I truly believe that if more people simply studied their bibles there would be a lot less confusion over the spiritual gifts and particularly the gift of tongues.

The “Ceaseationists” (those who believe that the spiritual gifts like prophecy and tongues have ceased) Just might take a new stand if they carefully read 1Corinthians chapters 12 through 14 in context. The Apostle Paul encouraged the spiritual gifts but cautioned that the motive and purpose for the gifts must be love and edification of the church.

On the other hand, “Pentecostals” often tend to go out of control with the gifts either by way of forcing or faking the gifts. Or they abuse the gifts by practicing legitimate spiritual gifts in illegitimate ways. The “legitimate” ways to practice the gifts are clearly laid out for us in these chapters.

Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened…  For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand. For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don’t understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don’t understand what you are saying? You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you. But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5 & 14-19 (NLT)

Study God’s Word in order to Live according to it!

 Pastor Mike