 13:8, KJV)


The Charismatic movement–prophecy

One major feature of the Charismatic movement is prophecy – the uttering of future things.

Prophecy takes place in certain forms:

  • utterances of things to come
  • functioning as the mouthpiece of God
  • warnings of dangers to come
  • The call to repentance
  • preaching

Much of what is referred to in the New Testament about prophecy actually falls under the last category. But Charismatic prophets NEVER refer to the function of preaching as “prophecy”.

To the charismatic, Prophecy functions only in the first 4 offices. In practice, Charismatic prophets almost never do the last two. They just seem to go into trances, and then utter one of the first two.

Here is where the prophet needs to exercise extreme caution. Speaking as the mouthpiece of God is an extreme thing. God does not take kindly to anyone speaking in His name who He has not commanded to do so.

In your “read the Bible in a year” program, you should have finished Ezekiel recently, and apparently quite a few so-called prophets in Israel were speaking from their own imagination, and God literally decreed death sentences on some of them, and others He forced to suffer indignities to make them a laughingstock and a shame on Israel.

God does not willingly endure someone speaking in His name presumptuously. I have repeatedly asked people, “Are you 100% SURE that it is God speaking through you?”

If you have .01% doubt, keep silent. Repent of it. Pray for God’s forgiveness. Beg Him to forgive and forget.

Here’s a way I routinely caution so-called prophets how to determine that it is of God.

  • it points you back to God’s word.
  • It points to Jesus Christ and not to man.
  • It is not man centered but God centered.
  • It does not specifically call attention to the Holy Spirit, but God the Father or Jesus Christ.

The last one will take Charismatics by surprise, but the Holy Ghost literally does not seek nor command attention. The Holy Spirit ALWAYS calls attention to Jesus Christ and the word of God.


Look it up.

Is there ANYWHERE in the Bible, ANYWHERE, where the Holy Spirit calls attention to itself?

Now, usually, prophecy is used as exhortation, or in the prescient sense. Exhortation usually has the word “New” in it somewhere. Prescient usually is man centered.

Witness Benny Hinn’s prophecy that TBN would become a conduit from Heaven to Earth, and that dead bodies would be placed by the TV’s so that the dead could be raised by the TBN broadcasts. That’s a man centered prophecy.

Prophecies are rarely of something good. “Your ministry will prosper, etc.” can’t be found in the Bible. Prophecies are usually of impending doom.

Indeed, Scripture usually shows those who make positive prophecies as being false prophets.

John MacArthur relates a story about how a nearby Charismatic church hired a new pastor, and they assembled everyone who was everyone in the Charismatic movement to lay hands on him. One of the Kansas City Prophets lay hands on him, and prophesied how he would be the new center and moving force behind the Charismatic movement, and how millions would be saved under that Pastor’s preaching.

At that moment, the pastor died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The shocked Charismatics later decided that the prophecy was so strong that Satan killed the pastor.

It would seem to me that if you’re making things up with a 5 second deadline, that you’d be 50% correct. Longer deadline, longer the odds.

The Kansas City Prophets tend to have a 60% accuracy ratio, and all kinds of excuses are made.

But the Bible says plainly a prophet is correct 100% of the time. If you say something will come to pass and it does not, you are not a prophet.

Benny Hinn makes prophecies – time specific, and he’s been wrong almost 100% of the time. The Bible tells us therefore he is a false prophet.

The Spirit of Prophecy has passed up until Moses and Elijah return.

“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.” (1 Corinthians 13:8, KJV)

Word Faith and Charismatics

Let’s try this again.
I’ve done book reviews of classic Pentecostal books, and angered many.

I wrote on why Speaking in tongues is not Biblical, and got ignored.

I’ve uploaded a much-downloaded Pentecostal timeline, and people still speak in tongues.

Let me try this again.

Much of what passes for Christianity today is not Christianity. That whole thing Benny Hinn does, and Kenneth Copeland, and what Myles Munroe did, and what Creflo Dollar does… none of that is Christian.

In Bible Christianity, God is God. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. In other words, God is everywhere, all powerful, all knowing. God knows everything and can do everything. That’s what the Bible says.

In Charismatic Christianity. God is powerless, and knows only what He is present to see. This last point there’s varying levels of belief, but Copeland’s god is roughly Kenneth Copeland’s height, lives on a planet, and is locked away from the Earth, unable to do anything until you give Him permission. When you’re done hearing Kenneth Copeland speak, you begin to realize that his god is not god, but in fact Kenneth Copeland is. His god is not the god of the Bible.

