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Chuck Vandhitch wrote:

I believe Tongues is a gift that is highly misused today.

Response;

It can be ‘misused’ by being denigrated as well as by ‘improper’ use.

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Example: You’re in the room with nothing but Japanese speaking people and you have absolutely no ability to speak the language and like wise they don’t understand English. Tongues gives you the ability to speak their language so they can understand and ‘interpret’ what you have said.

Response:

Sorry, but this analogy simply doesn’t match the situation that Paul addresses and corrects at Corinth. All would presumably speak Greek, since this was a Greek city (about 48 miles from Athens)and Greek was still the ‘working language’ of the civilized world. The city had a large mixed population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews.

So, if your premise is correct, there would have been no reason to exercise the ‘gift’ since they all shared at least one language.

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Nowadays almost everybody understands English and many are fluent in multiple languages. So I don’t feel Tongues is needed anymore.

Response:

Again, if your primary assumption is incorrect, so will be your extensions of it. Although many people in the ancient world were multi-lingual, it wasn’t required even then, since Greek was international much like English is today. Yet it is still described as one of the ‘gifts’ of the Spirit, given to edify the church.

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But the way it is used in alot of churches is unbiblical.

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True! However, this simply does NOT invalidate either the gift or the Spirit’s purpose for giving it, any more than excess or abuse in any other doctrinal or practical area invalidates how we are supposed to conduct ourselves.

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This only edifies the person.

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“1Co 14:4 He that speaketh2980 in an unknown tongue1100 edifieth3618 himself;1438 but1161 he that prophesieth4395 edifieth3618 the church.1577 ”

According to Paul, this is one of the purposes for the gift, to edify oneself. However, when used in the congregation, it is to be interpreted in order that ALL might be edified. And, prophecy is extolled for use in the congregation, since it automatically edifies the whole body.

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Some even preach that you aren’t ‘spiritual’ unless you have been given this gift. I don’t believe that at all.

Response:

Agree fully!

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“But in a church where everyone understands English, it is not needed. It only causes confusion.”

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I repeat, in 1st Century Corinth, where everyone understood Greek, it was still ‘needed’. It was the ‘confusion’ that Paul addressed, NOT the necessity or validity of the gift.

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If you have any questions, take it up with God.

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That is what we all should do, both in prayer, as well as, like the Bereans, searching the scriptures to bring our thoughts into conformity with God’s Word.

Blessings,

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