After reading through the thread - I am discouraged to see those who profess love for Christ - battling it out over "speaking in tongues"
Goodness! Does it not strike you that these kind of arguments are (yet another) battering ram the enemy uses to divide us?
I have been around the Charismatic "movement" as well as the more "fundamental" churches since the 80's - I can tell you that this battle has been dividing the body ever since. I can tell you that this is an issue that has the power to get sincere believers really angry with one another.
We can't afford to be divided. We need to be united - in order to pray. Our enemy has us all in his sights - and he ain't playin - according to Revelation 13:7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
It is arguments such as these that WILL wear us down - as prophesied in Daniel 7:2525 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High . . .
I for one, am getting worn out. I am sickened by what I see going on in the world, and sickened even more by what I see in the body.
The love of many HAS INDEED grown cold . . .
Those of us that are "awake" - would be wise to steer clear from such senseless arguments.
We love one another - by respecting one another. We will never agree on ALL things - except that we are sinners, saved by Grace through the completed work of Christ on the cross - not a work of our own.
The ONLY way will can overcome IS TO STAND TOGETHER - like Jesus taught us in
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.