Glossolalia: A Gift of the Spirit

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Glossolalia: A Gift of the Spirit
The ‘Gift of Tongues’ (Glossolalia) as described by many Christians in present day is said to be evident proof of the manifestation of the Holy Ghost in an individual. Although many outsiders see it as a new belief or ideology, Christians believe that it is not a new practice but rather a forgotten gift of the spirit given to the early church right after Jesus’ departure. Many believers provide proof of that by recalling the biblical event with the Apostles at the Pentecost, found in Acts 2 and also the twelfth chapter of the first Pauline letter to the Corinthians. Some of these manifestations and gifts of the Spirit emerged to the public, after a long period of time, in the late 19th century and early 20th century giving birth to Pentecostalism. But as any other novelties it brought strife with itself. Today many Pentecostal and nondenominational charismatic churches are firm doers of this practice. They not only think of glossolalia as an idea or a charismatic practice but hold it to be “a heavenly language that [is] unknown to the speaker but known in the heavenly spiritual realm,” a unique spiritual language through which one can communicate with God.
The earliest mention of Glossolalia or the “speaking of tongues” is found in the Bible. There are many arguments from Paul and Luke on how the gift of tongues was portrayed; one of those was that the gift of tongues was seen as an intelligible language understood by other people the other is of an unintelligible language that needed interpretation. However, the important argument, to which many Pentecostals hold on to, is that “Pentecostal glossolalia [as] argued by Peter… [fulfilled] the prophesy of Joel” that God will pour out his ...

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...ed, but most mentioned worship, praise, prayer, intercession, singing in the Spirit and prophecy; helping the person to build up their faith and find the empowering of the Holy Spirit (Cartledge 45).As a Christian I agree and can relate to the author of Evaluating the Charismatic Movement when he says that we Christians claim to have the Spirit, but make most of our decision without referring to his guidance (Culpepper 75). One can criticize and argue as much possible on how glossolalia and the ecstatic gifts lack a good theological explanation or perhaps that they only exist because the human being lacks faith and needs evidence that God is near but that’s the beauty of the gifts of free will and a personal relationship with God. One can believe and experience whatever we please but at the same time knowing that one day we will be held accountable of our decisions.

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