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Acts Two And Tongues


Those who don’t believe that speaking or praying in tongues is for today say that the only kind of tongues they could possibly accept today is the tongues that is seen in Acts 2.  They say the Acts 2 tongues is actually preaching the gospel to the non-Christian in a language that was understood to the listeners.  They thus say that any use of tongues in any other way, example, in a meeting of the saints, is not real tongues. 


I’d like to differ with this opinion.  If you notice in Acts 2:11, those who heard the disciples speaking in tongues heard them speak in their own language.  What they heard in their own language was the disciples “declaring the wonders of God”.  I’m not convinced that “declaring the wonders of God” is the same as preaching the gospel.  As a matter of fact, I tend to believe it isn’t.  If they were actually preaching the gospel to these foreigners, I believe Luke would have said so by wording what he said differently. 


Speaking in tongues is associated with praying in tongues by Paul in 1 Corinthians 14.  In 1 Corinthians 14:2 Paul says that speaking in tongues is actually “speaking to God’.  If you are speaking to God, then you are not preaching the gospel to men. You are proclaiming the wonders of God to God.


Thus the argument that tongues aren’t for today, and if they were, it’s only to preach the gospel to others that don’t understand your language makes no sense.  We have no record of anyone preaching the gospel in tongues in the New Testament.


In conclusion, I don’t believe the Acts 2 tongues was the preaching of the gospel.  It was what Luke said it was, and that is the proclaiming the wonders of God, and their words were directed to God, not to men.  Such words might be, “you are great O Lord, the creator of all things, the one who has redeemed us…”.




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