Are Tongues Demonic?

MANY today make the grave error of dismissing the things of the kingdom of Christ due to man's perversion of those things. This is a foolish error and will rob untold blessings! Beware! Do not buy into these type things saints .... God has set a table before you and told you to "forget not all his benefits" (Psalms 103:2)

The Day of Pentecost Acts 1-2 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4

The Misuse of Tongues Does Nothing to Negate the Genuine Baptism with the Holy Spirit …..

The Bible foretold of this hour of great apostasy as the return of our LORD draws nigh. Specifically speaking of those who claim to be Christ’s, the Word tells us that many of these professors would deny the power of their Creator to guide them, fill them, and be their all sufficiency (Colossians 1-2). This has its root in the damnable sin of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-14; Revelation 21:8).

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5 

One writer notes:

“Is John MacArthur a heretic when he teaches that the entire Pentecostal movement worldwide (over 400 million) is of Satan? Isn’t blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is when one attributes the gift of God to Satan? When MacArthur boldly teaches all speaking in tongues done today is demonic he has no idea of the consequences he’s facing!

Beware saints. Paul encouraged all the saints to speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). He also instructed us how to properly give and receive an interpretation of tongues in a church service (1 Corinthians 14:23-33). Any believer can pray and receive the gift of tongues. Not all have the gift to give an interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:30). I cherish speaking in tongues because this gift was given to me by Jesus (Acts 1:5). Yet, pastors like John MacArthur, Charles Stanley, and David Jeremiah, have convinced millions of Christian’s speaking in tongues is demonic. The truth is, God desires every believer to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues (Acts 1:5; 2:4; Mark 16:17; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:39).

After Jesus healed a blind man who was demon-possessed, the Pharisees accused Him of doing it by the power of Beelzebub (Matthew 12:22-32). They were speaking evil of the Holy Spirit by attributing the power of God to the Devil. Jesus called this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4; 10:45-46; 19:6). This is why anyone saying the gift of tongues is satanic is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Ministers believing in such heresy usually teach the Holy Spirit only speaks through the scriptures. Such deception is grieving the ministry of the Spirit. I can’t imagine living my Christian walk without being able to hear from the Spirit of God. He not only gave me the idea of this book but spoke to my spirit many times while I was writing it.”

Of John MacArthur, another believer notes:

John MacAruthur………is a cessationist and a man who said one could take the mark of the beast and still be saved……..I heard the recording myself and it was also backed up by his friend Jimmy DeYoung who agreed with it.

Jesus says His sheep hear His voice (John 10). Though the Holy Ghost would never lead contrary to the Scriptures, He has a living, breathing relationship with each of Christ’s saints and leads us daily. Sometimes those impressions and promptings are very specific. In fact, we see this throughout the New Testament Scriptures. Remember when Ananias was told by the LORD to go to a certain street and find Saul? “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.” (Acts 9:11)  Also, remember how the LORD spoke (without but according to Scripture) to Phillip? – “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia …. “ (Acts 8:26-27)  The examples are all over the New Testament. God bless you all. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

How could any true, born again believer possibly argue with the following?

Certainly the following statements made by Paul are not only for the use of tongues in a group setting:

“I would that ye all spake with tongues … “ 1 Corinthians 14:5  

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” 1 Corinthians 14:18

“forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

If tongues are demonic, Jesus’ apostle Paul is demonic.

Of speaking in tongues and the error of teaching against it, Tim McCullough writes:

“Why can people not see this??? Paul plainly said he spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthians, albeit in privacy – between himself and the Lord. There is clearly a spiritual language that God has given to believers for non-corporate use – but for our own faith and benefit. MacArthur makes a deadly error confusing the two, and worse yet – writing it all off as demonic. This is a DEADLY false doctrine as it emboldens professing believers against the Word of God in the most dangerous area Jesus spoke of – attributing a work of Gods Spirit to the devil. This is a venomous error and John MacArthur desperately needs God to grant him repentance.”


