Face To Face With Tongues
A Verse by Verse Examination and Exposition On the Subject of Tongues By Dr. Max D. Younce, Pastor
(By Pastor Max D. Younce. Without a doubt, this is the best Biblical examination of tongues I have ever read. Dr. Younce teaches about tongues, miracles and signs from a solid Biblical perspective. You’ll be amazed and edified.)
May I lovingly dedicate this book to…
The Good News Bible Church in Dora Lake, Minnesota, where I had the privilege to pastor early in my ministry. This church of believers have meant so much to us, as they truly are defenders of the “faith once delivered unto the saints.”
The people of all the other churches I have been privileged to pastor, the congregations of which with their loving spirit and teachable attitude have contributed greatly to this writing. The many requests for study material about the subject of tongues have forced my “nose to the grindstone” during many a late night session. They made me aware of the need. Thank you!
If tongues are for today, I want them. If tongues are not for today, I do not want to be deceived. The only way for any person to be convinced is if they are willing to take the Word of God, examine It honestly, and stand 100% on “Thus saith the Lord”! It can be stated no better than Isaiah 8:20, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
Of all the tongues advocates I have talked with, they almost always credit speaking in tongues with their desire to witness, their enthusiasm, their love for the Lord … on and on it goes. It seems to supplement what they need to fulfill their Christian life, or make it complete.
I have never spoken in tongues. After examining the Scriptures, I am sure that I never will, because they are not for today. Isn’t it amazing? I have everything in Christ, and more, without speaking in tongues than those who claim tongues. The Christian life is exciting and fulfilling. There is nothing more thrilling than witnessing and leading people to Christ. Three things found in Ephesians 6:17-20 are responsible for the Christian’s motivation and enthusiasm:
Let God speak to You. “Take…the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (vs. 17)
Let us speak to God. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (vs. 18)
Let us speak to the lost. “…and for me…that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” (vs. 19)
This is all the “spiritual high” we will ever need. Tongues advocates are supplementing the speaking in tongues for something they are missing from Ephesians 6:17-20.
My motivation, encouragement, and enthusiasm comes from God speaking to me and my speaking to Him. The excitement of the Christian life is found in defending the faith, witnessing, and leading others to Christ. I am fully satisfied with this, and need nothing more. I have all I need in Christ … not tongues.
Acts 2, 10, 19
Time of the Holy Spirit’s Coming Defined
The Two Workings of the Holy Spirit Defined
Preparation of Peter
Performance of Peter
Purpose of Tongues
I Corinthians 12, 13, 14
God’s Gifts to the Individual (1-11)
God’s Gifts to the Church (12-31)
The Concern of Love (1-7)
The Contrast of Gifts (8-13)
Church Is to Be Controlled by Edification (16)
Church Is to Be Controlled by Clarity (17-19)
Church Is to Be Controlled by Maturity (20-25)
Church Is to Be Controlled by Order (26-40)