TM - whether or not your reasoning matched my comments, you still didn't answer my question. Since you believe that all people who are saved will speak in tongues, then I expect that when you "spoke in tongues," then everyone around you heard the gospel in his or her own language, as per Acts 2. Did they hear the gospel in their own native tongue or not? If not, then by your own doctrine, you didn't speak in tongues as did the people at Pentecost, and therefore, you haven't yet been saved.
I do, though, have good news for you, friend. Your church's website says the Gospel is found in Acts 2. We can talk about that verse in detail later, but may I direct your attention to John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but has everlasting life.
THAT is the Gospel, my friend. What must a person do to be saved? They must place their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. In the words of Paul, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved!" (Acts 16:31). There is nothing in these verses, contrary to your church's teachings, that a person must repent of their sins, promise to obey Jesus, and be baptized. If your church is correct, then John 3:16 and Acts 16:31 present false gospels, for it is NOT true that whosoever believes is saved, nor is it true that if a person simply believes on Jesus Christ, than they are saved.
Or, let's look at John 20:31, "These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name." Whether you take "these things" in the verse to refer to the whole of the book or simply that of chapter 20 (as I do), the point is clear: John wrote for the purpose of telling people HOW to have eternal life. And yet, I see nothing about repentance in his gospel. In fact, did you know that in the Gospel of John, the word "repent" doesn't appear EVEN A SINGLE TIME??? But, did you know that the word for "faith" appears almost 100 times?
The sole condition for salvation is faith in Christ. Anyone who preaches anything else--anything in addition to faith in Christ--is teaching "a gospel contrary to that which you have received" (Gal 1:8,9) and is condemned. I'd like to invite you, TM, to reject the legalism you've been placed under and put your faith in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ ALONE for your salvation, not in your repentance or your baptism. You can know for SURE you are saved, no matter what. All you have to do is take God at His Word. Again, He says:
"The man who receives [Christ's testimony] certifies that God is true" ~ John 3:33
And that testimony? "Whoever believes in the Son has everlasting life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:36)
TM, won't you take Christ at His word, that every single person who simply places their faith in Christ is saved, or will you continue to deny His testimony and claim that other conditions are necessary, such as baptism and repentance? Who should you believe, men who concocted your church's doctrine, or Christ Himself, who has spoken permanently on this matter? Trust Christ, my friend, not mere men. You can know for sure you are saved. All you have to do is believe Jesus' words in John 3:16.
Proinsias wrote:I don't think you are hearing me. Preference for ice cream is a moral issue
, brothers and sisters, is the kind of foolishness you get people who insist on denying biblical theism. A good illustration of any as the length people will go to avoid acknowledging basic truths.