Yes, I speak in tongues. So did the Apostle Paul.
But Billy Graham says that he never has. Does that make him "less Christian" than either the Apostle Paul or anyone else who has spoken in t ongues?
For some crazy reason, we Pentecostals have gotten this whole thing "mis-wired" when we judge one's spiritual maturity by whether they speak in tongues, or whether their local church endorses, practices or forbids speaking in tongues.
We are specifically told in 1 Corinthians 11-14 that we cannot judge the "spiritual maturity" of ANY believer--not to mention a LOCAL CHURCH--by whether they speak in tongues or not. Of course JAMES 3 tells us the result of "wagging" those long tongues--and what damage that can do. Maybe we should all read that chapter again.
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost promises "power for service"--not immediate/automatic spiritual maturity. Let me encourage everyone to listen to Pastor Tim Coalter's messages on "Handling Fire" at the Peerless Road Church website. Just click on sermons and download.
And for heaven's sake....let us CEASE judging our brothers and sisters in the LORD JESUS by whether they speak in tongues or not. God doesn't judge them that way or by that standard.
Why should we?