can any one answer this for me
Where is it written, "speak tongues and be saved?"
According to Acts and Corinthians the manifestation of tongues is a spiritual utterance. Paul provided a strict guideline for its appropriate use - which is generally ignored by Pentacostal congregations.
Far too much importance is attributed to tongues and far too much rhetoric is misdirected against it by others.
I've attended a few rare services where the manifestation of tongues glorified God NOT THE SPEAKER, which is unfortunately most often NOT the case in Pentacostal congregations. I've attended far too many Pentacostal worship services where tongues were abused as a sort of spiritual PRIDE by one or two members (including the pastor).
Fake tongues proliferate in a congregation that's lacking in spiritual maturity. Somehow it becomes the focus of spiritual life even as the more important issues are ignored. They ALWAYS begin with the fake word SHUNDA
blah blah blah blah and so forth. After a minute or two of this rubbish the pastor or some other 'spiritually superior' person will sound forth with an interpretation - usually just as fake as the fake tongues.
Next time I attend a service like this I'll shout out the Shema in Hebrew - SHEMA YISRAEL, ADONAI ELOHENU, ADONAI ECHAD
. (english = Hear O Israel the Lord our God. The Lord is one.) Deut. 6:4 I wonder what the interpretation will be. What do you think?
From my perspective the gift of tongues is rare indeed. It still happens and on appropriate occasions it glorifies God. The word rare means not often. More often than not it is inappropriately used to glorify the speaker's pride rather than to glorify the Lord of Hosts.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...