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Is tongues evidence of salvation?

Submitted: 9/28/2007
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Question: I know that you must be really busy, so forgive me if you have answered this question elsewhere: Do you believe that speaking in tongues is evidence of salvation? Thanks.

Answer: Absolutely not. We know that there are many people who speak in tongues but are not saved. We believe that to be saved, a person must obey the gospel, a part of which is receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:1-6)). We also believe that the only way a person can know that he has received the gift of the Spirit is by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-48). But speaking in tongues is not, in and of itself, evidence of salvation; it is at most evidence of the Spirit.