In some parts of the church today there is a practice known as ‘Prophetic Tongues’. This is the belief that God speaks to, and in some cases, instructs or gives special revelation to His church through the use of tongues or unknown languages.
This practice is not biblical, it is a learned behavior that has been passed down over the years. In Acts 2, we’re told that as the disciples spoke in tongues, they proclaimed ‘the wonderful works of God’. In Acts 10, it says they spoke of ‘God’s greatness’. 1 Corinthians 14 says the person who speaks in an unknown tongue speaks to God. Tongues are always directed to God. They are never instructional.
Scripture clearly says the gift of tongues is used to praise and magnify God. Tongues are never used to educate the church. Why would God speak to the bride He loves in a language she can’t understand?
Like all gifts, the gift of tongues is wonderful, when it is used properly.