This article looks at the meaning of speaking in tongues in the context of the whole Bible and discusses whether it still occurs today.
The charismatic movement and the Pentecostal movement claim that the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy, and healing are for the church today. Is this true? This article examines the origin of these movements and their claims. It also discusses the meaning of sinning against the Holy Spirit.
Looking at Acts 2, Acts 8, Acts 10-11, and Acts 19 on the subject of tongues, this article shows that both charismatics and cessationists fail in applying these texts because they fail to read them through the redemptive-historical grid. The author of this article encourages the reading of Acts through a redempive-historical grid.
What was the nature and function of speaking in tongues in the New Testament? Is there any relationship between what functioned in the New Testament and contemporary charismatic glossolalia? What was the linguistic nature of New Testament glossolalia? This article concerns itself with these questions but does not give a direct answer. It does, however, provide a survey of the main views on the matter within New Testament scholarship.
The phenomenon described by the term "glossolalia" played a significant role in the early church. The author of this paper analyzes this phenomenon. He tries to answer two questions: what experiences of the early church are to be included in this phenomenon? and what is the significance and relevance of these phenomena in the life of the early church?