What Is Soaking Prayer?

Q. My church offers programs (for lack of a better word) on what I now understand is called contemplative spirituality.  We have spiritual directors and there is a course on spirituality and also a deliverance ministry.

I am confused about the Spiritual gift of discernment. My church teaches that all people are “sensitive” but some are more so and this is different than the gift of discernment. I am what they call very sensitive and they recommend I attend something called “soaking prayer”.  Do you have any experience with soaking prayer and what do you think of it? Continue reading…

The Gift Of Tongues Reviewed

Q. Please help me on the issue of speaking in New Tongues.  Mark 16: 17-18 says,

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

In our churches we see people going out of their way speaking in tongues because they are told that they are spiritually immature if they do not speak in tongues and they have been using the above verse and Acts 2 as something that obligates them to speaking in tongues. Continue reading…

When I Am Prophesying, What Am I doing?

Q. I so enjoy your website.  Your MP3 Bible Studies along with your articles have truly strengthened my faith and it helps to give me a stronger desire for God and His Word.

I have a question about the term “prophesying” in the Bible.  Although I am clear on what “Prophecy” itself is, specifically as it relates to the hundreds of prophecies about the Lord in the old and new Testaments and the “forth-telling” of coming events , when I read how people began to “prophesy” as the Spirit of the Lord came on them, I’m not too clear on it’s meaning.  I am confused about what that means in a practical sense. Continue reading…

Do We Need Power Or Faith?

Q. My church is sponsoring a Women’s Conference soon and have chosen as the theme ” Empowering the Christian African American Woman in Strength, Faith, and Fellowship”.  What Bible passages are appropriate for this theme? Please reply and advise. Continue reading…

Old And New Testament Prophets

Q. Can you help understand the roles of the old and new testament prophets? I have searched your site over and over, yet I am still not completely grasping the concepts.  I ask this because recently my pastor has asked some of us who have the gift of prophecy to listen to the Holy Spirit and if He gives promptings, visions, dreams, etc about him and the church we are at liberty to share this with him and allow him (my pastor) to judge those and make a decision.  However, in the group I am the only one who believes that the office of prophet is no longer used outside of Christ. (Hebrews 1:2) Continue reading…

If You Have The Gift, Use It!

Q. You claim to have the gift of healing.  I have trouble believing this because the gifts of the Holy Spirit are usable when needed.  If someone is gifted in teaching it is evident as the person teaches.  If a Christian is gifted in mercy, that is also evident.  The recipient of these gifts does not require faith to receive them.  Why didn’t Paul just heal Timothy of his stomach problem?  He told him to drink wine instead. Continue reading…

Questions About The Gift Of Tongues

Q. I am a Pentecostal and believe that every one of the gifts is in operation today in the body of Christ and they are freely accessible by faith. That being said though I do believe that some gifts are over emphasized and have caused some misgivings and/or divisions in the BOC.

For example, where did the belief that one has to speak in tongues in order to give evidence that one is baptized in the HS come from? Mind you that I have the gift of tongues, I just don’t understand the over emphases on it. Continue reading…

Discernment Or Judgment?

Q. Over the past couple of years or so, I’m sensing that I may have the gift of discernment, in that I seem to be able to see the root of issues while others focus on the symptoms. (I have a difficulty even writing this because is appears to be pompous.) Various people have commented that they see wisdom in my words, which has caused me to watch my “tongue”. Continue reading…

The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

Q. What is baptism of Holy Spirit? Do we have it when we say the sinner’s prayer? Does Holy Spirit convict us of sin or righteousness? Thanks for answering once again! Continue reading…

Still More On speaking In Tongues

Q. I have a question about speaking in tongues (Praying in the Spirit). Do you believe in praying in the Spirit just in your room? Not in front of other people? Paul, the apostle spoke in tongues according to the book of Corinthians.

A. I fully believe in the operation of all the Spiritual Gifts in the Church today, as long as their use conforms to the instructions Paul gave us.

What I’m opposed to is the flagrant abuse and even counterfeiting of the gifts that I see in some parts of the Church. Paul spoke in tongues and wrote that the Holy Spirit prays our behalf (Romans 8:26) And he said that sometimes people who speak in tongues speak to God and no one understands them (1 Cor. 14:2) He also said that if there is no interpreter present this should not be done in public (1 Cor. 14:28) because it only causes confusion. He didn’t place any restriction on praying in the Spirit privately.