Charismatic Christianity’s version of God is not God,  but a man – blasphemy.

In Bible Christianity, God created the Universe Ex Nihilo, meaning “from nothing.” Nothing existed until God created it.

In Charismatic Christianity, their god tapped into a free form floating power substance called Faith, wrapped His words around it, and spoke the Universe into existence. It’s not only bad religion, it’s bad science.

In Bible Christianity, Jesus Christ is God, one third of the Trinity, eternally the Son of God from before the creation of the Universe, and He created everything. Literally, everything that was made, He created.

In Charismatic Christianity, Jesus Christ is a man who was very close to God, created by God. He died like everyone else, and was born again in Hell, the “first born again man”. And so, since you claim to be born again, you too are just like Jesus Christ.
Charismatic Christianity’s version of Jesus Christ is a blasphemy. Not only that, but what the Bible calls a “damnable heresy.” It’s in the category of, “you cannot believe this and be saved.” I’m deadly serious about this. If you believe what Copeland, Dollar, Munroe, Hinn, and Meyer say about this, you are not saved. If you died today, your eternity would be horrific. Your only consolation will be watching the Word faith preachers have to give account before a Thrice Holy God at the Great White Throne judgment. Unless they repent, they will be weeping, apologizing, begging, bargaining, and doing everything in their power to avoid spending eternity with the very people they led astray. And they’ll end up with you in the lake of Fire, forever.

That’s horrific.

In Bible Christianity, you are a man or woman. Your heart is desperately wicked, you are a sinner. In your flesh dwelleth no good thing. Sold into slavery to sin, doomed to eternity in Hell without Jesus Christ. When you are born again, you indeed are born into the family of God, but as a redeemed man or woman, a grateful servant and family member, knowing your lowly estate – yet shown mercy and forgiveness, and unmerited favor by Jesus.

In Charismatic Christianity, you are just as much an incarnation of god as is Jesus Christ – and more, because greater things you will do. You own the permission to allow God to act – in other words, you’re more (l’havdil) god than (l’havdil) God.

Sorry, had to break into Hebrew for that. I could not bring myself to write such an uninterrupted blasphemy – let alone believe that.

So, here’s what’s going to happen. If you REALLY REALLY REALLY believe this with all your heart – God’s going to say, “Okay. Save yourself then.”

And it’s going to be up to you to keep yourself from going to Hell. Better pay your vows and make your faith declarations! And it better be a doozie of a faith seed you pay to Bennie Hinn! I’m talking trillions of trillions of dollars this month alone!

Because there’s no greater miracle that salvation.

There’s no greater gift given to men than the undeserved atonement done by Jesus Christ.

There is no other name by which we are saved.

And if you really, really, really believe firmly what Charismatic Christianity teaches, Jesus Christ will look you in the eyes when you meet Him face to face, and He’s going to say one terrifying phrase to you.

“Away with you. I never knew ye.”

8 Important Series to read on Narrow is the Way!

A few of you here are new. You’ll notice I sometimes use an odd structuring of English when I speak. Kind of a throwback to growing up in New England, and also a throwback to growing up speaking Yiddish. Mostly that. A Little.

Anyway, many of you who are new aren’t familiar with some of my earlier articles. I thought I’d give a list to the ones I thought were the most important.

  1. Evolution. My series on Evolution was the liveliest one I ever did. Atheists flocked to it, and we actually had some good exchanges. One thing I found in this series was many Atheists don’t like being called atheists, they prefer agnostic. I told them over and over again their definition of their beliefs was not agnostic, and they’d get upset. But it was a surprisingly respectful conversation with many of them. A couple of really insulting and aggressive ones popped in, but for the most part, really good responses. I was proud of this series, because I really hammered Evolution in many ways, including ways most other people have never brought up. I don’t think anyone else really ever dealt with the Warm Little Pond theory before I did, and I destroyed that one. I actually visited a link back someone placed on an article in this series, and it was an atheist telling others to go read my description of Hell “if they could take it”, so they could know what Christians really believe. To know my less than vivid descriptions of Hell were having an effect on Atheists means a lot – I pray the Lord some of these smart and yes, sometimes very funny men get saved. Atomic Mutant, still praying for ya, buddy!

