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February 22, 2005


betty davis

You sure do have some interesting thought processes. :)

I don't think spiritual gifts equal motivational gifts as a sum of the whole to most Christians. I think that when you speak of Christians who think on that direct path, you are probably speaking of Christians who are prosperity driven, who are mega church driven, and who are mega growth driven.

I believe that motivational gifts are given to certain believers to enable them to equip others to do the work of the ministry and are also primarily service oriented gifts. That would certainly make sense in that context I mentioned above.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are the special abilities that God gives to members of the Body of Christ which enable us to do various things. Spiritual gifts are identified in a number of places in Scripture; however the Bible does not give us a complete list of all gifts. Whatever gifts and talents you possess that are dedicated to Christ's service are truly "spiritual gifts."

1 Cor. 12:7-11 says 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

People do lose their identity and become numbers in some churches that are bent on growth, gorowth, growth. People are unappreciated, taken for granted, and end up playing church as a result. Once the 'servers' are frustrated and worn out, they are exchanged for new 'servers'. Very, very sad.

I will tell you, though, that there are a juzillion 'loving and caring and genuine' churches out there. I think rather than picking apart the ones that are not above par, we should concentrate on lifting up the churches that really are in the perfect will of God. It is not good to put down our brothers. If they are not performing in a Christ like manner, then they need to be ministered to and lifted up to the Almighty. If they refuse to listen, if they refuse to repent and change their ways, then we leave it to God and move on. You see, we can sit around and discuss what is wrong with everybody, be unhappy about it, and put the Christian church down, but that is not what Jesus would do. We are only human just like every other christian, and I believe too much emphasis is put on the people. People are not perfect and will let youdown everytime. We need to get back to being Christ centered and loving people until they get it. Some say the church is the people, but the church is Jesus. It hurts me to see Christians putting down other Christians. We should not be putting down the body in any way. We are one body and you may as well stomp on your own foot.

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