When did tongues stop? (2023)

No one was more "charismatic" than the apostle Paul. He wrote to the Corinthian church that they “lag behind no other church” when it came to the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:7)—yet no church had more gifts of the Holy Spirit than the Corinthian church Paul says however that he spoke in tongues more than any other (1 Corinthians 14:18).

No one was more charismatic than Paul, yet the Lord revealed to him that these signs would end:

“If there are prophecies, they will disappear; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will disappear” (1 Corinthians 13:8).1

Here Paul writes about the gift of tongues, the gift of prophecy and the gift of knowledge (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-2) and confirms that the Lord Jesus had revealed them to him (1 Corinthians 11:23; 15:3) . ; Galatians 1:11, 12) that there would come a time when these gifts would cease to work.

The question was always: when? When would these gifts end?

This study focuses on this question: When did the signaling stop?

Arrange Paul's letters in the order in which he wrote them

We begin by setting out a timetable for Paul's ministry. Paul was saved in Acts 9 when the Lord appeared to him on the Damascus road. Paul wrote 13 letters in the New Testament, from the letter to the Romans to the letter to Philemon. If we remember that Paul is the subject of at least half of Acts, we see that half of the 27 books of the New Testament are about him (Acts) or were written by him (13 letters).

Paul's letters are organized in our Bible according to two principles: The letters to the churches are placed first: nine letters from Romans to 2 Thessalonians, then the four letters to individuals, from 1 Timothy to Philemon.

The letters are also ordered by length: Romans is longest and comes first, then the Corinthian letters, then Galatians, etc. The longest cards come first, the shortest last.

But to understand when the sign gifts stopped, we must read Paul's epistles in the order in which he wrote them. If we put the letters in the order in which they were written, everything will become clear!

Paul's epistles in the order in which he wrote them:

The first 6 letters of Paul can fit in the book of Acts: we can read Acts and then read Paul's letters and we can see where Paul was when he wrote those letters.

The epistle to the Galatians comes first

In Acts 13:14 Paul and Barnabas made their first apostolic journey, which took them to Galatia, cities like Antioch, Lystra, Derbe, etc. Shortly after Paul returned from this trip, he wrote the letter to the Galatians (see Galatians 1:6). where Paul writes to the Galatians and says, "as soon as you were converted"). Galatians was written shortly after Paul returned from his first journey, just after Acts 14:27. Galatians is the first letter of Paul.

1 and 2 Thessalonians

The next letters Paul wrote are the two letters to the Thessalonians. In Acts 17, Paul came to Thessalonica on his second apostolic journey and preached there. Many were saved, but Paul was driven out of the city. Paul continued to Corinth where he wrote the two letters to the Thessalonians. Timothy's return from Macedonia, mentioned at Acts 18:5, is also recorded at 1 Thessalonians 3:6. And in 2 Thessalonians 2:5 Paul reminds the Thessalonians of his teaching as if he had not been with them long. So the writing of 1 and 2 Thessalonians can be placed in Acts 18 during Paul's ministry in Corinth, making them the second and third letters that Paul wrote.

1 and 2 Corinthians

The next two letters Paul wrote are the two letters to the Corinthians. In Acts 18, Paul spent a year and a half in the Corinth ministry—see Acts 18:11. He later returned to his base of operations in Antioch (Acts 18:22) and later on on his third apostolic journey he arrived in Ephesus (his ministry in Ephesus extends to Acts 19, a period of more than two years, see verse 10 ). . Here in Ephesus, Paul wrote 1 Corinthians in Acts 19—see 1 Corinthians 16:19. Shortly thereafter, Paul traveled to Macedonia (see Acts 20:1 and 2 Cor 2:13) and wrote the second letter to the Corinthians there.


At Acts 20:2–3, Paul came to “Greece,” that is, Corinth again, and spent three months there enjoying the hospitality of a believer named Gaius (mentioned at 1 Corinthians 1:14). In the house of Gaius in Corinth, Paul wrote the letter to the Romans (see Romans 16:23).

This is the last letter written during the book of Acts. In Acts 21:33 Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and spent the next 5 years in prison until the end of Acts.

