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Who are tongues a sign for?

Submitted: 12/22/2006
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Question: Doesn't the Bible say tongues are a sign, not to the BELIEVER, but to the UNBELIEVER? If I am a believer, why do I look for tongues to be a sign to me when the Bible says they are not a sign to me? Tongues were given on the day of pentecost as a sign that this was that spoken by the prophet Joel, the Bible never said that every time some one is filled with the spirit they will speak in tongues. Paul ask these questions, are all apostles, prophets, teachers, workers of miracles, have the gift of healing, do all interpret? the answer to ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS IS NO, he asked this question also, DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES? and the answer is NO, so if the baptism of the Holy Ghost must come with the utterance of tongues and every one in the body of Christ must be baptized with the Spirit, why did Paul say that not everyone will have this gift?

Answer: You are falling into the common error of failing to distinguish between the gift (Greek dorea) of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts (Greek charisma) of 1 Corinthians 12. These are two entirely different ministries of the Holy Spirit. For a full explanation of this, please read our article titled 'Speaking in Tongues in the Church' found in the Apostolic Free Library. You can find it at www.gloriouschurch.com/html/Speaking-In-Tongues-In-The-Church.asp.