The TRUTH about the Supernatural
There have been many fallacies lately published all over social media about spiritual demonstrations and giftings. It seems that many have their personal opinions on the supernatural power of God, trying to determine whether it’s real or fake. As a part of the Christian faith I feel a great responsibility to share the truth.
The word of God is essential to the life of a Christian. We believe in the Word of God and the power of His demonstration. Without power and demonstration it renders the believer with empty words. (1 Corinthians 2:1-10) (2 Timothy 3:5)
Paul recollects his time with the Philosophers at Athens.(Acts 18). After turning on the great Theologian, Paul ends in Acts 18:34 explaining how only a few people wanted to continue to hear what he had to say. Only three people joined him after his great speech. This is why 1 Corinthians 2 explains that never again will he preach the word without demonstration and power.
There have been many houses of the Christian faith who have allowed the pendulum to swing too far in one direction. Some have stifled the gifts of the Spirit while others are out of order with no explanations of His truth (1 Corinthians 12-14). The scripture gives us the proper balance of Word and Power.
First of all, we have to stop this destructive language that has risen up in the church. Allowing the manifestations of the Spirit does not mean there is witchcraft operating in the church service. However, some demonstrations have been demonstrative due to being lead by fleshly desires instead of Holy Spirit. Which is why all prophecy, and manifestations of the Spirit must be tested by the prophets.
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)
(1 Corinthians 14:32)
Those leaders that can not bring correction to distractions during a service are in direct defiance of the scripture. As are those who quench Holy Spirit for the sake of time, or control. Without explanation and order you destroy sinner and exploit the Saint.
The scripture says in Ephesians 4:11–16 (NKJV): And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
So let's stop and examine this passage. The church was given gifts for the purpose of equipping the saints for ministry, and edifying the body. If the church does not embrace the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, the church will become barren of the gifts. Why are we not seeing greater growth in the maturity of the saints? They only have one of the five gifts presented to them to receive wholeness. All five gifts are to be operational in the church until the return of Christ. With further examination, church’s absent these gifts have people tossed back and forth by false doctrines, trickery, cunning, crafty and deceitful plotting. Those that have embraced the gifts, live in perfect harmony joined together where every person helps supply growth and edification in love.
There is an old adage that says, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” Just because someone misused a gift from the Lord - doesn’t mean that’s the case for all churches. This division in the body of Christ (produced by a small percentage of social media vomiting) must stop and come back to our foundational faith instead of throwing around such dogmatic language that would sway the readers or listeners to a place of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
It is detrimental for the church to come back to basic Christian principles of faith, truth, grace and mercy from leaders of the Word of God. The world is watching, they are listening! It’s our responsibility as sons and daughters of Christ Jesus to preach and teach the Word in love coupled with demonstration and power.