The FIDE-O Blog: The Private Prayer Language Error

Some today believe that they have a special spiritual gift of praying to God in “tongues.” The problem with this belief is that the Bible does not teach any such gift. Those who claim to have this gift believe that in their prayer time the Holy Spirit takes over their voice and they begin to speak unintelligible words to God. To defend this practice they use Romans 8:26 and 1 Corinthians 14:2-3.Let’s discuss this error for a moment.

Read the full post and especially the comments via The FIDE-O Blog: The Private Prayer Language Error.

My comment after reading the posts and the comments

Wow what an amazing discussion for a new Christian to read.

It all raises but one question to me:

I read 1 Corinthians 14 and all the other references. Personally I do not believe that there is a need for such lengthy discussions on this matter. In the end it has nothing to do with what we do or claim but what God does, what the Spirit does isn’t it?

All the references are great encouragement to me but I keep on coming back to 1 Corinthians 12:11:

“All these (gifts of the spirit which includes speaking in different kinds of tongues, see previous verses) are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”

Perhaps just accept what happens around you, in and through you as gifts as he determined? The gifts of the spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit the way I understand it, comes with a range of potential gifts. Personally I have no doubt that I have been baptized by the Holy Spirit yet I have never spoken in tongues other than with my youngest son with who I do this as a game. I am grateful every all for all the other gifts that came with that. I am in utter bliss when I see the fruits of it all.

Then again I may well be misunderstanding it all. Thanks everyone for such an amazing range and richness of insights. What a great way of learning.

The Barna Group – How Different Generations View and Engage with Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity

March 29, 2010

Charismatic and Pentecostal expressions of Christianity have been part of the American spiritual landscape for more than a century. How much staying power does that set of beliefs and behaviors have among the youngest generations of Christians? A research study conducted by the Barna Group explored the degree to which four different generations of American adults identified themselves as charismatic or Pentecostal believers. The research also examined generational gaps in terms of beliefs about the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and spiritual gifts.

Read the full and very read worthy article via The Barna Group – How Different Generations View and Engage with Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity.