I was actually just thinking the other day of starting a post on this! I don't really know how I feel about tongues... I don't think that there is something inherently wrong with it, but I don't think that it should be the MAIN focus of Christians. It says right in the Bible that not everyone is blessed with that particular gift, so I know that some Pentecostals think that you HAVE to be speaking in tongues, and if you're not, then you don't really have the Holy Spirit. This is obviously not true, if the Bible itself says that not everyone is given this particular gift. I also know that the Bible says that one should not do it without providing an interpreter, which I know some people do. (I wish I had my Bible with me right now to provide the exact references, but I don't.) The reason for the interpreter is to avoid chaos, confusing outsiders, etc. However, I don't know if everyone that goes around speaking in tongues is really doing it or if any of them are faking it, where all of it comes from, etc.
I am also curious, like the person who started this post, about why JWs seem particularly put off by speaking in tongues. When I was still talking to my boyfriend's JW mom, I mentioned that he had started attending a church. She said "Is he still going to that Wesleyan one?" and I said "No, he goes to another one. I think that they do some weird things at this new church he's going to." And she said in this very urgent, frightened voice "You mean like speaking in tongues!?!?" That's not even what I meant, and I am not sure why she would just assume that I meant speaking in tongues. I had never even discussed the topic of tongues with her. I just said that the church did some strange things, and she assumed I was talking about speaking in tongues, and she sounded so frightened. What is up with that? Why did she just bring that up all of a sudden, and why did she sound so freaked out? Are tongues particularly portrayed as evil by Jehovah's Witnesses? Is this a topic that JWs bring up often?