And the gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues have been maligned, criticized, ridiculed, because some people have abused it. Okay? But don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. You heard that expression?
That expression came about in 15th century England. In 15th century England, it was a time when people took a bath once a year, usually in the spring, because that was the time when people got married. And it was a communal bath. They had large, large containers of water, and the men would get in first. And when they finished bathing, the women would get in. And when the women were finished, the children would get in and the little babies.
And by the time the babies were in, the water was so dirty that it was hard to see the babies. And so the expression came, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.” That’s where that expression came from. Okay? So don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater concerning the gifts of the Spirit. Yes. (Comment) Sure, of course.
Well, that’s probably the best example I could think of, someone who decides, “Well, I’m going to stand up, and I’m going to show off, and I’m going to, you know,” (Tongues) and see what happens, you know?
But you know what? I have been in services where people have tried to do that, and God has manifested an interpretation which was stunning. Yes. (Comment) Stand up, would you, and talk real loud. (Comment) Well, I can’t answer your question. I don’t know. I wasn’t there.
But I do know that the devil has a counterpart, has a counterfeit, I should say, for everything that God has. And it could very well have been a false tongue that was being manifested that was satanic.
I do know this, the one way you can know that it’s real is when there is an interpretation that follows that’s real. And if there is no interpretation at all, then I question whether or not the tongue was real to begin with.