Destruction? Is this your judgment of where ETB is going?I exercise my gift of praying in tongues everyday.
It’s part of my prayer time.
Maybe you mean because you refuse the gift it must be false?
Like the Pharisees who blasphemed the Holy Spirit, calling the Spirit by which Jesus operated, Beelzebub, I suspect many are doing the same thing today.
Please don’t let your denominational teaching led you down the path of destruction.
Claiming that the modern day glossolalia is of the Holy Spirit, and therefore anyone who denies it is of the Spirit is blaspheming, is problematic. "Blasphemy" is the cry of every person who cannot intelligently or Biblically answer the objections of people who don't believe in what they affirm. It's an indication that a sacred cow is worshipped.
It just appears to me that your responses are more on the side of personal attacks than on the side of Biblical reasoning. But just because you practice that Pentecostal tradition and believe in it, doesn't make it true. There has been an objection to modern day tongues which you disagree with, so it's your responsibility now to reasonably provide Biblical interpretation to explain your position, and that with respect, and not with implied judgments.
Here are some facts I would like to bring out:
1. It is quite impossible to prove that modern day tongues is miraculous. At no time has a tongue talker shown that his "language" was understood by anyone, whether it be someone knowing the language, or someone receiving a miraculous interpretation.
2. The interpretations of tongues given today are not shown to be miraculous orations, but only a pretense of them.
3. Tongues of today are not languages, as they never have enough vocabulary or structure to convey any message.
4. Tongues of today is a natural human phenomenon, since it has been proven that anyone can do it if they really try.
5. Many religious sects perform glossolalia in the same manner as the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, including those among Hindus, Muslims, and occult religions. This activity is not new, since hundreds of years BC the Greeks believed that a person speaking it was speaking oracles of the gods.
So, just because someone can't understand what the tongue-talker is saying doesn't prove that it's from God. In Acts 2, the crowd knew it was from God because they understood the message (except the sinful unbelieving attitude of some drove them to mock it). So, 3000 people became believers that day. Quite unlike the fruit of modern day tongues.