Are tongues necessary for salvation? A question we are confronted with constantly.
Why the fight? It is what happens when someone is filled with the Holy spirit. It is not a choice we have, it is what God does.
OUT OF THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES IS EVERY MATTER ESTABLISHED. A PRINCIPLE OF PROOF GIVEN BY GOD.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
They spoke in tongues when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. It was not a secret event. Peter spoke of this in Acts 2:33
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
So many saw and heard this momentous event. They were all eyewitnesses to one of the greatest events in the history of mankind. However if this was the only record relating to how people received the Holy Spirit we would have cause to doubt, but that is not the case.
CORNELIUS AND HIS HOUSEHOLD,
WITNESS NUMBER 2
THE 12 AT EPHESUS,
WITNESS NUMBER 3
THE THREE WITNESSES
In the bible there are principles laid down, especially in the Old Testament Law.
At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
The two or three eyewitnesses were mandated by God to prove a case
In the Book of Acts we have three eyewitness accounts of people receiving the Holy Spirit and they all spoke in tongues. God has proved His case. You must speak in tongues as evidence that you have received the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit, The Spirit of God, the Spirit of Reconciliation. There is no “second blessing”. This evidence, is not the “Gift” of tongues. It is the Sign spoken of in Mark 16 15-20. The sign ( word in the Greek means a mark of identification) which clearly shows a person has received the Holy Spirit, and there is only one Spirit, not many.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
If you do not have the Holy Spirit, you are not a Christian! If you are not a Christian, you obviously are not saved! Are tongues necessary, absolutely!