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It depends what you mean by "psychic." Do you mean a prophet - someone who sees the future just kinda unprovoked, as in "I had a dream that the plane would crash and it did?" Or do you mean a fortuneteller, as in crystal balls/Tarot cards? Or do you mean having other psychic kinds of powers like telekinesis or others? Those are three fundamentally different ...


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No, I do not believe that this is the only sure sign of the Holy Spirit. Also, I would question if someone is truly speaking in tongues when they claim to be. Can people speak in tongues today? I have seen people who would claim they were speaking in tongues, but there was no one there to interpret. Paul lists speaking in tongues as one of the spiritual ...


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If by psychic you mean somehow able to foretell the future or discern secret things in someone's life, we could examine what the Bible said about prophets. JEREMIAH 28:9 The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ...


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The New Testament does not give us a method for receiving the gift of tongues. On the contrary, we are taught that the Holy Spirit distributes various gifts according to His own will. Thus, it may not be His will that you or me receive the gift of tongues. The twelfth chapter of 1 Corinthians is the key text on all of this: 4 Now there are varieties ...


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Wikipedia has a decent article on this subject. There are a few places in the Bible where lists of spiritual gifts occur, which are, according to Wikipedia, as follows: Romans 12:6-8: Prophecy Serving Teaching Exhortation Giving Leadership Mercy 1 Corinthians 12:8-10: Word of wisdom Word of knowledge Faith Gifts of healings Miracles Prophecy ...


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The gift of tongues is just one of many spiritual gifts. The Bible provides examples of many people throughout history who had been imparted with various Spiritual gifts. For instance, Isaac had the gift of granting blessings (Gen 27). Balaam had the gift of cursing (Num 22). Daniel (Dan 2) and Joseph (Gen 40) had the gift of interpreting dreams. Elisha ...


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The Articles of Faith are a set of simple statements of belief, taken from a letter written by Joseph Smith to explain various aspects of Mormonism to a non-Mormon audience. The church later accepted it as a canonical statement of doctrinal points. The seventh Article of Faith states: 7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, ...


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Short Answer: There are all sorts of opinions on this topic, but I will present what I believe to be the most clear and coherent argument - from Scripture, logic, history, and observation - which is that the gifts have always been "offered", but not always "accepted". Thus, it can be seen that both the cessationist and non-cessationist views are built upon ...


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There are several lists of spiritual gifts in the New Testament: Romans 12:6-8 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28 Ephesians 4 1 Peter 4 A quick google search of "Some are called to be preachers" will show that this text comes from Ephesians 4. If you do not have access to the Internet, the tool you would use for any type of verse identification is called a ...


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While I do believe the gifts do exist today, I do not believe they are all distributed to everyone. (See Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?) Since these gifts are distributed by God, I believe they are given to each in sufficient measure to fulfill their needs. Practicing these gifts is just ensuring you are using your gifts when ...


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The sure sign of having the Holy Spirit is affirming the Lordship of Jesus. 1Co 12:3 NIV Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. As to the second part of your question regarding the justification for the belief that speaking in ...


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In addition to the list given by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, Moroni 10:8-18 lists a number of the Gifts of the Spirit, and Doctrine and Covenants 46 lists these and others. These are overlapping but not comprehensive lists. It is specified in scripture that every member of the church is entitled to at least one such gift, although there are some who ...


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Abstract The spiritual gift of tongues serves one purpose: communication where ordinary language skills do not serve. Paul saw prophecy as useful to non-believers even though its primary purpose is for the edification of believers. But speaking in a language the unbeliever does not understand fails to accomplish any purpose at all. A little context is ...


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There are (non-mutually exclusive) two lists of spiritual gifts in the early church, one found in Ephesians 4, the other in 1 Corinthians 12: Here they are: To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another ...


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You are correct, we are all given spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 7:7; 1 Corinthians 12:7). And its great that you desire to discover and develop them. Paul counsels us to do exactly that (1 Corinthians 12:31, 1 Corinthians 14:1). Lets take a look at the purpose of spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 14:12 (KJV) 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are ...


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Its important to point out that some of the gifts listed are an essential part of Christian life. Faith, for example, is essential to all Christians and there is no question that it is, and should be, active today. Likewise wisdom. The only controversy is the 'supernatural' gifts (which are often called 'charismata'), so I'll restrict the rest of the answer ...


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You are overlooking the most important word in your question, and that is 'gift'. A gift is something that is freely given - the giver chooses whether or not to give, and the receiver can only choose whether or not to accept it - if it is given. If the receiver can compel the giver in any way, or tries to earn it, then it isn't a gift. It's long been part of ...


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Joseph Smith taught: There is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he was baptized, which was the convincing power of God unto him of the truth of the Gospel, but he could not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost until after he was baptized. Had he not taken this sign or ...


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The setting in 1 Cor 11-14 is the church gathered for worship. At such gatherings Paul expects participation from lots of people using spiritual endowments, given in that moment for the edification of the church. However, there is a grave danger of people abusing those endowments for the attention and prestige. There is also a danger of "the flesh" lying, ...


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I tend to agree with your diagnosis: they are mostly bogus. Besides the problems you listed, they also don't tend to be particularly faithful to the Biblical definitions of the "gifts" in question. That being said they enjoy rather wide circulation in various parts of Christianity, with more charismatic traditions tending to hit them up a lot more ...


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The Bible speaks strongly against the pagan practice of divination, of which so-called psychic ability is part. Divination is defined as "the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means", which would certainly include Psychic fortune-telling. A number of scriptures associate astrology with ...


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Answer: No. The whole point of 1 Corinthians 12 is very simple and very straight forward - you should not boast about your Spiritual gift, because gifts don't make anyone special. Indeed, if one is arguing about which gifts are "better", then you are missing the point of - get this - the gift. A gift is not dependent on the work of the recipient, but ...


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Spiritual Gifts Inventory (SGI) is a type of material that is associated with the Church Growth Movement (CGM). It combines theology with sociological methodologies, including questionnaires, in this case for identifying Spiritual Gifts. All SGI materials are based on the assumption that gifts are given once and then remain with the bearer for life, a ...


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This is admittedly not based in the Bible (there are other answers here which already address most of the relevant passages), but according to An Exorcist Tells His Tale (good book, I recommend it), the majority of the times that specific knowledge of the future (or clairvoyance, etc.) it is not from God, but rather demons. His test is simple: Do these ...


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That would depend on the source of the power and how it is being used. In the scripture, those who are what we'd traditionally call 'psychics' are depicted as having congress with some kind of spirit. Secondly, the more important question is how it is being used; it is not uncommon for a person to claim to be a Christian psychic but fall into the trap of ...


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1Cor 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 1Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. Isa ...


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Wowsers! Great question! Also a loaded one. I'll be deconstructing 1 Corinthians 14 since this is the clearest example of guidelines (I'm also assuming that you meant the spiritual gifts in 1 Cor. 12). Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no ...


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Unfortunately, this really comes down to semantics. The answer depends on what we mean by the terms we're using. I'll attempt to clarify... Pretty much every Christian would concede that every thing, including our brain, comes from God (though it may be damaged by sin). Furthermore, it is generally accepted that the Spirit is the Agent by which God ...


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Most every church recognizes that every good thing is a gift of God, including our reason, but I do not think any denomination assigns the ability to properly reason as a unique ‘gift of the Holy Spirit.  However to reason properly about Christ by faith many churches think can't be done without the enablement of the Spirit. assume by ‘properly’ you mean ...



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