“Science” Used to Confirm “Speaking In Tongues.” What does the Bible Say?


Satan is doing all in his power to give credibility to false doctrines to lead people away from the Bible and thus away from God; science is often the medium used to do just that. Many assert that the Bible and science are irreconcilable and because logic cannot explain the mysteries of God they dismiss the Bible as the works of human invention and thus deny the Creator. There is another class however that is even more dangerous than the atheist that openly denies and mocks God. This latter, more dangerous class, asserts that evolution and creation are compatible, that God’s miraculous works can somehow be explained by science and that God is limited by natural laws. This class is more to be feared because its deceptions are more likely to be taken unawares. These ideas undermine the Bible and the God of it, while science, falsely so-called, is made to contradict the plain teachings of scriptures. True science however validates God’s word. A recent example of men using science to confirm error comes to us from a medical study. A Christian Post Headline reads, “Medical study proves validity of speaking in tongues.”[1] Before delving into the medical study, we need to be clear that the type of speaking in tongues looked at in the study is not the Biblical speaking in tongues, which we will later address, but is rather an unmeaning gibberish which individuals call an unknown or heavenly tongue.


In the article it is stated, “In 2008, the University of Pennsylvania released findings from a medical study proving that the practice of speaking in tongues is sourced by the Holy Spirit. In the study, participants’ brain activity was monitored while they spoke in tongues, giving the medical researchers scientific insight into the parts of the brain active while speaking in these ‘heavenly tongues’—and the results were astounding. Much of the study is outlined in the below piece by ABC News, findings that are well worth the watch. Speaking in tongues, as ABC News accurately states, ‘is an ancient practice mentioned in the Bible. [Apostle] Paul called it ‘speaking in the tongues of angels.’ Jesus’ Apostles were first said to do it at

Pentecost.’” The ABC report referred to in the piece can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZbQBajYnEc.  Back to the Christian Post article.


“It is this spiritual phenomenon that Dr. Andrew Newberg, while at the University of Pennsylvania, set out to find an explanation ‘for what most regard as unexplainable.’ While trying to discover the relationship between faith and science, his study quickly ascertained that speaking in tongues is absolutely not regular language. Newberg states to ABC News: 'It’s not language—it’s not regular language at least that would normally activate the frontal lobe [of the brain]…' Newberg shares the heart of his study: 'If we’re really going to look at this very very powerful force in human history of religion and spirituality, I think we really have to take a look at how that affects our brain, what’s changing or turning on or turning off in our brain’ during those extremely deep and powerful moments of faith. And ‘remarkably he discovered that what’s happening to [the test subjects when they pray in tongues] neurologically looks a lot like what they say is happening to them spiritually.’ When test subjects prayed in their native language, their brain activity indicated normal behavior for speech in the frontal lobe. However, when the same test subjects prayed in tongues their brain activity showed something extremely different. ‘The test subject’s] scan showed that the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that controls language, was active when he prayed in English. But for the most part, it fell quiet when he prayed in tongues.’ Dr. Newberg confirmed this finding saying, ‘When they are actually engaged in this whole very intense spiritual practice for them, their frontal lobes tend to go down in activity, but I think it’s very consistent with the kind of experience that they have because they say that they are not in charge—it’s the voice of God, the Spirit of God that’s moving through them.'  The study found many other fascinating findings that affirm that speaking in tongues is truly a spiritual gift and not a mental practice.”[2]


The researcher came to the conclusion, in his own words, that “speaking in tongues is absolutely not regular language.”  While we totally agree that individuals claiming to speak in tongues are not speaking in known languages, which the Bible attests to, we categorically disagree that the practice comes from the Holy Spirit, neither do we call such gibberish a heavenly language.  According to the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, tongues are known languages, see Genesis 10:20 and 31; Genesis 11:1, 6-9; Acts 2:1-11.  Since tongues represent known languages, how do we reconcile the Biblical teaching in Mark 16:17 that one of the signs that would follow the believers would be speaking in new tongues? Firstly, the manifestation of speaking in tongues would not be the result of linguistic study; it would however be a supernatural occurrence of a person preaching or teaching the gospel in a previously unfamiliar language to the person to whom the gift is bestowed so that the listener can learn the truth.  This is evidenced in the previously cited passage in Acts 2.  In that account, “every man heard them speak in his own language.” The succeeding verses mention the various languages or tongues in which individuals heard the gospel. It must be emphasized again, that the gift is to speak in tongues or languages, not for the listeners to hear in their own language merely, lest someone think that the gift was bestowed on the listeners and not the speakers.   


Another assertion that was made in the article and the ABC report, which many individuals believe and teach, is that speaking in tongues is speaking in a “heavenly language” that only God and the heavenly host can understand. To the contrary! The Bible states clearly from the account in Acts that the individuals present, the speakers and listeners alike, understood the message spoken. If a person reads 1 Corinthians 14 which speaks about the speaking and praying in tongues, they will arrive at the conclusion that the purpose of tongues is for the  communicating of the gospel; that is why it was essential for there to be interpreters when someone was speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:27 and 28).  If individuals are speaking in an unknown gibberish how can a person be edified or enlightened in regard to the truth?  What then would be the purpose?  All of the gifts of the spirit, including that of speaking in tongues, were not for self-glorification or ecstatic demonstrations but for the express purposes of sharing the the everlasting gospel.  Another thing that must be remembered, which is found in the same 1 Corinthians 14, regarding speaking in tongues, is “God is not the author of confusion” 1 Corinthians 14:33.


