Speaking in tongues: What comes to mind when you read this phrase? Likely your reaction to “speaking in tongues” will be closely tied to your spiritual upbringing and current worship style. Those who experience the display of this gift regularly will often feel it’s an amazing act of worship. Others who don’t understand it or have not personally seen it on display might feel the act of speaking in tongues is scary or at the very least confusing. Thankfully, this somewhat controversial issue is tackled head on by pastor Allen Parr in this video published by THE BEAT.
What the Video Addresses
In the video, pastor Allan delves into truths about tongues, clarifying and addressing the following:
- What is the gift of tongues?
- Misconceptions about tongues.
- How to properly use tongues in a church setting.
What is the Gift of Tongues?
The original ability to speak in tongues was a supernatural gift given for the expressed purpose of sharing the gospel in any language. Pastor Allen explains it would be like him traveling to Japan today and somehow being given the ability to communicate in the Japanese language, allowing him to share the gospel. He says this original purpose is laid out crystal clear in Acts 2:1-12.
Misconceptions About Speaking in Tongues
Many believe “speaking in tongues” refers instead to the ability of some believers to speak to God in a special way. However, in the Bible there is not one example of this being the case. Another misconception is that anyone– if they desire the gift– can “learn to speak in tongues.” However, the Bible says differently in 1 Corinthians 12:11, “It is the one and only Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
Watch this video in its entirety to learn more from Pastor Allen about speaking in tongues and if it should be utilized in modern worship services.