I want to talk to somebody about this; so, GCCF folks, I will hazard a question.
(I really despise arguing and debate; it helps me little)
What do you think about tongue-speaking (in 50-words or less)?
I grew up in a cessationist group. But, my wife and I have been attending a "mild" pentecostal group for about 5 years.
Now, the preacher is doing a study on HS and tongue-speaking on Wed. evenings.
I think he wants to ramp up the heat, since many members are baptists and such.
They/we attend because of the love and fellowship.
Last night, the preacher made two points that have left me uneasy"
1. HS baptism ALWAYS is evidenced with tongue-speaking.
2. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5) died, likely, because of blasphemy of HS.
I have been reading, thinking, ...
in as few words as possible, what say ye?
(please do not just say, "I know, because I do...")
Many responses you've received thus far are based on the Book of Acts, a book of history, not doctrine. Water baptism as necessary for salvation and baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues are separate and wrong beliefs which have been extracted from the Second Chapter of Acts.
Those present on the Day of Pentecost spoke in tongues as an answer to prophecy, but tongues don't begin and end there. The Apostle Paul, who wrote the majority of the doctrine for the Church, never described tongues as one of God's gifts which has ceased. Don't believe anyone who tells you that tongues have ceased because that is personal conjecture to go along with other doctrine believed by specific groups or denominations. Some of these same people say tongues are over since the perfect has come. Well, the perfect won't be here until Christ is! I don't believe a tongue is something that is always for public consumption and when it is public there should be an interpretation, assuming that it is an unknown language. (I was present when a non-English-speaking Puerto Rican woman spoke in perfect English when English was unknown to her but not to the audience.) I was also present at a Church of God of Prophecy service when the pastor told all of the members to start speaking in tongues. They did. I don't think it is judgmental to doubt that all were speaking a real tongue but were probably repeating something they'd heard before. I don't view tongues as something we can turn on and off like a light. Since it is a gift I believe that the Giver has involvement.
Paul's teaching is right here:
1Co 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
1Co 14:2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
1Co 14:3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
1Co 14:4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
1Co 14:5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
1Co 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?
1Co 14:7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?
1Co 14:8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
1Co 14:9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
1Co 14:10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning,
1Co 14:11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
1Co 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
1Co 14:13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.
1Co 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.
1Co 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
1Co 14:16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say "Amen" to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?
1Co 14:17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
1Co 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
1Co 14:19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
1Co 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
1Co 14:21 In the Law it is written, "By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord."
1Co 14:22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers.
1Co 14:23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
1Co 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
1Co 14:25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
1Co 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
1Co 14:27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret.
1Co 14:28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.
1Co 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.
1Co 14:30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.
1Co 14:31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged,
1Co 14:32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
1Co 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
1Co 14:34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.
1Co 14:35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
1Co 14:36 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached?
1Co 14:37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.
1Co 14:38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
1Co 14:39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
1Co 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
Paul admonishes us to put things in right order but not to re-write the Bible and dismiss God's gifts.