Nothing has been abused more than the gift of Tongues,and I believe that everyone here who is civil will agree with me on that.<quoted text>
Pad, I believe in the full Gifts of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues is one of them.
But Like the gift of healing, Pastoring, teaching, speaking in tongues is not for everyone.
The part I don't agree with a bunch of people screaming, yelling, and rolling, all over the floor while they claim they are speaking in their prayer langauge.
If people pray in the Spirit, in a prayer language only God understands then it should be doing quietly alone with God.
In our church there is a woman who prays in tongues she doesn't scream and hollar, there is another woman who interprets , that is scriptual.
I do believe some people fake it Pad,
Nevertheless,just because something is abused or misused it does not mean that the basis of truth does not exist for it.
Emotionalism is the biggest contribution to the abuse of tongues,and healings and whatever else a group may be experiencing in their worship service,or Revival meeting.
I have seen the abuse through cheap emotionalism countless times,and it has left its mark on my attitude toward the public display on tongues I believe forever.
I call it frantic pentecostalism,and for many years I have not been partaker of such type meetings.Nevertheless, the particular church I attend,an Assembly of God congregation,has done its best to put the kabosh on such things,and frankly for the same reason you feel intimidated by frantic emotionalism.
I find the thin line between true worship with miracles accompanied,and the other counterfeit to be so bare,that many Christians have had to forsake the emotionalism altogether,in order to allow for the genuine article.
It is frustrating,some people in my church left because they no longer have services that emotionally stir people to seek the Baptism of the Spirit,with the accompany of tongues.In private cell groups there are those who will pray with and lead others to seek that work of Grace,but no longer is the corporate body entering into that.I personally do not miss it,and know for a fact that 90% of the people in my church do not yearn for it or miss it either.But we long for a genuine move of God to save and bring people who do not know HIM to Himself.
Now if the gifts of the Spirit evidence and are used to bring others in,that is fine,but I do not see the congregation purposely going into a n emotionally led worship to evidence the charismata.
If one wants to see such on a weekly basis,they can go to a Oneness Pentecostal church,seems that every large city has Apostolic or Oneness groups there,we have 4 in this city,and many people who want a very emotional loud worship with much tongue speaking can find it there.But they will also find some false teaching as well.Oneness Pentecostals reject the Godhead baptism,and call for only being baptized in Jesus'Name,and also they believe one is not saved unless they speak in unknown tongues,which is a false teaching that has no basis in the Christian Church as a whole.