One of my biggest gripes with Charismatic/Pentecostal church services is the ruckus that ensues when an entire congregation begins speaking/shouting in tongues during the service. This just seems to be out of order, unruly even. But then I wonder, if this is the norm in these services then is it really out of order? In other words, while such behavior might be inappropriate in the local Catholic or Baptist church, that doesn’t necessitate that it’s out of order in the Charismatic/Pentecostal church. The fact of the matter is that we all have different orders of service, different liturgies (or lack thereof), and what’s normal in one church might be abnormal in another. If Charismatics/Pentecostals keep their tongue talking limited to the times when it is appropriate to do so then they aren’t really being disorderly, are they? But if they interrupt the preaching or some other part of the service with their behavior then they are, right?
What do you think? I’m especially interested in what the tongue talkers have to say.