Is the presence of “speaking in tongues”—or glossolalia, as it is termed technically—evidence of God’s Holy Spirit? Or are these outlandish manifestations of emotional shouts, dancing, speaking gibberish, and fainting spells a ridiculous and dangerous counterfeit?
For those of you who don’t know, I left a church my family and I had been members of for over three years a few months ago. I have a laundry list of reasons why but “speaking in tongues” is one of them.
“Speaking in tongues” was in quotes above because, despite how sincere people in the church were, they were wrong.
What initially bothered me when “speaking in tongues” started creeping into the church was that it was only done by people who went out of their way to appear more spiritual than everyone else. Yes, I know that’s judgemental but it’s where my mind went.
Most all who do such speaking take the greatest pride in the fact that they “spoke in tongues”—not in what they babbled that might have been meaningful. Few, it seems, stop and ask themselves whether their “gift” agrees with the biblical definition of tongues.
My question in all this is this. How can people who claim to be great studeants of the Bible, as all the “tongues speakers” in my former church claimed to be, get something like this so wrong?
I think it’s way past time for people to compare everything they do with what the Bible teaches and, if there is disagreement, they need to immediately change their behavior.
For further reading, here are a few links on speaking in tongues.