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Aren't tongues for unbelieving Jews?

Submitted: 4/14/2007
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Question: Why do the speaking in tongues only happen in churches that believe in tongues? The tongues in the bible occured as a sign for the unbelieveing Jews. This was what the miracle of tongues was all about. Today, tongues serves no purpose because you have a church full of people that believe in tongues and speak on a regular basis.

Answer: There is no Scripture to support your assertion that tongues served only as a sign for unbelieving Jews. So far as we know there were no unbelieving Jews present when Cornelius and his household spoke in tongues (Acts 10:44-48). Neither were there any unbelieving Jews present when the believers in Ephesus spoke in tongues (Acts 19:1-6). We are concerned that your prejudice against speaking in tongues is preventing you from honestly evaluating our last response to your questions about tongues (4/13/07). We gave you several reasons why tongues is still important today and we backed those reasons up with Scripture. If you are simply unwilling to allow the Scriptures to speak for themselves on this matter, then there is little else we can say. Again, we refer you to our article 'Speaking in Tongues in the Church.'