Growing in the Apostolic Church, you had to, no questions asked, don’t even think about not doing it, but you had to speak in tongues as evidence of receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. And though it was not taught, but it sure did seem that they only way you could receive the Holy Ghost was to tarry. Again, not all received the Holy Ghost by tarry, some got it doing service, some got it (though the Holy Ghost is not an it) but some got it right after water baptism. But most doing my day received the Holy Ghost like myself, doing an old fashion Tarry Service.
As I was preaching Sunday, I jokingly said that I have never been to boot camp, but I have been to tarry service, because when I came up, it was brutal. Those old saints would beat you on your back, holler in your head, as you would holler over and over again, “Thank You Jesus” or Hallelujah”, until you spoke in other tongues. Some received the Holy Ghost very quickly, then there were stubborn folks like (well never mind) me, I mean some people, it took years, and years.
Now understand that I am not knocking tarry service, it taught discipline, and I am thankful for those old saints that labored with me. But I only wish I knew back then, what I know now that receiving the Holy Ghost is not as hard as I thought. As it is a gift that God wants to give to you, all you have to do is to receive it.
So I said all that to say this…..who remember the old fashion tarry service out there?