Regulation of the Gift

I Corinthians 14:26-40

For the past five weeks, we have been considering the doctrinal teachings that are propagated by those in the Charismatic movement. Each week we have looked at the Word of God in our evaluation of these teachings. Tonight we want to continue to look at the corrective instruction that the Apostle Paul gave to the church at Corinth concerning their abuse of the spiritual gifts, in particular, the gift of tongues. Paul continues in the fourteenth chapter to instruct the church on the regulations for the use of the gift. To avoid any confusion, let me say again that God's Word clearly teaches that the age of signs, wonders, and miracles wrought at the hand of men has passed. It is also clear from the Scriptures that the gift of tongues were to cease and have already done so. What we have in the modern-day Charismatic movement is NOT the spiritual gift of tongues!

The instructions given to the church at Corinth were given to correct the abuse of the gift of tongues. However, it is clear from the previous chapters that much of what was happening in the Corinthian church was NOT of God! They were unable to discern what was of God and what was not, and they were mistakenly assuming that since there was an actual gift of tongues, then what they were observing and experiencing was of God. Paul told them very distinctly that they were WRONG!

The purpose in our study of the remaining portion of this chapter is to further reveal how unbiblical the Charismatic movement really is. Not only are they teaching false doctrine, but their practice of what they say is biblical doesn't line up with the Scriptures either!

I. The State of the Corinthian Worship. (v26)

II. Guidelines for Their Worship. (v27-35)

III. Final Exhortations. v36-40

Conclusion: Tonight we have considered the Scriptures which clearly teach that the use of the true gift of tongues was regulated by the Word of God. In the modern-day charismatic movement, the Word of God takes a lower position than so- called experience of speaking in tongues. Let me remind you that one charismatic preacher claimed that it was more important than the virgin birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ! In a way, we have come full circle. It becomes a matter of what will you believe. Will you choose the Word of God or will you choose to disobey the Scriptures? It is impossible to hold to the teachings of the modern-day charismatic movement and be obedient to the Scriptures! Where will you take your stand?