Q. I would like to know the correct way of receiving the gift of the Holy ghost. Pentecostal religion teaches that in order to receive the holy ghost you must speak in tongues. Is this correct?
I must encourage you to compare the Pentecostal religion to that revealed in the New Testament. I believe that many of the teachings of Pentecostalism are in error.
The Bible is clear regarding the manner in which we receive the "Holy ghost" (KJV) or the Holy Spirit.
It is part of the plan of salvation:
*We must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Mark 16:16;John 8:24). *We must repent of our sins (Acts 17:30). *We must confess Christ (Romans 10:9,10). *We must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:23; 22:16;1 Pet. 3:21) *We must be faithful till death (Rev. 2:10)
Hebrews 5:9 says: B
"And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation"
When the Bible talks about "obedience" it is a reference to following what the Scriptures teach regarding salvation. Jesus is the savior for all those who have followed the steps of salvation given above.
When we obey him, we also receive the "gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38 (below) is very clear. What separates us from God is sin. When we received forgiveness of sins (this happens in baptism) we also receive the promised "gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:38
"Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Notice what Peter says here. When we are baptized "for the forgiveness of sins" we "you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." I believe this is about as clear as you can get. If Peter had wanted to indicate that speaking in tongues was necessary to receive the Holy Spirit, why did he not mention it here?
Another passage to consider is Acts 5:32:
"And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey him. What must we do to obey Him? Speak in tongues? No, we must obey him by following the steps of salvation, to be freed from our sins, and when we receive forgiveness of sins, we receive the Holy Spirit.
Still another passage of great importance is Romans 8:9: Romans 8:9 "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."
As one can clearly see, all of God's children have "the Spirit of God" (or Holy Spirit)" indwelling them. All Christians have the Holy Spirit as Romans 5:5 tells us:
"and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
The grammar of Romans 5:5 is very specific. There is a point at which the Holy Spirit is given to us. The New Testament makes it very clear that point is baptism.