What is Speaking in Tongues?

October 19, 2015   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |  

Do We Need to Speak in Tongues to be Saved?

Rich: Hey Irvin, I have a difficult question for you. According to your, “What do You Mean Born Again” teaching, the repentance, baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit are basically three steps of being born again. My question is, is the infilling of the Holy Spirit always evidence by the gift of speaking in other tongues or is it possible to have the infilling of the Holy Spirit without the gift of tongues? Also, is the gift of tongues a requirement for salvation?


Irvin: Well first of all, you’re asking the question a little bit wrong. You are asking is the gift of tongues required for salvation. You should be asking, is the gift of the Holy Ghost required for salvation? And when we receive the Holy Ghost will we speak in tongues? I know you were asking that and I am being a little technical here, but I am trying not to say the wrong thing. However, there is a difference between the gift of the Holy Ghost and the gift of tongues, that’s the reason I’m saying that. The gift of tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the spirit that is to be coupled with the gift of interpretation, which is to be exercised in the church or in the congregation. However, the gift of the Holy Ghost is a private thing, the Bible says, “He that prayeth in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men but unto God how be it in the spirit he speaks mysteries and edifies himself.” So when you speak in tongues that’s God’s method of filling you with the Holy Ghost. I don’t have time to go more into it but we have a free brochure called, “Tongues Devilish or Devine”, I recommend getting that immediately.

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20 Responses to “What is Speaking in Tongues?”

  1. Irvin please correct me if I am wrong, 1) The bible says god put all his power in his name, 2) The bible says god put his name in jerusalem, specific on the temple mount. So the question is does it mean all god´s power is sitting on the temple mount? Thank you much.

    • Doug Norvell

      God’s power is in everyone that is filled with His Holy Spirit. His power isn’t limited to one place. God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. He has no limitations.

  2. Pastor Irvin,
    To begin with I appreciate your Ministry.
    And I appreciate your Whole Hearted Dedication, preaching the Fullness of the Truth. Which is the Gospel. And the Gospel is “The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The Son of God.
    And I have No doubt whatsoever. For I have met Him. Twice in my life He has Revealed Himself to me.
    The first time was at an old fashioned Alter, in a small Church on a dusty road in Austin, Texas, when I asked Him to Forgive me of my sins. And I promised Him that I would change my Life, that I would make Him Lord of My Life. And He immediately forgave me. And suddenly I felt more Love and Assurance than I had ever known. I believed. I Believed I was Saved. And within a week or so I was Baptized in the Name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. And I felt Secure, felt I was Saved.
    And then my life changed. For financial reasons to care for my family I moved to a small town on the outskirts of Dallas Texas. I had been taught that when one Repents one is filled with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. So I believed I was Saved.
    But the Preacher at the new Church in Kemp, Texas taught Baptism in Jesus Name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit with the speaking in Tongues as evidence. I was confused. But one night at this Church, during worship service, as the Preacher was in the Spirit, proclaiming the Love of Christ Jesus, I stood up, closed my eyes, raised my hands toward Heaven, and heard a sound as a covey of Quail when they are spooked. Suddenly I was elevated to a place I did not know existed, To a Heavenly place where Love and Assurance as heavy as a warm and wet blanket placed on a person that is freezing in the cold covered me , a place where the sun is dark compared to the Light of His Glory, and I was surrounded by this Light. I stood on the edge of it. And Without effort my lips began to quiver. And I began to Speak in a Language I was not familiar with, without any effort of my own. There was the taste of Pure Honey on my lips as I was speaking. I immediately knew I was Filled with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. I have no idea how long this experience lasted. maybe 10 seconds, maybe longer.
    This is my Testimony. I will Not be dissuaded.
    I have no questions to you, but if I did it would be “Why does this Ministry not Preach “The Blood”?

  3. So, basically, you are saying that even though I fully accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and have been baptized by immersion, but have not spoken in tongues I have not received the Holy Spirit; and therefore am not saved? I don’t think I would believe as strongly as I do, and do the best I can everyday to do God’s will, and not speaking in tongues is going to keep me from being saved. I felt secure in my salvation and now I’m confused.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Jackie,

      Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
      2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.7 And all the men were about twelve.

      Notice these 12 men are called disciples, Paul asked them if they received the Holy Ghost, when they believed? There is a teaching out there that if you believe, you are saved. But here we see these guys did believe, and they needed more. Paul said how were you baptized? Then he told them they needed to be baptized in Jesus Name. They heard this and obeyed, they got re-baptized in Jesus Name (not titles) and they received the Holy Ghost. How did Paul know they received the Holy Ghost? They spoke in tongues. Tongues are the evidence of the Holy Ghost all though out scripture of the History of the church.

      The Holy Ghost is the resurrection power.
      Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

      Jesus said we needed to be Born Again in the water and the Spirit to enter the Kingdom. John 3:3 and 3:5.

      Peter told us how to be born again in Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

      And this is still the plan for today. Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

      Please email me at dnorvell@endtime.com if you have more questions or call us at 1-833-563-6063

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Karen,

      The cornerstone of all truth is Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.

      We believe in One Lord, that manifest Himself in many ways. a burning bush, a pillar of cloud, pillar of fire, angelic form and a bodily form in Jesus Christ.

      1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
      God was manifest in the flesh.

      2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

      Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
      26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

      Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

      Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

      So, to answer the question, we do not believe in three persons that make up the godhead. We believe that Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead, scripture tells us that a son was born and He would be…Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

      He is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, One Lord.


    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Maryellen,

      It isn’t a sin to pray for anyone. Praying is always a great thing to do. However, we need to also understand that the will of God is what we need to be praying for. Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

  5. John Guice

    Could you explain Romans 11:25. Some say that it refers to the Rapture as when the last Gentile receives Christ in their heart it according to God’s plan, it marks the end of the Age, meaning that’s the Rapture. Thanks.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello John,

      The Scripture reads: Romans11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

      The fullness of the Gentiles, is referring to more than just the Rapture. Yes when the rapture happens that would surely be the fullness. However, the Lord will turn back toward the Jews and bring some Jewish people in during the final seven years, we see this with the 144,000 and the great multitude in Revelation 7. The hardening is only partial because a remnant of believing Jews remains. When the full number of Gentiles are saved God turns back to Israel as a Nation. Luke 21:24 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

  6. william keith minyard

    Bro,Baxter this is not a comment but i just wanted to ask for prayer. i’ve been baptized in the name of jesus and now seeking the holy ghost. if you read this please pray for me and my family. thank you!

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello William,
      Wonderful! Yes we will be lifting you up in prayer! The Holy Ghost is a promise and the Lord wants you to have His Holy Spirit. Lord bless you and we are praying in Jesus name!