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Gifts of The Spirit Pt 10 of 10 – Interpretation of Tongues – Derek Prince

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  1. Holy Spirit can speak in unknown language better than we can speak in a known language. Receiving a healing from unknown tongue from Holy Spirit is as good as understanding what was said if the healing was desperately needed.

  2. Another aspect of the modern tongues phenomenon is, of course, the concept of ‘interpretation’.

    “Interpretation of tongues”, which goes hand-in-hand with ‘speaking in tongues’, may also be said to be a self-created phenomenon. Interpretation is a ‘spiritual improv’ of sorts, inspired by one’s deep faith and beliefs. What do I mean by this? Well….

    Interpretations are typically characterized by being inordinately longer than the actual glossic utterance, rather generic and non-specific in nature, and perhaps not surprisingly, open to multiple non-related ‘interpretations’. In other words, have ten interpreters listen to a glossic string and you’ll get ten different (typically unrelated) “interpretations”. In ‘tongues’, ‘The big brown dog is slow’, can also be ‘The small white cat is quick’. These latter two characteristics (‘generic-ness’ and multiple interpretations) do not suggest anything that is divinely inspired. It fails even the most basic tests and criteria that define ‘communication’ itself.

    A common come-back to the multiple interpretation issue is that God/the Holy Spirit gives different interpretations to different people. As one writer put it rather succinctly, “Pentecostal Darwinism does not exist – there’s no mutation or transformation of one message into several for the sake of justifying what is an obvious discrepancy. If this were the case, it would completely eradicate the need for ‘tongues’ in the first place”.

    In Corinthians (with the exception of the few places Paul mentions the gift of tongues together with the other spiritual gifts) Paul is simply addressing real language issues facing a multi-cultural, multi-lingual population in a large city situated on not one, but two major seaports.

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