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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this ... Why speak in tongues study. We'll be looking into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study will reveal truth as to bring forth understanding and then peace within.


What is speaking in tongues? Who is given the gift of speaking in tongues?

This is a very sensitive issue to many Christians, so I will be as gentle as I can, but I will not tickle the ear but rather, let the WORD OF GOD (Bible) speak as for you to determine what you believe the truth is.

I have created a study on this topic not to attack those who are running around speaking in what they call "Tongues" ... Nor do I share this TRUTH because the Bible speaks against them doing so in the Church, as I believe that he who is not against us is on our side.

I share this study because some of these religious leaders that choose to use Speaking in Tongues as a centerpiece to their Ministry have taught their flock that those souls who do not or are unable to speak in Tongues are not filled with the Holy Spirit therefore are unworthy of God's Grace.


If one elects to get upset about that which YOU will READ for YOURSELF from the Bible cuz it does not sit well with what MAN has taught you ... Take your complaints to the one who inspired Paul, as I am merely showing you Scripture.

Many like to say that INTERPRETATION of God's Word is where the problem is ... And I say AMEN. But, let us not just end it at that and cover our eyes and ears as many choose to do, in a vain attempt to defend their fragile faith.

No, that is no way to live by Faith. Let us check the fruits of that which we believe as to prove all things so that we KNOW that we KNOW that we KNOW that what we believe ... Is GOD'S TRUTH.


We are in agreement that there is an Interpretation problem between many Christians on this topic, so let us find out WHERE the interpretation prob is cuz Paul is MORE THAN CLEAR when he shares on the topic in the Bible. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to discern these simple yet powerful words that he has shared with us.

Here is TRUTH ...

Speaking in Tongues IS a Spiritual gift.

However, speaking in Tongues is something that is misunderstood by many. (no pun intended)
First off, what is speaking in Tongues? Speaking in Tongues is a spiritual gift, given by the Holy Spirit. The whole purpose of speaking in Tongues TO A GROUP is for the Holy Spirit to speak thru a vessel to said group of people as for them to comprehend what the Holy Spirit is saying for these souls to learn TRUTH.

Let's look at the first time this mysterious spiritual gift of speaking in Tongues was used:

Acts 2:4-11
And they were all (the disciples) filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other Tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under Heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confused, because every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilśans?

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.

They were speaking in Tongues which is a universal language which ALL men and women could hear AND Understand.

Let's take a lil field trip back in time ...

Long ago all men spoke this same universal language.
But God "confounded" the language and now there are many languages.

Genesis 11:1-9
the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech
. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto Heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

So, we see that the gift of speaking in Tongues was used for those who were in need of sharing the TRUTH of the Gospel to a crowd of people who speak various languages.

Today, there are many people who speak more than one language but there are also those who interpret different languages. Today, the Bible is translated into every language known to man, whereas back in Biblical times, the availability of the written Word in different languages was quite scarce, if it was even available at all, so the need for speaking in Tongues was much greater at that time because you were speaking to many different languages at the same time.

Not every Christian possesses the gift of speaking in Tongues.
Nor was every Christian ever intended to.

Paul explained that we are many parts, but one body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities (many different types and levels) of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal (Given as needed to profit the cause) ... For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 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: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.

Notice that the gifts arenít all given to each Christian, but distributed AS GOD DEEMS NEEDED. One gift to one and another gift to another. Nor does it say that the gift of Tongues (or any other gift) is given to all.


There are some congregations where speaking in Tongues is a regular practice, and they believe that if youíve never spoken in Tongues, you must not be saved yet. And theyíll try and CON-vince you that youíre missing something, that youíre Spiritually incomplete if youíve never spoken in Tongues. This simply isnít TRUTH.

Imagine how many souls are sitting there babbling away so that those next to them will THINK they are Speaking in Tongues but when they leave and are all alone, they KNOW it was not real so they feel inadequate.

Where is God's GRACE and LOVE in this?

WHY would some Christians and even some Christian leaders tell others that if they do not speak in Tongues that they are not Christian?

It is because of something that Jesus said about speaking in Tongues:

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new Tongues;
they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Does this mean that ALL those that follow Jesus will have ALL of these gifts? I mean I see VERY few Christians walking around doing ALL of these things.

No, these are just some of the various gifts that Christians will have IF needed just as Paul shared with us above in I CORINTHIANS 12:1-11.

