“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39
THE BIBLE SAYS…
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”
1 CORINTHIANS 14:18 and 19
“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”
WE BELIEVE GOD CAN AND DOES DO MIRACLES TODAY: God is omnipotent. He never changes. If He did it in the past, He can do it today, and it is evident to us, that we desperately need the miracle working power of God in our world today.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
WE RECOGNIZE THAT SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS A MIRACULOUS GIFT FROM GOD: We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every true believer, and that He bestows spiritual gifts upon the Church, including speaking in tongues.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4
WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE GIFT OF TONGUES IS RELEVANT TODAY: God has given certain gifts, including prophecies, tongues, and knowledge, that will bless the people of God until Jesus comes again in majesty to abolish sin, and rule and reign on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
WE OBSERVE THAT SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS FREQUENTLY MENTIONED AS EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is often witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
“And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” Acts 10:45-46a
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRIORITY OF LOVE OVER THE GIFT OF TONGUES: The gift of speaking in tongues is useless without genuine love. Love is the greatest gift of all!
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3