I’ve been developing a study on the subject of praying in tongues and wanted to get some feedback from you guys. For me, the best way to see if a doctrine holds water is to expose it to a barrage of differing viewpoints and criticisms.
So my question to you is: Can you locate any biblical errors in the following points?
Prove that every believer can and should pray
1. God tells all believers to pray in the Spirit (Eph 6:18, Jude 1:20). The only biblical description of “praying in the Spirit” is given in 1Cor 14:2 and 1Cor 14:14-16
2. God tells all believers to pray with “every kind of prayer”(Eph 6:18) And praying in tongues is a kind of prayer (1Cor 14;2 and 1Cor 14:14-16)
3. God inspired Paul to tell every Christian that His intent and purpose for them is to pray in tongues (1Cor 14:5)
Now let me preface this by saying I’m not sure if this discussion will be a success since I am usually only able to check the boards once a week (people get bored easily if you don’t respond quick enough).
Second, to just kind of give you an idea of where I’m coming from: I’m a big fan of Occam’s Razour. And I try to stay as close to the actual text of the Bible as possible. In other words, if you were to ask me what John 3:16 means I’m more likely to quote it back to you than to give a ten page discourse of ‘what it really means.’ To me, this is usually the safest route to take.