It seems reasonable that the first thing God takes over when HE immerses you with His presence is the most “unruly member” (James 3) …. thank the LORD for that!!!! God bless you all.

The only passage in God’s Word these detractors can attempt to use is easily disproved. Here it is:

1 Corinthians 13:8-9 reads: “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

Are we in a “perfect” place or state now? No. Paul is simply saying here that in Heaven we will not need these things because we will actually be with God. They are instituted by God and important in this life yet are not eternal. Why would the LORD even mention tongues here if they weren’t set forth by Him and important? And, if tongues have already ceased, why then does He never tell us so? Saying tongues have already ceased would mean that everything is now “perfect” and we know that’s not true.

Randy Orris writes:

“The word translated perfect in 1 Cor. 13:10 is the Greek word tel’eion which means “to bring to maturity, the result, of full growth or development, to be made complete, to reach the goal”. This perfection (maturity) will not come until the resurrection and rapture of the elect. Until then we need the gifts of the Spirit. The goal is that beyond this world, and beyond the need for these temporal gifts in this life, we will be in the presence of the Giver Himself. The Perfect One will have come. He is the goal of the believer’s life. In Mt. 24:29-31 and 1 John 3:2 we see the coming (appearing) of the Perfect One. And THEN “when He appears we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is!”

Charles Pray writes: “I once went on a youth retreat (as a leader) at a big college in Pennsylvania. I got locked out and couldn’t get back in the dorm. I didn’t want to awaken anyone, so decided to just stay out all night. I got by myself in a quiet place and started to worship the Lord in the Spirit. I was singing praises to the Lord, being led by the Holy Spirit. I started to worship the Lord in tongues and was so in tune with the Holy Spirit that night like never before in all my Christian life. The time spent with God was a little over seven hours, but it seemed like it was only a short time by the way we view time. That night—way back in 1985—was an experience of the Lord working in my life that I will never forget! The Holy Spirit is a real person of the Godhead, whom we as Christians do not turn to when we should! Jesus asked His Father to send us a comforter, and that was the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth. Without the Holy Spirit we can do nothing! Holy Spirit, please lead us in every way in our Christian walk so we may be as God called us to be, like Him. He told us to be holy as He is holy, and that we should always trust in Him and not lean on our own understanding, and He would direct our paths. Please help us, Lord, to start worshipping You in Spirit and in Truth. Amen! Love, Brother Charles Pray.”


The misuse of tongues does nothing to negate (diminish) the divinely ordained, genuine baptism with the Holy Spirit. If tongues after Pentecost are false, that clearly makes the apostle Paul false. Decades after the Day of Pentecost, Paul said things that establish that the baptism with the Holy Ghost and praying in the Spirit is for all of Christi’s disciples throughout the New Testament era until Jesus returns.  Certainly the following statements made by Paul are not only for the use of tongues in a group setting:

“I would that ye all spake with tongues … “ 1 Corinthians 14:5

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” 1 Corinthians 14:18

“forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

The counterfeit charismatic movement (word of faith and NAR – new apostolic reformation delusion) only further lends itself to the proof of tongues being for all believers today. Satan can only counterfeit what is authentic in order to twist and misled and distort and confuse.

“Calvinism is a lie and tongues are not demonic. The devil has a counterfeit for everything even tongues and the Holy Spirit. His counterfeit of the Holy Spirit is kundalini which is strange fire of the queen of heaven? Why do people get kundalini in many churches? It’s because they want the gifts of the Spirit without abiding in Jesus, wanting more of Him, and walking in holiness. They reject the daily cross and holiness while they selfishly want gifts from God for their own self-serving purposes. The gifts of the Spirit have not ceased.” Ryan Waldrop

Did Christ’s Apostles Count the Baptism of the Spirit Important?

When the apostles heard that some people in Samaria had been saved, they counted the promised Holy Ghost baptism so vitally important that they sent Peter and John to see that those new Christians were filled with the Spirit.

“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” Acts 8:14-17

Firstly, the central issue is not about tongues but about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. If one denies the volumes of Scripture on this New Testament experience then he will deny the gifts and power the divine Person of the Holy Spirit has ordained to be present among His people for the whole New Testament period (Acts 2:37-39).

