I don't want to offend anyone with this post, and I hope I don't.
I grew up in a cessationist denomination. That is, we didn't believe that extremely demonstrative spiritual gifts like tongues, healing, etc happened in our modern church age, since we have the complete Bible. Since we have the Bible, we don't need extra revelation outside of the Bible.
I went to a charismatic high school (private Christian school). I observed some things that were strange to me. Unfortunately, some of the kids I knew who did things like speaking in tongues, falling down on the ground, laughing (laughing and barking were popular back then in the charismatic world) were also very mean and hypocritical. I still didn't have a very high opinion of this type of behavior, and I didn't see why we needed it today.
As far as I know from the history I've read, the church practiced both tongues and glossolalia in the New Testament church. Sometimes after that, though...they stopped. There are a few references in the 2nd century, but it's pretty vague. Mormons did it in the early days of their church. Then Pentecostals started doing it about 100 years ago in their church services, and everyone did it. Now charismatics do it. Good or bad, it DOES influence the whole church in the West.
It happened in the New Testament, for sure. There are two different kinds, actual tongues (at Pentecost, people hearing in their own languages) and people using glossolalia (ecstatic utterances). Glossolalia was also practiced by the mystery religions and pagans before the time of Christ. All of the occurrences in the New Testament spread the gospel of Christ or edified the believers in some way. St. Paul is pretty adamant that when someone speaks in another language in church (tongues) that someone else know what he is saying and translate/interpret. In the few charismatic churches I've been in, I've never seen this happen. I'm sure it does sometimes, but I haven't seen it. Mostly it's people nattering on to themselves in worship, or sometimes the minister will do it in the microphone while he's talking/singing. This last kind makes me angry because of what Paul says.
My big question is this: Why did people speak in tongues in the New Testament, but not the rest of history (except for infrequent times here and there)? Why did people receive the Holy Spirit subsequent to belief in Christ then, but now we believe that receiving the Holy Spirit IS our salvation? I know there are answers, but I don't have a pastor to ask. None of my friends has given me a satisfactory answer, and some people have gotten very angry with me asking.
(about the sign picture at the top- I don't think it's good to have a sign up sheet or offer to give someone a spiritual gift. Spiritual gifts are from the Holy Spirit...no one decides who gets what but Him. I wasn't there were the pic was taken. I hope it was a conference about those things
, not an offer to help people speak in tongues) Do you have an answer? What's the difference between when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples and when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives today? Why didn't the disciples speak in tongues beforehand, and why do some Christians do it today?