In today s ministry and in deed the past, what is the essence of speaking in tongues?
To what degree does it influence our communication to God?
How and where did it all begin spiritually and to what extent does this connect to scriptural teachings.
As kids during Easter in my village I had witnessed some faithful after long seclusions and prayers fall into a trance like situation and worshiped God with all seriousness and attention. This was a nice period and it was ok I believe.
But today, the situation is like a pastor at a sign will instruct the congregation to speak in tongues at which all will start making some noise [ noise because listeners do not understand and in most cases the persons uttering the sounds]
About 3 yrs ago a friend [ spent 5yrs in same class and were in school choir together in secondary school 1979/84] confided in me that he had cried and felt rejected because he failed when their pastor asked them to speak in tongues.
The pastor had warned that whoever failed was a sinner.
My friend ‘s junior brother had asked him why he was sad; that he [junior ] only spoke in his mother dialect and it was fine with the pastor!