After thorough study of the New Testament Scriptures, I cannot deny this gift or His divine involvement in and among His beloved people and have no desire to limit God which is sin (Psalms 78:41; 103:2; Revelation 22:18-19). In the name of Jesus and by the grace of God, I will unapologetically speak of this holy truth from the Holy Scriptures.

“Unknown” Tongues

Men don’t understand the tongues that Holy Spirit filled saints speak in unless God supernaturally chooses to give one the interpretation (1 Corinthians 14). Why else would we have the word “unknown” when referring to tongues? Only God understands and those He chooses to reveal things to. This alone proves that these tongues are not any known language known of any man like those mentioned in Acts 2:1-13. This was the only time we have on record where men speaking in “tongues” was a known language of men. All others tongues are to God and inspired by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14).

One of the two usages of speaking or praying in tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 is to edify or build up the believer (v3; Jude 20). Then there is the tongue and interpretation gifts for use in the gathering of saints.

“For he that speaketh in an UNknown tongue speaketh NOT unto MEN, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” 1 Corinthians 14:2

Note the word “UNknown” or not a known language of men. “For he that speaketh in an UNknown tongue speaketh NOT unto MEN, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2)

“NO MAN understandeth him” and yet “in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”

When one prays in the Spirit/tongues, he is speaking mysteries. That’s what the Bible says and no mere man can explain such and only some are willing to live by faith and lean not to their own understanding.

An honest and objective look at 1 Corinthians 14 will plainly reveal that the text not once refers to any tongue known to man. The word “tongue” or “tongues” appears 13 times in this chapter (1 Corinthians 14) and not once is it referring to the languages of men such as Hebrew, Greek, Italian, Farsi, Spanish, Swahili, German, etc.

Many today ignore the Scriptures, including the whole context and truth revealed in 1 Corinthians 14, which speaks of tongues 13 times and not once speaks of tongues except for use among God’s people in corporate gatherings and in the individual lives just as the apostle Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than everyone else. Are you going to argue with Paul the apostles personally speaking in tongues? Is your pastor more authoritative than this great apostle?  So, you are taking the word of vile heretics over the apostle Paul and the LORD (those who taught you this lie – the Holy Spirit and Scriptures sure didn’t lead you down that road). Please tell those devils who taught you those lies what I stated about them.

A huge part of the problem of rejecting the fullness of the Holy Spirit is very limited learning – since Jesus sent Him to lead us into all truth (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:20, 27). Think about how this scenario plays out …. The young person grows up in an evangelical church setting where the baptism in the Spirit is denied. So, he then pursues God in his own limited strength, including going to seminary. In this “higher learning” facility, he continues to learn that he needs to accomplish the ministry in his own brain power, intellect, and feeble strength. He then gets a job as a pastor and blindly misleads those who themselves are not seeking the LORD enough to be enlightened to the New Testament teaching and experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Why Did the LORD Grant the Gift of Tongues?

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself … ” 1 Corinthians 14:4 

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will ofGod.” Romans 8:26-27 

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 1:20 

Common Misconceptions and Scripture Twisting

“These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” Acts 17:6 

After the tail-wooping Satan received when the earliest believers were baptized with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the enemy set out to shut it all down! Thousands of souls were be saved and Satan was being robbed. Precious, eternal souls for whom Jesus died were being taken from Satan who has “the power of death” over those who are not saved out of the kingdom of darkness (Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:13-14; Hebrews 2:14).  The enemy is able to exercise power over the souls of all who are un-redeemed and yet, when the power of our Creator and LORD comes, Satan is utterly defeated EVERY time!  God has ordained that this divine power operate in and through His people, the body of Christ. Jesus taught:

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19  

Jesus came to destroy Satan and his evil work:

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

The way Satan’s “works” are destroyed is by the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people and this begins with the baptism in the Holy Ghost and not before (Acts 1:8). Any person who denies this Bible fact is denying Christ and His teachings.

