Questions tagged [spiritual-gifts]

Relating to special abilities given by good for the edification of the church and described in the NT, such as prophecy, healing, speaking in tongues, teaching, and service.

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How do Cessationists interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB): 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me ...
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Do any Church Fathers directly connect "speaking in tongues" with anything other than existing human languages?

One of the arguments made by those who believe that the gift of speaking in tongues has ceased (cessationists) is that the "tongues" spoken of in both Acts and 1 Corinthians 12–14 are "real" human ...
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When was it claimed for the first time in Church history that the offices of apostle and prophet have ceased?

First, some context ... Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the ...
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Are there any documented cases of Xenoglossy (i.e. "Acts 2:1-13 type" tongues, understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

I'm aware of the existence of many Pentecostal and Charistmatic groups that believe in the gift of tongues and claim to be able to exercise it. In fact, one can very easily find lots of videos of ...
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs regarding which spiritual gifts are still available to the body of Christ and which ones have ceased?

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 we find the following gifts: utterance of wisdom utterance of knowledge faith gifts of healing working of miracles prophecy the ability to distinguish between spirits various ...
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How can a Christian know if they are called to be a prophet, according to denominations that believe in modern-day prophets?

First of all, are there any denominations that believe in modern-day prophets? If so, what do they understand by 'prophet'? Is it the same as having the gift of prophecy? What exactly is a modern-day ...
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Have a message in tongues and its interpretation ever been verified by an outsider fluent in both languages?

Let's say someone speaks a message in tongues (in language X) to a whole congregation at a church service, and then someone else stands up and speaks the interpretation (in language Y, understood by ...
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How do continuationists respond to the 'closed canon' argument against the continuation of special revelations and sign gifts?

In my experience chatting with cessationists, I've noticed that a very recurrent cessationist argument against the continuation of special revelations and sign gifts is what I would call the 'closed ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that make a distinction between the gift of healing and just praying for the sick to get healed?

In informal conversations with cessationists, I've heard claims to the effect that the gift of healing is fundamentally different from just praying for a sick person to get healed. That someone with ...
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What are the strongest apologetic arguments for the existence of miracles and the supernatural gifts of the Spirit during the apostolic age?

The four gospels, the book of Acts and the epistles by the apostle Paul affirm very clearly that the early Church was endued with power from on high. Christians during the apostolic age had access to ...
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Are there any extra-biblical documented instances of the gift of interpretation of tongues in the history of the Church?

The gift of interpretation of tongues is mentioned in chapters 12 and 14 of the apostle Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians: 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another ...
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How do Cessationists reconcile the doctrine of Cessationism with Paul's exhortation to earnestly desire the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 14:1?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy What would be the point of earnestly desiring the spiritual gifts if they have ceased?...
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Are there any denominations that teach their members how to hear God's voice better, as exemplified by the Apostles in Scripture?

From time to time I have come across people who claim to have heard the voice of God speak to them in various circumstances. To someone who has never experienced this firsthand, this may sound a bit ...
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Are there any accounts of "words of knowledge" taking place outside of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations?

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by "Word of Knowledge" to avoid confusions. I'm particularly interested in the following definition from Wikipedia: [...] It can also be defined as ...
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How do Continuationists respond to the "go empty hospitals" objection against the gift of healing?

An objection that I've heard many times from both atheists and Cessationists against the gift of healing is the following: If the gift of healing is for today, why don't we see faith healers emptying ...
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Is there any historical evidence that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit were still in operation after the apostolic age?

Once the apostolic age finished with the death of the apostles, is there any evidence that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (e.g., tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, healing, miracles, etc.) ...
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How do Cessationists respond to "the counterfeit proves the real" argument?

I don't have an explicit source at hand to cite, but sometimes I've heard Continuationists put forth the argument that "the counterfeit proves the real", "the counterfeit proves the ...
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Which Christian groups/denominations in the history of the Church have encouraged their members to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy?

I'm interested in learning more about the relevance that the spiritual gifts have had for Christians over the course of history, with special emphasis on the gift of prophecy. For the apostle Paul, ...
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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Continuationism is the idea that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, tongues, healing) continue in the present day. This is contrasted with cessationism, which says that such gifts have ...
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Are there any Christians who are partially cessationist with regard to the gifts of the Spirit?

I'm aware of the existence of both cessationism and continuationism as extreme positions regarding the gifts of the Spirit. One affirms that all the gifts of the Spirit have ceased, whereas the other ...
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Did any early Church Fathers record the event of the ceasing of spiritual gifts?

A central belief held by an overwhelming majority of Cessationists is that the "supernatural spiritual gifts" (e.g., tongues, prophecy, healing, miracles, etc.) ceased with the end of the ...
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What is the oldest recorded commentary on 1 Corinthians 12?

What is the oldest recorded commentary on the 12th chapter of Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians? Plenty of people have written commentaries on this chapter, many times biased by their own ...
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What was the early Church's understanding of the practice of "praying in the Spirit" during the ante-Nicene period?

The Apostle Paul alludes to the practice of "praying in the Spirit" in at least two of his epistles, namely: Ephesians 6:18 (ESV): 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and ...
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How do Latter-day Saints explain testimonies of profound experiences with the Holy Spirit in other denominations?

