Speaking in Tongues is Real

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I grew up in a family that was in church everytime the doors were open. The church we attended was a conservative church with the gifts of the Holy Spirit being quite abundant. I’ve never really thought anything otherwise about Speaking in Tongues, but now that I am 25 years old, I want to read the scripture for myself to determine what I believe. I want to study it and read the scriptures for myself that would make a foundation for why I believe the way I do.

Speaking in Tongues was a big one for me. The vast majority of Christians do not believe in it, but I have seen it and been around it all of my life.

I started out by looking up Tongues in the Concordance in my NIV Study Bible. I came to Acts chapter 2 where speaking in tongues was first given to someone. Now, upon reading this chapter alone, one could assume that it was only for these special people. However, if you go to Acts Chapter 10 another occurance of this gift was given.

Acts 10 : 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

If the Holy Spirit poured out this gift on people who were not considered “special” then we have evidence here that the Holy Spirits gift can be given to anyone. While the bible makes it clear that not everyone will recieve this gift (1 Corinthians 12:30), you do not have to be viewed as a particular special person by God, as Peter was, to be able to speak in tongues.

I tried to read quite a bit on this very topic by people who do not believe in this gift. The only explanation I could find was that those who do not believe in it think that this was no longer in action by the Holy Spirit after the apostolic period. However, as mentioned above, I think the bible is pretty clear that it was not only the apostles that were given this gift.

Preachers Who Tear Down Other Ministers

I could mention these preachers, but i’m not going to. Most people who read a lot of books on theology, listen to sermons online, or listen to christian radio are probably well aware of a few who fit this category. It is so frustrating to me.

On one hand, these ministers are so thankful that Jesus Christ saved them. On the other hand, they don’t realize that his blood covered more than just themselves. In fact, some are so dogmatic they will go to the point of putting down others directly from the pulpit. In my personal views, the pulpit should be used for teaching the word, not teaching against the words of men.

Now, before I make anyone too upset, you have to realize that I acknowledge that there are false teachers. We should stay clear of them. I will warn my family and others I know about ones that I truly encounter.

However, I’ve seen people take a single sentence out of context, quote it, and call them false teachers under the same breath. Billy Graham has had one of the best ministries in the entire world. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I can acknowledge that he has led many to Christ through the Holy Spirits work.

Recently, according to someone I attend church with, Billy Graham said a sentence that sounded like Universalism. I don’t know if Billy Graham for sure believes in that these days, but I suspect that he doesn’t or else he wouldn’t have worked so hard to see so many souls saved. Why should we take Billy Graham and throw him under the bus, tear his ministry down, and likely hurt many believers? Please, just think before you go around ranting about other pastors. You could be doing more harm than you are good.