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Speaking In Tongues And Progessive Christianity


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I have several friends who are ex-Pentecostals and some of them are even atheists and don't believe in God anymore that used to believe in speaking in tongues. Even though they don't believe in God, they can still make themselves speak in tongues and they recognize that speaking in tongues is something natural and not some spiritual blessing God is only giving to special people. Do you think that if PC churches accept that speaking in tongues is something natural and something anyone can do without having to be moved by the Holy Spirit, should PC churches embrace speaking in tongues as a church ritual or would that be too risky to run the risk of spiritual abuse and fraud that happens in many Pentecostal churches that use it?

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I have several friends who are ex-Pentecostals and some of them are even atheists and don't believe in God anymore that used to believe in speaking in tongues. Even though they don't believe in God, they can still make themselves speak in tongues and they recognize that speaking in tongues is something natural and not some spiritual blessing God is only giving to special people. Do you think that if PC churches accept that speaking in tongues is something natural and something anyone can do without having to be moved by the Holy Spirit, should PC churches embrace speaking in tongues as a church ritual or would that be too risky to run the risk of spiritual abuse and fraud that happens in many Pentecostal churches that use it?

 

 

Hi NG,

 

Just my personal opinion but i think it good neither to accept or reject tongues as a PC church policy. As far as a ritual goes i think Paul indicated it was best kept as a private prayer language and that when we come together that we speak clearly in a language so that all present might easily understand and be edified. It seems to me tongues should not be forbidden but as Paul said, unless one interpret so that all may understand it doesn't edify the church as a whole. Therefor, with that understanding, i would vote it not be a part of public worship or ritual and at the same time not forbid it from happening as long as there is an interpreter and also would have no policies concerning its private regular practice among believers.

 

Joseph

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