SATURDAY July 7, 2018
A Church in Order
If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
1 Corinthians 14:27-28
Go back over 1 Corinthians 14, because I want you to notice how many times Paul used the word tongue or tongues. As you do, you can tell there was a problem concerning the use of the gift of tongues in the Church. Paul, through the sound teaching of God’s Word, brought order back into the Corinthian Church. There were no more excuses for being out of order.
Paul instructed that if there was no interpreter for someone who spoke in tongues, then a person with the gift of tongues should keep their mouth closed. They should not say anything, but keep silent in the Church. Paul taught that the gift of tongues should not be spoken openly, in public, but it was something beautiful to be kept and exercised as they spoke to God in private.
In fact, Donald Gee was an amazing theologian to the Protestant Charismatics and the Pentecostal churches. He warned them about using the gifts of the Spirit for selfish satisfaction, and not to get caught up in fanaticism or to forsake the pure worship of God. Yet they did not listen to him, and today, there is no proper order for the gifts of the Spirit in the Pentecostal churches.
In a broad general sense, Calvary Chapel is the middle ground between fundamentalism and Pentecostalism in modern Protestant theology. In fact, we believe that this is at least part of the reason why God has raised up this ministry.
~ Chuck Smith~
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