  2. Jehovah’s Witnesses
    . This one I was REALLY proud of. I love how it turned out. I had a few nasty comments, including some from a Christadelphian who was incensed that I called Russell a Seventh Day Adventist. I wish I’d had Evernote back then, because I found an official SDA webpage where they’d admitted they consider Charles T Russell to be a Seventh Day Adventist, which was why I put the comment up. Once my article hit the web, suddenly that SDA page was edited to remove the admission. But on the whole, I dealt with every aspect of their theology and debunked it. For over two years, someone was coming back every day and re-reading the articles. Then suddenly three or four a day. I only hope I  meet just one person, just one in Heaven, who says “I left the Watchtower Society because of your blog.” Everything will be worth it to hear that.
  3. Roman Catholicism. This one produced a lot of hate. Funny how I’m Catholic bashing, but they’re not Baptist Bashing. And one of them responded in anger how offended he was that I claimed to be Jewish. So I answered him with some Yiddish, and he was perplexed. I guess his assumption was that if he was a catholic, he was a Jew. Mine is the only series I’ve ever seen where anyone dealt with the Magisterium first. A Catholic apologist once left a comment on my web site he wanted to see someone answer Rome without using the “same old defeated arguments”. I reposted the entire series and he said not a word. One that gave me the most trouble was so nice – but to no avail. He simply would not listen to reason, and I cut the whole exchange off.
  4. Word Faith/Charismatic. Surprisingly, this still remains one of the top draw items to my blog – not the entire series, just article #10, where I present a timeline people can download. Despite EVERYTHING I wrote in this series, a Charismatic came on to the blog and proceeded to tell me I was studying the Bible too much, and needed to let go, let this be my moment of desperation, my moment of expectation, and I would begin speaking in tongues… needless to say, after a couple of exchanges, she left, and I still don’t speak in tongues.
  5. Church Planting. I sincerely hope that since bloggers consider this kind of in depth series an “evergreen” article, that someone out there uses it to start a church plant. I got right into naming the church, starting it, materials, church covenant, statement of faith and by-laws, etc. If you feel called to the ministry, here you go – I’ve done EVERYTHING for you!
  6. Messianic Judaism – the series that started a thousand angry responses… on other websites. To my knowledge, I’m one of the only blogs ever to take on Messianic Judaism. There’s another I’ve seen, but as far as I know.. That’s it. Everyone else is just content to sit back and let them lead people astray with nary a comment. Read this, borrow the principles I’m using, and write your own articles on why Messianic Judaism is heresy. Most of the responses I got was people on their own websites challenging me to debates, resorting to straw man arguments, then knocking those down. In reality, my arguments were on my website, and.. They never addressed the points I raised, merely repeating their own flawed and overly circular reasoning. This one I may end up re-doing!
  7. Textual Criticism series. Good series. I made a number of people angry with this one, though, and it eventually led to my decision to stop allowing comments.
  8. Seventh Day Adventist series. Also very good. I was happy with this one, but got nary a comment except from an Adventist over 18 months later, who wouldn’t admit he was an Adventist – which of course a quick internet search revealed the fact that not only was he SDA, but his family heralded back to those who knew Ellen G. White. His technique was the tried and true method of repeat yourself until we both get annoyed and you leave. I put the entire comment exchange online.

One series I wasn’t happy with was the Mormonism series. It was correctly deduced by one Mormon that I had never read the book of Mormon. However, I just don’t have the time to engage in a lengthy study of the BoM, PGP and D&C to refute them – so this series never really lived up to its potential (I should mention that it was enthusiastically received by other Mormon apologetic sites at the time). It will have to wait until I retire to fully deal with this series.

No Understanding

No UnderstandingYou know, I’ve got a sizable collection of Christian books on my hard drive. I’ve got copies of many, many books, articles, collections of quotes.
In that collection is countless hundreds of books written by Charismatics and Pentecostals.

Reading them is sometimes an astonishment. How can you be so utterly without understanding? Is my question time and time and time again.

Ezekiel 43 is not a chapter against Denominationalism.


I promise you.

Clayt Sonmore in his book “Beyond Pentecost” references this chapter several times in this book. He also feels a need to insert his allegorical explanations in brackets in the midst of the verses.

You know, it’s really very simple.

Just print in your chapter the quotation from Ezekiel, and write your bit. If the people are saved, they’ll understand it.

Ezekiel’s day featured a large majority of Jewish people living in two warring kingdoms of Judah and Israel. The Jewish people at that time were involved in paganism and the mystery religions.

That’s what it’s talking about.

