I actually believe the gift of interpretation of tongues is more important than the gift of tongues because if it is not interpreted nobody gets any revelation or anything or understanding and it is not benefiting anybody even the person speaking in tongues.
Scripture warns about those false teachers who infiltrate the church. Someone speaks a message in tongues - so how do YOU know if the interpreter is truly giving a message from the Lord or that the message was accurately conveyed?
Because they're moved by the Spirit of God.
Philip wrote:To me, that opens a HUGE can of worms - meaning, one has to have faith in what someone babbling what to me sounds like gibberish; one has to have faith in the interpretation of an unknown (to me) message from an unknown (to me) source. That's putting one in position of trusting a person as opposed to the clear and written word of God.
The written word of God for which there seem to be as much subjective opinion.
Philip wrote:And if someone asserts to have a gift of prophetic utterances, I'd want to see proof - and a track record of totally consistent PROOF that this is true.
What, the same proof that Atheists demand of Scripture which you believe is true?
Philip wrote:The gift of HEALING? If the gift of healing exists as the Apostles had the ability - if that were a true modern gift, I can guarantee you that any church with as much as one person with such a gift would have lines around the block, EVERY service... but we don't see that, do we?!!! If that were truly going on ANYWHERE, there would be TV network crews clamoring to get footage. YouTube would have a proliferation of healings. Where are they?!!!
There are people who have this, such as Benny Hinn. Charlatan right?
Philip wrote:I see a big difference between claiming that God still does miracles (He most certainly DOES!) and in asserting that various individuals have the sign gifts today.
They're promised in Scripture though. And God is personal, so why not?
PS. I'm actually in general agreement with you Philip.
Just playing around, sorry.
I see that Pentecostal churches can do much damage to a well-rounded and healthy Christian faith.
One's Christianity and their faith that ought to have based upon mind, body and soul.
A charismatic spiritualism can lead many to believe "spiritual feeling" means God is there.
So now fast forward to a part of your life where you're feeling
extremely low. What then? God isn't there.
Or say, you feel in dire straits for many years. Are you now no longer Christian because the spiritual feeling or euphoria has disappeared?
When pushed to its logical conclusion, this spiritualism leaves Christians doubting their faith and worse.
If God isn't being felt that we've either backslided or God actually isn't around. Some may then embrace that God doesn't really exist, and turn to an anti-Christian thought as rational.
Now I don't write it off completely. That too is wrong or hasty to do I think.
Which is perhaps why I responded above with what could perhaps be a typical response from those advocating such.
BUT, it's all about balance. Balance your spiritual feelings with a spiritual mind and spiritual actions.