Speaking In Tongues Biblical
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is it Biblical for Christians to speak in tongues today?" ChristiaNet's president, Bill Cooper, stated "Most Christians agree that an interpretation must follow if someone speaks in tongues."
5,000 Christians responded to the question of using the gift of tongues in today's times and 71% said "Yes." Many supporters felt they were instructed to use their spiritual gifts to support Kingdom work. As one person commented," We should use them for edifying the Body of Christ." Others felt that it was a sign confirming a true belief in God by stating, "We should not be ignorant of spiritual gifts." Since the gift was first mentioned in the New Testament, many agreed that it was still applicable today. "We are living in New Testament times, just as the early Christians were," was another's take on the issue.
Fifteen percent were "unsure" about using the gift in churches today. These respondents felt that tongues could be spoken in a service, but only if an interpreter was present. "If it is in accordance with the Bible," was a survey takers comment. Other views in this category revealed the Biblical fact that each person is given an individual spiritual gift by God. A majority referenced to "1 Corinthians 12, which lists God given spiritual gifts." Lastly, some were unsure because they could not see the relevance of tongue speaking today, "Can't God speak to us through traditional means?"
The remaining fourteen percent answered a firm "no, absolutely not." They expressed doubt in the belief that tongues are a gift at all. "Stop speaking gibberish because we can't understand you," was one pollers response. Others revealed that the word "tongues" translated back to the Greek, meant "languages." They cite Biblical passages where, "On the Day of Pentecost, each one heard the apostles speak in their own native language." Another poller stated, "We no longer need 'signs' to show us the presence of the Holy Spirit." This opinion is held because the Bible has already been translated and distributed in many languages.
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a free Spiritual Gifts Test. Using the latest interactive technology, one can determine their spiritual gifts for edifying the Body of Christ.