Roberts Liardon tells us when a public tongue comes like that, there is to be an interpretation every time so that everyone in the room can understand. (1 Cor 14:27-28) When you have a nice, marijuana smoking sinner in the church, he should not be left saying to himself, “What in the world was that?”
“But Pastor Roberts, if an unbeliever comes into the church and they hear someone speaking in tongues, won’t they think you’re crazy?”
No. Tongues is a sign to those who aren’t saved, as well as to those who haven’t received the fullness of Holy Spirit yet. First Corinthians 14:22 says:
‘Wherefore tongues are a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.” 1 Cor 14:22 (KJV)
Roberts Liardon tells us that some churches are embarrassed about the gift of tongues and the gift of the interpretation of tongues so they push them over into a corner. Don’t ever be afraid that tongues and interpretation will spook your visitors. Tongues is a sign to them. Usually, the people that get upset about tongues in the assembly are Christians, not sinners! It’s true that there are times when tongues should not be the forefront activity in a service, but you should never be embarrassed about it either. In 1 Cor 14:39 Paul said, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.” Paul also said, “I thank God I pray in tongues more than you all…” (1 Cor 14:18) That means Paul prayed in tongues a whole lot and he was not ashamed of it.