Piper asserts that the words spoken in the spirit can be valuable to you, and, if there is someone to interpret them, they can be valuable to others. But Piper also believes that tongues is best suited to "smaller groupings" in the Church, so that people who are functioning in this gift can get alongside those with the gift of interpretation.
"I think the typical use of them to just speak them out in public as a kind of corporate ecstasy, I don't find warrant for that in the New Testament. In fact, I think Paul is trying to discourage that because he says people will come in and think
Piper says he has never authentically spoken in tongues but continues to ask for this gift. He says recently he just paused in his living room and asked God "Lord, I'm still eager to speak in tongues. Would you give me that gift?" "Now at that
"I don't think tongues is a primary or prominent gift," Piper concludes. "It tends to become that because it's so strange, and so rare and so unusual. I don't feel guilt for not having it I feel like I'm submitting to my Father in heaven."