Carver College does not agree with the modern Charismatic Movement with its emphasis on the 1st century lesser gifts. As a consequence, Carver does not endorse the modern tongues-speaking movement for the following reasons:
The practice of speaking in tongues usually gives an undue prominence to a gift that had only limited value even in New Testament times (1 Corinthians 12-14).
Believers in the practice suggest that speaking in tongues is the evidence of the special work of the Spirit when in fact the New Testament does not say this.
Speaking in tongues tends to place more emphasis on its practice as an external manifestation of the Holy Spirit than on the work of the Holy Spirit within to produce character and behavior.
Adherents of the tongues-speaking movement claim that “ecstatic utterance” is also tongues-speaking when there seems to be good reason for believing that the gift in New Testament times was that of speaking in previously unlearned languages.
Adherents of the tongues-speaking movement often fail to see that God gives his gifts out of gracious sovereignty, not on demand and that no one gift is for everyone.
We do not deny that God pours out His gifts on man as a demonstration of His supreme grace and love, including the ability to “speak in tongues,” however we do doubt that most of the practices of and emphases given to the modern tongues-speaking movement are biblically sound. In stating our position on the modern tongues-speaking movement, we do not mean to detract from the sincerity or Christian character of many within the movement. However, applicants and Carver employees on their honor, are expected to refrain from propagating Charismatic beliefs.