11. And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, show them the form of the house [how God joins his true people together] and the fashion thereof [God’s purpose for mankind], and the goings out thereof,and the comings in thereof [the true liberty and freedom of being dead to self and alive in Christ], and all the forms thereof [everything that has to be dealt with in us so that we can truly be free in Christ], and all the ordinances thereof [God’s way of doing things], and all the forms thereof [all the aspects of walking in the glorious inheritance of the sons of God],- and all the laws thereof [the law of the Spirit of life (Romans 8:2) the law of liberty (James 1:25;2:12)]: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof [that they may pattern themselves after Jesus Christ], and all the ordinances thereof [that they may learn His ways], and do them (Ezekiel 43:6-11).

Sonmore, Clayt. 1964. Beyond Pentecost. 2nd.Ed. Pg. 71 THY KINGDOM COME MINISTRIES Clayt Sonmore 12100 Marion Lane – Suite 6104 Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA 55305.

A cursory reading of this will show you Mr. Sonmore’s exposition is beyond faulty – it’s without any understanding whatsoever. It’s been 23 years since I attended a Pentecostal church, and this explains why the “pastor” spent 45 minutes trying to explain this very chapter, and failing at it utterly. He was plagiarizing Mr. Sonmore. Look, if you have to steal, steal from someone who knows what they’re talking about first!

“And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, a nd the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.” (Ezekiel 43:6–11, KJV)

This is a description of the Millennial Temple, and the people of the Millennium who will live with Jesus Christ in their midst, contrasted with the Northern and Southern kingdoms who were in rebellion against God by worship of Tammuz, and the Queen of Heaven, and Baal.

I literally shortened the quote by Mr. Sonmore, which went on and on and on with the most fanciful allegorical interpretations.

The scary thing is – many Charismatics read this and are impressed. God help us.

The Biggest Dangers to Christianity

No, no fancy shmancy format today. I’m just speaking from my heart.

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There are several dangers facing Christianity today. I’ve got to say, in every time in history when Christians were in danger, they always got much more dedicated and LIVED for the Lord! Today, not so much.

Today, you run a real risk of being fired and going to jail for your beliefs (California and New York are trying to pass legislature that will put anyone in prison for using “the wrong pronoun” to describe a person).

I’m going to list the dangers facing Christianity not in any particular order, because I just don’t know which is the biggest danger – but it seems to me the dangers from within are the most dangerous.

