Now if you think that brief interlude into the unintelligible is God then you just do not understand scripture. What was the point of the tongue in this sentence other than to make it impossible to understand what was being said in English too! What is the overall context of this chapter in Corinthians that he references and we have made the key verses for today? That prophecy is greater than tongues! Read the key verses slowly today. Do not read the MEV version the writer quotes. James Linzey actually was the editor for the MEV version, which is why I suppose he uses it for reference. The ESV is clearer and you can easily see that nowhere does the scripture indicate that speaking in tongues is a matter of the will. Nowhere! Also, whose "gift" is this? It is the Holy Spirit's! The bible says that HE decides what gifts go to what person, for what purpose. Only a Charismaniac can reference scriptures that clearly state that it is better to speak five words with our mind than ten thousand in tongues into direction that everyone can speak in tongues whenever they want. The other whopper here is at the end where Linzey declares that God does not speak through people when they speak in tongues and the Holy Spirit does not force people to speak. Note the combative tone Linzey uses to try and win support to his side of the argument. It is not a matter of "forcing" but of intercession:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God. - Romans 8:26-27 (ESV)
In our weakness, when we no longer know what to pray, the spirit of God will intercede on our behalf, praying in wordless groans. Now, I think the word force misses the point but surely this is done by the Holy Spirit through us. Once again however, James Linzey gives up the truth unwittingly. When you hear those people bellowing out gibberish please realize that it is not God speaking through them or to them at all. They are in fact choosing to pretend they are speaking in tongues, when all they are doing is speaking nonsense.
"Since speaking in tongues is a matter of one's will, it is therefore a faith operation. What helps our faith is the realization that it is impossible to speak gibberish when speaking in tongues according to 1 Corinthians 14:10, which says that every utterance has meaning with God. And unless we know all 6,000 languages in the world today, we ought not tell people who are speaking out by faith to be careful not to speak gibberish. That's a sure way to deceive and mislead them and destroy their faith." - James Linzey
Given the fact that Mr. Linzey edited an entire new bible translation I will assume he is not stupid. Therefore, he knows better than what he wrote here. Let's take a look at 1Corinthians 14:10:
There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, - 1Corinthians 14:10 (ESV)
Does this verse declare it is impossible to speak gibberish? Of course not. It says that the languages of the earth all mean something, which by the way is why it always needs interpretation! Not only is it wholly possible to speak gibberish but it happens every single Charismaniacal service. What Linzey does here to protect the gibberish brand is reprehensible. If we know that someone is speaking in an incoherent babble, it is not damaging to their faith to correct them. Well, other than their faith in babble. The speaking of the gibberish is deception to begin with because they think it is of God when it most certainly is not. By reinforcing this ungodliness is to mislead them even further away from Christ.
"On the contrary, here are ways to truly help people understand the baptism with the Holy Spirit and to confirm their reception of the Holy Spirit by speaking in tongues: First, have a Bible study. Read aloud the following passages and either answer questions about each passage as you read it or ask your initiates to bring notepads and pens to write down questions that you answer at the end of the study. The relevant passages are as follows: Joel 2:28-29, Matthew 3:11, Luke 24:49, John 7:37-39, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:13, and 1 Corinthians 14:10 and 14." - James Linzey