Time and time again in the Pentecostal-type churches and on websites that I have read, I see the claim that “Speaking in Tongues” is required as the ONLY proof that one has been successfully baptized in the Holy Ghost (also referred to as “The Holy Spirit”). We will examine the Bible scriptures that relate to this topic in an attempt to find the truth in this matter.

In Luke chapter 11, Christ is teaching His Disciples how to pray. After teaching them what is commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”, Christ says, ” And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” A few verses later (13), he goes on to say, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Here one can see clearly that any that ask God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, WILL receive the Holy Spirit Baptism. 

In Acts chapter 1 Christ appears to the apostles Let’s review starting with verse 4: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. In verse 8 Christ then says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

In Chapter 2 the account of the apostles Baptism in the Holy Spirit is recorded. In Acts 2:4, we read, ” And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Notice how it says that they were filled with the Holy Ghost AND began to speak with OTHER tongues. Two things need to be pointed out here. There were filled with the Holy Ghost and were given the gift of being able to speak other tongues. Remember in Acts 1:8, where Christ said after the Holy Ghost is come upon you…ye shall be witnesses?See 2:4-8.  In verse five it talks about Jews “out of every nation under heaven”. In verse six it says that these men “were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.”  Verse 7&8, ” And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? (8) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Christ had told them that they would be witnesses both in Jerusalem and Judea. The Miracle was that these men-many of them uneducated as can be seen in earlier accounts of fishermen, etc being chosen by Christ-suddenly could speak other known languages that they shouldn’t have been able to by their own abilities! The need was there that one of the gifts of the Spirit-that of speaking in tongues-was needed to achieve the spreading of the Gospel to those who were nearby at the time. This ability was also a miracle to prove that God was working in these men and would strengthen their testimony to the otherwise unbelieving Jews!

The Bible says that there is ONE body but many parts-all with differing gifts of the Spirit. Many Pentecostal and “Spirit Filled” churches make the claim that “Speaking in Tongues” is a required proof of being Spirit-filled. Is the Bible Lying or are they? Read the scriptures and YOU decide!

In 1 Corinthians 12:30, after the lengthy discussion of one body different parts (gifts), Paul writes, “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” The answer is an obvious “NO” for anyone who has read the preceding chapter. If all speak in tongues then all must heal, all must interpret! How can Paul’s words be true in one part and lies in the other?

Those who say that Tongues are REQUIRED as the ONLY proof of being Spirit-Filled (aka Baptism of the Holy Spirit) are calling Christ a liar and Paul a liar.

Paul even says in 1 Cor. 14:22, “Wherefore tongues are a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not; but prophesying serveth not them that believeth not, but for them which believe.” He also warns in 1 Cor. 14:8, “But if there be no interpreter, Let him keep silence in the Church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.”

1 Cor.12:20, “But now there are many members, yet one body.” How many True Christians has this erroneous teaching turned away from the body because they refused to fake a gift that they were not given? How many souls have YOU damned to hell because you joined in on this lie without searching out the Word (Bible) for the truth in prayer, through Christ?

No wonder the Mainstream Church is mostly dead and useless to Christ in this end times! No wonder there is no revival that should be rampant in these days leading into Tribulation that we are now going into! That is why in Matthew 25, Christ describes dividing the sheep and the goats (v.31-46). He calls the goats “righteous”(v.37) but then sends them into (41) everlasting fire!

Don’t ignore this warning any longer! Come out of her my people! Your house has been left to you desolate! If you can’t find a church that is not part of those, who in these end times have been fooled into serving Satan through corrupt teaching, then start your own church that is truly Bible-based.

May God give you ears that hear and eyes that see the truth!