1Co 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
Will they not say that ye are mad?
If the whole church were to come together into one place and all speak with tongues, as some well intentioned church leaders desire, it is but inevitable that they will sound unintelligible. And, that is why the Apostle Paul goes on to use harsh words to dissuade the church from doing something which though has immense benefits in terms of self-edification has no inherent value in terms of church-edification. The church exists primarily for the edification of the unlearned and the unbelievers. However, as long as the church, Ekklesia, which literally means “a gathering that has been called out with the purpose of going out and teaching all nations of the things commanded by Jesus” behaves contrary to what it has been called for, deviates from the truth, leave alone the unlearned and the unbelievers, even the believers aren’t gaining much from it.
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 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 (1Co 14:4&5).
If there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church, period! If God says so, does anyone else need to say more?
1Co 14:27 & 28 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
The House, March 21, 2017.
Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.