Charismatic Gifts Debate

2610 Words Nov 30th, 2012 11 Pages
Joshua Gaskin
The Charismatic Gifts Debate
Theo 350-D10

The issue of the whether or not the charismatic spiritual gifts are for today has caused much debate and division in the body of Christ. There are groups that say that if you do speak in tongues, then you are under demonic control and are not saved. On the other hand, some say that if you do not speak in tongues then you are not saved. What 's more, both extremes use scripture to support their positions. Fortunately for the Christian church, whether or not the spiritual gifts are for today is not a salvation issue. Therefore, we need to be gracious. Romans 14:5 say, "One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his
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1:9) through the Holy Spirit 's indwelling. We don 't know in a full sense right now, even though we have the Bible, because we are still corrupted by our sin nature. In our fallen state we can only see Christ through sin-clouded eyes. We see a reflection of Christ in the Word. When Jesus returns the reflection of the truth will pass to clear understanding (the way childish thoughts give way to mature ones) when we receive our resurrected bodies, no longer have to battle sinful flesh, and can see Him face to face because "we shall be like Him" (1 John 3:2) and then, "...we shall know fully." The context of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 seems to show that the spiritual gifts will cease when Jesus returns. Interestingly, 1 Cor. 1:7 may be consulted here as well. It says, "so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our lord Jesus Christ." The Greek word here for "revealed" is apokalupsis (Furnish 2006). It means the apocalypse, the return of Jesus. In both this verse and 1 Cor. 13:8-13 the gifts, which aren 't differentiated as to kind, are connected to the return of Christ, not the completion of the Bible. In addition, the word gift in the Greek is charisma (Furnish 2006). This is where we get the word charismatic.
The second argument are as follows; present day tongues are further revelation and must then be equal to Scripture and should be included in the Bible. However since the Bible is not to have anything added to it, the gift of tongues (and