Speaking in tongues is not unique to Christianity but a common practice by pagans, shamans and occult. After removing Paul’s letters (or lies), we can see clearly see that, neither Jesus (excluding the later addition of Mark’s long ending), nor His disciples in their letters (James, John, Peter and Jude) or in the book of Revelation (that is after the resurrection of Jesus) we find any reference to speaking in tongues except in the book of Acts.
Controversy on when the Holy Spirit was given
Excluding Paul, there were only two instances in Acts where tongues where mentioned and both refer to Peter.
Acts 2:1-4,8-11 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. …. And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs–we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
John 20:19,22 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” … And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Not only the events given on the day of Pentecost controversial and contrary within the Bible, but creating doctrines using it which did not originate from Christ is building our house on sand. If tongues were so important, then Jesus and His true disciples in their letters would have mentioned it. But, none mentioned it. Does this mean tongues are real? Let’s look at some examples in Scriptures
Tongues to Cause Confusion
Gen 11:7 “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
The people who rebelled against God were not given the Holy Spirit to cause them speak unknown tongues but rather, God scattered them by giving them different tongues. Yes, God can give new tongues to cause confusion contrary to what Paul lied, that God is not the author of confusion while speaking about tongues in 1 Cor 14:33.
Donkey can Speak Tongues
Num 22:28 Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
When Balaam was going against God’s decision, He open the mouth of a donkey to speak a new tongue to preach the prophet.
Speaking in tongues was given by God to confuse people at the tower of Babel. Even a donkey can speak new tongues to preach a prophet. Is speaking in tongues true or not? On the day of Pentecost, just like the donkey, God used His disciples to preach to the people in their own tongues. It is not a gift of the Holy Spirit, nor a language of the angels as Paul lied. God can open the mouth of any creature at any situation to deliver His message for His glory.
Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:5-6. In every instance someone recieved the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit after the Lord Jesus was glorified and ascended they spoke in tongues. When I received the gift of the Holy Ghost I also spoke in a language I never learned before. This is where sanctification starts at and that is in the Spirit or heart where we have been sealed unto the day of redemption and our hearts have been made glad and filled with the love of God. To discern the Word of God one must have the Spirit of God for the natural man cannot know or understand the things of God but we who have received the Spirit of God have the mind of Christ. To speak against the Holy Ghost is a very dangerous sin. Watch yourself! There were also many who mocked those that received the gift of the Holy Ghost when they heard them speak in tongues and even accused them of being drunk and here you call the gift of God pagan! Hallelujah Jesus! You are Lord and who is anyone that can lay accusation unto Your elect? Glory to God and all Praise to the only Righteous King!
Why you are you preaching everything from Paul? Jesus never spoke in tongues. He also never preached about it. Speaking in tongues is also not found in any of His disciple’s letters or in even the book of Revelation. It’s only found in Paul’s letters and Paul-related books. Jesus never taught sanctification like how you described, nor He taught about being sealed in the Holy Spirit. To discern the Word of God, you don’t need Holy Spirit but rather a heart like the good ground as Jesus taught in His parable (Luke 8:11-15).
Why are you threatening me using words of Jesus yet saying everything contrary to what He taught? Are you following Jesus or Paul?
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
The Holy Spirit will bring into remembrance all things that Jesus taught, not what Paul wrote. What kind of spirit is that which leads people to follow Paul rather than Jesus? Remember what Jesus said – even the elect can be deceived.