Is Speaking in Tongues for Today?
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 03, 2019)

Question: “Does the Bible say that Believers today should be speaking in tongues?”

Answer: Tongues were for the audiences of the first century apostles…no one else.

Mark 16:15-19 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Notice the words of Jesus in the above passages.

1. Jesus told the apostles to preach the Gospel.

2. He said those that believe. Who are the “those” Jesus was speaking of? Every man, woman, and child that the apostles would preach the Gospel to.

3. Those who hear the apostles preach (we do not hear the apostles preach today, we hear men teach what the apostles preached) will experience the following signs…

a) The shall cast out devils
b) They shall speak with new tongues
c) They shall take up serpents
d) If they drink poison, it will not harm them
e) They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Now, if (b) above is true for today, then (a), (c), (d), & (e) are also true for today.

I am sure many here are familiar with the A&E show “Snake Salvation”. Remember Jamie Coots, the pastor that was bitten by a poisonous snake?

Members of his church who preached in his pulpit and handled snakes and fire with him laid hands on him. And yet…

…he did not recover.

But Jesus said that those that believe shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Not might, but shall.

So, what happened? Is Jesus a liar? Of course not! The only possible conclusion one can arrive at as to why Pastor Coots did not recover is that the promise Jesus made was not for this day and time.

Jesus was speaking of a specific people…the people who would hear the apostles speaking firsthand in the first century. Otherwise, Jamie Coots would not have died from that snake bite.

And, since (e) above is obviously not a promise to Believers today, neither are (a), (b), (c) & (d).

Does Jesus still perform miracles today through other people? He most certainly does! But the fact that many that are sick are prayed over by Believers and they never recover from their infirmities proves that none of the promises Jesus made in Mark 16:15-18 are for today.

Jesus does not promise that we will recover from illness in this life, although we may on occasion be healed.