To summarize what we have seen so far, we read from Acts 9 to Acts 28 about the earlier ministry of the apostle Paul and note that he wrote 6 of his 13 epistles during these years. The order of these first six books is:

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  1. Galatians - End of Acts 14
  2. 1 Thessalonicher – Apostelgeschichte 18
  3. 2 Thessalonicher – Apostelgeschichte 18
  4. 1 Corinthians - Acts 19
  5. 2 Corinthians - Acts 20
  6. Romans - Acts 20

In Acts 21 Paul was arrested and remained a prisoner until Acts 28 and beyond.

The Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon and Philippians

Shortly after the end of Acts, while still in prison, now in Rome, Paul wrote four letters, the "prison letters": Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, and Philippians. In each of these letters he writes about his "chains" - see Ephesians 6:20, Colossians 4:18, Philemon 13 and Philippians 1:13.

The Pastoral Epistles: The Epistles to Titus, First and Second Timothy

Paul was released from this captivity and continued in his ministry for a few years, maybe three years. During this time he wrote the three letters known as the "Pastoral Epistles" because these letters were written to Paul's associates: Pastors Timothy and Titus. Finally at the end of his life he is back in prison. This time he expects to be beheaded by the Lord and writes the last letter, Second Timothy.


We have examined the 13 epistles of the apostle Paul and arranged them in the order in which Paul wrote them:

During Acts – 6 letters:

1. Galatians

2. and 3. The Thessaloniki letters

4. and 5. The letters of Corinth

6. Romans

Then after Acts ends - 7 more letters:

The 4 Prison Letters:

7. Epheser

8. Kolosser

9. Philemon

10. Philippe

Then the 3 pastoral letters:

11. Tito

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12. 1 Timothy

13. 2 Timothy

Let us now read the epistles in the order in which Paul wrote them.

Now that we've gone through the 13 letters and arranged them in chronological order, let's see what they tell us about the question: When did the signings stop?

In the first six epistles, all written during the period covered by Acts, we find that sign gifts were at work in all of these churches. Throughout Acts we read of tongues, the gift of prophecy, the gift of healing, etc.—for example, tongues and prophecy in Acts 19:6, the gift of prophecy in Acts 21:10-14, the gift of healing in Acts 19:11-12 and 28:8,9 etc.

And in the "Acts of the Apostles" we read about the gifts that work in the churches founded by Paul. In Galatians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:20, 1 Corinthians 12:13,14, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Romans 12:6 - in all these epistles we read of the gifts that are to come until the end of the year work Book of Acts.

But during this time in Acts the Lord revealed to Paul that the sign gifts would cease - 1 Corinthians 13:8-12. All of the gifts were in effect throughout Acts and are mentioned in the letters written during that time, but the Lord had revealed that the sign gifts would cease sometime in the future.

When the gift of tongues ceased

Now let's go back to the Prison Epistles, the four letters written just after the end of Acts when Paul was a prisoner in Rome: Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon and Philippians... and we find that there is not a word about them in tongues or the gift of healing. Although we would have expected Paul to write about tongues in the passage about "being filled with the Spirit" in Ephesians 5:17, he has nothing to say about tongues. And in relation to the gift of healing, we read of Paul's associate, Epaphroditus, who fell gravely ill during this time (Philippians 2:25-30) and Paul no longer had the gift of healing and could not heal that had he did just a few years earlier in Acts 28:9. The sign gifts were no longer in force by the time Paul wrote the prison epistles.

Tongues in the Pastoral Letters?

In the 3 Pastoral Epistles, as in the Prison Epistles, we do not read of tongues or the gift of healing that is at work at this time. We read of prophecies made about Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:18 and 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6, but these were given years before. From what we read in these three letters, we would not even know that there is a "gift of tongues."

And again, where we would have expected Paul to mention the gifts of signs, he is silent. When Paul directs Timothy and Titus regarding the selection of men to be elders in the church, Paul says nothing about the desirability of these men having a gift such as prophecy, healing, or other sign gifts (see Titus 1:6–9 ). and 1 Timothy 3:1-10). The gifts of tongues, prophecy, etc. They were no longer in operation when Paul wrote the pastoral letters.

It is clear that the gift of healing has ceased because, as in Philippians, Paul could no longer heal, not even his associates. Timothy suffered from stomach problems and frequent illnesses (1 Timothy 5:23) and Paul cannot heal him, does not recommend him to go to a healer in the church, does not send a prayer cloth or a bottle of anointing oil (remember the miracles of about 8 years earlier in Acts 19:11-12). Likewise, in 2 Timothy 4:20, Paul has to leave behind his companion Trophimus, who was ill on the last journey. Paul's gift of healing (Acts 28:9) was no longer effective at Philippians 2:27, 1 Timothy 5:23, and 2 Timothy 4:20.


The gifts of signs, tongues, prophecy, the gift of healing, etc. were at work throughout Acts, and these gifts are mentioned in the letters that Paul wrote during the Acts period. But if we go back to the epistles written after Acts, the 4 Prison Epistles and the 3 Pastoral Epistles, we find that the gifts of signs are not mentioned at all or, as with the gift of healing, we see that they are no longer mentioned, they worked in the life of Paul. What he could do in Acts 28 he couldn't do in Philippians or 1 and 2 Timothy. He was able to heal all the sick on the island in Acts 28:9, but he could not heal any of his closest associates - Timothy, Epaphroditus, Trophimus - after the conclusion of Acts.

If we arrange Paul's epistles in the order in which he wrote them, we can see the pattern of truth found in God's Word:

The gifts of signs worked in Acts and in all the letters of the apostles: Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians and Romans.

But at this time Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 that the Lord had revealed to him that one day these gifts would cease. And they did, for in the epistles that were written after Acts, the sign gifts had ceased, just as the Lord had said.

The pattern could not be clearer, and the contrast sharper between the letters before and after, between the time when all the signs worked and the time when all the signs had ceased.

We can now give a biblical answer to the question we began with: When did the sign gifts end?

Answer: The sign gifts stopped at the end of Acts. There is no record in Scripture of any of the sign gifts at work in any of the epistles Paul wrote after the close of Acts, and it is clear that the gift of healing had ceased as Paul no longer even heals his closest companions could . -Workers after completing Acts.


Why did the signaling stop?

Having seen the pattern of truth regarding the gifts, we must ask why did the gifts stop at this point?

Paul wrote at 1 Corinthians 13:8-12:

"Love never fails. But if there are prophecies, they will fail; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will fade. For we partly know and partly prophesy. But when the perfect comes what then partial it will come to an end.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, understood as a child, thought as a child; but when I became a man I gave up childish things. Because now we're looking in a mirror, dark, but then face to face. Now I partially know, but then I will know as I am also known.

The gifts of tongues, prophecy, and knowledge during the time of Acts were only "partial," they were incomplete, they did not convey the full knowledge that the Lord had to reveal. But the Lord revealed to Paul that "the perfect" would come. In English, as in Greek, this is a neuter pronoun: "that which is perfect". Paul was not writing about the coming of "the perfect one," but about the coming of a perfect "thing." When it came, the gifts that were only "partial" would cease.

It would be like the difference between becoming a child and a grown man, and between reflecting a person's face in a wavy antique mirror, and standing face to face with the person.

Before the close of Acts, during the time of Acts, and in the epistles written during the time of Acts, the Lord had revealed to the apostle only a portion of the "time of grace" (Ephesians 3:2). but had not yet revealed the full message to him. It was still only "partial" during Acts, but with the conclusion of Acts, the Lord completed the revelation of the "mystery" (see Ephesians 3:3, 4, 9 and Colossians 1:26). ,27 etc.). "That which is perfect" was finally revealed in its fullness to the apostle Paul, and at that moment those things that were only "partial" were struck out of God's program.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:12:

"Now I partially know, but then I will know how I am also known."

When Paul wrote "now I partially know," he used the common word for "know," the Greek wordGnosis.

But then when he wrote "but then I'll know..." he changes the wordGnosisAEpignose, "to know fully".

We could paraphrase Paul's statement: "Now, as I write 1 Corinthians in Acts 19, I have gnosis -- I know in part what God's message is for us today in the dispensation of grace, but then -- if what perfectly is, has come - I shall have epignosis - the full knowledge of God's gracious message to us today."

Throughout the book of Acts Paul only had "Gnosis", a partial knowledge of the gospel of grace, but when we return to the prison letters we suddenly find Paul using the word "Epignosis", now he had received the "full knowledge" which he had not when he wrote to the Corinthians:

“Because I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and for those of Laodicea and for all those who have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, united in love and reached out to all the riches of full assurance of understanding, unto the knowledge (epignosis – full knowledge) of the mystery of God, both the Father and Christ” (Col. 2:1-2).

