Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 4)

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Today I bring you Part 4 in the series “Tongues…The Misunderstood Language.”  For Parts 1 through 3 please click on the following links.

Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 1)

Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 2)

Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 3)

For this last post, I will briefly share how I came to speak in Tongues. For those who are leery, suspicious, doubtful, or any other synonym you can think of to question whether Tongues are for today, my hope – following this series – is that you will find that this heavenly language is not anything to be fearful or doubtful of.

It was several years ago when I began to speak with other Tongues.  I was in my home, alone, praying and listening to worship music.  For a little background… I had been one who was raised in a Baptist church, went through the faith movement of the 70’s, dabbled in Catholicism for a couple of months, went a couple of times to a Pentecostal church, became a member of a Missionary Baptist church, and lastly ended up in a non-denominational charismatic church where I am still to this day.  To say that I was confused was an understatement.

I don’t remember much about my prayer session that day.  I think it went something along the lines of, “Lord, I would like to pray in Tongues, please.”  Just between us, I’ve never been known for praying King James prayers.

As I prayed and worshiped my Lord, I felt something begin to form in the region of my belly.  It is difficult to explain but it is as if I were hearing sounds that were not coming from my head but from within me.  By faith, I opened my mouth and began to speak the sounds that had formed within me.  Next thing you know, I’m speaking in Tongues.  It was that simple.  Suddenly John 7:38-39 made complete sense.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:38-39 (KJV)

I have been speaking in other Tongues for approximately twenty years now.  I really cannot imagine my prayer life without it because the more I pray, the greater my faith.  It really is that simple.  With that, I have only one thing left to write on this subject and that is for you to, “Be blessed.”

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22 comments on “Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 4)
  1. You did a great job with this topic, Patrick. Obviously, no one can criticize your testimony because it is your testimony. My experience over 38 years ago was very similar. The main difference is I was commuting to work at the time, praying for this gift, not knowing if I would get in a wreck or not. Once it started to flow, I think I turn off the road just in case. 🙂 Been using it ever since.

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  2. lol…That’s great! It just goes to show that God is willing to release. We just have to be willing to receive.

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  3. Mel Wild says:

    I had a funny experience with tongues. I grew up Catholic and never even heard of such a thing. I meet my future wife, I receive Jesus, we get married and start going to a Charismatic church (she already spoke in tongues). One night we went to someone’s home for a Bible study. Afterward, I was talking to someone next to me, minding my own business, when a couple of people come out of the kitchen and ask, “Who would like to speak in tongues?” My wife boldly told them, “Mel does!” while pointing at me. What??? Feeling the spotlight suddenly on me. So, off I go, like a sheep led to slaughter, having no idea what they were talking about. Thankfully, they explained it pretty well and I did want it after that. It was all pretty funny…afterward. 🙂

    Btw. you explained it pretty well, too, Patrick! Good job on this series.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Just FYI I have read your posts. It leaves much for me to think about from your last four posts.
    Your brother,
    SimJim

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  5. I really appreciate this, Patrick. You did a fabulous job of explaining it all.

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  6. Wally Fry says:

    Well done, friend.

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  8. Mrs. Nix says:

    I very much enjoyed reading these, and though it is something I have no experience with, I am, of course, familiar with the basic concept and the several places in Scripture that discuss it.

    To focus on the Edenic relationship piece of this, which is where you and I started our conversation, I would not be surprised at all. I put nothing past the Spirit.

    Genesis 1-11 has a lot of mentions of supernatural phenomena and events that modern Christians like to just wave aside and ignore. Babel was a very big deal. The way that it makes most sense to me is through the west/east language, the order to spread and fill the earth, and what happens directly AFTER Babel falls in chapter 12.

    First, we are told that the angels are placed on the eastern entrance to guard man from coming back into the Garden. The REASON for this is that man cannot eat from the Tree of Life

    1.) Life is a very important symbol in the Tabernacle system and Leviticus (blood is life and the exchange of a life is necessary for a return to a state of cleanness/Edenic communion with God). So, we can’t have the eternal life (the fruit from the Tree of Life) anymore because we sinned and are now contaminated (unclean) with death. God is life (clean) and cannot be in the presence of death (unclean), so we cannot be in his presence as we were in the Edenic Covenant. Make sense? That’s why the Israelites needed the Tabernacle system (and, of course, the ultimate fulfillment of that system in Christ).

