Is That You? No, But That’s…
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV)
It was the morning after a Kari Jobe concert that I had attended in Reading, PA when I found a pew to sit in at one of the local churches in Terre Hill, PA. Nothing like being dead smack in Clippity-Clopland (Lancaster County PA.) for church on a Sunday morning. I got myself a church bulletin, complete with liner notes from the previous Sunday and the present Sunday, and as I was looking at them I noticed that the liner notes were on passages of Scripture that deal with spiritual gifts. Under each gift there was a question…”Is That You?” with a blank by it and under that was the word “That’s” with a blank by it. So I am wondering about the blank.
Basically this church was looking at the gifts of grace we see in Romans 12:6-8 and the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:4-10. As they minister to their community the question was if you feel you have that gift share it with the community and if you know someone with that gift you can volunteer them in the blank that was provided after the word “That’s”. So this solves my question about the blank but there was something that was left out and it is something that always creates a stir in our Christian community. It was speaking in tongues (was that I grunt I just heard or the deafening silence groaning) and the only time it was recognized as being missing was when my wife and I were talking about the sermon on our way back to New Jersey.
Then I got to thinking about what my friend, Pastor Dan McAnney, recently posted about the issue.
Pastor Dan and I got to know each other while serving a community during a tent revival that went on in a town named Egg Harbor City. And although there were many other brothers-in-Christ from other denominations and backgrounds there, we collectively chose to put all that “doctrinal nonsense” aside and got to keepin’ the main thing the main thing and that was…people need Jesus Christ and we need to reach out to this community for that cause. So as the Holy Spirit moved among God’s people who were we to inspect each other to see if each person’s gift fit our mold? If they truly have a spiritual gift it would flow out from the person freely and it would align with Scripture.
So with that in mind, here is a short quote from Pastor Dan’s recent posting…
“Speaking in tongues is a normal response to the baptism in the Holy Spirit and it should be an integral part of the daily life of a believer in Jesus who is filled with the Holy Spirit. However, I don’t conclude that anyone who has never spoken in tongues is definitely not filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe that perhaps there are some exceptions. There are other strong evidences of the power with which we are endued when we receive the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit; including prophetic gifts, miracles, signs and wonders.”
Before I close I need to make this clear, I do not speak in tongues! If there is a language being spoken in a church that I am in and I don’t understand it, I need an interpretation. And even then it has to align with The Word of God. One thing that Pastor Dan has stated and that I agree with is that under current denominational systems, true fellowship can be difficult but I don’t see denominational guidelines in Scripture. On the contrary, I see life guidelines given to men to write down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That was the gift given to them to share with us. Had that not happened all would be chaos and that ain’t something I’d call a gift, Amen? – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This:“Neither the gates of Hell, nor well-meaning Christians will stop what God has begun. We do not see ourselves in competition with any other group of believers, but just one of the many necessary to cooperate with Jesus in building His church. As I understand it, we have a common enemy, the devil, the spirit of anti-Christ, the kingdom of darkness.”—Dan McAnney
Verses to Memorize: Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13