Originally posted by Lane
Let's talk about 'tongues'. Who believes in them and why?
I believe that some have this gift, but I'm not sure how it edifies(sp?) anyone - other than that person's own spirit, as Paul talked about.
I would think that to NOT believe in the spiritual gift of tongues you would be denying the scriptures. (1 Corin. 14:39) I do feel that many people create the gift rather than it coming from God. If it comes from God, it is certainly RIGHT. The gift of tongues is used in a couple of different ways.
1. personal edification (1 Corin. 14:4) - aka "praying in the spirit"
-- this builds up ones faith in communication with God in a heavenly language--Paul thanked God that he spoke in tongues more than us all!
2. edification of the church body -- when someone has a message from God in tongues, the interpreter simply translates the message for the body. It could be prophesy, a word of knowledge, a vision for the body, and so on.
REMEMBER: It all comes back to LOVE!
1 Corinthians 13:1
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.