This week Dave Edwards and myself try to cover the subject of speaking in tongues, but this time from the angle of asking specifically is speaking in tongues the initial evidence of Spirit Baptism? I say yes, pretty much always, while Dave says almost always, and we take it from there basically and politely sort through our differences in a way that hopefully you will enjoy.
We cover the usual passages this topic elicits, and look today in depth at Acts chapters 2, 8, 10, 15, and 19 mostly and had little time for much else, so it might be a topic we revisit in the near future, and spend a little bit of time in 1 Corinthians 14.
Speaking in Tongues–Is It For Everybody?
What does “do all speak in tongues” mentioned in passing in 1 Cor 12:30 refer to? Are all tongues created equal? Does the Bible really say that one needs an interpreter every time they speak in tongues?
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Recently I was asking different friends and former guests of the Fire on Your Head podcast for endorsements for the upcoming published version of 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues, and one of them wrote me back saying the following,
I actually learned some great stuff from the chapter on initial evidence [of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit]. I hold credentials with the Assemblies of God, so I’m trained to believe and teach that way. But until now, I was never quite satisfied with the arguments I heard for why tongues was the only good evidence for the baptism. I thought that chapter finally cleared my conscience on signing my paperwork every year stating that I agree with the AG statement of “fundamental truths” (the jury is still out on their eschatology, but the AG bylaws allow credential-holders to believe whatever they want on that so long as it doesn’t “cause a problem”…whatever that means). Anyhow, I found that chapter particularly helpful.
That kind of encouragement helped encourage me that I’ve written a book that will be helpful to both evangelicals as well as charismatics, which is what I’ve striven for.
I believe the Body of Christ in general will be blessed and edified by it, and many obstacles holding people back from speaking in tongues will be removed.
Check out other posts and podcast episodes on my blog about speaking in tongues.
Speaking in Tongues – Is it Really the “least” of the Spiritual Gifts?
The Walk of the Spirit, The Walk of Power – by Dave Roberson