Subtracting from God’s Word is a deadly pursuit that comes with a high and eternal price tag (Revelation 22:18-19). Stealing away the ordained relationship between Christ and His children is the work of devil-inspired wolves who are being used of Satan himself to rob the people of God of the divinely-ordained power of the LORD to be His witnesses.

“But ye shall receive power, AFTER that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Jesus taught that as His people went forth at His Great Commission command to “preach the gospel to every creature” that He would confirm “the word with signs following.” There is divine power present in the lives and preaching of all true disciples of our unchanging LORD and Savior!

What “signs” did Jesus tell us “SHALL follow them that believe”? Before Jesus answers that in His own words below, please ask yourself whether or not you truly believe Christ at His Word. Now, test the answer to that question by reading His very words:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” Mark 16:15-20 (KJV)

Another way Satan has stolen the divine power Jesus ordained for His people is that the new versions of the Bible either completely remove or cast doubt on the whole passage above (by a note in the margin that is actually a blatant fabrication). Why? Jesus taught us here that He was going to empower us to “cast out devils” and it takes divine power to do that (Matthew 12:28-29; Acts 10:38). Now, WHO didn’t want us to know how to cast him out? I’ll give you one guess ;)

So, if Satan didn’t want us to know we are supposed to cast HIM out and that God ordains His power in us against His enemy, who must be behind the new versions and the preachers who teach against the presence, baptism, and power of the divine Person of the Holy Ghost? Satan!

Oh, and what about Matthew 17:21? Again, the new per-versions remove this verse. Some have now deceitfully added it back due to being told on.

In the NIV and NAS etc., this verse is missing! And why? Read the preceding verses where Christ’s disciples couldn’t cast out a devil. In verse 21, the ommitted/deleted verse, Jesus tells His people of all times how to cast out devils. He gives us the key here. Just WHO didn’t want us to know how to cast him out? One guess!

“Howbeit this kind (of devil and unbelief) goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21 (KJV)

Are you now seeing why millions of true disciples are burning their new versions and getting a King James Bible?

Thieving Wolves

Jesus told us that Satan has come to do three things:

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 

The lengths some go to in order to teach their own brand of false theology is astounding and yet these same pharisaical wolves stand in positions of leadership and mislead others who refuse to study to show their own selves approved before the LORD (2 Timothy 2:15). Let’s take a look at some of the examples of their lame, obvious twisting of Scripture passage in order to pervert divine truth and teach falsely:

“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5  I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 1 Corinthians 14:4-5 

The fact that prophecy is a greater of the nine gifts of the Spirit because it involves serving others, only re-establishes that serving others first is Christ’s example and will for us. Yet, this in no way negates or diminishes the fact of and need for edification of the individual in the Holy Spirit. – “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself … ” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

Okay, let’s investigate another passage that is used by cowards who count their tradition more important than God’s Word:

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 

The deceit of the wolves who teach against the biblical experience of tongues becomes obvious when we simply read in context the passages that address the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“We ask God for a revival but ignore our unpardonable arrogance of refusing his gifts!” – Leonard Ravenhill

Beloved blood-washed saint, don’t let some deceptive dupe of the antichrist evangelical system rob you of your simple faith in Christ concerning what He and His apostles taught and what we see in the earliest of His believers in Acts and the New Testament Scriptures. Repent of wrongly esteeming any mere human leader’s useless seminary degree (which simply taught him how to not believe God’s Word for what it plainly states). – “Let God be true and EVERY man a liar.” (Romans 3:4)

Ask yourself a few simple questions and weigh this in the light of the New Testament Scriptures:

1) If the LORD doesn’t want His people to be baptized (immersed) with His Holy Spirit, why didn’t He simply come out and tell us this?

2) If the infilling of the Spirit is not for today, why did God not simply come out and tell us so?

3) If the baptism of the Spirit passed away with the apostles and early church, why did Christ’s apostle Peter say that this gift was for every believer throughout the whole New Testament era (which includes now).) See Acts 2:37-39.

