Over the centuries, there has been much misunderstanding in the Church concerning the matter of speaking with other tongues, not only among those who don’t speak with tongues, but also among those who do. First, there are those outside of Pentecostal and Charismatic circles who don’t speak with tongues. They know nothing at all about the subject, or they have wrong ideas about tongues that cannot be born out in Scripture.
Then there are those in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles who also know very little about this subject, even though they themselves speak with tongues. These Christians don’t realize the value derived from exercising that gift, nor do they understand the scope—the purpose and the use—of tongues. As a result, they often take tongues out of its proper setting in the Word, and their ignorance leads them into excess and unscriptural practices. They go too far, taking tongues beyond what the Word says.