So I was at Apostolic Faith Church (my church) on Sunday and they talked about "receiving the holy ghost," which at Apostolic churches is translated into speaking in tongues. Evangelist Barney invited everyone to stay for 30 minutes after church if they want to receive the holy ghost. She said:
"I don't think it takes God all day to do nothing." (Side note: I love country folks at church)
The minister reported that when they offered the holy ghost at a service during the week 50 people received it. He even mentioned that a lot of people had been waiting for it. Evangelist Barney said on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) 120 people received the holy ghost, so she expected that many would receive it at church this Sunday. People hopped up and clapped the way people at a Baptist church would hop up if they said someone was saved.
I'm so torn. I grew up Baptist. They warned of Apostolic/Pentecostal/Sanctified church folk: always talking crazy, wearing long skirts, selling chicken dinners and misinterpreting the word of God.
I don't believe people speaking in tongues is holy or acceptable to God. I think there are just as many demons in the church as angels and though some people may think they're speaking to God, they may really be uttering for devil.
Here's why: In Acts 2 (where the story of the Pentecost is), the people got the ability to speak in another language in order to bring people who do not speak their native language to God, NOT to pray to God in some utterance that no one else understands.
1st Corinthians 14: 1-5, speaks about speaking in tongues being a spiritual gift to speak to God, so [if you believe in the Christian scriptures] it's definitely real. It goes on to say how speaking in tongues to God is edifying yourself, but prophesying is edifying the church. It says if you speak in tongues, you should do so with an interpreter. (Don't take my word for it, go open your bibles).
Due to my understanding of Acts and 1st Corinthians, I truly believe that speaking in tongues has no place in the church.
So, I'm at this weird crossroads. I love my church. I love the Pastor and I love the Word I get every Sunday. However, I was sitting in church with the boo-boo face when they started talking about "receiving" the holy ghost. I feel like if I was running for President, people would say things like "How could you go to a church where you disagree so strongly with the teachings?"
And I'm thinking this is just ONE teaching of many, but I find myself judging people because they believe differently than me. I wonder if I would do better at a church where people's beliefs lined up better with mine? What I've found is that that church doesn't exist. We all have filters do to our life experiences that cause us to interpret the same scriptures differently or hear the same Word and take completely different meaning from it.
I don't really have a conclusion. I guess I'm just wondering 1) What other Christians think about speaking in tongues and 2) If there's something your church teaches that you absolutely disagree with.