McGregor, Speaking in Other Tongues: A Scholarly Defense Seattle:
Is it Essential to Salvation? It is provided to supply links to both United Pentecostal Church UPC writings and those of similar or differing beliefs.
Tongues in the Bible simply means languages. It should be noted that most churches that call themselves 'apostolic' hold the same main beliefs on salvation as the UPC. However, there are apostolic churches which teach one is saved when they repent, but they should go on to the rest of what is often termed the three steps repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus, receiving of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
According to the UPC, those who manifest this spiritual gift of tongues are confirmed as having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They take this view because you cannot be saved without the Spirit of God Romans 8: They surmise that tongues are the initial evidence of having been filled with God's Spirit because tongues are mentioned in three places in Acts when people received God's Spirit.
Acts 2 shows about people speaking in tongues, Acts 19 shows about twelve men speaking in tongues and Acts 10 shows an undetermined number of Gentiles speaking in tongues, though all present fit into the house. It is assumed that in Acts 8 the people spoke in tongues, even though Scripture is silent concerning it.
United Pentecostals and other apostolics believe that when a person is baptized in the name of Jesus that the Holy Spirit will come because it is a promise to you, your children, and other people that the Lord shall call Acts 2: Until a believer has spoken in tongues, they teach that the person is not yet saved.
There are a few who will question the validity of a person's tongues experience if it is received outside an apostolic church setting. In contrast, most mainstream Pentecostals believe that speaking in tongues is not a matter of salvation.
The Assemblies of God, International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Fire Baptized Holiness Church are some major denominations that reject the teaching that they pertain to salvation. These denominations teach that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a different experience from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is received upon repentance.
They do, however, teach that believers should want and seek this extra baptism of the Spirit, which is evidenced by speaking in tongues. In addition to this, some Christians believe tongues are a sign of demonic possession as many thought during the original Pentecostal revival in the early s.
Other Christians believe that tongues are simply one of many gifts a believer may receive from the Holy Spirit, and are neither initial evidence nor a sign of a separate Spirit baptism.
While even yet, some Christians from the Reformed Camp believe tongues have ceased with the New Testament being completed and they point to 1 Corinthians 13 as proof. There are some who believe tongues exist today but question whether many tongues they hear now line up with biblical examples, in that they should be actual human languages which can be verified and understood, as compared to repeated brief sounds or phrases.
In addition, some believe that speaking in tongues did not happen, but rather that the people heard in their own language what the others spoke in their native tongue. In other words, it was in the hearing and not the speaking. As you can see, beliefs on the subject of speaking in tongues are quite diverse.
Everyone cannot be correct. Must a believer speak in tongues to be saved? Are tongues that important for today? Is there a non-biblical overemphasis of tongues in Pentecostal churches? Are all tongues of the devil? Is it just one of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit that you may receive?
Do believers speak with angelic tongues?
Below is an example of speaking in tongues at a United Pentecostal Church camp meeting that appeared in the movie, Borat. The next is an example of someone trying to speak in tongues at a United Pentecostal Church.
In it, you will see the normal gathering of people around the person. Sometimes they hold up their arms and place their hands on them.
This person did not speak in tongues despite all the praying. Below is another example of all the things one might see when someone is trying to "pray through" to receive the Spirit.
You will witness people talking to him, some yelling, "Come on! Some pound the floor or stomp their feet near him.Robert P. Menzies – Evidential Tongues: An Essay on Theological Method Roli G.
dela Cruz – Salvation in Christ and Baptism in Spirit: A Response to to Robert Menzies, “Evidential Tongues: An Essay on Theological Method”. This essay appears in the latest issue of SBET: Andrew David Naselli. “D. A. Carson’s Theological Method.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29 (): – It revises a paper I submitted to Kevin Vanhoozer at TEDS in December for his PhD seminar “Advanced Theological.
Evidential Tongues-An Essay on Theological Method - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. 4“If Luke intended to teach evidential tongues as ),” Robert P.
Menzies, “Evidential Tongues: An Essay on Theological Method,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 2 (): See also Douglas C. Bozung, “The Pentecostal Doctrine of Initial Evidence: A Study in Hermeneutical Method” Journal of Ministry and.
Theology as translation Trends in Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Part One in a Pentecostal Hermeneutics series of guest lectures given at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri, by .
In the following sections we shall seek to employ this two-fold method in an attempt to evaluate the Pentecostal doctrine of evidential tongues. The Contributions Of Biblical Theology Let us then gather the biblical authors together at the roundtable.