Biblical Tongues Versus Silly Jibber-Jabber

Twenty Differences Between
Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians Tongues

By Dr. Michael E. Todd
Copyright c 1991

There has been much confusion concerning the tongues issue. We are admonished to compare scripture with scripture to see the truth on any issue. (1 Corinthians 2:13)

My friend, there are TWO DIFFERENT TONGUES mentioned in the Bible. The confusion comes when people try to make them one and the same.

Please get a Bible and look up these verses for yourself. The Bible says that we are to "prove all things." (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

Spiritual Carnal
Godly Tongues Ungodly Tongues
Acts 2 1 Corinthians
Definite foreign languages used
Acts 2:6
Unknown tongues used
1 Corinthians 14:2,4
The Holy Spirit is the interpreter
Acts 2:6-8
Human beings are the interpreters
1 Corinthians 14:13
A Jewish background
Acts 2:14, 22
A Gentile background
1 Corinthians 1:2
A Jewish feast day - Pentecost
Acts 2:1
No special day involved
Only apostles talked in tongues
Acts 1:26
Everyone talked in tongues
1 Corinthians 14:23,26
Edified those that heard (church)
Acts 2:11
Edified themselves only
1 Corinthians 14:4
A mighty rushing wind evident
Acts 2:2
No mighty rushing wind in evidence
Cloven tongues like as of fire
Acts 2:3
No cloven tongues
No women speaking Women speaking though forbidden
1 Corinthians 14:34
Tongues are a sign to the Jews
See 1 Corinthians 1:22
We are to walk by faith, not signs
Hebrews 11:6
Peter is the main speaker
Acts 2:14, Galatians 2:7-8
Paul (apostle to Gentiles) is the speaker
1 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 11:13 and 15:16
All done decently and in order All done disorderly
1 Corinthians 14:33
Many were saved
Acts 2:41
Many considered as barbarians
1 Corinthians 14:11,23
Spoke to men
Acts 2:6
Spoke into the air
1 Corinthians 14:9
Mature Christian leadership
Acts 1:26
Carnal Christian leadership
1 Corinthians 3:1; 12:1; 14:20
No rebuke given to tongues speakers Rebuked for misuse of tongues
1 Corinthians 14:19
All words easily and clearly understood
Acts 2:6
Words not understood by hearers
1 Corinthians 14:8-11 and 14:14-15
Scriptural tongues Unscriptural tongues
1 Corinthians 14:19-20
Holy Spirit's work glorified
GodActs 2:11
Glorified the Holy Spirit instead of God
John 15:26 and 16:14
Were profitable and fruitful
Acts 2:6
Considered unprofitable
1 Corinthians 14:6


No where in Acts do you find the term "Baptism of the Holy Ghost" in connection with speaking in tongues.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is related to salvation and not tongues (1 Corinthians 12:13).

There is NO command in the Bible to speak with unknown tongues.

A person who does not have the Holy Spirit is not saved (Romans 8:9 and 1 John 4:13).

A wicked generation seeks a sign (Matthew 12:39).

The tongues movement of today is NOT Acts 2 tongues but the CARNAL tongues of 1 Corinthians.

The Fundamental Top 500