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Description: Many today claim that speaking in tongues was only given for people to be able to preach in known languages. What does the Scripture actually teach?


Brother Hicks Speaking: Hello brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about [the subject] is the gift of speaking in tongues only for preaching and evangelism. This is a common argument made by those who are devoid the Spirit of God, devoid His spiritual gifts, they like to say, “Well, we see in the book of Acts chapter 2 that the gift of speaking in tongues was ONLY for preaching to people in languages you do not know.” And so they use the argument, “Well, it would be like someone going to Mexico that does not speak Spanish, and then by the Spirit they can speak Spanish to them and preach to them.” Let’s look at what the Scripture actually says, because it says nothing of the sort. There is NO verse of Scripture that says that speaking in tongues is for preaching. Now, God can do that, and has done that, but that is not what speaking in tongues is for.

Acts chapter 2, we will start with verse 1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:1-8)

So they are hearing a variety of languages from these Galilaeans that they would not have expected them to have known. This is not languages they have learned and now are speaking out, but were they preaching? Here is the real issue that we need to get to, not what the languages were or any of this kind of stuff, because that is not the argument that they are making against the Holy Spirit. The argument they are making against the Holy Spirit and against His gifts is that these tongues were only preaching in another language and they had no other purpose, and that is all they were for, and now they are done away with because we have the Bible or [because] the last Apostle died. They have a variety of different things they make up to say that caused them to cease, they will talk about the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, and they have all kinds of things they fabricate to say are the reason now why tongues are no longer needed, but they do not even understand what tongues are for in the first place.

We will go down to the last part of verse 11 [of Acts chapter 2], “…we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…” (Acts 2:11-14)

And then he begins to preach. Now let’s think about this. If you are going to be reasonable, and logical, and Biblical: if these tongues were meant for these individuals to hear the gospel preached in their language, why did Peter get up and then speak in his known language, not tongues, his known language, not as the Spirit gave utterance, but his known language; and THEN he preached to them. This destroys their whole argument that the tongues on the day of Pentecost were only for preaching to people, because Peter doesn’t continue speaking in tongues to speak to these people, [rather] he speaks in his own known language with his own understanding; and he begins to preach to them Jesus Christ.

There is no mention that when they were speaking in tongues that they were preaching Jesus Christ, that any of them were preaching Jesus Christ during that time, all it says is they “speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” They were praising God. These tongues were praise going up to God, not preaching the gospel. They were not meant to preach the gospel. That is not what tongues were for.

Here is some of the nonsense I saw: I saw one lady that was telling people, “Well, if you speak in tongues then you need to go outside of a synagogue and preach to them in Hebrew, even if you do not know Hebrew.” That is not what speaking in tongues is for. This we see as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance was not for preaching. It was these men saw this, saw them praising God, and wondered what it meant and some even mocked, and then Peter stood up and preached in his known language. This, my brothers and sisters, was the preaching of the gospel, not speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues was not meant for preaching the gospel. If speaking in tongues was meant for preaching the gospel why did they not continue speaking in tongues there, and therefore preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ? No, that was not the intent of it, it never has been the intent of it. God can cause one to be able to speak in a language that they do not know and preach the glorious gospel. He certainly can, God can do all things, but that is not the purpose as seen in Acts chapter 2 and it is NEVER mentioned in Scripture that speaking in tongues is God preaching the gospel in another language for you. That is simply not what it is.

My brothers and sisters, let’s believe what the Scripture actually says, not what men say to try to get out of believing the Scripture, to get out of walking with God, to get out of being led by the Spirit of God; let us get into the Scripture and let us follow the Holy Spirit and His leading. He inspired the Scripture, don’t listen to men who deny Him and deny His gifts. May the Lord Jesus bless you.

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