Must I speak in tongues to be
Todays Question: My Pentecostal
friend says that I MUST speak in tongues in order to go to
heaven. He has shown me several verses which he says proves this,
but I am not too sure. I heard you say, "The Bible clearly
teaches that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate
experience from salvation and comes AFTER a person is
saved." Will you please instruct me where to find this in
Also, do you believe (or does the Bible teach) a person can
be baptized in the Holy Spirit without speaking in Tongues?
Thanks and God bless you and your ministry.
Bible Answer: Your friend is wrong.
Salvation does not depend on tongues. Speaking in tongues does
not save you. Christ saves you through accepting Him as your Lord
and Savior (John 3:16). Speaking in tongues comes when you accept
and receive the Holy Spirit into your life. This is a separate
experience from salvation.
You wanted Scripture that proves the baptism in the Holy
Spirit comes AFTER we are saved. Acts 8:12-17 says:
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good
news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and
was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished
by the great signs and miracles he saw. When the apostles in
Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they
prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them;
they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord
Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and
they received the Holy Spirit."
Notice, Tim, the Samaritan church believed the gospel and were
baptized. According to Mark 16:16, "He that believes and is
baptized shall be saved." According to the Lords word,
these Samaritans were saved because they believed and were
baptized. Later, however, Peter placed his hands on them and they
were filled with the Spirit.
Jesus also taught that the Holy Spirit belonged to Gods
Children, not to the world. The following scripture is evidence
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good
gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in
heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke
Notice that God gives the Holy Spirit to His children, not to
the unsaved. So you must be Gods child before you are
entitled to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus also said that the world could not receive the Spirit:
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because
it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for
he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16-17,
According to your friends logic, he is in a Catch 22
situation. He believes that unless you receive the Holy Spirit
with tongues you cant be saved, but Jesus said that the
unsaved cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus used the term
"world" to refer to the "unsaved."
Tim, dont believe your friend. I encourage you to
receive the full baptism in the Holy Spirit, but dont
receive the Spirit with your friend at his church. Find another
Spirit-filled church where they can pray that you get filled with
Concerning your other question: yes, tongues should accompany
the infilling of the Holy Spirit. (see Acts 2:4; 10:46; and 19:6)
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