A Christian’s ultimate goal is to be changed, to be transformed into the image of Jesus. But what does that look like? How is that accomplished? Jesus promised that the Father would send the Holy Spirit, Who when He had come, would indwell the believer and empower them to do His works. The ministry of the Spirit in the life of the saints is just as real and valid today as it was two thousand years ago!
Part of the Spirit’s ministry is to enable the believer to speak in unknown tongues supernaturally. However, there is a great deal of confusion and controversy about this issue. There are varying opinions from one extreme to the other. One extreme says that tongues are of the devil, and though it once was in the Church, it has since past away. Then there’s a more moderate view that says some may speak in tongues, but it’s not for everyone. Then there’s the other extreme that says unless you speak in tongues you aren’t really saved.
On the other hand, many of those who do speak in tongues have made it seem spooky and have treated it like some kind of badge of honor, when, in fact, speaking in tongues is very practical and has tremendous value!
What are we to do, then, with these extreme views? Does the Bible have anything to say about it? Should we give speaking in tongues prominence today, or should we throw it out like last week’s old banana peels?
In “Unction and Utterance” Tim Brown takes a biblical and constructive approach to answer these questions about this controversial topic.