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Are Tongues For Today?

Why Do I Speak In Tongues?

Roger Stronstad, The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke.

(I speak in tongues, because:)

1.     Tongues are a part of the Biblical record that cannot be dismissed.

2.     Tongues are one confirmation of the Word of God when it is preached.

Mark 16:14-20.

3.     Tongues are connected to the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

4.     Tongues are a unique New Testament expression.

5.     Tongues are a means of personal spiritual edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NASB-U), “One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.”

1 Corinthians 14:14-15 (NASB-U), “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. [15] What is the outcome then?  I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.”


Jude 1:20, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 14:13-19 (NASB-U).

6.     Tongues are a hotline of prayer.

7.     Tongues are a spiritual capacity for expanded praise.

8.     Tongues are the capacity for expanded worship.

9.     Tongues are one capacity for spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:18, (NASB-U), “…pray at all times in the Spirit…” (emphasis mine).

Psalm 149:5-9 (NASB-U), “…Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand” (emphasis mine).

10.   Tongues, when interpreted, are a method of God speaking in prophecy to His Church.

1 Corinthians 14:5 (NASB-U), “…unless he interprets…” (emphasis mine).

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