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Tongues-Speaking: Meaning, Purpose, and Cessation (book)

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52 pp., paper

In this book I briefly investigate the Scriptural data regarding four fundamental issues relating to tongues-speaking. After a basic introduction to the matter (chapter 1), I answer four key questions:

1. What was the structural form of tongues?

In chapter 2 I will answer whether they were formal languages or unstructured emotional praises. This is an important initial question for  analyzing the modern tongues movement.

2. What was the specific content of tongues?

In chapter 3 I will focus on whether they brought authoritative revelation of God's will or were simply opportunities of personal praise and uplift.  This is a question with significant implications for the role of tongues in the church and the Christian life.

3. What was the purpose of tongues?

In chapters 4 and 5, I will consider their two fundamental purposes relative to the apostles as well as to redemptive-history. There we will learn their significance for the apostles themselves, as well as their place in redemptive history.

4. How long were tongues intended to last?

In chapter 6 I will answer the crucial question as to whether God intended for tongues to get the church started off in the new covenant era or were to continue throughout the church's history on earth.

The position presented within is that tongues-speaking allowed the gift person to speak in a known human language without previously knowing it; tongues brought inspired revelation from God; the gift was a sign confirming the apostolic witness and warning of the coming destruction of Jerusalem; and therefore the gift ceased in the first century.


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  1. Powerful Packet 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Feb 2015

    If you're familiar with Dr. Gentry's work, you'll know what to expect. This is a short booklet that reduces the tongues speaking movement to absurdity within the conext of partial preterrism. This is a great read, and I would definitely recommend as a buy for college students or those with questions arising from contact with Neo-pentecostalism.


  2. the tongue untangled 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Aug 2014

    Dr. Gentry has done the church a service by giving us this short primer on the issues of tongues. I have, off and on, studied this issue for the past forty years and have always wished for a book of this nature and value. I can envision this book being easily used as a handbook for a new members class or an aid in a bible study that may be discussing this issue and need someone to help unwrap the current confusion that is often inherent in the discussion. For such a short book Dr. Gentry was able to pack a lot in it. He writes in such a way that anticipates the most common of questions or objections and than answers with accuracy and authority by his able ability of handling the Word. Generally, good scholarship is lacking or short-circuited when attempting to address such a heated issue as tongues with such brevity, but not so here. The manner in which the issue was addressed coupled with his ease of communication Dr. Gentry capably defends the reality that first century spirit inspired tongues no longer are needed since we now have the final Word in our hands. Well done.



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