• It Is Finished Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    Several years ago, I attended a conference that was held at a charismatic church. The building was the size of a small country and, being an inquisitive fellow, I decided to take a little stroll through the church’s many corridors. Halfway through my journey, I came upon a room from which a host of odd sounds echoed, but out of fear for my own well-being, I did not enter. I later found out that I had heard the sounds of “tongues training.” I learned that it was the church’s practice to instruct its young people on how to properly … View Resource

  • Spirit of Light Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    The reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. John Calvin himself has rightly been described as “the theologian of the Holy Spirit” (B.B. Warfield). Yet Reformed Christians always have been given a “bad press” for their views on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our conviction is that God purposefully gave some gifts (specifically the ability to work miracles, the gift of revelatory prophecy, and speaking in tongues) only for a limited period. We have solid Biblical reasons for believing this: 1. A temporary manifestation of these gifts is characteristic … View Resource

  • Thus Saith the Lord? Article by Rod Rosenbladt

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    LAST WEEK, THE LORD TOLD me.…” To someone from a Reformed background, it is sort of jarring to hear a statement like that. But the proposition is not all that unusual—especially in Pentecostal circles. I remember once asking a question to a Sunday school teacher in my very young years in pietistic Lutheranism. She did not know the answer, but she replied, “Ask the Lord about it and I am sure He will reveal the answer to you.” As a very young boy, I took this to mean I should listen very, very quietly after I “asked the … View Resource