Few areas of theology within the church have caused more division than the subject of spiritual gifts. Some in our church believe all of the spiritual gifts spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12–14 are for today. Some believe only some of the gifts are for today, and some believe none of the gifts are for today. You can see the potential for problems.
The Non-Negotiable Aspect:
We do not believe that this subject constitutes a salvation issue.
-You can believe that some of the gifts are for today, and be wrong, and still be a Christian.
-You can believe that all of the gifts are for today, and be wrong, and still be a Christian.
-You can believe that none of the gifts are for today, and be wrong, and still be a Christian.
For those who believe that the gifts are present today:
The Spirit of God does not work contrary to the Word of God.
We seek behavior that unifies us.
At Southeast, it is okay to believe differently on this issue, but we will act in this way:
-Because this is a non-salvation area of contention between believers we will not have a place in our church where the gift of tongues is encouraged.
-We will not allow the discussion of a non-salvation issue to destroy the Lord’s work.
-We believe God does miracles and answers our prayers. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, he empowers us to serve him and do good works.
For churches where the gift of tongues and prophecy are used; there are rules for their use:
1. If someone speaks in a tongue it will be one at time. (1 Corinthians 14:27, 33, 40)
2. There must be an interpreter. (1 Corinthians 14:28)
3. There must be one who discerns whether it comes from God. (1 John 4:1)
4. If it is a prayer language, there is a place to pray. (Matthew 6:6)
5. All the gifts must be used to edify the church, not the individual. (1 Corinthians 14:4–5, 26)
6. No one has all the gifts, but the Church is to be a body. (1 Corinthians 12:27–30)
7. For those who believe prophecy is a gift that is active today, the rules of a prophet apply. (Deuteronomy 18:20–22)