Spiritual Gifts

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In Christian theology, spiritual gifts are special abilities given by the Holy Spirit for the common good.

The Bible indentifies these gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-12.

Some people, referred to as cessationists, believe these gifts have ceased.

Many Christians who believe these gifts are still available today overemphasize them, with some even suggesting or claiming – falsely – that their presence or absence determines whether or not a person is saved.

At Apologetics Index we believe these gifts are still available today — though not to the extend suggested by many Charismatic Christians.

The Bibles shows that the ministries, effects, and manifestations associated with spiritual gifts are distributed by the Holy Spirit “just as He determines.” Consequently we believe that God can, at any time and for any reason, give any of His gifts to any person, for any purpose.

Sadly, though, much of what certain churches, movements and individual Christians present as “charismatic gifts and manifestations” does not originate with God, and consequently does not pass Scriptural tests.

One of the most debated issues in Christian theology is the question of what some people call the “extraordinary or miraculous gifts” of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are:

Most Common Christian Understanding of the Gifts

Whatever view we take, we must remember that according to Paul, the spiritual gifts are meant to promote the unity of the body (1 Cor. 12:12; Ephe. 4:12-13). In the letters of Paul, the unity of the body is necessary for the church’s growth. The alternative, disunity and spiritual arrogance, tears down the church.

– Source: What the Bible Says About Spiritual Gifts Rose Publishing

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Prophets and Prophecy