I’ve heard so many arguments on both sides, and both make pretty good arguments. My own opinion on the subject though is Nay on tongues as they are presented today, personally I lean more towards that it is supposed to be an actual language, not repetitious noise that’s claimed to be languages of Angels.
But again that’s just my opinion based on my interpretation of Scripture.
Please note that I am referring to the “unknown language of angels” aspect of the tongues movement, and am not referring to actual languages (like the Apostles at Pentecost).
I don’t speak in tongues nor ever have. But I do know some that have at one time and some that currently do. I’ve studied the tongues practice for quite some time, and speaking and interpreting tongues all fall under one aspect of Scripture that regularly goes unnoticed. my issue with it is the following –
- 1Corinthians 14:14) “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.“
This pretty much is the sole argument they have for the “unknown” language being valid. But I have a problem with that. Praying in tongues for their own edification also is a problem because you don’t know what you are saying, and this is confusion and violates a doctrine of Scripture, and no single practice can be considered valid if it violates another precept. It must correlate with all of God’s Word or else be seen as a false teaching. Please read 1Corinthians chapter 14
The argument all stems from a persons defense of tongues in general, valid language or not, and they always look to the thing instead of what it is causing. Speaking in tongues, praying in tongues, thinking in tongues, and praising in tongues all seems to be a great thing, but where the true argument comes in is the defiling act of confusion of the Spirit.
- 1Corinthians 14:33) “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.“
Causing confusion to yourself is also a valid mistake and if it is done willingly is a sin to your own self. Willful confusion is sowing discord, confusion, and error among the church and is reaping no benefit other than to satiate ones own desire to fulfill a want.
- James 4:17) “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.“
Rather one should look to clarify, clear up the matter, be aware of the goings on, and if any person needs wisdom to understand a matter then let them ask of God who gives to all men liberally. God gives wisdom to understand all things, including language.
Tongues therefore should be used for edification (the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually), edifying the church to help teach the saints the Word and Will of God, or of self to understand the Word and Will of God. And how can one do this if they don’t know what they are saying?
Now the other side of the coin is also true, and I’ll pose it as a question.
- 2Corinthians 11:14-15) “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.“
Is it possible that the enemy could trick one into thinking that they are praising God in some “unknown language of angels” and possibly be instead giving a place to the devil? Can a Christian be fooled and deceived?
- 1John 4:1) “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.“
Don’t just accept or give into a practice or desire because many do it and say it’s fine or blessed, but rather test the act/belief/doctrine/teaching by submitting it to the Word of God UNBIASEDLY. Be willing to give it up if it does not affirm to be a true gift of God, and be ready to resist it if it is a device of the enemy.
All things are good that edify, but if it cannot praise God and give Him the glory and honor in full view and understanding, and instead it brings confusion and misunderstanding, then it is not of God but is rather a ploy of darkness manifesting itself as an angel of light.
- 1Corinthians 14:28) “But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.“
If there is no interpreter then all should keep silence, or else confusion and error is permeating the church and that will be an act of the enemy to draw away the church into sin. This is what the Word of God says and many want to ignore or disregard it because it doesn’t fit with their personal view. However, if there is an interpreter that can accurately state what is being said then it is Biblical, but if not then keep silence.
Again, all things must edify Scripturally, and cannot be something that is insisted upon because it “edify’s” the flesh. True Biblical edification is that which honors and glorifies the Holy Lord God and not the opinions and feelings of the people. All things must be subjected to the Word of God or else be ridden of, and that includes practices, doctrines, opinions, and thoughts. All things must be taught in light of God’s Word and must be in line with all precepts of Christ, and if it violates even one then it is not of God.
- 1Timothy 4:17) “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.“
Exercise thyself unto Godliness, all that which is of God, teaches by God, and is in line with the Word of God. Setting aside one’s own beliefs and opinions if it doesn’t match up with the Word of God, because His will and ways must precede first in our lives. Godliness, holiness, and the perfect way is setting up Scripture as the most important thing in one’s life, choosing to obey the Lord God Jesus Christ above that which the world and other beliefs and practices would possibly deem as right.
~God bless all those that hear and heed His Holy Word, Amen.