Speaking in Tongues


What is speaking in tongues? Why do some Christians do it and others don't? What does it sound like? These are a few of the common questions people have about speaking in tongues.

Speaking in tongues is a method of communication whereby a Christian speaks in indiscernible utterances. Some believe speaking in tongues is speaking another human language unknown to the speaker; others believe speaking in tongues is speaking in another language, which is not human, but divine.

The word “tongues” comes from the Greek word “glossolia” meaning “tongue” or "language." All Christians agree that tongues is a subject found in the New Testament and was operational in the early church.

However, some Christians, called “cessationists,” believe tongues was given by God to the church for a limited period of time and that it’s no longer operational today. Other Christians, especially those of a Pentecostal persuasion, believe that tongues is still operational today, having experienced a revival at the beginning of the 20th century.

Among those who believe in and speak in tongues, there is debate as to whether or not it’s the only evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit or just an evidence. It's also debated whether or not every Christian should seek the experience.