Is Speaking in Strange Tongues A Must?
“All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it. In the church God has put all in place: in the first place apostles, in the second place prophets, and in the third place teachers; then those who perform miracles, followed by those who are given the power to heal or to help others or to direct them or to speak in strange tongues. They are not all apostles or prophets or teachers. Not everyone has the power to work miracles or to heal diseases or to speak in strange tongues or to explain what is said.” ~ 1Corinthians 12:27-30 (GNT)
If you will agree with me, the bible verses you just read stated clearly that we are all a part of one body which is the body of Jesus Christ and it indicated clearly that there are roles and names for each parts.
It went further to state that NOT ALL are Apostles or Prophets or Teachers. Not everyone has the power to work miracles or to heal diseases or to speak in strange tongues or to explain what is said.
Why then do they seem to make speaking in tongues compulsory for all the parts of the body of Christ?
It is popularly accepted and widely believed that once you can’t speak in tongues, then the holy spirit is not yet present nor do you have the holy spirit in you. This I believe is wrong.
Little wonder why when speaking in tongues, some people tend to repeat the same thing over and over again even in a similar if not the same pattern.
When it is time to praise God by speaking in tongues, same words. When it is time to pray against a situation and pull down the walls of Jericho, same words, same pattern. Does this mean we have grown from seeing speaking in tongues as a gift and moved to learning it?
I think this is where most people got it wrong.
When Apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 14:5 (GNT) that
“I would like for all of you to speak in strange tongues; BUT I would rather that you had the gift of proclaiming God’s message. For the person who proclaims God’s message is of greater value than the one who speaks in strange tongues—unless there is someone present who can explain what is said, so that the whole church may be helped.”
The key word here is ‘Like‘. Apostle Paul will like us all to speak in strange tongues but then we are all a part of one body and not everyone has the gift to speak in strange tongues.
Notice the use of the word ‘but’?
“I would like for all of you to speak in strange tongues; BUT I would rather that you had the gift of proclaiming God’s message.”
I believe what he is trying to say here is that he prefer we have the gift of proclaiming/ preaching the word of God rather than speaking in strange tongues.
If we all must speak in strange tongues, then why did Apostle Paul said it is not everybody that have the gift of speaking in strange tongues?
PS: This is not an argument, just a pointer about the wrong notion that we all must speak in tongues. Speaking in tongues is good but it is a gift and we all must understand that it is not everyone that has been given that gift.