Are Tongues Part of Salvation
William Arnold III
(original article: Why I Speak in Tongues)
Hi Bro.William, I've read your article on tongues and I agree with what you have written, because you don't have many Christains who believe in tongues. They believe that the Holy Ghost is already within them all they have to do is activate it and its there. I want to know if you believe that speaking in tongues is part of salvation? If not what is salvation? Please give scriptures.
I think that the Holy Spirit is necessary for salvation. Paul said that without the Spirit we are "none of his" (Rom. 8:9, see also John 3:5; Eph. 1:13,14). I also believe that speaking tongues is the initial evidence of one receiving the Holy Spirit as I have tried to demonstrate in that article. However, I would never make the statement that "tongues are part of salvation." Tongues by themsleves never saved anyone. It is the Spirit that saves, but when we see people receive the Spirit in the Bible, they do speak in tongues. This is kind of like the analogy, "Where there's smoke, there's fire." It is the fire that burns down the house, not the smoke. But when we are three blocks away we know that a house is burning because we see the smoke. So it is with the Spirit and tongues. It is the Spirit which saves, not tongues. But when we receive the Spirit we do speak in other tongues.
See also, Tongues as Initial Evidence?
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