Is the ‘speaking in tongues’ that is done today the same as that done by first-century Christians?

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July 19, 2019 / By Jaynie
Question: In the first century, the miraculous gifts of the spirit, including the ability to “speak in tongues,” verified that God’s favor had shifted from the Jewish system of worship to the newly established Christian congregation. (Heb. 2:2-4) Since that objective was accomplished in the first century, is it necessary to prove the same thing again and again in our day? In the first century, the ability to “speak in tongues” gave impetus to the international work of witnessing that Jesus had commissioned his followers to do. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-11; Matt. 28:19) Is that how those who “speak in tongues” use that ability today? In the first century, when Christians ‘spoke in tongues,’ what they said had meaning to people who knew those languages. (Acts 2:4, 8) Today, is it not true that ‘speaking in tongues’ usually involves an ecstatic outburst of unintelligible sounds?
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Fae Fae | 4 days ago
Speaking in tongues today is most likely a tool of the devil and his demons who transform themselves into angels of light to mislead the world. Consider this article: Speaking in Tongues—A Growing Phenomenon “A POWER had taken ahold of my tongue and the words just flowed like water. What a joy it was! There was a feeling of supercleanliness. I have never been the same since,” exclaimed one who had the extraordinary experience of speaking in an “unknown tongue.” There you have a person’s description of his first experience of speaking in an “unknown tongue.” ‘But what is that?’ some may rightly ask. It refers to a practice or belief in some churches whereby men and women claim to be moved by God’s spirit to speak in foreign or strange languages that they do not know. It is a growing religious phenomenon. Once viewed as an occurrence exclusive to Pentecostal believers, speaking in tongues now transcends traditional denominational boundaries to include Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics. The condition of a person when in this state has been described as ecstasy, frenzy, trance, and hypnotic. Some even call it a hysterical experience. There is a mystique and charisma associated with speaking in tongues, or glossolalia. Why the Desire Today for the Gift of Tongues? In his book Tongues of the Spirit, Cyril G. Williams suggests that there may be a “correlation between a sense of failure, and the desire for ‘tongues.’” He describes it as a release mechanism that has “therapeutic value as a reducer of tension” and a “resolver of inner conflict.” Frustration in church work, emotional stress, failure in a career, bereavement, domestic tensions, or illness in the family are cited as factors that contribute to such ecstatic speech. Similarly, in The Psychology of Speaking in Tongues, John P. Kildahl says that “anxiety is a prerequisite for developing the ability to speak in tongues.” Through personal research and careful interviewing, it was found that “more than 85% of the tongue-speakers had experienced a clearly defined anxiety crisis preceding their speaking in tongues.” For example, a mother wanted to speak in tongues so that she could pray for her son who was sick with cancer. A man began to speak in tongues during his period of indecision over an offered job promotion. A woman began speaking in tongues within a week after her husband joined Alcoholics Anonymous. What Does One Experience? Another who had spoken in tongues for the first time reported: “I felt a burning all through me, and chills and great beads of perspiration, a trembling and sort of a weakness in my limbs.” Associated with the tongue-speaking experience, there is often unusual behavior that some find disturbing. For instance, “one girl nearly choked on her own saliva as she stretched out on a chair, her neck resting on the back of it, her heels on the floor, her legs stiff.” During one congregation meeting “a man somersaulted from one end of the church to the other.” “For some people,” writes Professor William J. Samarin, “speaking in tongues is a condition for being baptized in the Holy Spirit.” Without it, they are “made to feel a little incomplete.” It is viewed also “as an answer to prayer, an assurance of divine love and acceptance.” Others have said that it leaves them with a feeling of inner harmony, joy, and peace, and with a “greater sense of power” and “a stronger sense of identity.” Is ecstatic speech really an evidence of the operation of the holy spirit? Does the experience distinguish a person as a true Christian? Is speaking in tongues a part of acceptable worship today? These questions deserve more than a cursory answer. Why? Because we want our worship to have God’s approval and blessing. For the rest of the story go here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...
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Fae Originally Answered: A question to Baptists & other Christians who believe that speaking in tongues doesn’t happen today anymore?