  1. The Democratic party. I’m aware that most Christians in the United States are Republicans. There are many who are Democrats because they say things like, “Well, my heritage has always voted Democrat.” Well, stop the madness… Democrats are fiercely dedicated to making sure that their agendas are legalized, and any disagreements with the Democratic party are punishable by lengthy jail terms and whopping fines. They want to legalize mind altering drugs and every form of immoral and sinful behavior (trust me, they’re not content with what they’ve got now – they’re going to make participation in immorality MANDATORY), but they want to penalize Christians. For things they don’t penalize other Middle Eastern religions for refusing to do.
  2. Ecumenism. I used to aim the writings of this blog at Evangelicals. I’ve pretty much stopped that, because I became aware a couple of years ago that a). They weren’t listening and b). They weren’t listening. You CANNOT tell an Evangelical that Mormons are not Christians anymore. You can’t. They won’t hear it. They accepted Seventh Day Adventism, Messianics and Roman Catholics as well – and those are not Christian either. Ecumenism – the unBiblical mindset that all churches should work together despite doctrinal stands – threatens Christianity to its core. What are you going to say at the Great White Throne to all those Roman Catholics you befriended and never shared the Gospel with? How does that help them if you don’t witness to them, and just buddy buddy with them – and then you see their terrified faces on the Left on Judgment Day? You know what’s coming – and so do they. You failed to warn them. Evangelical Christianity and Ecumenism has failed Christianity.
  3. Textual Criticism. Do you think this is just a matter of Bible preference? It’s not, and here’s why. Listen to a hundred sermons on SermonAudio, and you’re literally going to hear 99 of them question or deny the word of God. “That’s not in the original Greek manuscripts.” “The Original Greek omits that verse/word/phrase.” “That was added by some pious scribe.” What you’re saying to me is, “I don’t believe the word of God, and I’m going to use textual criticism to justify my unbelief, and whatever agenda I want to push.” And believe you me, they do! If we were more Biblically grounded, Kenneth Copeland would have abandoned the ministry and gone on to cargo piloting as a career. There are many men in stolen pulpits around the world who are not called by God, not gifted by God, and not ordained of God. And they’re going to have to answer to God, the same way that someone who was called of God would. It’s going to be an ugly day for them.
  4. Theological Liberalism. Theological Liberalism is rampant today, far more than during the past. We’re talking the vast majority of pastors in the United Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian denominations are all to one extent or another Theological Liberals. The Presbyterians have had to divide time and time again over this issue. My visit to a Pastor’s Conference a few years back showed me the Southern Baptist convention is flooded with them as well. I’m going out on a limb here and say that 89% of Pastors in any denomination are to a greater or lesser degree theological liberals. Today they call this “progressive” – the same code word the Soviet Union used to describe communist propaganda. Odd that it should be the same word. Who’s the most famous theological liberal today? Andy Stanley. Ask him his opinion of the Bible. He doesn’t accept the Bible, because he doesn’t believe in it. People have heard him speak, and were shocked at how he dances around the truth on this issue.
  5. Neo-Barthianism. RAMPANT. Barthianism is rampant. Essentially, it is Theological Liberalism disguised with a whitewash of Post Modernism and a clever shell game of words and definitions. MOST of the materials advocated by Faithlife (the company who produces Logos) absolutely are Neo-Barthian – and the spokesmen and teachers Faithlife hired are all theological liberals or Neo-Barthians as well. To my knowledge, there are NO Fundamentalists working for the greatest Bible software company in the world. I’ve written about Neo-Barthianism, which is essentially the modern rush to follow the writings of a man named Karl Barth, who was a theological liberal who disguised his unbelief by mentally redefining words. Francis Schaeffer was a Barthian at first, but apparently Schaeffer radically changed at the end of his life, and decried Evangelicalism and Theological Liberalism at the end of his life. I lack the time to go over it again, but STAY AWAY from the writings of Karl Barth.
  6. Charismatic/Pentecostalism. Here’s the hugest Trojan Horse out there. Pentecostalism is the results of several untaught men who made huge theological errors – and of the group, all of them were trying to keep up with Frank Sandford, a man who was so deluded he very possibly had a nervous breakdown early in his ministry, and thought he was somehow Elijah the Prophet, King David, and one of the Two Witnesses who was to die in Jerusalem. The poor terrified man thought each time he sailed to Jerusalem he was about to die. He was the first to push Pentecostalism, and it was quickly taken up by Charles Parham (one of Sandford’s Students) and John Dowie (one of Sandford’s rivals, who also thought he was one of the two witnesses to die in Jerusalem – and also thought he was Elijah). This is the roots of Pentecostalism, and it is not creeping into every church today – it IS in every church today! No kidding, in the Southern Baptist church I preached at for a while, I was offered Dodie Osteen’s book and also a book by Joyce Meyers. The Southern Baptist church adopted ten years ago a statement they would no longer oppose “a private prayer language”. The Freewill Baptists are struggling with it right now, and losing that battle as well. If you stop struggling against Pentecostalism and embrace it, sooner or later you embrace Kenneth Copeland and the Charismatic word faith heresy. It’s inevitable. You say your church takes a firm stand against speaking in tongues? You’re already losing the battle against this stuff if you adopt any of the Vacation Bible School stuff sold by Lifeway. I literally heard code words for Word Faith disguised in the song lyrics, and nobody was checking this stuff. You are against it, but thanks to the VBS materials, your kids are already indoctrinated, and your church has lost the battle.

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b, KJV)

8 Reasons Speaking in Tongues is Not Biblical

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This is a debate that’s been raging for over a hundred years. It has been answered time and time again – and it’s still raging today. Roughly, this among Christians is the equivalent of asking Mom, being told no, deciding you don’t like the answer, so you ask Dad.

Here’s the answers… and those who don’t like the answers they’ve heard before won’t like THESE answers!

But I guarantee they’re Biblical!

Reason 1 – limited Biblical usage

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4, KJV)

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” (Acts 10:44–48, KJV)

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts 19:5–6, KJV)

These are the only 3 examples In the Bible of anyone speaking in tongues. That’s it. Years ago, when I thought I was saved, my pastor at a Word-Faith church told us that “speaking in tongues is all through the Bible!” He then read these three examples. He never told us these were the only three examples of anyone speaking in tongues

The actual reason tongues were spoken was this – in Acts 2, as a sign of judgment and to authenticate that what the Apostles preached was of God. The second was to show Gentiles could be saved. The third and last time, was to show that Paul was an apostle.

Reason 2 – Early date of Corinthians
Since speaking in tongues is only mentioned in Acts and in Corinthians, we need to look at when Corinthians was written. 1 Corinthians was written AD 55. Several epistles are written before this – none mention tongues. Several epistles are written after this – none mention tongues.
1 Corinthians was not written to the perfect church – it was clearly written to correct doctrinal errors in how Corinthian Christians were practicing their faith. Paul clearly is taking them to task, and in 2 Corinthians, he starts the epistle by telling everyone up front what essentially is “I’m not going to chew you out like last time.”

