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A Xt3 Member asked at 11:56am on August 11th 2018
Hello i am interested to build my faith i have a question that pentecostals are speaking in tongues that no one can understand even they don't understand them self and they say this is the gift that every people must receive to be saved. My opinion this is heresy because Paul sayd that even we speak tongues everyone must be build or be edified the whole church be in one faith but they simple edifie them self. I have asked about a priest he sayd that the carismatic gift its from God and this kind of tongue speaking its legal in the church because its a private pray i understand that God today make miracles but to accept that this non sense tongue speaking to be worthy i am confused.

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Hi Attila, as you say, St Paul several times questions the usefulness to others of speaking in tongues-as you know, he has a whole long chapter on this topic, 1 Corinthians, chapter 14. There he says: 'one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit' (14:2). A bit further down he says: 'if you in a tongue utter a speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said?' (14:9; and see verses 16-17). He also warns that if strangers come to the church and hear people speaking in tongues, 'will they not say you are mad? (14:23). And goes on to say that 'God is not a God of confusion but of peace' (14:33), and finishes the chapter with; 'do not forbid speaking in tongues, but all things should be done decently and in order' (14: 39-40).

You can find St Paul's advice still followed by the Church in our own times, in the different but not completely unrelated situation where people claim to have received private messages from God. The Church is always cautious with these, and often only after a long time makes a decision on whether these can be accepted as private revelations that others in the Church can share in-as for example with what is claimed by those called the 'seers' of Medjugorje. The Church has the responsibility before God to guide the faithful and protect them from false claims. But as we know from the children of Fatima-two of them recently declared saints-and St Bernadette of Lourdes, the Church also must be open to whatever messages may come, testing them carefully, and only then allowing the faithful to share in those accepted as genuine. Very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 10:59pm on August 20th 2018 reply

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Thank you for the respons so every faithful chatolic have the right to receive what its good and useful and reject what its fals or bad.I had visit sometimes a carismatic pentecostal gathering (because they don't have church just a rented place) but i reject this kind of religion and its fals because they always have blamed the church idolaters,how the priest its dressed and they sayd that the people are like dead in this place we need to sing ,dance because the God lives says the pastor. Jesus have told us 'you will know if its my deciples if they show love'. But this people have just showed hatred and joke about the church.There doctrine its false wen they being slane in the spirit they shake ,laugh,scream and fall backwards they say the holy spirit its manifesting in them self.
A Xt3 Member answered at 8:58am on August 21st 2018 report reply
 

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