I am the pastor of a church that does not stress speaking in tongues. However, I have tried my best to make a climate of Christian fellowship and worship that will accommodate both those who speak in tongues and those who do not. My intention was to open the doors of Christian sharing to everyone who loves the Lord Jesus as Saviour.
Having had about a dozen persons in the congregation who speak in tongues, I have come to some hard conclusions after a year of effort. These conclusions have been heart-breaking to me; I expected much more from those who speak in tongues than their lives have shown. Here are the reasons for my disappointment:
1. These persons arrived on the scene with smiles and hand shakes and praises to the Lord. They carried their Bibles and became a part of the congregation’s program and fellowship. However, after some months it was obvious that they had a spiritual superiority complex, and it became obnoxious. Professing to be filled with the Spirit of humility and holiness, these persons expressed the opposite. The subtle but real spiritual conceit became more and more apparent until the words “Spirit-filled” came to have a regrettable taint.
Other pastors with whom I have talked have had similar experiences. There is often a “know-it-all” attitude among those who speak in tongues that exactly contradicts what they profess in testimony. They definitely give the impression that those who do not speak in tongues have not “arrived” spiritually, do not have the sensitivity to interpret the Scriptures, do not have prayer power that can bring results.
2. These persons are insensitive to the concept of Christian discipline. In many of them, habits of worldliness remain while the tongues-speaking flourishes. Furthermore, ...1
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