I have never heard anyone speak about being 'baptised in the Spirit' and not go on to immediately talk about speaking in tongues. To me, this suggests:
- Speaking in tongues is considered to be the mark of one who has been 'baptised in the Spirit'
- Those who don't speak in tongues have not been 'baptised in the Spirit'
Firstly, it implies to me that being a Christian is not enough - there is a deeper level that the believer should aspire to. Without attaining this deeper experience, you're somehow not a proper (or indeed, complete) Christian. This strikes me as being almost slightly gnostic - that there is a 'hidden' religion within the church which only the elite are part of, something not for the masses, but only for the inner circle.
Secondly, it doesn't tally with my experience of the Spirit Himself. I've been a Christian for a long time now and have experienced times of being 'filled' with the Spirit and 'empowered' to do various things in the service of the gospel. But this has never manifested itself in the gift of tongues.
There are many spiritual gifts. Why is this one apparently singled out as the mark of spiritual experience?
Or maybe I've got all this wrong. Please comment and discuss...