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If speaking in tongues is essential...?

Submitted: 12/6/2008
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Question: If tongues are essential for salvation, then why doesn't the Bible explicitly state this? I have been apostolic for 20 years and have read every scripture there is on tongues. I have heard every tongue scripture expounded upon in conjuction with this doctrine. It's NOT in there.

Answer: The Bible was written is such a way that only the spiritually hungry will understand it. If a person doesn't want to see something, he won't. This is why not every doctrine is presented in an explicit way. Concerning speaking in tongues, we can find plenty of examples in the book of Acts and references to it in the epistles. To say that speaking in tongues is essential for salvation is to miss the point. What is essential is being filled with the Spirit (John 3:5; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14). The only way we can know that we have received the Spirit is by speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. It is not just speaking in tongues that is the sign; it is speaking as the Spirit gives the utterance. The further evidence that appears over time is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).