Robert, I know the Assemblies of God well which you have grown up with. I assure you that this group does not equate "speaking in tongues" or glossolalia as a requirement for salvation. That is not to say there may be some who do not understand their doctrine and make this false claim. The doctrine of this very respected Pentecostal Movement placed in their official doctrine that the supernatural phenomenon that you address is a subsequent experience separate from salvation for the purpose of evangelism and prayer. They understand this promised experience was addressed by Jesus in Acts 1:8 when he stated, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and in Samaria and unto the ends of the world." This power was promised to the early Church in order to have power in communicating the Gospel message in the face of the intimidating Roman Empire. This experience still continues today across the world and estimates of over 800 million persons claiming the Pentecostal experience of speaking in tongues seems to be correct. See the Assemblies Official doctrine on this experience below. Hope this helps.
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (2010. Para #7)
n.a., Our 16 Fundamental Truths. March 01. 2013. Retrieved from
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