Acts 10: 44-48, 1 Corinthians 14:1-5: This is a subject of controversy. People say you should not speak in tongues, some say it no longer exists. Others say if you do it in church and no one interprets it is not from God. I always found this statement a bit ridiculous because it is the language of God. The Holy Spirit is sent to us because of our Salvation. When we ask Jesus to live in us, when we confess our sins and become a new creation, Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit as a helper (John 14:26): The question is if Jesus sent us this helper, then why wouldn’t we be able to speak to God in the language the helper gives us? Sometimes I think we confuse prophecy for speaking in tongues. The truth is speaking in tongues is not necessarily prophecy. It is merely speaking to God in His language. What they really mean when they say if you speak in tongues and no one interprets, it is not from God; is that the evil one is trying to infiltrate the service and has someone speak aloud but it is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always from God. I often wondered if someone is praying to themselves in the spirit and just excited and in their excitement, spoke loud enough for the whole conversation to be heard. Maybe there was not an interpretation because none was to be had. Maybe it was just a loud prayer. I do not have a good answer for this occurrence. What I do know is that God sent the Holy Spirit to us as a guide. This includes speaking to God. The Holy Spirit is the great intercessor. One thing I do know is that people are not willing to admit that they have spoken in tongues. There seems to be a taboo on speaking in tongues. Many people say it is not real. I figure if the Bible talks about it then it is real. I also know that if God gives the ability through the Holy Spirit to speak to him in His language, then I would be a fool to not use this ability. However, I also believe it is a private matter between God and me. It is not anyone decision. Man does not pick or chose, we chose through our choice of accepting Jesus as the Messiah.
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days
1Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.