“Therefore, from the day we heard it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you be filled with the knowledge (epignosis – full knowledge) of his will in all wisdom and spiritual insight; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing him in all things, being fruitful in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious might, for all patience and long-suffering with joy; thank the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:9-12).

In all seven letters written after the conclusion of Acts Paul uses this word "epignosis", full knowledge. What you did not have in 1 Corinthians 13, you now have. That which is perfect had come, and so the tokens were gone.

The "sign gifts" were signs for God's "sign people"

The conclusion of Acts was also the conclusion of God's dealings with the nation of Israel for nearly 2,000 years. Acts 28:25-28 is considered God's last words to the nation of Israel for nearly two millennia. The Jews were looking for signs (1 Corinthians 1:22), so God gave them signs—among the Gentiles! - to provoke Israel to jealousy (Rom. 11:14). But with the close of Acts, God sets Israel aside for a time, and when God gave up the "sign people" for a time, the sign gifts disappeared from His program.

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I speak in tongues, what should I do?

Many Christians today have had what they believe to be the biblical gift of tongues. After studying Paul's epistles and the scriptures' teachings about stopping speaking in tongues, they ask, "What shall I do now?" There are several possible explanations for the experience: it can be a psychological experience or even a spiritual experience , but clearly according to God's Word it is not the gift of the Spirit in tongues.

What you should do? Simple: stop! Stop speaking in tongues 'cause it's not of the Holy Spirit.

For many, this is a great relief. They were taught that a person must speak in tongues to show they are truly saved or that they truly have the indwelling Holy Spirit. So they have “learned” to speak in tongues, but when they see in the Scriptures that this gift of the Lord is not operative today, they can finally stop trying to prove their salvation and begin to live by faith and not by faith to change faith. View.

For some, Paul's instructions to the prophets in Corinth will be relevant:

"If anything is revealed to another who is seated, let the first be silent. For everyone can prophesy in turn so that everyone will learn and everyone will be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the holy” (1 Corinthians 14:30-33).

When we have an experience that we learn from the scriptures that is not of the Lord, it is time to “keep still” and remember that our spirit must be under our own control: “The spirit of the Prophets is subject to the Prophets.”

The Lord's Warning

The Lord warned that experiences can be deceptive:

"Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many wonders in your name?' I knew you: Depart from me, you evildoers!'” (Mt 7:22-23).

Yes, they really had had these experiences. They had prophesied in Jesus' name, cast out demons, and performed miracles in His name. The Lord does not deny that they did these things. But then he tells them that even when they did those things, he never knew them. It is important that our faith be based on the Word of God and not on experience, for experience can deceive us.

A Note on the Gift of Healing

As we have seen, throughout Acts, Paul was able to heal many sick people. In Acts 28 he healed all the sick on the island of Malta. And he wrote to the Corinthians about the gift of healing that was at work in his church during the time of Acts (1 Corinthians 12:9). But we have also seen that with the close of Acts the gift of healing ceased to work. Paul could no longer heal anyone, not Epaphroditus in Philippians 2, not Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23, not Trophimus in 2 Timothy 4:20. The healing gift had stopped working, along with the other sign gifts.

Today God no longer gives healing and there are no "healers". But we must not think that God himself no longer heals! In Philippians 2 we read of a healing that God performed after the gift of healing had stopped working:

“But I thought it necessary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, collaborator and militia comrade, your messenger and the one who attended to my needs; for he longed for you all, and was grieved because ye had heard that he was ill.

“For surely he was almost to death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him, but also on me, lest he should have sorrow upon sorrow.

"That's why I sent it with more excitement, so when you see it again you'll be happy and I'll be less sad.

“Receive him, therefore, in the Lord with all joy, and respect such men; for for the work of Christ he was near death, without regard to life, to make up for what was lacking in your ministry to me” (Philippians 2:25-30).

Paul praises Epaphroditus for his faithfulness unto death. But when Epaphroditus fell ill - on the verge of death - Paul could no longer heal him because the gift of healing had stopped working. But we read that Epaphroditus was healed - directly by the Lord: "He was sick to death, but the Lord had mercy on him...".