From the beginning of His church, Jesus never intended for any who believe upon Him to salvation to go without the gift of the Holy Ghost. It’s only as devil-inspired religious men came in and shut down the work, power, presence, and gifts of the divine Person of the Holy Spirit that we have a deafening absence of what Christ and His holy apostles taught.

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise (of the Spirit baptism) is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (save).” Acts 2:37-39  

 Is God still saving souls? Yes! Well then, according to the apostle Peter’s utterance here – the LORD is still baptizing His people with the Holy Spirit.

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.” Acts 19:1-7

Like these disciples, many today have not even heard of the “gift of the Holy Ghost” which is clearly for all Christ’s disciples of all times under the New Testament era (Acts 2:37-39).

Every single born again believer can be baptized with the Holy Ghost which is simply a great measure of the Holy Spirit in their lives. This is God’s will for every one of His beloved children. This is God’s desire but He will only give this gift to the disciple who believers what His Word says and asked Him sincerely for it (Luke 11:11-13). The LORD also goes so far as to assure His children that no other spirit (evil) will be allowed in the life of His child who simply asks Him for the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13). There are always those who counterfeit the divine authentic but that does nothing to erode the truth or the things of God. Jesus promised that He would only give the Holy Spirit and that no other evil spirit could enter His child:

“If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:11-13

Who does God give His Holy Spirit to?

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32 

Every single authentic believer can have the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gift of tongues in their individual life. This is God’s will. Every Christian should desire to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and to yield his whole being over to the LORD. The true body of Christ upholds Jesus Christ alone as their “Head” and must not allow sinful men who write books and speak from pulpits to hinder the full work of Christ in their lives (Colossians 2:8-10, 18-19). Millions today are being cheated out of truth and the fullness of the Spirit due to adhering to those leaders who are dangerously speaking against the work and divine Person of the Holy Ghost.

“Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full” says Jesus (John 16:23-24). Now, a common verse that is often taken out of context to prove that not everyone can pray in tongues is 1 Corinthians 12:30. This of course gives those who deny Christ the reign in their personal lives an excuse to continue to live unto themselves, never surrendering wholly to Christ on His terms (which are clearly given in His Word). But take a closer look at the context of Scripture beloved saints. Paul is not speaking of individual tongues but rather ties tongues together with the interpretation of tongues which contextually he is speaking of concerning specifically a group setting. Hear what is being conveyed in the context of this passage and you will see that Paul is in no way contradicting himself and the whole of Scripture by negating the blessed gift of tongues for every saint.

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

You see, in this 1 Corinthians 12 chapter, the nine gifts of the Spirit to the body of Christ have already earlier been listed (v8-10). The last two gifts listed are “tongues” and “the interpretation of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:10)  They are cited together for a divine reason. So, when Paul later speaks of tongues he is speaking of tongues in the setting of the function of the gifts in the body of Christ to be used in a CORPORATE SETTING and not individual tongues – “do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”

“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:8-10  

The Proper Use of Tongues

Yes as is the case with all of our LORD’s gifts, some have abused or misused them. I sure have seen the misuse of the gifts of the Spirit firsthand. Some people use this as an excuse to not fully surrender and do things God’s way and thereby blame the LORD for the abuse of sinful men. They they therefore forfeit the blessings of the LORD, His power, and drastically reduce their ability to be fruitful in this life.

Correcting any wrong example the misuse of the gifts of the Spirit is exactly why we have 1 Corinthians 14. In this chapter Paul the apostle of Christ gives us the LORD’s guidelines for using the gifts of His Holy Spirit.

Abuse does not negate the right use of the gifts of the Spirit which is what Paul deals with in detail in 1 Corinthians 14.

My goal is not to be right but rather to simply sort all things in Holy Scripture. We must continue to look at all of the counsel of the LORD’s Word and as we do our LORD’s truth will continue to unveil itself (2 Peter 1:19-21).

There is a specific use and instruction for tongues and interpretation of tongues in a group setting.

“Yet IN THE CHURCH I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” 1 Corinthians 14:19

The church or congregational setting is the context of 1 Corinthians 14:19.

