Warning: This blog was written prior to discerning Paul's letters. Please refer to Quick Reference for Paul’s Contrary Teachings.
When someone speaks in tongues, the first thing a believer need to do is to test the spirit. This is because, there is increasing evidence of ‘gibberish’ blabbered in the name of speaking in tongues for the sake of other’s attention. God is not the author of confusion which is why Paul asks to shut-up and be quite if there is no interpreter. The prime reason for this is, speaking in tongues without an interpreter doesn’t mean anything to the listener, even of 2 people are praying. Churches who allow such practices don’t give importance to the Bible and what is written in it.
(1Cor 14:27-28) If anyone speaks in a tongue, [let there be] two or at the most three, [each] in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
Let us understand what a church is. When two or three is gathered in His name, Christ will be there. Hence, is church is two and more than two. So, why do churches today allow ‘gibberish’ blabbering without an interpreter? Because, they don’t give importance to what is written in the Bible.
Tongues are a gift of the Holy Spirit to speak in an other language. These are a sign for unbelievers and not a heavenly language.
(1Cor 14:22) Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
A person speaking with tongues of men and angels are already a sounding brass if he doesn’t understand. So, this verse is speaking about knowing a language and not about gift of tongues.
(1Cor 13:1) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
Finally, speaking in tongues is given according to the will of the Spirit.
(1Cor 12:7-11) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit [of all:] for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another [different] kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
(1Cor 12:30) Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
Some churches even deceive if anyone without this gift is not saved. I suggest you to immediately get out of these churches.
Having laid the foundation according to the Bible, we can conclude the following:
- No one should speak in tongues if no one can interpret.
- Any church (even a group of 2 or more) encouraging to speak in tongues without an interpreter, does not give importance to Bible.
- Tongues are a sign for unbelievers and they are real languages spoken in the world.
- Tongues are not a heavenly language.
- Tongues are not given to all but distributed according to the will of Spirit.
We are called to test every spirit. There are several ways we can test the spirit.
Know their fruits
This is the first and foremost step to follow. If you know the person to be unrighteous, then his fruit is bad and they are false and liars.
(Matt 7:16) “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Another important and yet powerful way to discern is to pray. I had tested a lot of preachers and prophets through prayer. This is what I will do: I will pray to God and tell Him alone my problem and ask the answer to my problem and must come from the preacher’s mouth if he has the same Spirit. God is faithful and had answered my prayers all the time to test the spirits.
(Dan 2:47) The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God [is] the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”(1Cor 2:11) For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Only God knows the things of the spirit of man and He is the revealer of secrets. Satan does not know what we think in our hearts.
Discerning of spirits itself is mentioned as a gift of the Holy Spirit. The same word discernment is translated in Heb 5:14 as discerning both good and evil. Discerning simply means having a good judgement.
If someone speaks in tongues, pray that you can discern and have a good judgment and test the spirit. I test using the following steps, which you can also use to discern and keep watch of yourself from deceiving spirits.
- If someone speaks without a proper structure of a language, he is probably blabbering because Bible clearly teaches tongues are a language. This includes repeated ‘gibberish’ blabbering every time s/he starts to pray in tongues, with little variation on consecutive repeats, number of repeat words and entropy etc.
- The name of our Lord in any language should be Yeshu(a) for which demons tremble and the known variants with historic reasons include Iēsous and Jesus. There are no other known variants in any other language. How can someone pray in tongues without praying in Jesus name? If you can’t hear the name of Jesus when someone is praying in tongues, then he is probably blabbering.
(Mark 16:17) “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
If this blog upsets you, then learn to obey the Bible by keeping your mouth shut when there is no interpreter. If you are faking this gift of tongues, repent now. If you truly speak in tongues but not according to the Bible and you are not holy and righteous and do not have good fruits, you may be demon possessed. Fast and pray and ask God for help.
(Luke 11:11-13) “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if [he asks] for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”