Corinthians was written in AD 55. Acts was written about AD 65. Tongues in Acts are shown as being spoken in the past tense. There’s no mention of tongues except for these two books. By the books written in AD 60, Paul was unable to heal other believers. The sign gifts were passing by AD 60. Tongues, Healing and discernment had passed, and prophecy was the last to go, according to what is written in Acts. There’s no mention of tongues after AD 60 or so. Early Christian authors recorded in the second century (160 AD) that they had no idea what tongues were, because it had already passed.

Reason 3 – lack of mention of tongues

If Tongues were a major doctrine as Charismatics make it, then here’s the simple fact – it would have been mentioned more. If it truly gave you more insight into God than the Bible, then Scripture would have enjoined speaking in tongues. We would not have the Bible described as perfect (Psalm 19:7, 1 Corinthians 13:10), but rather speaking in tongues.

Reason 4 – First usage of tongues

“By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” (Genesis 10:5, KJV)

“Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:6–11, KJV)

Tongues and Languages are used interchangeably in the Bible. The process of speaking in an unknown tongue – what we call glossolalia – was a pagan practice that Paul was trying to rebuke gently. The Bible made it clear that the speaking of tongues was always in a language that the hearers understood.

Reason 5 – no presence of unbelieving Jews.
What’s the entire purpose of speaking in tongues? To pray to God in a language you don’t understand, right? Actually, that’s incorrect. Paul says that’s unfruitful. Okay, so there’s the reason my former word of faith pastor used to say, we pray in the tongues of angels so that Satan won’t understand, right? No, because Satan is an angel, and if that’s the language of angels, then he’s understanding perfectly well what you’re saying! You’d do better to pray in English if that’s your motivation!

The Bible tells us that the reason we spake in tongues was as a sign to unbelieving Israel.When the Apostles spoke in tongues in Acts 2, it was the fulfillment of prophecy. It had been prophesied that when Israel heard people in their midst speaking in foreign tongues, it was a sign of judgment. What’s the judgment? They’d rejected their messiah.
Tongues are for a sign. Jews require a sign, according to the New Testament. No kidding, even though I’m a man of faith, I STILL require a sign! I find myself praying to the Lord daily and asking forgiveness for the fact that I seem to be genetically disposed to needing signs to guide me.
So when Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland on TV were speaking in tongues, where was the unbelieving Jews in their midst?

Reason 6- tongues will cease.
This is the biggie. The Bible says that when that which is perfect is come, tongues will cease. What’s perfect? The Bible. No kidding. The Bible is described in the Bible as being perfect, and that God holds it above His own name, that we are to desire it above our necessary food. Jesus Christ constantly referred to it, and even rebuked the Pharisees for not knowing it!

The Bible was completed in AD 90-95 or so. By AD 60, only a few years after 1 Corinthians was written, Paul was unable to heal other believers. So tongues existed only for a very short period of time along with the other sign gifts, and passed away. In books written after 56 AD, there is no more mention of tongues.

Reason 7 – tongues are a sign for unbelievers
The Bible says so. So – if you’re speaking in a nonsense tongue, how is that a sign to unbelievers? All they’re going to think is that you need very powerful medication.

Reason 8 – The first supposed speaking in tongues
It’s recorded that at the beginning of the 20th century, that Agnes Ozman was the first person to speak in tongues in a room full of Gentile men, after a whole night of people vainly trying to speak in tongues. She suddenly got “the gift”, and began to spake in tongues as she was given utterance.

Her words were recorded. “Eeny Meeny Miney mo.” No, I’m not kidding. The sentence that followed shed light on the whole thing…” Leezle layzle lazzle lozel.”

People, that’s not speaking in tongues. One man packed up and left that day, telling them “This is not of God. This is madness.” He was right.


What is being done today is not speaking in tongues. It is practiced by shamans, witches, Hindu’s, Buddhists, and many other pagan religions. Speaking in tongues was always in the tongues of men, and always spoken when the person could understand it, it was done one at a time, and Jews were always present. How many Jews attend your charismatic church? If they are believing Jews, then what is being authenticated? If tongues are for EVERYONE – and the Bible says otherwise – then what is being authenticated? What is being proved? Tongues are for UNBELIEVERS.
Not believers.