Referenced here are the special gifts given by God operated the early church, including tongues. The New Testament Church opened its doors in 33 A.D. on the day of Pentecost Acts 2:38 and flourished for decades with the help of the special gifts given by God. When the New Testament was put together tortes the end of the first century or into the second the gifts were taken away because guidance of the Church are laid forth in the New Testament, they weren’t needed anymore.
But it didn’t stay true it gradually apostatized. If it would have stayed true to its original form we wouldn’t have had the misleading consequences brought on by the Roman Catholic church and into the thousands of unscriptural churches spread around the world.
Again in the early church in the first century special gifts were given by God, speaking in tongues, prophecies knowledge etc. These gifts allowed the gospel to be understood, flourish and helped in the spreading of this good news. It was the vehicle necessary for the early church before the New Testament could be written (put together).
The Special Gifts given by God, Ephesians 4:11-12 (KJV):
- 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
- 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Prophecies, tongues, and knowledge, to be done away with, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (NASB):
- 8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
- 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
- 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
The (KJV) says for verse 10:
- 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. That which is perfect, is the New Testament,God communicates only to us through it. That which is in part, gifts, that which is in part shall be done away.
James in 1:25 (KJV) writes about, the perfect law of liberty, which is the New Testament.
- 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Also James in 2:12 (KJV) writes about the “law of liberty” which is the New Testament.
- 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
The Pentecostal and Assembly of God movement is the cause of widespread disagreement with the Church of Christ and other church groups with the belief of speaking in tongues and other spiritual gifs in these modern times and in the past.
A person speaking in tongues may not ever have been encountered in a Pentecostal church service by members, but it is a doctrinal belief though in those churches.
Most services may seem inspiring and revealing, but the doctrinal beliefs may not be known to the many members. A source says, today, there are over 400,000,000 Pentecostals who identify themselves as Pentecostal or charismatic in mainline churches.