Tongues discussion's are so difficult because it requires an honest respect for the "things of the Spirit", which Saint Paul said would appear as "foolishness", and impossible to know for the natural mind. He went on to say that these things can only be "spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2:14). These facts put us at a disadvantage because it's hard to communicate a spiritual truth using intellectual methods. For some reason, the "tongues controversy" has a tendency to bring out the worst in all of us, including finger pointing and name-calling. Actually, this topic is very sacred and holy. I wish we could just focus on the positive. Speaking in tongues is not a condition for salvation. We need to keep our spiritual priorities in order and avoid putting the Body of Christ in a state of war over this issue. Sadly, it's already in this condition--so it doesn't need any more help. Also, God's Word commands us not to be quarrelsome--and, if possible, to live peaceably with all men. I am reminded of this as I have read over other threads...so I am sorry and repent of adding to what displeases God. Some Christians don't want anything to disturb the "status quo". Some of the worst persecution I've experienced to date came from both my spiritual family in the church and later from my natural family. As a Christian, I was both confused and hurt by this reaction. If the Word of God is our standard, why do we embrace only the parts that we agree with and reject the parts that tend to "upset" our traditions? My goal is to allow Scripture to speak for itself and avoid "reading" my own meaning into the text. I will make comments for clarification. If we throw it out because we don't think it should be there--how many other important doctrines will be recklessly placed into our "trash can of unessential doctrines for Christian living?" I opened this up in other denominations because it is too one sided in Baptist only threads. Why is the subject of tongues important? One thing to consider...When the Holy Spirit arrived on the day of Pentecost, He ushered in a whole new spiritual administration for the believer in Christ. It's not designed to be optional. Many of these things were not available under the previous dispensation of the Mosaic Law. On the day of Pentecost God introduced something entirely new. The Spirit of Christ, the third person of the Trinity, initiates this change. We should at least have some knowledge about the nature of those changes.