Reasons for Speaking in Tongues:
- God is the author of “other tongues.” Through the Holy Spirit, God motivated 120 people to speak in tongues on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:5; 2:4).
- Tongues seem to be the established evidence that the early apostles recognized. Ten years after the day of Pentecost, Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius’ Gentile household, and they received the gift of the Holy Ghost while he was preaching. Peter based his assurance that they had received the same experience as the Jewish Christians upon the fact that he “heard them speak in tongues” (Acts 10:46). He then commanded them to be baptized in water in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:44-48; 11:13-17).
- The New Testament was written by “tongues talkers.’ There is evidence that 22 of the 27 books of the New Testament were written by “tongues talkers,” and it is very probable that the other five were also. More than 20 years after the Pentecost, Paul established the Corinthian church. He evidently made the baptism of the Holy Ghost a part of his gospel message. Approximately instructions for the proper use of tongues in private and public worship (1 Corinthians 14).
- There are no scriptures against speaking in tongues. Not one scripture in Bible states or implies that anyone ever spoke in tongues “of the devil,” from psychological self inducement, hypnosis, catalepsy, hysteria or emotionalism. There is no scriptural evidence that tongues have ceased or will cease before the end of the Church Age. The Church came into the world speaking in other tongues, and it will go out speaking in tongues.
- The gift of the Holy Ghost gave the Church the power to preach the gospel with supernatural signs and reach the world in its generation. The same Holy Spirit power will give the last-day generation power to preach the gospel with supernatural signs and wonders and reach the world with the gospel of the Kingdom in their day.
- Speaking in tongue edifies (encourages, builds up) the believer. Speaking with one’s spirit language activates into one’s being divine attributes of the Holy Spirit and builds one up in the faith and love of God (Jude 20; Romans 5:5).
- Speaking in tongues generates the power of God within the believer similarly to how a dam generates electricity. The reservoir of water is typical of the believer being filled with the Holy Spirit. Power is produced when the water gate of the dam is opened and water flows over the turbine causing a dynamo inside the dam to generate electricity. Speaking in tongues is to the believer what turbines are to a dam: turbines generate electricity in the dynamo; speaking in tongues generates the power of God within the inner man. Speaking in tongues gives the Christian a built-in power-producing plant. As the “water flows over the turbine” it generates more and more power (Compare with Acts 1:8; John 7:38-39).
- Speaking in tongues is to be a daily part of the believer’s prayer and praise to God. The greatest gift Jesus ever gave the Church besides Himself was the gift of the Holy Ghost. he is Comforter, Enlightener, Teacher, Enabler and Divine Guide of the believer. His divine commission is to take the members of the Body of Christ through conviction, conversion, sanctification, empowerment, ministry and from glory to glory until the church is conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (John 16:7-16; Romans 8:28).
- Praying in tongues is a way to guarantee the believer is praying in the will of God. Praying by the leading of the Holy Spirit overrides one’s limited, natural thinking and causes one to pray the thoughts and plans of God (Romans 8:27).
- Speaking in tongues is a powerful weapon of war in spiritual warfare (Micah 3:8; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Zechariah 4:6).
- Speaking in tongues enables the believer to shift from natural or carnal thinking into receiving the mind of the Lord and being able to hear from God with understanding (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 14:2).
These are just a few of the numerous reasons we would give concerning the value and purpose of speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues played a vital role in the origination of the church and will fulfill an even greater role in the future destiny of the Church.