Dear brethren, we of the New Prophecy church are not just in- the business of promoting the wonderful gift of speaking tongues, but also in the business of formulating home cell groups so that Christians can worship God in a less formal setting free from the restraints of institutionalised religion. We are of the opinion that home church will in the future be the only refuge available when persecution of the church begins hence, preparation begins know! The speaking in tongues has become Pentecostals thorn in the side believing it to be some what of an embarrassment. Many church leaders are teaching that other features of their faith are more pragmatic and helpful than speaking in tongues. For example, Harris who began preaching when he was 12, is a fourth-generation member of the Assemblies of God. His great-grandfather was a church pioneer who founded a Pentecostal camp meeting in Southern Illinois. Harris has pastored First Assembly for two years, and he said audible tongues was heard just “once every two or three months” at the church. “We do stress that the initial physical evidence of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.....but we do not encourage people to seek tongues. We encourage them to seek God and to seek the power of the Holy Spirit for witnessing. Tongues is just a byproduct of that.”
But what Pastor Harris is forgetting is that the power for effective witnessing..... comes from the speaking in tongues!
"You will receive power know that the Holy Spirit has come upon you"- says Acts 1:8
Let me ask you this question; "do you go along the same thinking as Harris?" This mind-set seems to be the norm which only goes to show that tongues have not been prioritised to say the least.
Sadly those of my generation (1970's) who once enjoyed the benefits of tongues in joyful service to God are know just existing in the formalities of a traditional church culture due to its neglect. Can this be you?
We of the New Prophecy Church believe that not only is tongues beneficial in service to Christ and His Church but also its accompanying gifts of prophecy, interpretation and discernment.
Satan tells a lie!
The bottom line is this: Pentecostalism has succumbed to Satan's lie -that the speaking in tongues is a little old hat for the modern church. If the truth be told, tongues is not only a necessity in every day living but also paramount in the functioning of Christ's church in preparation for these last days.