I've been to a lot of churches that speak in tongues. I wanted to have that experience when I was a baby Christian. However, I learned a lot about it over time, and later realized how Satan creates and implements a counterfeit; so, I looked closer.
One thing that I noticed is that, in a typical tongues speaking service, a hush will fall over the crowd and someone will start speaking in the utterance commonly believed to be the Biblical gift of "tongues". 1 Corinthians 14:2 reads, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God..." The common understanding of 1 Corinthians 14:2 identifies this utterance as a “heavenly prayer language”. The tongues speaker is believed to be praying.
When the tongues speaker stops, the hush continues until someone starts to speak in English. That is believed to be the interpretation of the tongues message; the same message, but in English so that the English speaking church can understand what was said "in the Spirit". (The interpretation of tongues is also a spiritual gift spoken of in scripture.) The interpretation may start with, "My children...", or the like, and is believed to be a message to the Church from God.
Why do millions of Christians around the world just accept that claim on face value and not even use common sense to test it, let alone spiritual discernment? How can:
The link above opens a PowerPoint presentation that makes the point graphically.
It's also a very interesting fact that the Bible says, "God is not the author of confusion...", and that statement is in the same chapter (1 Corinthians 14:33).
This experience also claims to be proof that a person has been baptized by the Holy Spirit, and is therefore going to Heaven. Who would want to give that up? Like the forbidden fruit, counterfeits come with a dazzle factor of, “What’s in it for me”, which causes us to think defensively instead of critically, and overlook the warning signs.
There - but for the grace of God - go I. As I said, I wanted to speak in tongues. It took some perceptive believers to convince me to question it.
We have a common enemy, and it isn't each other. We need to team up and look for such warning signs in everything that we believe. We must also be prepared to think the unthinkable and recognize that a belief is a counterfeit. Irresolvable contradictions such as what is described above are one of the warning signs that Satan has appeared as an "angel of light" (light being a metaphor for truth). Let's face it; if you were the Devil, wouldn't you want to counterfeit the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
I'll be expanding on this topic in the future, discussing what tongues isn't as well as what it is.