I was just wondering the church's position on the charismatic movement
(aka sign gifts), namely speaking in tongues, gift of healing, signs
and wonders? Is the church open to these gifts? Would you have any
references or materials or responses that would be helpful my further
study of this issue?
All of us on this team are not necessarily members of Peninsula Bible
Church, though we are generally close to PBC in our beliefs. You may
hear from more than one of us on the Paraclete Forum team.
My mentor Ray C. Stedman believed that all the spiritual gifts were
given by a Sovereign Spirit, thought not all were in use all of the
His book "Body Life" explains this fairly clearly,
Ray has a series of four messages on true and false gift of tongues,
Ray was not opposed to speaking in tongues as long as the Biblical
standards were met.
Were he here with us, I think that Ray would say that the major "sign
gifts"--such as raising people from the dead, major public miracles,
flames of fire at Pentecost, and the like, were given to clearly mark
the beginning of a new age--the age of the church. The New Testament
was not then completed. The need for major sign posts decreased as
the Bible as finished and really available.
I have never seen anyone here teach against the existence of all the
gifts of the spirit. But we have also not had any major divisions
over signs and wonders issues either. I expect our guidelines in case
of problems would be drawn from epistles such as First Corinthians.