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Are Tongues a Sign You Will Go To Heaven?

Is the proof you have the Holy Spirit and will go to Heaven speaking tongues?>

Tongues are never spoken of as a sign someone will go to heaven.

1 Corinthians 14:22, which is the only passage that speaks of tongues as a sign, says, “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers….” Certainly tongues are not a sign to unbelievers that they are going to heaven!

The proof you have the Holy Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-24). As you grow in the grace of the Lord and your life is changed from walking in the flesh to walking in the Spirit, there is evidence in your very life itself that God’s Spirit is in you.

The way tongues are used in many churches today seems to me to be very much like what Paul rebuked in 1 Corinthians 14. Tongues in the Bible were languages. In Acts 2, each of those present heard the wonderful works of God in their own language. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul said no one should speak in a tongue that cannot be understood unless there is an interpreter. Everything said in that chapter can apply to someone in an assembly of the church simply speaking in a foreign language. If there is no translator (interpreter), don’t do it.

However, when “tongues,” as spoken in many churches, are recorded and given to different “interpreters,” the resulting interpretations have no resemblance to each other. This means that no real language is being used. The “interpreter” simply says what he wants to say.

In fact, “tongues” are found in many pagan religions as well as in some “Christian” churches. These “ecstatic languages,” as practiced today, are not a sign of God’s presence. When God is present, real communication takes place in languages that are understood or that can be translated.


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