The following articles are related to the topic of TONGUES

Can Christians “Speak in Tongues” Today?

"Would you explain the 'speaking in tongues,' as this practice took place in the early church?What was the nature of those 'tongues'?" Literally speaking, the "tongue" is an organ of taste and speech within the mouth (cf. Lk. 16:24).By metaphorical (figurative) extension, however, the term is used commonly in literature for a human language (see Rev. 5:9; 7:9, etc.).Herodotus, for ... read more »

Didn’t Paul Command, “Forbid not to speak in tongues”?

In a former article , we responded to an inquiry dealing with the nature of the gift of "speaking in tongues," as such is set forth in Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12-14; etc.In rejoinders to our article, several courteous readers wrote to us, essentially asking this question: "Why do you forbid to speak in tongues, when the Bible says, 'Forbid ... read more »

What Are the “Tongues of Angels” in 1 Corinthians 13:1?

"In one of your web site articles, Can Christians Speak in Tongues Today? , you stated that when Christians of the early church spoke in 'tongues,' they only spoke in foreign languages that were native to certain nationalities. You suggested that the 'tongue speaking' of the Pentecostal movement, in which certain 'sounds' of no known language are spoken, is not ... read more »

If “Tongues” Have Ceased, Why Hasn’t “Knowledge”?

"In several of your articles you have stated that the 'tongues,' as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:8ff, ceased when the New Testament canon was completed.You overlook the fact that the same passage says that 'knowledge' will cease at the same time.Since 'knowledge' has not ceased, it should be apparent that the gift of 'tongues' has not ceased.How do you answer ... read more »

What Was the Gift of Tongues?

"Please explain 1 Corinthians 14:2. Would not this indicate that the 'tongue' was a mysterious, spiritual utterance, known only to God, rather than a human language?" No, it wouldn't. Note the following factors: - The term "unknown" is not in the original text. It was added by the King James translators. It is unwarranted and unnecessary. - The nature of ... read more »

The Tongue: One of Man’s Most Dangerous Weapons

It is not without significance that two of the Ten Commandments deal with speech-taking the name of God in vain and bearing false witness against another person (Ex. 20:7, 16). Similarly, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus warned against the abuse of the tongue in "swearing falsely" (Mt. 5:33-37). Elsewhere, Jesus Christ gave a stern warning regarding the unseemly ... read more »

What Are the So-called “Mystery” Tongues of 1 Corinthians 14?

"I've just read your article, What Are the Tongues of Angels in 1 Corinthians 13:1? . Your points are well made, but would you address 1st Corinthians 14:2 'For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands but in his spirit he speaks mysteries'? Would you also comment on ... read more »

Miracles in the Book of Acts

When we think about miracles in the New Testament, we often consider the miracles of Christ in the Gospel accounts. There are, however, many miracles recorded in the book of Acts. A survey of these miraculous works is worthy of our reflection. Remember, Jesus Christ revealed to his disciples that they would have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, after the ... read more »

Should Women Function as Translators in the Assembly?

With the fall of the iron curtain, thrilling evangelistic opportunities have opened up in Russia and Eastern Europe. Our hearts have been genuinely warmed as the news reached our ears that thousands have embraced the gospel of Christ and have organized congregations after the New Testament order. May Jehovah bless such efforts, and may we lend our support to these ... read more »

The Unique Case of Cornelius

The conversion of a Roman military officer, Cornelius by name, as recorded in the tenth chapter of the book of Acts, represents one of the key events in Christian history. The gates of the kingdom of Christ were flung wide open and for the first time in many centuries all non-Hebrew people were welcomed into a religious fellowship with the ... read more »