    2.) Man left Eden from the eastern gate and spread out to the east, farther away from that Edenic relationship. Going back to Eden = going West in some of the Biblical symbols. They ended up settling in what would become Babel. Man gathers there, in violation of God’s command to spread out and fill the earth. They decide, “no. We’re not going to do this God’s way. We’re going to do it our way, make a name for ourselves, and go back to Eden our way…with this great tower and the fame it will bring us. We’ll be like God. It was the SAME sin that Adam committed. Direct disobedience in a bid to become like God.

    God, of course, had a different plan for a return to fellowship, and it did not include creation making a name for itself. It included creation making a name for God. Since they wouldn’t scatter on their own, God forced them to scatter by making it so they could not communicate. They separated off into groups and went away to fill the earth as God had originally decreed.

    3.) The very next section of Genesis shows God choosing a man to fulfill God’s plan God’s way. Babel was another sin, another stumbling block, but God presses forward. We’re not all together anymore, so it has to be one guy instead of all the guys at once. This one man will be given promises and blessings so that his people can go out and make a name for God among the rest of creation.

    From the beginning of Exodus through the end of Joshua, we see God pushing and nudging and shaping things so that He can be with us in direct communication again. He establishes the Tabernacle system so that a mini-Eden/sacred space/dwelling for God can be made. The rules for the system are put into place so that God’s little miniature Eden can be kept uncontaminated and provide the conduit through which God and man can relate. But man can’t keep the space sacred. We can’t follow the Law. Our nature is too corrupt even for this system, and I believe that part of the reason God made this system was to teach us that the only way for a return was through a Messiah who could make us clean because we cannot keep ourselves clean without God’s help Sin/yeast/disease are all symbolized together as the infection of impurity, the contagious nature of death and uncleanness, and that can have no part with God. The Tabernacle system was meant as a way for us to cover our contagion, but it only worked for short periods, and we could not maintain it. Christ came and covered the contagion once and for all so that we can go home to Eden permanently.

    The Genesis-Revelation arc is, in my current understanding as a layperson, God’s story of creating us, loving us, and desiring closeness with us–to live with us and communicate directly with us. The rest is a picture story of God’s pursuit of us to achieve the goal of restoring Edenic covenant relationship with mankind.

    We are tainted by death/sin/uncleanness. God is life/blamelessness/cleanness. Christ came down and lived among us as a blameless/clean/living man and took on the corrupt flesh/death voluntarily for the sole purpose of making us clean. We still die because we sin, but Christ cleaned us so that we can go home.

    I’m SO not a theologian, but I do believe that a return to Eden is the goal. I think that’s what the Bible is all about. From beginning to end, it’s about Eden and going home (going west).

    I don’t have any personal experience with tongues, either witnessing it or having anything like it myself. That said, it would not surprise me at all if the language of the Spirit is something we will know when we are with God again in the new version of Eden (the holy city of Revelation). Eden is the ultimate goal. I could be wrong. I could be way, way wrong. But that is my current understanding of Scripture.

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  9. You certainly have been thinking on this subject, haven’t you? 🙂 You have given me much to think about as well.

    You wrote, “We can’t follow the Law. Our nature is too corrupt even for this system, and I believe that part of the reason God made this system was to teach us that the only way for a return was through a Messiah…” I agree.

    Galatians 3:24 says, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster (our teacher) to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

    I’m definitely no theologian either, and have a feeling that your view of returning to Eden is the same (to some degree) as my view that Jesus suffered and died to not only fulfill the law but to teach us how to deny ungodliness and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives in the present (Titus 2:11-12). You say, “returning to Eden.” I say, “bridging the gap to bring us back into a relationship with our Heavenly Father.” Again, I think we are saying basically the same thing but just from a different angle.

    He came to subvert the world system that was created with the sin of Adam…lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).

    As for tongues…The Bible does tell us that they will pass away. There will be no need for them in heaven…

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  10. pamelaparizo says:

    Good testimony. A lot of people misunderstand tongues because they do not read the Acts of the Apostles and see that it was a normal part of their experience. Or they try to excuse it as being for just back then. The whole focus is the Spirit–it is the Spirit which gives utterance. If one has the Spirit, one will speak in tongues, because it is God who tames and uses the tongue as an expression (James 3:5),

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