Who doesn’t want the gifts?

There is a large rift in the evangelical church (a term I am beginning to like less and less) among those who believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and those who do not; most specifically, the “sign” gifts (healings, miracles, prophecy, tongues, etc.).

It is, arguably, a gray area in the church, although, proponents on each side would argue otherwise.  They are not issues of salvation nor pivotal doctrines of the Godhead.

So, if they are, at least, optional, then why wouldn’t you want them in your church?  If they are, at best, available, then why wouldn’t you want them in your church?  If they are too messy to deal with, then shut the church down and send people away, because everyone is messy and ministry isn’t easy.  Ministry is not for the faint of heart.

Do I like complicating things?  Not always.  But do I want God, in His fullness, to be present in our church?  Absolutely.  And why would I ever want to turn down a gift from God?  My very salvation is a gift from Him.