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Tongues in today’s church. One more divisive issue. I just posted this at a nice guy’s site. I am now looking for opinions. The name has been changed to protect the innocent only by Christ’s atoning blood. It was part of a larger discussion on the Gifts of the Spirit, my partner in converstion is a Pentecostal, and a really nice guy.
strongs# g945 βατταλογέω battalogeō
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
from Battos (a proverbial stammerer) and G3056
Outline of Biblical Usage
1) to stammer
2) to repeat the same things over and over, to use many idle words, to babble, prate.
This word is onomatapoeia, a word made from a sound. Jesus is saying do not pray by saying,” batta,batta, batta”. I swear I have heard just that sound out of people “slain in the Spirit”.
I hope you see my skepticism, and it has a base in scripture. I would feel more at ease if someone became able to preach, or teach, or help, or became a good helper or administrator etc.as a Spiritual gift, as I could see these gifts being useful to the church . It seems Paul also thought that 1cr.14:12 “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”
Paul didn’t seem to think tongues was all that with a bag of fries. 1Cr 14:1 ” Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.”
The first thing that got me is still my main sticking point, 1Cr 12:30 “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”
Why would everybody in the church get the same gift? I get the impression that Paul was not a great fan of speaking in tongues.
Well there is a lot I don’t understand and I do not expect that to change. this is not an issue I would break fellowship over, but it is good to talk about between believers.
I agree we must share our walks, we are after all on the same Path!
Source, Blue letter Bible, KJV cause I am in a KJ mood this morning.
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