Only Catholics Should Speak in Tongues?

Mark Barnes believes that Speaking in Tongues is a practice that should only be practiced by Roman Catholics:

Most Charismatics believe that “speaking in tongues is prayer or praise spoken in syllables not understood by the speaker”. Tongues, in other words, are understandable only with interpretation. Frankly, this turns the clock back on the reformation. Charismatics who practice tongues-speaking in public worship have given up the hard-won victory that the word of God should be in the language of the hearer.

I may have some thoughts later to share in response, but for now, I’d like to hear *your* thoughts.
However, I will add that his arguments in this post aren’t nearly as interesting as his earlier post that Charismatics Are Not New Testament Christians

Author: KB French

Formerly many things, including theology student, mime, jr. high Latin teacher, and Army logistics officer. Currently in the National Guard, and employed as a civilian... somewhere

4 thoughts on “Only Catholics Should Speak in Tongues?”

  1. I think this is mixing apples and oranges. Speaking in tounges is supposed to be when one is possesed by the Holy Spirit while hearing/reading the Bible in one’s own language – a tenant of the Reformation – is something completely different.

    I do, however, find it interesting that some Protestant religions (Pentacostal, e.g.) picked up on this aspect of Acts while Catholics (like myself) don’t consider it a tenant of faith or worship. Actually in a larger sense it is interesting how different denominations pick up different parts of the Bible differently.

    Which gets me to Mormanism, which relies on a completely different text.. 🙂


  2. The only text that is valid is the Bible, because it is the Word of God. Some people may have different views of the Bible because they don’t rely on the Holy Spirit to tell them of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. They rely on their own understanding. Once we rely on the Holy Spirit to give us understanding, one sentence from the Bible can be so much of a blessing. People who only care about denominations and not to their love for Jesus Christ and to other people should reconsider themselves to be true Christians as the Bible says faith is proved by actions (James 2:14-20). I’m not saying that I’m better than them, cause I’m also a sinner that is saved by our only Saviour, Jesus Christ. He’s healed me from my disease (I couldn’t smell anything before, now I can smell anything) that no doctor in the world can heal (I’ve met doctors from Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, even in Europe and all of them don’t know what to do with my disease). But one day, I went to this church called Planetshakers and there was a mass healing session. The Holy Spirit came to me and I litteraly was coming out of my skin. I felt a huge surge of electricity running in my body and I started taking breaths 50-100 times. I knew at that time that I was healed by Jesus. It’s only because of His grace that I was healed not because of my works. Glory to God! And Holy Spirit is for all of us Christians who have faith to receive them cause Jesus gave the Holy Spirit for all who believe that He is the Son of God and our only Saviour at the day of Pentecost. After the Holy Spirit in you guys have been released, man, miracles just happen again and again. He protects you from all evil, He delivers you from the snares in this chaotic world that we live in and most importantly, He gives us salvation from the sins we’ve done. Jesus, He loves all of us equally, it saddened Him that people reject His love that is so perfect and limitless. He just wants people to believe. God forbids me to ever think that other people are lower than me (pride) especially to unbelievers. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). God bless to u all guys. I hope this message may benefit some of u.


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