Tongues in the Reformed community

Discussion in 'Pneumatology' started by Herald, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. DonP

    DonP Puritan Board Junior

    Hey what about casting out demons? Are there demons today? Demon possession? And can we cast them out? Or is that miraculous??
  2. Manuel

    Manuel Puritan Board Freshman

    Tongues, as the Scripture clearly states, were a sign to the unbelieving Jews.

    1Co 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
    1Co 14:22 Thus tongues are a SIGN not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.

    Every single passage in the Bible where we see the gift of tongues in action is used as a sign of the introduction of a new covenant (the last days) and the end of the old one, nowhere in the scriptures we find the notion of a private prayer language, a self-edification gift, or revelation being transmitted in a different language.
  3. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    Matthew, thank you.

    For the record, I do not speak in tongues, nor do I believe the gift is active today. The topic has been discussed previously on the PB. Unfortunately those discussions were prone to turn south in short order. I'm not going to allow that to happen with this thread.

    My main concern with tongues is that it separates the individual from the body of Christ. It becomes a private line of communication with God, that doesn't involve the mind. Indeed, the person praying in tongue has no idea what they're saying, yet they still passionately defend the practice. In any other area of Christian living we cannot find a positive command to act ignorantly.
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