Since Paul said that he would rather speak 5 intelligible words of prophecy than 10,000 words of tongues, that speaks for itself.
This whole business of tongues has been blown out of proportion, and if Paul were back on earth, he would be the first one to say that.
In the Spirit of truth....Paul was saying that to speak in tongues as a message to the church without an interpreter is of no value. This method of giving a word is less than the gift of prophecy which is speaking a word of edification, comfort, exhortation in the native language. It’s the greater gift for this reason, but also takes more faith to step out this way than to speak in tongues. This is the gift of tongues by the way, not used as our prayer language here.
1Co 14:4 The person who speaks in another language builds himself up, but the person who prophesies builds up the church.
1Co 14:5 Now I wish that all of you could speak in other languages, but especially that you could prophesy. The person who prophesies is more important than the person who speaks in another language, unless he interprets it so that the church may be built up.
1Co 14:6 Indeed, brothers, if I come to you speaking in other languages, what good will I be to you unless I speak to you in some revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or teaching?
1Co 14:21 In the Law it is written, "By means of other languages and through the mouths of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," declares the Lord.
Isaiah 28, which is what started this whole discussion in 2 threads. The result of not heeding is precept by precept, rule by rule, here a little, there a little.
Soulweaver said this was his favorite verse in the OT. This is not what we should desire.
The sabbath rest of Jesus that He sent to His body on earth is the Spirit. We rest from our labor of trying to obey law, rule upon rule, and being filled with Gods Spirit, we are led by communion with Him, and obedience of faith.
I could say much more about the sabbath rest but is not the topic per se.
Nehemiah, I do believe I owe you an apology. When I lol at your statement “act like a Christian” it struck me as funny. I was not making fun of you. All kinds of things came to my mind. Funny things. For this I am truly sorry.