Why do we tear each other a part? If we are preaching Jesus is the Only way of salvation then we are preaching the Good News. So you don’t agree the spiritual gifts are for today ? It Doesn’t matter, people are being reached through these gifts. We should care about their soul. Not debating if signs and wonders are for today .
Did God leave us unequipped? Are we only to preach scripture? Is that our only way to reach people? As I recall some need “signs and wonders”. The Jews did. Jesus said this, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” John 4:48
Yes, he was speaking to the Jewish people. But are we any different from the Jewish people? How many of us have said, “if I see it then I’ll believe it”? We are no different from them. That’s why God still uses signs and wonders to reach his people.
Sure I know the argument “the gifts were only given to the disciples to get the church started”. But, there are still people out there who have not heard. People who still need to see with signs and wonders. People who are a part of a world where satanic forces use signs and wonders themselves.
So, why would God not equip us for such things too?
I know Pentecostals get the bad rap about speaking in tongues. I know charismatic have abused some of the gifts of the Spirit. And therefore so many are burned by anything that has to do with the gifts of the Spirit. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t still use those things to reach a world that seeks them.
You look at all the movies that are being made. So many of them are Supernatural, Heroes, super powers. Why? Because many seek those things. Thet seek something greater and miraculous to change their world. Not that the gospel or the good news doesn’t change our world. Obviously what Jesus did on the cross shook the world. But Jesus himself even performed these miracles. He knew the heart of his people not only Israel, but the heart of the world.
I know it may be difficult for us who believed by hearing, but some people need more. “Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29. This is talking about us who have seen, not with our physical eyes, but with our spiritual eyes and still believe.
If you have been burned by an abuse of the gifts or you are part of a chirch that says they are not for today, I would encourage you to see God fervently about these things. Seek him about the gifts of the Spirit. Don’t write him off as something that is demonic. Jesus said something about this:
In conclusion, there are still those out there who have to see with wonders and with signs. Words of knowledge, healings, speaking in tongues Etc. God knows this. He is willing to do whatever it takes to reach many. If it’s through signs and wonders then who are we to deny His moving? If we deny these works then we are blaspheming the Holy Spirit. We know they are real if people are confessing Christ.