Good post. Lets talk about the Gift of Tongues first.
What Busenitz is mainly speaking out against is not tongues, but rather something called prayer language. This practice cannot be supported by
Scripture. Tongues, which Busenitz pointed out, is the miraculous ability to speak in a language unknown to the speaker, but at least known somewhere
The English word “another” appears eight times in 1 Cor. 12:8-10, but in the Greek two different words are used. One means another of the same
kind (allos) and the other means another of a different kind (heteros).
Using the literal Greek meanings, the two verses would read like this.
“To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another (of the same kind) the message of knowledge by means of the same
Spirit, to another (of a different kind than those given wisdom and knowledge) faith by the same Spirit, to another (same kind as faith) gifts of
healing by that one Spirit, to another (same kind as faith) miraculous powers, to another (same kind as faith) prophecy, to another (same kind as
faith) distinguishing between spirits, to another (of a different kind than either previous group) speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to
still another (same kind as tongues)the interpretation of tongues.
The way these words are used makes it seem like Paul separated believers and their gifts into three groups. The first group gets wisdom and knowledge;
the second group includes faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, and discernment; and the third has tongues and interpretation.
Busenitz says that healing, prophecy, and tongues are completely gone. Yet, I never saw him quote Scripture that stated the Spiritual gifts had left
I know I heard him mentioning being able to discern the truth, which as you can see is a gift grouped with prophecy, and faith is also grouped with
prophecy and I know many people with that gift. I believe that believers are still capable of receiving those, how ever I also believe that they
require an extraordinary amount of faith and trust in God to be blessed with them.
1 Cor. 14
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
1 Cor. 14
18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an
If the Spiritual Gift of Prophecy is gone, why are we told to desire it? Paul is saying to desire the greater gifts, because they do more for the
Church(Body of Christ), but why would the Bible tell us to desire the gift of prophecy and healing and miracles if we were no longer capable of
receiving them? Notice he discredits those who seek the gift of tongues to prove how holy they are. The gift of tongues would be worthless with out
someone with the gift of interpretation, because otherwise the gift is not edifying the Church. However, that does not mean the gift is thrown out of
the body all together. I do, however, agree that a prophet of God must reveal a revelation with 100% accuracy.
Why should we be able to be bestowed with these Gifts?
1 Cor. 12 says that all the gifts are bestowed by the same Spirit, which is the Spirit of God(Holy Spirit).
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed
with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
The Holy Spirit is sealed within all believers, and God chooses the gifts to bestow upon us(1 Cor. 12:18), and who are you or Busenitz to limit God on
what he can do for his Church and how he does it.
I agree with a lot of what was said in the video, but I believe you are misinterpreting the Bible if you believe those gifts are no longer possible.