2. Speaking with tongues (i.e. miraculously speaking in a foreign language) was not meant to benefit believers, but to serve as a sign to persuade unbelievers.
6. Paul criticizes, ridicules and discourages the practice of praying in tongues (without the gift of interpretation).
9. God issues the command to be quiet in the church unless it is possible for the tongues to be understood (interpreted).
10. Since God is not the Author of confusion, speaking with tongues in church without providing a valid interpretation is not from God.
11. If tongues are spoken in the church, it should only be done by one person at a time, and then by no more than three persons in total. Therefore, a church collectively speaking in tongues is madness.
1. Tongues are (or were) real languages not gibberish. See Acts 2:4-11 & 1 Corinthians 14:21-22
The words lâshôn [H3956] in the Hebrew and glōssa [G1100] in the Greek, literally refer to the tongue; a member of the body and the organ of speech located in the mouth. However, to lexicons of both the Old and New Testaments of the bible, this word tongue is figuratively used to refer to any “language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.”¹ In fact, the English words gloss and glossary are both derived from their cognate glōssa. Therefore, when the bible employs the word tongue to refer to the spiritual gift granted by the Holy Spirit to believers, it is the gift of speaking a foreign language that is in scope.