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Speaking in Tongues in the Church are listed below:
Point #1 (Verse 1) Prophesying is preferable because it
is charitable, unlike speaking in tongues, which no
man in the church understands.
Point #2 (Verse 2) By speaking in an unknown
tongue you do not to speak to men, but unto God:
because no man understands what you are speaking,
even though you're speaking mysteries in the spirit.
Point #3 (Verses 3-4) Speaking in tongues in the
church gathering is not useful to the church, because
it only edifies the speaker; but the church cannot
understand the words of the tongue or language. But
prophesying edifies the church because through it we
can speak unto men for their edification, exhortation,
and comfort. The church gathering is not for speaking
to God alone, but also for speaking to one another
(Ephesians 5:19). Therefore, to speak to God alone
and not to men in the gathering of saints shows lack
of spiritual order. If when we come together in
fellowship we turn our backs against ourselves to
speak to God alone, we abuse the purpose of
corporate worship. If we must speak alone to God, it
should be in our private worship, as our Lord has
taught us in Matthew 6:5 and 6.
Point #4 (Verse 5) Paul preferred that all the church
would rather prophesy than to speak in unknown
tongues, because speaking with tongues is less than
prophesying, except it is accompanied by
interpretation so that the church may receive
Point #5 (Verse 6) Speaking with tongues to men
does not profit them, only speaking to them by
revelation, knowledge, prophesying, or by doctrine
that can edify them.
Point #6 (Verse 7) Even lifeless objects, such as pipe
or harp, which produce sound are more useful or
intelligible than speaking tongues that do not give a
distinction in the sounds made to the ears of men.
coolPoint #7 (Verse A degree of certainty and
distinctiveness of meaning is required in every sound
given in the church to build up, equip and perfect the
saints for their spiritual life's battles.
Point #8 (Verse 9) You can utter by the tongue words
easy to be understood; and except you do so you
would be speaking into the air. Mark this term, "to
speak into the air". It refers to the same exercise that
is termed "to speak not unto men but to God", "to
speak to yourself and to God". This is not a
commendable exercise in the church gathering, where
we come together to speak to one another, as well
as to ourselves and God.
Point #9 (Verse 10) All the many kinds of tongues in
the world are with signification or meanings. This is a
clear evidence that Paul was not treating the voices
or tongues of angels, as some would wish he was
doing in this chapter.
Point #10 (Verse 11) Speaking in tongues to men who
do not understand the tongues makes you a
barbarian to them and them a barbarian to you.
Point #11 (Verse 12-13) The zeal for spiritual gifts is
insufficient for the church gathering, except it seeks to
excel in edifying the church. Therefore the person that
speaks in an unknown tongue should pray that he
Point #12 (Verse 14-17) When you pray in an
unknown tongue in the church meeting, your spirit
prays, but your understanding bears no fruit to the
church; thus they will not be able to say "Amen" to
what they do not understand, even though you do
give thanks well in the language you employ. To
solve this problem you have to make sure that your
understanding bears fruit to the church while your
spirit is praying to God.
Point #13 (Verse 18-19) Paul spoke with tongues more
than all the Corinthians; thus it is clear that he was
not rebuking them because he was unable to speak
in tongues. Speaking in tongues more than them
could either be quantitatively or qualitatively;
whichever it was, Paul was discrete enough to rather
speak five words that could be understood in the
church, so that he might teach others also with his
speech, than to employ ten thousand words in an
unknown tongue that they would not understand.
Point #14 (Verse 20-22) Many Brethren are children in
the understanding of this matter of tongues because
they fail to understand that tongues are for a sign,
not to believers, but to unbelievers; whereas,
prophesying is not for the unbelievers, but for the
believers. This point should shame those who push
for tongues as a prayer language for believers.
Point #15 (Verse 23-25) If all the speakers in the
church speak with tongues, and there are any
unlearned persons, or unbelievers there, they will say
that the congregation is full of mad men. But if every
speaker prophesies or preaches the gospel by the
power of the Holy Spirit, the unbeliever will be
convicted and judged by all of them, through their
preaching; and the secrets of the heart of the
unsaved are thus made manifest by the plainness of
the anointed preaching; so that he falls down on his
face and worships God, and reports that God is in the
church of a truth!
Point #16 (Verse 26) Every spiritual activity in the
meetings of the saints should be done unto edifying
Point #17 (Verse 27-28) Speaking in an unknown
tongue in the church should be by two, or at the
most by three, and that by course; and let one
interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let the person
who intends to speak in tongues KEEP SILENCE in the
church; and speak to himself, and to God. Speaking to
himself and to God in the church should not be to the
hearing of men otherwise he would be disobeying
the instruction to keep silence. This is a clear
prohibition of speaking unknown tongues in the
church without interpretation.
Point #18 (Verse 29) The prophets are to speak by
two or three, just like the speakers of unknown
tongues, and the other is to judge the prophecy. This
includes the interpretation of tongues, which is placed
on equal rank with prophesying.
Point #19 (Verse 30-33, 40) Orderliness should be
maintained in Christian meetings.
Point #20 (Verse 39-40) We should covet or desire
strongly for the gift of prophesying, and not forbid to
speak with tongues, provided it obeys the conditions
already given in this chapter, in order to maintain
orderliness and decency in the church gatherings.
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