John Piper on speaking in tongues

In a few days I will be braving the freezing cold of Minneapollis (or more likely sheltering inside all week!) to attend the Desiring God conference where my pastor, Tope Koleoso will be one of the main preachers. I hope to meet some of you there.  Piper has released some video of him speaking about spiritual gifts.  The first is on tongues, here are some extracts of what he says:

“If you don’t talk about these things they tend to fade into the background . . . I don’t buy the pentecostal historical teaching that you must speak in tongues in order to signify that you are filled with the Spirit or even that you are a Christian . . . I see no reason for arguing that anything has changed between the age of the apostles and our age that that gift has disappeared . . .I don’t believe that I have ever authentically spoken in tongues . . . I don’t feel guilt for not having it, I feel like I am submitting to my father in heaven.”

You have to respect and admire a pastor who after decades of ministry still from time to time asks God to give him a gift that he believes he has yet to receive. Watch the video here:

I have written previously about my own view of the gift of tongues, and have interviewed Jack Hayford on the subject.

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Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and part of the leadership team of Jubilee Church, London for more than ten years, serving alongside Tope Koleoso. His book, Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything was published by Crossway, January 2010. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


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  • All4Him

    The gift of tongues is not a “toy” (Pipers word) but rather a tool. God did not give this valuable gift just for fun. It must be received by faith and then exercised regularly. It must be received before it can be understood.

  • All4Him

    The gift of tongues is not a “toy” (Pipers word) but a tool. It must be received by faith and then exercised regularly before it can be understood.

  • Terry Hutchins

    I think it’s dangerous to assume he never has.