Note: I'm afraid that this question might make some cessationist readers uncomfortable, but given that Latter-day Saints are continuationists, I'll just go ahead with it. It's my understanding that ...
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According to LDS, do all non-LDS Christians lack the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and if so, how does this lack manifest itself in the lives of non-LDS?

I just finished reading Chapter 16: The Gift of the Holy Ghost of the LDS book Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual. One section that caught my attention is the following: “True it is that honest ...
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Do Full Preterists believe that the perfect came and the gifts of the Spirit ceased in A.D. 70, as per 1 Corinthians 13:8-12?

1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically?

The concepts of "being called by God" and "ministry" are biblical. We can find them in passages such as: Ephesians 4:1-14 (ESV): I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to ...
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Does Irenaeus indicate that people were raised from the dead in the 2nd century?

The following words of Irenaeus are recorded in Eusebius's Church History: For some of them drive out demons effectually and truly, so that those who have been cleansed from evil spirits frequently ...
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What is the biblical basis for "spiritual drunkenness"?

According to Wikipedia, Spiritual drunkenness refers to a phenomenon seen in some Christian denominations, particularly those associated with Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement, in which ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after personally witnessing or experiencing a sign gift?

Has ever a cessationist Christian become a continuationist for first-hand experiential reasons? Are there published testimonies from ex cessationists who became continuationists after they had a first-...
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What, according to Jesus, is the primary purpose and objective of sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?

After the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and filled all those gathered together in that upper room in Jerusalem (Acts 1: 13-14), they were enabled to go forth and speak boldly about Jesus of Nazareth ...
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Are there published testimonies from ex continuationists who became cessationists in spite of their previous experiences with (alleged) sign gifts?

This is basically the counterpart question to this one. Has ever a continuationist Christian, who used to be a continuationist because of having personally witnessed or experienced a(n alleged) sign ...
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How do Continuationists discern between genuine and made-up interpretations of tongues?

When someone claiming to have the gift of interpretation of tongues interprets someone else's tongue speaking, how do Continuationists (e.g. Pentecostals, Charismatics, etc.) go about determining ...
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Is there any historical evidence of the gifts of healing in operation by the second Century?

I was wanting to know if any of the church fathers have documented anything concerning the gift of healing with eye witness testimony or the gift of Miracles being in operation by the second century?
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Are there any denominations that expect prophecy instead of (or in addition to) tongues as a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

I think everybody is aware of the existence of charismatic denominations that overemphasize tongues as a sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. But what about prophecy? There are examples in both ...
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Words the Holy Ghost teaches with [closed]

Is there a compilation of Biblical words in which the Holy Ghost teaches with?
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How do Cessationists explain Spirit-inspired prophecies whose contents were not recorded in the final canon of scripture?

It's my understanding that Cessationists usually adhere to the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 as meaning that prophecy and other spiritual gifts have ceased because "completeness" ...
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According to the Bible how does one receive the gift of the Holy Ghost? [closed]

Does one automatically receive the Holy Ghost after they accept Christ or does it have to be received through the laying on of hands as spoken of in Acts 8? Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were ...
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God equips humans today with the gift of prophecy?

On a number of occasions, God revealed information about future events that were to take place by giving humans the gift of prophecy. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God still does this today, or has ...
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What is the LDS Church's position on spiritual gifts

I am a regular listener of the Glenn Beck Radio Program. Glenn Beck is a Mormon and, while he doesn't directly discuss his Mormon beliefs, he does often speak about spiritual and moral matters in our ...
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What are the different Categories of Charismatic Graces?

Definition of Charism, the theological term : The word charism or charisma (from Gr. χάρισμα) denotes a gift freely and graciously given, a favor bestowed, a grace. Charism as understood in the ...
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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

According to Catholic theology, what are the relationships of the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?
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How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came?

How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came? In particular, I'm wondering how it operated among the ancient Jewish people, who only had the Aaronic priesthood, and therefore would ...
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How do you obtain spiritual gifts? (Overview)

The Bible says we should covet earnestly the best spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31). How do various denominations recommend obtaining spiritual gifts?
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Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to Seventh Day Adventists

Can you please explain or give commentary about the understanding and uses of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Seventh Day Adventists church. For example, I would appreciate a format of (if they ...
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Can our own spiritual gifts be given to others?

Are we able to impart our own spiritual gifts on others? That seemed to be what Paul was doing here. Romans 9:1-11 ESV For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, ...
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I seek the LDS perspective concerning Cornelius and his house receiving the Holy Ghost without laying on of hands in Acts 10:44-45

While Yet Speaking - The Holy Ghost Preemptively Fell on All Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. (This_post) I found open, ...
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Under what conditions can one experience the power of the Holy Ghost?

In the LDS Church, there is what is known as the power of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of the Holy Ghost (not to be confused with the gifts of the Holy Ghost). The power of the Holy Ghost is when ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy"?

1. Question - A Reference Request for a Biblical Basis : Is there any Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy" - where People are trained how to use the Gift of Prophecy they already have? Closely ...
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Is there any extra-biblical evidence of tongues from the first, or even second, century?

This is not a question whether tongues exist, yesterday or today, but I'm looking for extra-biblical writings on the existence thereof. Is there any documentation outside of the Bible, either from ...