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Can tongues be false or fake?

Submitted: 5/21/2008
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Question: I have grown up in the Pentecostal movement all my life, so I have seen numerous people receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. Over the years I have made some observations during church services. I notice when a preacher is giving his sermon he often interjects 'tongues' for a few seconds and then continues with his sermon. I have also noticed some people 'speaking in tongues' but it looks like they're forcing random words. Lately I've been observing numerous people during services and I'm convinced that some 'speak in tongues' WITHOUT the Spirit giving the utterance. I saw a few videos on the Internet showing trinitarian churches speaking in tongues the way we do, but agian I analyzed very carefully and concluded that they were speaking without the Spirit giving the utterance. I even saw one clip showing a pastor 'speaking in tongues' and then someone from the audience responding to him 'in tongues.' All this has made me come to the conclusion that there are true, real, sincere moments when an individual speaks in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, and there are those who merely articulate gibberish and call it 'speaking in tongues.' What I would like to know is do you agree with this or not?

Answer: We agree with your analysis in general, but we cannot say that we agree with each example you site sense we were not there to observe for ourselves. But we have noted similar occurrences.