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Speaking in Tongues
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Women

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

By Voy Wilks

1975

Many people believe that speaking in tongues is a manifestation of, or a substitute for, righteousness.  This is not the case.  Scriptures tell us righteousness comes by keeping the commandments of Yahweh (Lk. 1:6; Ps. 119:172; Rom. 2:26; 8:4); and by having faith in Yahshua, who is Yahweh’s salvation (John 3:16; Rom. 5:18; 6:23; Gal. 2:21).

Any who believe the Scriptures can turn to the historical account in Acts chapter two and discover that “speaking with other tongues” was a means of imparting vital messages to those who spoke other languages.  On that wonderful day, the Apostles spoke in their native Galilean tongue [language] and the people heard them in approximately twenty-six different languages (Acts 2:6-11).  As used here, “tongues” simply means “languages,” and was for the express purpose of passing on to people of “other languages” the message of salvation.

We must not delude ourselves (or allow others to delude us) into believing that a “tongue” is anything other than a spoken language.  Nor should we be deluded by those who pretend to speak in an “unknown” tongue.  Ours should be a heartfelt religion, not a make-believe religion – from the lips out.

The Apostle Paul spoke in other tongues [languages] more than most, but he advised:  better to speak five words which edify others than to speak 10,000 words in a tongue which others do not understand (1 Cor. 14:19).  There are many languages [tongues] in the world, and none is without meaning (1 Cor. 14:10).  Rather than striving to excel in speaking in tongues, we should strive to excel in building up the brethren and the assembly (1 Cor. 14:11, 12).

Brethren, in the worship to our Creator there should be no acting, no show biz, no indulgence in self-exaltation.  Instead, we should strive to build up the assemblies and to “ … outdo one another in showing honor” (“Rom. 12:10 RSV).  


Speaking In Tongues

By Paul of Tarsus

Paraphrased 1975 by Voy Wilks

  1. Tongues are not for everyone (1 Cor. 12:10-12, 28-30; 14:23).
  2. Prophecy is more valuable than tongues (1 Cor. 14:1, 5, 39).
  3. Tongues are not a meaningless babble, but are languages which convey information (1 Cor. 14:7-11, 19-22).
  4. [Foreign] tongues must not be spoken unless there is someone to interpret (1 Cor. 14:27, 28).
  5. If tongues are spoken, let it be done at most by only two or three persons (Verse 27).
  6. These two or three persons must speak one at a time, each in his turn (V. 27, 28).
  7. The spirits of the prophets should control the prophets.  This means the prophets should never be ecstatic or disorderly (V. 32, 33).
  8. Everything should be done for the edification of the assembly (V. 3, 4, 5, 12, 17, 26).
  9. Everything must be done decently and orderly, with no confusion (V. 33, 40).
  10. If all in the assembly speak one language, there is no need for tongues.  It is out of order (V. 9, 13, 28).
  11. Women must not speak in the assembly (1 Cor. 14:34-37; 1 Tim. 2:11-15).
  12. In the assembly five good words of instruction which are understood are better than 10,000 words in a [foreign] tongue [language] (V. 19).
  13. However, do not forbid speaking in tongues [foreign languages] provided the above rules are followed (V. 39).
  14. Tongues are a sign for unbelievers (V. 22).
  15. If any considers himself spiritual, let him acknowledge that these things are the commandments of Yahweh (V. 37, 38).  
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