[quote=Church Militant]This is an unscriptural position that they take. There are many signs of the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the fact is that if you will attend their services, (which I do not recommend) you will find that they violate the scriptural mandates concerning speaking in tongues by allowing disorder in their services and speaking and praying in tongues aloud without it being clearly interpreted. 1st Corinthians speaks to this in particular since that church had this problem too (Both letters to the Corinthians are worth reading for context)
In fact, it is entirely possible for tongues to be not from the Holy Spirit at all, but from the devil, particularly where there is disorder and disobedience to the scriptures like that. I speak as one who spent many years in the Assembly of God (was a deacon there) and knows what I’m talking about.
Excellent post Church MIlitant. I thought as soon as I saw the question that the practive violates Scripture. Here’s 1 Corinthians 14:
26 So what is to be done, brothers? When you assemble, one has a psalm, another an instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything should be done for building up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let it be two or at most three, and each in turn, and one should interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, the person should keep silent in the church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others discern. 30 But if a revelation is given to another person sitting there, the first one should be silent.
And a couple of verses later:
37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he should recognize that what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not acknowledge this, he is not acknowledged. 39 So, (my) brothers, strive eagerly to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues, **40 but everything must be done properly and in order. **
Hope this helps. Thanks and God Bless.