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I was pentecostal for 10-12 years, and I left over doctrinal issues.
IMO, the church i left basically said this: If you don't speak in tongues, you don't have the Holy Ghost, if you don't have the HG you're not saved.
1 Corinthians 12
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Well, that’s just plain wrong…
That is a common belief among fringe Pentecostals, the ones who border on being cultic. If you don't speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit is not in you, and you will not be saved.
That's part of the reason, I presume, that linguists who have studied speaking in tongues have universally (so far as I've seen) found that it is gibberish and lacks the foundation and structure of language.
Show me someone who can't speak German or Chinese, but is able to clearly articulate the Gospel in those languages, and I'll believe that the miracle that the Apostles experienced at Pentecost has been duplicated.
Regarding the former type of tongue (Speaking other known languages) there is a theory, that this was only needed to spread Gods word, at the beginning of Christianity, and that it is a gift that is now no longer needed.
The tongues where a person is speaking directly to God however, seem to be more widespread and increasing!
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Pentecostals border on being cultic.
Some of their worship services are more like circuses, I don't know who that is supposed to appeal to. It says in scripture that not everyone receives these specific gifts, so it is ludicrous that people act crazy, just because they think that they need to, in order to prove that they've "received the gift of the Holy Spirit."