Indeed the Bible speaks of the gifts of tongues, which we have shown is being able to communicate in another language previously unknown to the speaker for the promulgation of the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue [language] and people. Pentecostal and Charismatic churches all over the world have placed the speaking of gibberish, which they call “speaking in tongues,” above every other gift and even over the Bible itself. Many times the so-called speaking in tongues is a mere performance or act, while other times a spirit, not the Holy Spirit, takes control over a person’s mind, body and speech and they are exercised by this unclean spirit.  It is nothing more than demon-possession. The unclean spirits are invited in through ritualistic chanting, through the music and other means, such as neurolinguistic programming; in other words it is an induced, frenzied trance—spiritualism which has been baptized and welcomed into the church and pawned off as the moving of the Holy Spirit. As a confirming point “christian witches” equate their sorcery with their background in the Pentecostal church where every week there are many exhibitions of speaking in tongues.  In a Christian Post article under the headline “Jesus was a 'sorcerer,' Bible a 'book of magic,' say Christian witches ahead of first annual convention” we read: “Witcher [a ‘Christian Witch’], who describes himself as a believer in Christ who still speaks with tongues from his background in the Pentecostal church, said the Scripture has ‘haunted me’ and agreed that they were both still working on getting up to Jesus’ level. ‘My background in Pentecostalism really set me up on a good foundation. We had tools. We did anointing oils, prayer shawls, demonology was taught very regularly at least in my circles. So those conversations were not weird. We talked on the gifts of the spirit … going into magic was a very easy segue. … The only thing it did was expand that particular power outside that particular practice,' he said of his full entry into the realm of magic.”[3]


One of the test subjects from the study about speaking in tongues that ABC reported on stated that when speaking in tongues, she has no control over her body or her actions. From Genesis to Revelation, God has never been a God of force, but one of choice, while Satan leads men into sin and then entangles them in his snares to become his slaves and carry out his biddings. When under the control of demonic influences, Satan can make any suggestion and his subjects will carry out his will— do what they are told, say what they are told to say, many times unbeknownst to themselves. Another of the subjects was asked to pray in his native tongue which was English and then he was told to pray in tongues while having his brain activity measured. How is it that one can “speak in tongues” on demand? How can a gift of the spirit be turned on and off on demand?  This is what Simon Magus, a sorcerer, wished for in Acts 8 when he offered to pay for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can neither be purchased with money neither can it be bestowed on demand. This is another clear evidence that what individuals call speaking in tongues is not a gift of the Holy Spirit but is of another spirit.   

Many believe that their version of  “speaking in tongues,” which is no more than senseless babbling, is the sign of the true church. However, the Bible identifies God’s church in the last days in Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Many of those who claim to speak in tongues do not adhere to all of God’s Commandments, namely the fourth; and they certainly do not believe in the testimony of Jesus or the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10), therefore they cannot constitute God’s church.


“Some of these persons have exercises which they call gifts and say that the Lord has placed them in the church. They have an unmeaning gibberish which they call the unknown tongue, which is unknown not only by man but by the Lord and all heaven. Such gifts are manufactured by men and women, aided by the great deceiver. Fanaticism, false excitement, false talking in tongues, and noisy exercises have been considered gifts which God has placed in the church. Some have been deceived here. The fruits of all this have not been good. 'Ye shall know them by their fruits.’ Fanaticism and noise have been considered special evidences of faith. Some are not satisfied with a meeting unless they have a powerful and happy time. They work for this and get up an excitement of feeling. But the influence of such meetings is not beneficial. When the happy flight of feeling is gone, they sink lower than before the meeting because their happiness did not come from the right source. The most profitable meetings for spiritual advancement are those which are characterized with solemnity and deep searching of heart; each seeking to know himself, and earnestly, and in deep humility, seeking to learn of Christ.”[4]


“Some of these have much to say upon the gifts and are often especially exercised. They give themselves up to wild, excitable feelings and make unintelligible sounds which they call the gift of tongues, and a certain class seem to be charmed with these strange manifestations. A strange spirit rules with this class, which would bear down and run over anyone who would reprove them. God's Spirit is not in the work and does not attend such workmen. They have another spirit.”[5]


“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” 1 John 4:1.


“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:19 and 20.



  1. https://www.christianpost.com/voice/medical-study-proves-validity-speaking-in-tongues-232319/

  2. https://www.christianpost.com/voice/medical-study-proves-validity-speaking-in-tongues-232319/

  3. https://www.christianpost.com/news/jesus-was-a-sorcerer-bible-a-book-of-magic-say-christian-witches-ahead-of-first-annual-convention.html

  4. White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church Volume 1 (1855-1868), page 412

  5. White, Ellen. Testimonies for the Church Volume 1 (1855-1868), page 41
















































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