Really appreciated this interview with Adrian Warnock & Matt Chandler on how embracing the charismatic gifts plays out in Chandler’s life and ministry. The big ideas from Chandler:
- No one swings from chandeliers
- Any word that someone may have received is brought privately to the elders
- They pray over it and determine its veracity
- Sometimes it’s brought out to the congregation, other times it’s not
In short, they’re seeking to handle these kinds of things—like a personal word, a dream or a vision—very, very carefully.
They’re obeying Scripture’s commands concerning such things. To “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1).
I tend to approach the charismatic gifts very cautiously, probably as an overreaction to being around a number of people who tended to not test but blindly accept. For me, it’s always interesting and helpful to see how others are approaching them.
What about you? What’s your background on this issue?
Do you think the charismatic gifts are active today and for everyone?
If so, why? If not, why not?