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Every critic who desires to deny the validity of modern tongue speech must develop a scheme to destroy Paul's teaching. Through the centuries, there has been a wide variety of answers regarding the validity and veracity of speaking, praying, and singing in tongues, and its place within the life of the Christian and the Church. What is it? Is speaking in tongues such a radically supernatural experience that language is totally unknown, or is it, as some have contended, actual human languages that are simply ...
Every critic who desires to deny the validity of modern tongue speech must develop a scheme to destroy Paul's teaching. Through the centuries, there has been a wide variety of answers regarding the validity and veracity of speaking, praying, and singing in tongues, and its place within the life of the Christian and the Church. What is it? Is speaking in tongues such a radically supernatural experience that language is totally unknown, or is it, as some have contended, actual human languages that are simply unknown to the speakers? Several have believed it to be the language of heaven or at least from heaven. Others have declared it to be ecstatic, unintelligible utterances that require a highly charged emotional moment to experience. Should each Christian pray and sing in tongues, or is it reserved for a special few deeply spiritual ones? Did Jesus pray in tongues? These questions and more are answered by author and pastor Richard Hogue in Tongues: A Theological History of Christian Glossolalia. His academic approach begins by firmly establishing biblical evidence before launching a chronological connect-the-dots exercise through Christian history. The design revealed is the undeniable influence of the Holy Spirit. From Saul of Tarsus to John Wesley, from Pentecost to Azusa Street, Richard Hogue follows the gift of tongues and clearly draws a picture of today's role of the Holy Spirit in Tongues: A Theological History of Christian Glossolalia.
Posted April 26, 2010
This book is fantastic! Finally a thorough yet concise work that provides a clear understanding of Tongue speech. This book responds clearly to those who believe tongues have ceased as well as to those who believe speaking in tongues isn't for everyone. Whatever your current theological position, this book will bless you.
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Posted April 20, 2010
I am writing this review about a book that is very close to my heart. Like many who have grown up in churches before the charismatic renewal, in my first experiences, when in my early teens, I encountered people who spoke in tongues; I found them to be strange and even a bit scary. At that time I knew all of the evangelical arguments why tongues would have ceased with the deaths of the last Apostles or at least by the formation of the New Testament Cannon. And none of those who spoke in tongues seemed to be able to give any credible theological explanation for their practice. So again, like many, I simply dismissed the tongue talkers until I started encountering people of deep spiritual strength who's lives were credible and sound who also spoke in tongues. At that point I had to acknowledge that this might be a valid spiritual experience. However, I did not have a depth of conviction that this experience was for me personally. Next I came to have the personal experience of speaking in tongues and a conviction that as with the other gifts this is a valid New Testament experience. But, I had to ask the question of why then would there be a centuries long gap in this practice from the time of the early church to the Charismatic Renewal movements if this practice were in fact the will of God? This book answers that question by presenting a solid theology of this practice and historical evidence that this practice has been a dynamic part of the worship and prayer life of the church through out history. For me personally this has provided a deep foundation of faith and confidence in all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and so I find my heart quoting the Apostle Paul "In fact, I would like for all of you to speak in tongues."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2010
Wow! After being raised to believe that tongue speech ceased with the apostles, I have finally found scriptural theology with historical evidence that tongue speech has never ceased! Bishop Richard Hogue's book provides a sound, scriptural and historical look at tongue speech throughout the history of the church. This book confirms my own personal experience as being like that of many Christians throughout the centuries. If you too have been searching for a theological explaination for this gift of the Spirit then you need to own this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2010
Pastor Richard Hogue is a master teacher, with a deep theological mind. Raised in a evangelical background and moving to the spiritual realm of the Charismatic Pastor Hogue takes you to the bible for biblically sound exegesis of what Christian Glossalalia or tongues speech is. Then He takes you on a spiritual journey from the days of the early church up through the Dark ages, Middle Ages, the Reformation, right to today showing that the church has never really lost the spiritual gift of tongues. Finally he explains why and how to begin your own incredible spiritual journey by releasing this gift of God in your very own life.
This is a must read if you have ever have heard the expounding explicatory preaching on the invalidity of tongues in a believers life. However, you have found no biblical text that forbids it use. Yet, on the other hand, you have found Paul's teaching somewhat confusing, this master teacher will help you see for yourself just how valid and what a great gift God has given to His Church. Read this book and you can decide for yourself the validity of the Gift of Tongues