by Rick Pidcock
Earlier this year, I began a series on biblical continuationism. After an initial introduction article, I wrote two additional articles entitled, Continuationism & the Sovereignty of God, and Continuationism & the Sufficiency of Scripture.
When I began to come around to the idea of ongoing biblical prophecy, I really struggled with the idea of speaking in tongues. And as I talk with other believers, I get this sense from them as well.
I hear questions like, “Isn’t speaking in tongues simply witnessing in another human language? Doesn’t Paul say that speaking in tongues is selfishly prideful? What about the modern day craziness that goes on in churches? What is the meaning? What’s the point?”
I’d like to say up front that I have never experienced this gift in either private or corporate worship. So I am writing this article, not based on experience, but rather based on my understanding of Scripture.
Speaking in tongues is a topic mostly met with very strong convictions, and a lot of confusion. So I’d like to work my way through 1 Corinthians 14, in order to try to give as accurate and simple of an explanation of tongues as I can. (more…)