Speaking in tongues
Another controversial discussion, especially prominent among my Pentecostal friends. ☺
With three simple verses, this is how speaking in tongues ought to be handled.
First, how does speaking in tongues occur, and why?
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Basically when we have no words left, and are unable to use our own spoken language to articulate a message, the Holy Spirit gives us utterances.
However, this act involves a qualifier.
1 Corinthians 14:27:
If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
There must be an INTERPRETER. What does Paul suggest if there is NO interpreter, then?
1 Corinthians 14:28:
But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
You’re supposed to SHUT UP.
I think this has to do with distracting others in the congregation primarily. But also it doesn’t edify the church to hear a bunch of nonsense they can’t understand.
Therefore, if someone is able to act as an interpreter, keep the tongues coming. Otherwise, keep your groanings to yourself.
Well that was easy, wasn’t it? ☺
In a world where it’s looked down upon to question someone’s expression of worship, I hope I ruffled some feathers here (but for good reason).