1 Corinthians 14:1-5

In the past 20 years or so, the Charismatic Movmt has continued to burst through boundaries and break barriers. – They now have articulate advocates, the likes of Wayne Grudem and others. –

More and more Baptists and reformed evangelicals testify of their tongues & prophecies, or at least their openness to it. It’s becoming trendy to be ‘reformed & charismatic’, or as I call them, ‘Calvismatics’. (And indeed, many of these are dear brothers in Christ from whom we can learn much.)

Like it or not, the Charismatic ‘Trojan horse’ has now landed on our shores and is inside the camp, and we need to be on the alert.

All the more reason why we’re taking our time in this study of 1 Cor. 12-14. – It’s THE key text in all the Bible for understanding spiritual gifts. – Perhaps never before in history has the need been greater for exercising Christian discernment. – For practicing 14:20

Never before has the need been greater for Berean Christians, Acts 17:11, who were “examining the Scriptures DAILY to see whether these things were so”. –

It has become a matter of utmost urgency that we obey 1 Thess. 5:21 and “examine everything carefully”.