We must beware of our own tendency to have selective hearing based on the human teachers we have listened to in the past. People like John MacArthur have a strong personality and can be convincing, especially if the individual listening to him is not in the Word himself. MacArthur teaches some false doctrines. He is but a man as this writer is. God gave us His Word and we are to let Him be true “and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4) Yet John MacArthur’s personality or the way he seems to provide convincing information does not negate the very Word of God nor is MacArthur or any mere man the final authority. MacArthur negates the gifts of God and in doing so he is on dangerous grounds as he is speaking against the divine Person of the Holy Ghost and His blessed work. Regrettably, many who listen to John MacArthur do not test his teachings against God’s Word for themselves and receive the due reward of being turned over to “strong delusion” for not personally loving and studying God’s Word for themselves (Acts 17:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Back to tongues ……

If tongues are demonic, that means Christ’s very own apostle Paul was demonic. After all, Paul said:

“I would that ye all spake with tongues … “ 1 Corinthians 14:5  

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” 1 Corinthians 14:18

“forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

If Paul is demonic, then 2/3 of the New Testament Scriptures were written by an ungodly, demonic man. Right?

Who will you believe, MacArthur or the great apostle Paul?

After introducing tongues concerning the individual’s use of them, Paul then speaks of the use of tongues in the congregational/group setting:

I would that ye ALL spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 6  Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?” 1 Corinthians 14:5-6

Here Paul is saying that in order to lift up others above ourselves, we should covet to prophesy because prophesying edifies other members of Jesus’ body as opposed to praying in tongues individually which which has the divine purpose of building up the individual believer (1 Corinthians 13:2-3; Jude 20).

That Paul is speaking of the use and order of tongues in a body or group setting is self-evident in this whole passage and yet there is not a hint of negation (denial) of tongues for the individual prayer life (Romans. 8:26-27).

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church (congregational setting) I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” 1 Corinthians 14:18-19

The fact that Paul here says that “in the church” setting he’d rather speak words that people can understand only underscores that he is contrasting tongues for his individual communion and edification with Christ and those tongues/interpretation of tongues for use among more than one member of the body.

It is not profitable to blurt out in tongues among more than one believer in a gathering of believers and that’s what Paul is getting at in this chapter. This guideline of tongues amidst a group of Christians does not do away with the blessing of individually praying in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 14:5; Jude 20). Under divine inspiration, Paul the apostle says that all believers should speak with tongues which aligns with how the other apostles made sure all believers were baptized with the Holy Ghost after being saved (Acts 18:14-17; 1 Corinthians 14:5). Paul clearly speaks of his own personal praying in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:18). The apostle commands “FORBID NOT to speak with tongues.” (1 Corinthians 14:39)

Biblically speaking, there’s more than one purpose and use of tongues. We cannot limit it to one. Such is a common error made by many today who are not thoroughly and honestly studying God’s Word but rather listening to false teachings from mere sinful men who have set themselves up as leaders and refuse to honestly teach the full-counsel of God’s Word. Some get stuck on one part of one doctrine and close their hearts to the whole of what the living Word says of the matter and therefore walk around with a skewed view. Others who are supposedly saved, are not hungry for more of the LORD, which is suspect. Wanting all that God has for us is what this is about, in part. The LORD will not force or push and will only fill those who by faith hunger and thirst for more of Him.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 

Prayer to Receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

LORD Jesus, thank You so much for finding and saving my wretched soul from sin and Satan and sure damnation! I praise You right this moment for coming and dying on that cross, shedding Your precious blood for my sins. Right this moment, I humbly bow before You my LORD and ask You to take over my life completely. I yield all that I am to You right now and ask You to baptize – to fill me – with the Holy Spirit. I ask You to take over my being completely LORD Jesus. I yield my heart, mind, body, and tongue to You. Use me with Thy great power to do Your work from this moment forward. In Jesus’ name! Amen.

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“If I am understanding the passage in 1 Corinthians 12:7-12 correctly, we do not all get every gift of the spirit? It is ‘spread around’ the body, if you will?”


