Does Speaking In Tongues Show Salvation?
By Brian Price 5/11/10


I’ve been asked a couple of times if I have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. As it was explained to me, this means that when a person gets saved, yes, he receives the Third Person of the Trinity (this is how I refer to the Holy Ghost out of reverence), but it is when he receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost that he receives God’s power in his life, evidenced by speaking in tongues. Christians involved in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement are very much concerned with this second baptism.

The Pentecostal movement is generally traced back to William Joseph Seymour, which had a revival known as the Azusa Street Revival in 1906. However, there is no one particular individual who started Pentecostalism. But I would say that in general, the Pentecostal’s are just as Christian as the Baptists. The only difference is this doctrine of the second baptism.

“And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” - Acts 15:8-9
Granted, there are the loonies out there who do not believe in the Godhead (the Bible word for Trinity) which have their own doctrines within the Pentecostal movement. But those are the minority. I am talking about Pentecostals in general. I guess in one sense, this second baptism could be described in other words as the Full Gospel. Such is the term often used to describe this gift of speaking in tongues. But brother, the full gospel is Jesus. That’s all you need. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." - 1 Corinthians 1:17

One Baptism

My friend, this second baptism is what is called a false doctrine. But in all truth, this doctrine of the second baptism really is petty. It really should not divide Christians to the point of breaking of fellowship. My old boss was a Pentacostal. He believed in speaking in tongues and the whole nine yards. Regardless of that fact, we had awesome fellowship, and we often had the most intellectual of all spiritual conversations. We did not always agree on speaking in tongues, but what Christian on this earth are you ever going to be in 100% agreement with everything? Charles Finney, one of the greatest evangelists of the 1800's believed you could lose your salvation. Charles H. Spurgeon was a supposed Calvinist. But be it so, let the case be, that he who has ears to hear, let him hear. Some get what I'm talking about, and some don’t. Just because someone believes in the second baptism, that doesn't mean they're not saved. Just because somebody speaks in tongues, that doesn't mean they are not saved. Please don’t misunderstand me. The purpose of this article is to teach and exhort my brethren on the issue on the second baptism. My friend, there is no second baptism.

“4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
- Ephesians 4:4-5
The Bible clearly says that there is ONE BAPTISM. That means, when a person receives Jesus as his Lord and Saviour, he has at that very moment, been baptized by the Holy Ghost. It is at this point of salvation when a believer is sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…” - Ephesians 1:13
Some think that because they can speak in tongues, this makes them a superior Christian. On the contrary.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” - 1 Corinthians 13:1
Without charity, the greatest of spiritual gifts amount to nothing. There’s no doubt about it, tongues are a sign... for the unbeliever.
"Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe." - 1 Corinthians 14:22
You don’t need to speak in tongues to show people that you’ve got the Third Person of the Trinity. The way you show you’ve got the Lord God in your heart is by the way you live your life. You might be the only Bible someone will ever read. Paul said that you are an epistle, known and read of all men (2 Cor. 3:2). Our lives as Christians are an open book.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23
Jesus is the Healer

Some credit the second baptism as being the reason why men like Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth Hagin, and Benny Hinn all did miracles. They think that it was after they received the second baptism that they were able to do all those miracles. But friend, Jesus does the miracles. Not man. Whether they were true Christians is up to debate. I’m not going to debate on that. But I will say this. Saved or not, Jesus did the miracles of healing, not those men. Notice what the apostles said when they had done a miracle on a man who could not walk:

“12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
- Acts 3:12-16
The apostles took no credit for the miracles that were done by the name of Jesus. It was the Lord’s name that made this particular man whole. Also, notice what Jesus said to his disciples who wanted to stop an imposter who was casting out devils in Jesus’ name.
“38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.”
- Mark 9:38-40
There’s men out there who aren’t even saved that are doing miracles in Jesus’ name. Why? Because it’s the name of Jesus that has POWER. The Bible tells us that there will be men on the judgment day who will protest their damnation because they cast out devils in Jesus’ name.
“22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
- Matthew 7:22-23
But here’s the thing, this proves that one need not to speak in tongues in order to perform a miracle. For it is the power of Jesus name that does all that is necessary! As a Baptist, my stance is against the tongues movement because it takes the focus off of the gospel. As a Christian, however, I cannot deny its existence. It is spoken of multiple times in scripture. God devoted an entire chapter practically to it in 1 Corinthians chapter 14.


Nevertheless, the bottom line is this. If you are a Christian, understand that you were sealed with Holy Ghost when you got saved, whether you started speaking in tongues or not. Either you got the Lord God of Hosts living inside of you or you don’t. The Bible says, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” (Romans 8:9). The baptism of the Holy Ghost happened the day you got saved. Hence the reason for Jesus’ words when he said,

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” - Mark 16:16
He was talking about being baptized with the Third Person of the Trinity, and not by water. We can see that when Jesus said, “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence,” (Acts 1:5). So take courage dear Christian. You need not worry about a second baptism because there is only one. One faith, one baptism.