Are the gifts of the Spirit for
believe that God has never withdrawn the gifts of His Spirit from
believers. We are given the Spirit and the gifts belong to the Spirit
and He has never been divested of His power
or His gifts. The gifts of the Spirit are simply the works of the Holy
Spirit working within us. He has not ceased to minister through the
saints, and is still choosing to use any and all of His power to exult
Jesus Christ and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower all
believers to proclaim salvation.
However, we see that many
counterfeits to the gifts have entered into the body of Christ.
Anything supernatural that makes people feel good or excited, or
"high", seems to be accepted as a work of the Holy Spirit. We no longer
are encouraged to test every spirit (1 John 4:1). This has brought
great reproach on the Body of Christ.
Unfortunately, the gifts
of the Spirit are mistaken for spiritual maturity or being special.
Receiving a gift only makes us responsible to use the gift according to
Unfortunately, the gifts of the Spirit are seen as
being at our disposal to use when and how we please. We have forgotten
that the gifts are meant to empower us for the preaching and confirming
of the gospel and not for questionable "signs".
We also are very
aware that there is a great deal of emotionalism encouraged and too
many conditions are allowed to exist that mimic those used by
brainwashing cults. The flesh and feelings too often dictates what is
considered to be of God.
The use of the gifts is at times as
out of control as they were in the Corinthian church - maybe more so.
They are not done decently and in order. They are misused and abused by
carnal Christians who think that all manifestations are legitmate.
The use of the gifts has become, to too many, an end in itself.
In too many churches, there is FAR more emphasis on the gifts and
manifestations of the Spirit than there is on Jesus Christ and
evangelization or a holy life.
-- In too many places, there is more
of focus on exulting the Holy Spirit than there is on exulting Jesus.
The Holy Spirit promotes and exhults Christ.
-- In too many places,
there are more people going to meetings hoping and praying to see a
manifestation of the Spirit, than there are those hoping and praying to
see souls saved and people becoming bold and bright in their witness.
also seems that there is far too much teaching on the gifts at the
expense of teachings and exhortations about the way of salvation and
proper understanding of scripture. Certainly, the emphasis on
discernment has been lost.