There is healing today, but there is no gift of healing, there are no "divine healers". There is no gift of healing today, but God still heals...sometimes. He healed Epaphroditus, but not Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 or Galatians 4:13-15, nor Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23, nor Trophimus in 2 Timothy 4:20. He heals today according to His will. But the promise He made to Paul remains our promise today in probation:

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"My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Whether we are healthy or sick, whether we are like Epaphroditus or Timothy, we can always claim this promise from the Lord that His grace and power are sufficient for us. He never makes us suffer anything that He does not give us the strength to endure.


  1. All references are taken from the New King James Version.


Does speaking in tongues still exist? ›

While cessationist Christians believe that this miraculous charism has ceased, Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians believe that this gift continues to operate within the church.

Where in the Bible does it say tongues is the least of the gifts? ›

Speaking in tongues is the least among the spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:28). God gave spiritual gifts so that church members can build each other up (1 Cor. 12:7).

When did speaking in tongues start again? ›

In addition to the occurrences of tongues speaking in 1901 in Topeka and in Los Angeles in 1906-9, it also arose in the Welsh revival in 1904-5. Today, “speaking in tongues” is the most talked about phenomena in Christianity.

Does the Bible say everyone can speak in tongues? ›

But in 1 Corinthians 14:4 Paul says, “Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy”. Later in the same chapter he speaks of the possibility of all speaking in tongues (14:23) and of all prophesying (14:31).

What did Jesus say about speaking in tongues? ›

For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

Why do Baptist not believe in speaking in tongues? ›

First, Southern Baptists cannot permit its missionaries to pray in tongues because what the latter claim is the biblical gift is not. The biblical gift of tongues was always “a legitimate language of some people group,” so the policy declares.

Why does God allow us to speak in tongues? ›

REASON ONE: The Word of God teaches that when we are filled with the Holy Ghost, we speak with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. Speaking in tongues is an initial evidence, or sign, of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues without an interpreter KJV? ›

[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.

Is the gift of tongues for all? ›

The Bible specifically teaches that not everyone is given the gift of tongues (I Corinthians 12:29-30). That is why it's dangerous to teach that tongues are the only signifying proof of the work of God's Spirit in a person's life.

Who invented speaking in tongues? ›

According to the New Testament, glossolalia first occurred among the followers of Jesus at Pentecost, when “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts of the Apostles 2:4).

Who made up speaking in tongues? ›

The first recorded use of a version of the phrase speaking in tongues in English comes from the Tyndale Bible, which was created during the early 1500s. Since that time, other translations of the Bible have also used this phrase.

What church started speaking in tongues? ›

She says in modern day, speaking in tongues is a practice popular in the Pentecostal church; one that started in 1905. "It was a badge of honor for Pentecostals to be set apart. They wanted to be different from the majority Christian denominations," she said.

Did the Apostle Paul ever speak in tongues? ›

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:14-19). In describing his own gift of speaking in tongues, Paul wrote, “my spirit prays” (1 Cor.

What branches of Christianity speak in tongues? ›

Glossolalia is very common in Pentecostal Christian worship services, but it has also occurred in other sects of Christianity, as well as in other religions (and cults), such as paganism, shamanism and Japan's God Light Association.

Do Methodists believe in tongues? ›

Do United Methodists believe in “praying in tongues”? They do if you mean the tongues of the world and the languages of the countries where United Methodism is represented.

Do Southern Baptist believe in tongues? ›

Southern Baptists have long viewed speaking in tongues with ambivalence, not exactly condemning a practice that's mentioned in the Bible, but not allowing it from its pastors and churches.

What is the difference between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost? ›

The English terms "Holy Ghost" and "Holy Spirit" are complete synonyms: one derives from the Old English gast and the other from the Latin loanword spiritus. Like pneuma, they both refer to the breath, to its animating power, and to the soul.

What is the real gift of tongues? ›

January 2022) In Christian theology, the Gift of tongues is a miraculous faculty granted by the Holy Spirit to a person, allowing the person to speak multiple languages that the person did not previously know. This definition varies between different sects of Christianity.

