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Why some Pentecostal churches shun speaking in tongues

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Guest pastor Nick Farone leads a Pentecostal service at The Three Crosses Church in Chatsworth area of Los Angeles. The 40-member church is among others nationwide that is reducing or cutting out speaking in tongues.

Associated Press/Aug. 18

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Pentecostal members attend a service at The Three Crosses Church in Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.

Associated Press/Aug. 18

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The Assemblies of God, one of the nation's largest Pentecostal denominations with 3 million members, has 66 million members worldwide. Assemblies officials worried about the decline in messages in tongues -- or spirit baptism -- at a general council meeting this month. The practice decreased by about 3 percent to fewer than 82,000, the lowest total since 1995, according to statistics released by the church.
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    • Guest pastor Nick Farone leads a Pentecostal service at The Three Crosses Church in Chatsworth area of Los Angeles. The 40-member church is among others nationwide that is reducing or cutting out speaking in tongues.
    • Pentecostal members attend a service at The Three Crosses Church in Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.
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