Their interpretation suggests that if we, as Christians, donít each one of us at some point in our Christian walk speak in Tongues, that we are not believers? God forbid ... That would suggest that each Christian that does not cast out devils, play with snakes, drink poison, and heal the sick are not believers, are not worthy of the comfort of the Holy Spirit and will go to hell.

Jesus never said that. It is a misinterpretation on the part of those who would suggest that if one does not speak in Tongues that the person is not a Christian.

Hopefully your mind is at ease now if youíre not gifted with speaking in Tongues, or did not understand someone who claimed to be speaking in Tongues.

If you are a Christian and do not speak in Tongues ... It simply means that speaking in Tongues isnít the gift that the Holy Spirit gave to you as it would not be needed in your Ministry and/or your Christian walk.
(At least not up to this point)

If speaking in Tongues isnít a gift that the Holy Spirit has bestowed on you, it doesnít mean that thereís something wrong with you. It doesnít mean that youíre a spiritual nit wit, or inadequate, and it certainly doesnít mean that youíre not saved if you donít speak in Tongues.

Cuz our loving Lord, Jesus also said ...

Matthew 13:3-4, 19
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Ask yourself this question ... If these individuals who are standing before a congregation and start speaking gibberish and say this is speaking in Tongues and the audience does NOT UNDERSTAND what in the world they are saying ... What good is it for the flock?

Again ... The gift of speaking in Tongues is for those who are in need of sharing the TRUTH of the Gospel to a crowd of people who speak various languages.

Which brings up an interesting question. WHY would a person claiming to be of God speak in Tongues to an audience that will not understand?
Paul addressed this very issue ...

Iíd like to show you some of the things that Paul wrote concerning speaking in Tongues.

1 Corinthains 14:1-9
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts,
but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

It sounds like even in Paulís day, people were pretending to speak in Tongues too, because they wanted the people to think them more than they were.

1 Corinthians 14:10-14
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.


Did you catch that? If you speak in Tongues, you yourself donít understand what youíre saying, because it is your spirit that is speaking.

1 Corinthians 14:15-19
What is it then? (how does it work then) I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

AMEN ... It is better to share TRUTH and be understood by those present than to speak thousands of words and nobody have any idea what you are talking about. Paul closes the debate with these words:

1 Corinthians 14:22-28
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. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a TRUTH. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 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. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church;
And let him speak to himself, and to God.

So we are not to forbid others to speak in tongues but they should do so to and for God and not in the Church and if they do speak in tongues to a group be sure the audience understands by using an interpreter and never tell other Christians that they are deemed as unbelievers if they do not speak in tongues.

Again ... The gift of speaking in Tongues in a group WAS used for those who are in need of sharing the TRUTH of the Gospel to a crowd of people who speak various languages. It is now to be used to as a private language between God and man and should not be used to edify oneself by speaking it in Church or where others are present UNLESS you can interpret it for others which if ya think about it ... Is what we are to be doing when we are sharing God's Word.

So, if you are one of the many Christian souls that have been told by or ever hear a Christian or a Christian leader say that if you do not speak in Tongues, you are not a believer or you are not filled with the Holy Spirit and they try and quote our loving Lord, Jesus who died for our sins as the source of this ridiculous claim when He said ...

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new Tongues;
they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

You just tell em that IF their interpretation of our LOVING Lord is TRUTH ...
You wanna see em drink a lil poison as they juggle a rattler and a cobra while speaking in Tongues.

Tsk Tsk ... The gifts are given AS they are needed.

Contrary to popular trends, as you read in the Scriptures provided above the BIBLE says that the Church is NOT the place to be speaking in Tongues unless there is an interpreter which makes very good sense cuz nobody understands what is being said.

Here is something to ponder ... IF one can interpret the words, why even waste the time of speaking in tongues, why not just speak it clearly in the first place so all can understand unless the man or woman who is claiming to speak in Tongues.

It has been made CLEAR in the Bible that Speaking in Tongues is either to speak to a group of people of various languages ... OR to speak to GOD in PRIVATE.

Otherwise it is being used to edify only SELF.

I am no man's judge so it matters lil to me if people run around in Church speaking in what sounds like Gibberish but something Paul said comes to mind and heart ...


If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

Where is the sharing of TRUTH in this?

I realize that because of the way many were taught, these words are hard to swallow. But one thing you must remember is to NEVER trust man's word. No, not mine either, without first confirming what is said in the WORD OF GOD (Bible).

The problem is ... You just did.

Now comes the time of CHOICE.


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