Did Mormons speak in tongues? ›

Speaking in tongues was mentioned in revelations to Joseph Smith as one of the many gifts of the Spirit that follow those who have faith in Jesus Christ. Early Latter-day Saints experienced this gift in two ways. The first, speaking or singing in an unknown language, is sometimes called glossolalia.

What are the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit tongues? ›

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. While some Christans accept these as a definitive list of specific attributes, others understand them merely as examples of the Holy Spirit's work through the faithful.

What religion uses tongues? ›

Speaking In Tongues: Why Do People Do It? Glossolalia is very common in Pentecostal Christian worship services, but it has also occurred in other sects of Christianity, as well as in other religions (and cults), such as paganism, shamanism and Japan's God Light Association.

What language did Jesus speak? ›

Most religious scholars and historians agree with Pope Francis that the historical Jesus principally spoke a Galilean dialect of Aramaic. Through trade, invasions and conquest, the Aramaic language had spread far afield by the 7th century B.C., and would become the lingua franca in much of the Middle East.

Do all assemblies of God speak in tongues? ›

Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a requirement for ministerial licensing and ordination. However, Spirit baptism and speaking in tongues is not a requirement for membership or participation in an Assembly of God church.

Do Protestants believe in tongues? ›

Today some Protestant churches believe that speaking in tongues is still a gift from the Holy Spirit. However, other Protestant churches reject this idea, believing the gift of tongues was only for the time of the early Church.

Do Free Will Baptist believe in speaking in tongues? ›

The doctrine is a mixture of Baptist (specifically, Free Will Baptist) and Pentecostal beliefs. Sanctification as a second work of grace, baptism of the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in tongues, and the supernatural move of the Holy Spirit are important aspects of the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist denomination.

What churches speak in tongues? ›

She says in modern day, speaking in tongues is a practice popular in the Pentecostal church; one that started in 1905. "It was a badge of honor for Pentecostals to be set apart. They wanted to be different from the majority Christian denominations," she said.

Does everyone have the gift of tongues? ›

The Bible specifically teaches that not everyone is given the gift of tongues (I Corinthians 12:29-30). That is why it's dangerous to teach that tongues are the only signifying proof of the work of God's Spirit in a person's life.

What language is spoken in tongues? ›

In short, speaking in tongues is a real language. It is not a known, natural language, but it is a supernatural language that is meant for direct communication with God. It is a language that cannot be understood without divine interpretation. The only thing that makes tongues real is faith.

Do Amish believe in speaking in tongues? ›

For me, I get goose bumps, actually." For Senior Pastor Gerry Stoltzfoos, speaking in tongues is a deeply ingrained way of life. He says he has been speaking in tongues since he was a boy growing up in an Amish family, although the Amish frown on the practice.

Can you be Pentecostal and not speak in tongues? ›

"The distinguishing feature of classical Pentecostalism is to say that unless you have spoken in tongues, you don't have this baptism in spirit," said Russell Spittler, emeritus professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

Who was the first person to speak in tongues? ›

"It was common for me to pray the verses while praying, and it was as if hands were laid upon my head that the Holy Spirit fell upon me and I began to speak in tongues, glorifying God. I talked several languages, and it was clearly manifest when a new dialect was spoken.
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Did Paul speak in tongues? ›

Clearly, Paul's devotional life was characterized by praying and singing and praising in tongues, and he was profoundly grateful to God for this gift.

Does anyone have two tongues? ›

Congenital malformations of the tongue with- out anomalies outside the oral cavity are ex- tremely rare. The incidence of this malforma- tion is not known, but in a prospective study of 50000 children (3) only one child had a double tongue.

What was God's first language? ›

“God's first language is silence.” In commenting on this beautiful, rich insight of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas Keating, in his work Invitation to Love, writes: “Everything else is a poor translation. In order to understand this language, we must learn to be silent and to rest in God.”

What happens to the brain when you speak in tongues? ›

“Glossolalia brain function appears to be more similar to other trance-like states in which the frontal lobe activity diminishes as the person loses their sense of purposely performing the practice,” said Newberg, in an interview for this article.

Why do only Pentecostals speak in tongues? ›

Speaking in tongues do play an important role in the Pentecostal Movement in order to sensitise the believer to the promptings of the Spirit, to give confidence to witness, and provide power to live a holy life (in the language of pioneers like Taylor [1907:128] and Haywood [1908:3]).


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