If anyone speaks in a tongue, two – or at the most three – should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God.
— 1 Corinthians 14:27-28
It’s a shame that within the church some subjects are too “taboo” to talk about when they are clearly written in God’s word for our edification and spiritual growth.
First, there is no indication that the gift of tongues has ceased and is not in operation today. If the gift of tongues ceased after the first century, why would God feel it necessary to write detailed instructions of their proper use in the bible which is written for all men for all time?
Second, though the gift of tongues is still in operation in the church today, it does not mean “go have fun with it and use it how you want!” It is a precious gift that has a threefold purpose:
1. A sign to unbelievers (1 Cor. 14:22)
2. A gift to edify the body (1 Cor. 12:7)
3. A gift to edify yourself in the privacy of your own personal prayer (1 Cor. 14:4)
If you use this gift out of order or inappropriately, you are not exhibiting the character of love and you might as well be clanging a symbol or resounding a gong
If you feel compelled or moved on by the Holy Spirit to use the gift of tongues in a church setting, two – or at the most three – should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, keep quiet in the church and speak to yourself and God.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of tongues. Help me utilize that, and all of your gifts in their proper order and for your glory, rooted in love for my brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!