Speaking in Tongues while sinning

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1

You can speak in tongues and have hate or resentment towards a brother. You can tell a lie one moment and speak in tongues the next. Because it is a free gift. An ability God does not take back.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Romans 11:29

Whether you go on to fulfil that calling or make wise use of these gifts will depend on your desire for righteousness, not on the gifts and the calling themselves. A good example of this in scripture is Balaam of whom we are warned as Christians not to be like (see also Jude 11).

They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam . . .

2 Peter 2:15

Balaam was a man who could hear God and who prophesied accurately about Israel. But, his love for money meant that he taught the enemies of Israel what to do to cause God to resist the people of Israel by their idolatry and whoredom.

. . . Balaam . . . taught . . . to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.

Revelation 2:14

And yet he prophesied effectively, and spoke truth of God’s nature. Undisputed scripture came from his lips:

. . . he took up his oracle and said ‘ . . . God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?’

Numbers 22:18-19

How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by the LORD . . .

Numbers 23:5-6

All good stuff. From a man whose wickedness went on to be a byeword for a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the early church. He could prophesy, but his love was not in the right place.

. . . though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge . . . and have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2

Taken from the article “Wolf in sheep’s clothing?” By Jacques More
© copyright Jacques More 2001. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
http://www.jarom.net/wolf.php

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