Skip to comments.Assemblies of God Leader Denies That Speaking in Tongues Is in Decline in Pentecostal Churches
Posted on 09/04/2013 7:43:03 AM PDT by Center2Right
The head of one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in North America has denied a news report that the practice of speaking in tongues has been declining among Pentecostal churches.
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told The Christian Post that a recent Associated Press story on the decline of speaking in tongues was "totally inaccurate." "The practice of speaking in tongues is very integral to who we are. It was one of the generating factors 99 years ago in our being formed and it's still the encouragement for every believer to speak in tongues," said Wood.....
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I look forward to a time when personal prophesy will be on the increase in this same denomination.
Could the drop in speaking in tongues be tied to the rise in illiteracy?
Or people coming to their senses.
The “problem” is the Holy Spirit having nothing to add right now, so shut up and listen in faith and hope and love!
He may speak for Assemblies of God, but he doesn’t speak for United Pentecostal Churches of America. Acts chapter 2 and Acts 2:38 in particular are the center of our teaching on speaking in tongues and IS evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost and is in line with the Fruit of the Spirit
Are you serious? Jesus sends a Helper that has nothing to add? Really?
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
1 CORINTHINANS 12:12-31
12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.
2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, Jesus be cursed, and no one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one bodywhether Jews or Gentiles, slave or freeand we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
16 And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, I dont need you! And the head cannot say to the feet, I dont need you!
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,
24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,
25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
I'm not sure you read it right...
Speaking in tongues, as in other comprehensible Earthly languages, is Biblical. Speaking in Gobbledeegook which no one can ever, or will ever speak or understand is hucksterism.