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The Spirit's Gift of Tongues


In contrast to Prophecy, the Gift of Tongues is inspired words which are unknown to the speaker of the words.
It is this,
obviously supernatural character, which makes it a gift which adds the sign element to prophetic utterances when it is supernaturally interpreted into the language of the hearers present. For this reason it has special relevance to unbelievers or unbelief within a congregation.
  "Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers,
while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers."
1 Corinthians 14:22.
Tongues followed by Interpretation is no less than Prophecy and is also therefore under the same limit of a maximum of three speakers, to prevent one particular gift dominating the assembly/congregation of God's people.
  "If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn,
and let someone interpret."
1 Corinthians 14:27
importantly, if a Gift of the Spirit is genuine, it must be treated as the Spirit speaking and not relegated to something less than the preacher's sermon. Speakers in Tongues, in Interpretation, in Prophecy, in a Word of Knowledge, etc. should speak with the same respect and facility to the people as any other form of anointed ministry – that is at the pulpit, or at the microphone.
To treat these gifts in practice as less honoured than the gift of Teacher is to dishonour the Holy Spirit, and you can then expect abuse to creep in with mixed-motive persons popping up and speaking ad lib as if inspired
speakers in any of the Gifts come forward to address the people it also allows the functioning elders to stop, before they speak, those who would abuse the believers with pretended utterances, which does happen and causes confusion.
  "So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
But all things should be done decently and in order
[in line with its purpose]."
1 Corinthians 14:39-40

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