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Speaking In Tongues And Interpretation


I attended the same church for more than 10 years, and was very familiar with everyone. As we approached the end of the Sunday evening service, everything had a sort of heaviness.

There were two people that started speaking in tongues at the same time. A moment later they both started to give two different interpretations. I was a bit upset.

I prayed, "Father, you said the Holy Spirit is not the author of confusion. Help me believe, in spite of this confusion."

A moment later a man in the back of the church started speaking in tongues (unknown language). I didn't recognize the voice, but I understood everything he said while he was saying it.

One of the most powerful experiences I've ever had. I was no person of importance and thought I would be judged for giving an interpretation that was a bit HARD.

The minister unknowingly gave the interpretation in song, nearly word for word of what I heard.

I believe God gave me what I needed to believe, but I failed to put it in to action. I wonder how he sees me now.

Do you believe in speaking in tongues and interpretation? My Grandfather was a minister, and he admitted he never had the gift of interpretation.

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Rashidah (guest)
14 years ago (2010-09-14)
I know a lot of people who are baptized and does not speak tongues. 😐
KatyAD (1 stories) (9 posts)
14 years ago (2010-09-14)
For anyone who dosn't speek in tongues who wants to:

There's a lot of cotroversy about speeking in tongues. I speek in tongues. My whole church speeks in tongues. All you have to do is get baptised by the holy spirit then you believe and just start speeking. Don't think. It's God's will for us to speek in tongues. It edifis him as well as the soul.

If you don't know what to pray to get baptised in the holy spirit... Google it.

God Bless,
BeautifulDay (guest)
14 years ago (2010-01-25)
Gregory Brown, seems that many in the church like things very tidy. I was told by a deacon or two not to sing or interprete in tongues, but not by the pastor.

You are correct in your understanding of the words and message it can come just like a script being read. I hear you, I've been there!
You might wish to read Kenneth Hagin's books. He has passed on. He was around the time Katherine Kullman had her grace ministries. Old timers. I saw her when I was 15yrs old. John G Lake and Smith Wigglesworth, Amy Simple McPherson. These were men and woman whom prayed down the heavens and signs and wonders followed.

Please look for the proper path. You did not belong in that church. Let nothing separate you from your true path

Gregory_Brown (1 stories) (14 posts)
14 years ago (2010-01-24)

Thank you for taking time to write me. At that time I was truly on the straight and narrow..., can't truly say that now. At the time I had no doubt at all about the message/interpretation..., or the speaker for that matter. As you observed, God answered my prayer instantly and allowed me to receive a personal miracle not once but twice. Talk about POWERFUL, it permanently removed my doubt. How could He be so close to me?

I was just worried that the other members wouldn't get the interpretation because of me. I did pray and asked God to let another give the interpretation. He allowed me that.

For sometime I walked very close to the Lord. I was in kind of a perpetual state of prayer, or spirit of prayer. I could ask a simple question, something like "where is that set of missing screwdrivers", and He would speak in my heart. And He was never wrong.

I tried to share my testimony in prayer meetings with other men considerably older than me. They essentially told me that God does not speak to us, except through the Word of God, the Bible. Talk about a "wet blanket." Man, I got squelched. They looked at me like I had a third eye!

I guess word about my participation in prayer meeting found its way to the pastor. He showed up for prayer meeting a couple of times, and was quick to correct me, or criticize me. Kind of like my Dad used to do. I stopped going to prayer meeting. Then I stopped going to church.

God does speak in our heart. I once had a problem, didn't know what to do. So I prayed, "Lord I know the answer is there, but it's like written on a sheet of paper, a paper on the shore of a distant island. I can see that paper. Help me to read that paper. And He did. The answer was undeniably true. I couldn't share that. So I've determined that one's revelation is for one's self. Sharing it with others can lead to trouble. All in all I'm not getting any connections anymore. The body has rejected me. I grew up in that church. I got married in that church. When I first practiced tithing, it was in that church. I was even baptized in that church, again.

Thank you for listening. 😐
Gregory_Brown (1 stories) (14 posts)
14 years ago (2010-01-24)

My church taught that the initial physical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues.

I disagreed, rather I asked "who said the physical evidence had to be the initial evidence? Never was answered.

Thanks for the support. I was raised in a Christian Pentecostal church as well. It seemed that the same few people in the church were always the only ones who would speak. When they did, it always sounded like all the other messages. Then they waited just a moment or two, and gave the interpretation.

If I recall correctly, in the early church, the gift of speaking in tongues was causing some problems. It was the Apostle Paul that wrote to a particular church and said in effect, "these are the rules to observe regarding speaking in tongues and giving an interpretation."

Funny thing, I can't seem to recall the rules at the moment. Essentially, he was telling us how the Holy Spirit was going to work with us..., and how to keep order, and stop interrupting the speaker/preacher.

A part of his message was, "something would be confirmed in the mouths of several people." Those giving the interpretation I think, maybe?

The problem I was choking on was more often than not, these "gifts" seemed to be "claimed" by a few select people in my church..., and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. However, I remained reverant, giving the benefit of the doubt to them.

I've never heard of anyone else report receiving the interpretation as the person was still speaking in tongues. There were actually two separate messages, as the speaker paused for a long moment.

I wish you could experience that, hearing an unknown language and understanding it as if it were your native tongue! Not once, but twice!

And after all that, I believe that Paul said he would rather speak 5 words with meaning for the edification of the church, than to speak continually in tongues. Although he did wish at sometime everyone could speak in tongues.

All of this took place in the early 80s.

My experience was proof enough to carry me for life. God does speak to his people, through his people. 😆 ❤
abreann (1 stories) (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-01-21)
I was raised in a pentecostal christian environment, and my mom and gramma and granmpa all spoke in tongues! I never had the 'gift'...and it may sound funny, but as a child, I felt inadequate about not being able to do so! Even now, as an adult, I do not speak or interpret -but I do believe it is a way God shares through those that speak and then with those who interpret.

God knows what you are capable of, and doesn't judge. God knows you are a person of importance, whether you think you are or not~
BeautifulDay (guest)
14 years ago (2010-01-21)
Gregory Brown, God sees you though unconitional love. The issue with the unrenewed mind is people beat themself up. Doubting, going over and over will I be called upon gain, did I mess-up? I always found Interpretation embarassing. But people would cry because their own personal life was comming out in the interpretation with encouragement/comfort. Why not count it as an experience that you now Know that it comes in this fashion. It truly sounds that the Minister was a teacher in the sense he said almost word for word but in song.
Therfore giving proof to You, that you truly received the message. Keep studying to show yourself approved for that is the key. As JC said these words that he spoke were spirit and life.
Best wishing

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