A Note of Sarcasm
The Bible never encourages Christians to speak in an unknow tongue.
1 Corinthians 14:5 (KJV)
I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
Given the context and the Apostle Paul’s plain teaching that speaking in an unknown tongue is of no benefit to the believer or the local church. It tends to lift up self, and it is questionable whether it honors the Lord. I think that we create our own trouble with this verse by misinterpreting it. I do not believe we should read it, “I prefer that ye all spake with tongues but prophesied too.” We should instead read it, “I prefer that you all prophesied rather than speak with tongues.”
Paul often speaks “as a man” and, in many cases, with a note of sarcasm. We should not take this passage to mean that he desires all to speak in tongues and choose to prophesy but the opposite. He wants Christians to put away those childish things and strive instead to edify the church, win unbelievers, and thereby glorify the Lord.
 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 (KJV)Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
To my readers:Thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.
Donate to Bible Baptist Church every time you make an Amazon purchase through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1265824
Donate to our cause of “Reaching a world of souls with the Word of God.”
For this and, more than 5600 earlier Daily Visits with God, visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2005.
If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.
For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.
My books, and other resources, are available at:https://marvinmckenzie.org
Merch at my Teespring store https://macz.creator-spring.com/Be a witness with hats, mugs, t-shirts, sweat shirts, and more
Let’s have coffee?The link to Ko-fi provides a means for those who appreciate my content to leave me a “tip.” I would be thankful for it.
1 Corinthians 14:5 (KJV) A Note of Sarcasm
Pastor, self published Amazon Author, avid student of the Bible. teacher of the Word of God. Daily visit with God www.marvinmckenzie.org