FAQ. I have never spoken in tongues. Does that mean that I am not saved?

A. Speaking in tongues has nothing to do with salvation. Speaking in tongues is simply one of the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in First Corinthians. Some teach that if you don’t speak in tongues, then you are not saved or you are not filled with the Holy Ghost. LET ME SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!!! That is not what the Bible teaches.  

For example, see Acts 8:14-18. The Samarians received Christ, and was filled with the Holy Ghost, but there is no mentioning that they spoke in tongues.  

 The main reason there is much confusion on this topic is due to failure to RIGHTLY DIVIDE the Word. We need to know first that all Christians receive the Spirit upon their conversion and in this sense all Christians have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. This means that they are saved. 1 Cor. 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 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.” THEREFORE, these two scriptures are referring to the INDWELLING SPIRIT and also BORN OF THE SPIRIT. “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. [12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. [13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:…” Romans 8:12-16. 

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 1:9 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  John 3:5-8

 This is what happens when a sinner receive Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior. This is what happened to the thief on the cross with Jesus. He was saved instantaneously. That is why he didn’t need to be baptized in water. Nor was he ‘filled’ with the Spirit and he didn’t speak in tongues.

 Understand me now. THERE IS a “secondary” experience of the Spirit.  

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me….” After one has received Jesus as Lord and Savior, it is critical to go on and be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT or as the Bible also called baptized with the Holy Spirit. WHY? To be a BOLD, POWERFUL witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. (See Acts 1:8 and the scriptures below.)

 The term “baptize with the Holy Spirit” occurs several times in scripture:

Matt. 3:11, “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Mark 1:8, “I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 

Luke 3:16, “John answered and said to them all, ‘As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

John 1:33, “And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, “He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 1:5, “for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 11:16, “And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

 We can conclude that when a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit he has POWER bestowed upon him. This power is for the purpose of the preaching of the gospel (Acts 4:31), living a purer life, and having a deeper devotion to God. Also, it is FREQUENTLY BUT NOT ALWAYS accompanied by speaking in tongues. Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” 

Now we should be able go see that Baptism of/in/with the Holy Spirit is a subsequent event occurring AFTER salvation. In John 20:22, Jesus commanded that the disciples receive the Holy Spirit, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This means that they were saved since the Holy Spirit is not received by the unregenerate. Then, later in Acts 1:4-5 we read, “And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

That promise was fulfilled on Day of Pentecost. (See Acts chapter 2). Acts chapter two and the Day of Pentecost was also a fulfillment of Joel 2:28. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;…”

Being filled with the Spirit is so important that Jesus commanded His disciples to wait in Jesus for this event. See Luke 24:49; John 7:38,39; John 16:7-14.