It's a good question, William, and you came to a pretty understandable and a logical conclusion that it might be the "Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost" that the Bible is talking about.. But, no, I don't buy it.. I think that's probably a little tough on the guys that are just following the "party line" or dogma of their particular church denomination. True, that the Baptists don't accept many of the "manifestations" and gifts of the Holy Spirit for the present day (generally). But --on the other hand-- and let's be fair-- it's also true that the Pentecostals don't generally accept "eternal Salvation" (or: "once saved -- always saved" by the blood of Jesus, rather than by our own works). "We gotta be really "Holy" and even get "Sanctified" or attain some state of "sinless perfection". So that we can sort of somehow help Him KEEP us saved, by our own "goodness",".. which Isaiah says "STINKS"! And the word he uses is the Hebrew word for a "menstrual rag". (Pardon the Bible's French, but that means a used Kotex.) (Isaiah 64:6) Let's face it, that is just as UN-scriptural as you can GET! "ALL have sinned..!" Romans 3:23 (And believe-you-me! ..we ALL do EVERY DAY! That's actually laughing up God's nose, and making a mockery of God's Word, which says YOU, on your OWN, can do NOTHING good, at ALL! (John 15:5) And so in a sense, is also "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost".. don't you think so? And the Baptists might say (and in SOME cases rightly so), that rolling on the floor, or barking like a dog or lurching as one speaks, has little or NOTHING to do with furthering the message of salvation. The purpose of the Holy Spirit, is an outpouring of God's Power, and His love, to enable you to WITNESS: to tell others about Jesus and SALVATION, through believing in Him and speaking the truth . It is not a toy or a game, (which it has TRULY become in SO many congregations). That is rubbing the Lord the wrong way, but the perpetrators are so spiritually blind and UN-attuned, that they do not even SEE it. No, I personally think the "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" that the Lord was talking about was something MUCH more basic and rudimentary than that: I think He was simply talking about saying that Jesus did NOT come and that He was NOT God's Son and that He DIDN'T come to save us. (You get my drift?) Saying Jesus is NOT the Messiah who died for your sins is the only sin that cannot be forgiven! Why? Because how can you be forgiven, if you don't believe He can DO it, or that He is Who He says He is? 1st John tells us that every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is or God. (1 John 4:2) And no man can say it , except by the Holy Spirit Paul says "..do all speak in tongues?.." (1 Corinthians 12:30; 14:23) The inferred answer is obviously NOT! (Though it IS a wonderful gift!) He then goes on to tell us that there are some other gifts that are MORE important than speaking in tongues. (Covet to prophecy) "Shoot for THAT one!" Many gifts.. same spirit. I think the major "sin" in this particular business is NOT an "unforgivable" one, but rather the self-righteous, "holier-than-thou" business of saying "I have no need of thee" (1 Corinthians 12) and that's SAD, and destructive, and sows discord, and disunity and division and "schism". But as rotten, and self-righteous as it IS, still, is not "unpardonable". People sit there and look down at their brothers and sisters and say, "OH, you can't do THAT and be a Christian!" Why don't different "brands" of Christians get to know each other, at least a wee, wee bit? Reminds me of a song from that old wild west musical "Oklahoma!" "Terratorah folks kin all be neighbors, Terratorah folks kin all be pals, Rainchuhs dainse wit da fahmuhs dawtuhs, Fahmuhs dainse wid duh rainchuhs cows!" But I think some of 'em are still gonna be down here arguing doctrine, even after Jesus comes and gathers us up there! Ha! Edit: I hope the "sober and serious religionists" among us won't get all bent outta shape when I make the comparison of Galatians 4:6 to Fred Flintstone. What was Fred Flintstone actually saying? What is the "Deep meaning" or "hidden interpretaion" of "Yabba-dabbah-DOOOOO!"? Does it MATTER? The guy was ELATED! He was HAPPY and enthusiastic about SOMETHING! Is anything WRONG with THAT? I know what "Shondo-borandai!" means, but I ain't gonna tell YOU! Why do you think they call it an "UNKNOWN tongue"?'Cause you can't figure it OUT! He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth his own spirit. When you're falling off a cliff, would you say "AHHHYYYIIIEEEEEEEE!!" Or would you just remain in silent prayer? Actually totally up to YOU! I revert (again) to song texts: "Come senators and congressmen, throughout the land, And don't criticize what you can't understand.." "The Times They Are a Changin'!" --Dylan Same principle applies to religious doctrinal hairsplitting! (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Comfort Comfort
You're right. The first century Christians who spoke in tongues were speaking in languages that were foreign to them but people around them understood. The language that happens when people speak in tongues now is no recognizable language. It's just babble.
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Berniece Berniece
answer 1. absolutely not answer 2. absolutely. for further clarification, you only need to watch some of the clips of jesus camp on youtube where the litle kids are all shoved towards a cardboard cutout of george w bush and encouraged to fondle him and speak in tongues (these are kids that are as young as 7 and 8) in the hopes that he will be possessed by the holy spirit and led to pick a supreme court justice who will have the power to overturn roe v wade. none of these children were speaking any intelligible language, nor did any of them look particularly possessed by the holy spirit.
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Affrica Affrica
I belive that it is exactly the same gift that was given in the 1st century. It is the same Holy Spirit now as it was then so i belive that the gifts would be the same. However i will admit that i can think of know way of proving this, but if you are a christian then you should belive that God is the same today yesturday and tomorro (never changing).
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Theodore Theodore
No need for individuals to speak in tongues today. The Catholic Church is in every country now. That gift is still present but it is now associated with the Apostolic Tradition of those who are the successors of Peter and Paul. Have you ever asked what Infallibility is?
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Theodore Originally Answered: Christians: What do you think of the modern day "speaking in tongues"?
Love will never cease. While there are prophecies ( at the time Paul was writing ), the need for such direct revelations would be terminated when the last book of the New Testament would be completed. Tongues where still in use in Paul's day,but they would cease in and of themselves when the sixty six books of the Bible were finished, because they would no longer be neccessary to confirm the preaching of the apostles and prophets ( Heb. 2:3-4 ). Knowledge of divine truth was being given by God to the apostles and prophets, but this would also be stopped when the complete body of Christian doctrine was once for all delivered. Egypt's Disciple, there is much more to this than can be discused here; you can e-mail me for more information. God be with you, Evangelist William M. Butler, St. Luke Ministries

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