Many people are confused about tongues and whether they are for today. Let us “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
BUT AREN’T TONGUES FOR TODAY?
No. It’s very simple. There are three classes – two of which are mentioned in the King James Bible.
Class 1: Known tongues that were spoken at and after Pentecost up to AD70
Class 2: Unknown tongues that were spoken after Pentecost up to AD70
Class 3: Babble – this is what is uttered today.
This is not mentioned in the Bible.
It looks like this:
SO WHAT IS A TONGUE?
Firstly, there is the actual organ itself as the rich man wanted water to “…cool my tongue…” (Luke 16:24).
Secondly, it stands for a proper language as Paul
“… spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue…” (Acts 21:40).
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE THREE
These were proper languages that were known by those Jews at Pentecost and up to AD70, as “…every man heard them speak in his own language.”
(Acts 2:6). These were not prayer languages.
These were proper languages that were not known by anyone present at a meeting. This why God forbids them to be spoken at a meeting as they would not be of use to anyone and would only puff up the speaker. Paul says “Go home and talk to the Lord if you must, but even then you won’t be praying to God.”
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue SPEAKETH not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he SPEAKETH mysteries.” (1 Cor 14:2).
But if you speak in an unknown tongue, you are speaking to God, however, it is not with the holy Spirit but in your human spirit. These were not prayer languages.
What is uttered today is not even Class 2!!
This babbling is merely a series of sounds that anyone can string together to make themselves sound spiritual. This is what is uttered today ie “booarababargoosheeundtagooarammarrabo” – the manufactured, artificial and fraudulent sounds abounding in many churches today.
This babble is not mentioned in 1st Corinthians.
It is not a prayer language and you are not even speaking to God.
Never was the saying more true than this:
“It’s just too silly for words”.