In this sermon, our founding pastor continues his series on spiritual gifts, preaching on the the gift of speaking in tongues. Here are some excerpts:

The Controversy

“…Perhaps there is no issue so controversial and divisive in evangelical Christianity today as that of speaking in tongues. Some Christians believe that the Charismatic Movement is the greatest blessing that has been visited upon the Church in 1800 years…”

Perspective

“…I can find no verse in the New Testament that tells me that the gift has been withdrawn, any more than the gift of healing has been withdrawn…”

“Let me, in conclusion, throw out a few words of caution as we speak about tongues, and as we try to assess the Charismatic Movement…”

Speaking in Tongues is not the sign of baptism in the Spirit.

“Nowhere in Scripture are believers commanded to seek the baptism of the Spirit or to speak in tongues. At regeneration, every believer is baptized in the Spirit into the Body of Christ. Why search, then…”

Speaking in Tongues is not the sure sign of spirituality or Christian maturity.

“The mark of true spirituality is not speaking in tongues but fruit-bearing. Not the sound of unknown languages, but the beauty of a consistent life…”

If you don’t have the gift of speaking in tongues don’t worry about it.

…Don’t think of yourself as a second-class Christian. Thank God for the gifts you have. Paul writes, “All do not speak with tongues, do they?… But try your best to have the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:30,31); and he singles out “love” as the gift par excellence. No Christian should feel threatened because he has not spoken in tongues, so long as he is growing in grace and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in character and witness…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

August 14, 1988

1 Corinthians 12:7,8,10

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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