Well some see it that way and in the least it seems we can observe that there are primary gifts each individual is given to glorify Christ.

Yet, in never wanting to limit God by pigeon holing myself into a gift or gifts, I like to pray “LORD, please use and and all Your gifts in me to serve You in reaching out to others, in Jesus’ name.” Note what we read of the apostle Paul in Romans 15:29: “And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.” Jesus’ apostle was fully confident that Christ was equipping him with every gift and the divine power needed to accomplish great Gospel things, just as Jesus did while on earth (Acts 10:38). When we view ourselves as Christ’s servant, we rely upon He who made and saved us into His family, to equip us with every tool needed to serve Him to the fullest. Christ told us that without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).


“Todd. Was disappointed to learn from your site that you are a believer in
tongues. Scripture says that it ceased. My former spouse and I got caught up
in that many years ago. It caused confusion, pain, and destroyed our marriage of 32 years. I hope you don’t also believe in being slain in the
spirit, too.” D.


Hi. The misuse of tongues and your previous bad experiences does nothing to negate that it is the gift of God. It’s not essential to salvation and so a big deal should not be made of it (Rom. 14).

The NT never even hints that tongues have passed. Decades AFTER Pentecost, Christ’s apostle Paul made that clear:

“I would that ye all spake with tongues … “ 1 Corinthians 14:5

“I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:” 1 Corinthians 14:18

“forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

Furthermore, the NT clearly informs us that this gift of the Holy Ghost is for all believers under the NT era, praise God!

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise (of the Spirit baptism) is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (save).” Acts 2:37-39

We should never abandon to abuse. In other words, never abandon a truth due to the abuse of some concerning it. Many abuse salvation. So, should we walk away from Christ? Do we see how unwise this line of reasoning is?

This is my personal testimony of being delivered from the word of faith movement and NAR delusions …. Yet the authentic biblical experience of Pentecost is in no way violated by the misuse of the gifts of God. We must rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) Confessions of a False Teacher (me)

Word Faith Detox

I am not upset with you at all …. only attempting to help you be protected (Prov. 30:5-6). False teachings/teachers remove from Scripture which is no mere man’s place to do. Remember Rev. 22:18-19? John M. has several false teachings including his un-biblical teaching on tongues, the mark of the beast, etc. Oh and he’s a calvinist which is a whole system of heresy. God bless you today sister. John MacArthur Examined

Slain in the Spirit is an abuse. There is no biblical precedence.

“Also, will you please expound as well on the ‘tongues’ issue that I mentioned…this is a BIG issue here as being ‘filled with the spirit’ and titles are very important to these men and we are trying to get their eyes off of self and on to Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven…so many have come from the U.S. and have preached nothing but prosperity and blessings and word of faith, etc. and they need truth spoken to them.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help us with these issues. We really appreciate what God is doing through your ministry. God bless you.
Mama Jo
Treasure Keepers Kenya”
Ah yes many false prophets have arisen and taught falsely as Jesus foretold beloved sister. False teachings and the false teachers who spread them do not in any fashion negate/diminish from what God’s Word teaches.


When we first left the church (building) I questioned everything that I had been taught especially speaking in tongues. There are times when that’s the only way to pray because I don’t have the words to speak in the natural. I do notice though at church it is only women that give words in tongues and also give the interpretation and I don’t want to speak against it but I do wonder why it is the women and why is it not men giving words? Thank you for this article and speaking truth!” Lori


Hi Lori. I went through the same experience of sifting through what is biblical and what is not and the proper use of those things. 1 Cor. 12 introduced the gifts of the Spirit and ch. 14 tells us how they are to be used and how they are not to be used (misused, abused).

For every operation of God, satan has a counterfeit… I did a teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, outlining the four different diversities of tongues & how they operate. It is amazing how much confusion there is today regarding tongues for the believer & its function. It’s is one of the greatest tools our Father has given us for edification, personal purging & mortification, & for inoculation against deception!” C.K.

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