I’ve never lied about my religion or my religious affiliation, but when I was a teenager and a very young Christian, I went to a retreat one time in which almost everyone else was a charismatic Christian believer who spoke in tongues. Some were my age, while others were older.
Speaking in tongues wasn’t the topic of the retreat. I think it was ‘Growing into a deeper relationship with Christ’ or something like that, so I was all in. They taught about other things besides tongues, but tongues seemed to be one of the main topics.
When they found out I didn’t speak in tongues, I was kind of surrounded and coached for an hour or more by a number of people and told how I needed to open up to the gift of tongues from the Holy Spirit. They kept at it until I finally started speaking in tongues, too. The only problem was that I was faking it out of peer pressure. :o I probably sounded like Fred Flintstone with all the “Yabba dabbas” I could mutter.
I didn’t want to be the only one who wasn’t open to the movement of the Holy Ghost when everyone else was doing it. I was confused and thought you had to do that in order to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ.
I’m sure the people there who surrounded me meant well, but when I went to bed that night I felt like a horrible hypocrite and a fraud.
I learned a valuable lesson from that experience. From that point on, I decided to always be honest and never do anything out of peer pressure, even if it disappointed another Christian. It’s better to be an authentic “me” than be a fake version of what someone else wants me to be. I’ve lived by that motto ever since.
Note: I am not bashing Christians who speak in tongues, by the way. I respect it, I’ve just never done it.