a lesson in forcing a theology on a resistant passage

it is a sad day that Paul's explanation of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians is so horribly wrestled to the ground and denied its meaning when leaders from the Southern Baptist missions board, IMB, come up with stuff like this (PDF)

HATLEY: Paul would have no problem serving with the IMB. We based
this policy on his teachings. My own interpretation of his work is to use the
more simple and obvious interpretation in the context of that day, not ours.
As such I substitute the word “language” everywhere the word “tongue” or
“unknown tongue” appears. That is because the word used by Paul was
glossa (from which we receive our word glossary). Paul spoke in many
languages, known by his own studies and perhaps was, as a missionary,
given the supernatural ability to speak to new language groups encountered
on the field. In such an instance he would not understand the language he
used but would know the Gospel was being given through his lips by a
miracle, which also served to give authority to his message before the new
crowd. He used these tongues in evangelism, which is the primary use of the
gift of languages he lists in 1 Corinthians 14. Whether naturally, by study,
or supernaturally if someone were to exhibit such great ability to
communicate the gospel, then we would gladly skip the required year of
language school and send them straight to the field.
I do not think Paul restricted the use of the gift to private use unless there
was no opportunity to use it in evangelism or edification (in the church). In
such private instances no one would be present who knew that language; so,
the gift would remain private and not disrupt or add confusion to a public
This IMB policy does not restrict the miracle of Pentecost, where real
languages were spoken. Today we can identify language through
technology. If someone has the gift of tongues they should not restrict it to
the closet. What a waste that would be. If it is of the Lord, then find the
language or languages you have and take a one way flight to the country
where that language is spoken. The IMB will send you there if you can pass
the body/mass index standards and health exam.
Please read 1 Cor 14 and decide for yourself, my notes are here, Pastor Jon's are here. God is so good though, in that, the gospel is still proclaimed and many are gathered into his kingdom despite our inadequacy and weaknesses.

Paul clearly states that tongues is not for evangelism. v.23 "So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?"

Does Hatley think bilingual people should speak in their learned language during the morning service? v.27 "If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. v.28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God." But then, why would a bilingual person need an interpreter? Why is interpretation considered a separate gift? v.13 "For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. v.14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. v.15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind."

Were there no other bilingual speakers in the Corinthian church? v.8 "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you." How does Paul know he speaks in tongues more than all of them? Wouldn't the Corinthians speak Greek and Latin at the least?

Would my Baptist readers be willing to defend this exposition? Privately is fine, jumland at gmail


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