Tongues “will cease.” Distortions have permeated contemporary Christianity making this one of the most controversial statements in the Bible. Millions of believers today profess to speak a language they do not understand as a manifestation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and evidence of a superior relationship with God. The animation and enthusiasm of their displays have infiltrated denominations and sects throughout the Christian world.


The spiritual gift of tongues, prophesied by Isaiah, was designed for a specific divine purpose—a warning sign to Israel of impending national destruction. This gift, bestowed by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost A.D. 30, would be an unmistakable sign of Israel’s spiritual failure and imminent divine judgment, and would also herald the new Church Age. But is this spiritual gift operational today?


The final authority for resolving the theological conundrum of tongues is the infallible Word of God. Subjective thinking and emotionalism mislead and obscure the truth of Bible doctrine. Only the pertinent passages from the Scripture, correctly translated and accurately interpreted, can reveal to the believer the truth about tongues.


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