so what’s the problem with signs & wonders?

signs & wonders are in the bible  right?    so that, makes them biblical right?   Jesus did them – the early church experienced them- the  devil counterfeited them  –   yep yep all true..

however,   todays “church”  is off base   with the signs & wonders  culture  & here’s why.

  •  S & W   are a one time, in the moment event –  even if we claim to be in a environment or culture where  S&W  are expected to be our normal experience…   they only serve the purpose of that one moment….  Now,   I believe our God can perform miracles & healings & I would never would want to deny someone their healing..  the problem is that the S&W culture which is created becomes addictive….    there is always a cry for more…  & an expectation that God will “do the wow factor” –   the mindset undergoes the change of being & taking responsibility for ones life –   to a snap my fingers & God will do it for me approach..
  • S&W  are not a right – purchased through Christ’s atonement on the cross…….    if they were so, it   would automatically follow that all people after salvation would have such an experience
  • Galatians 5 talks about the fruit of the spirit being  “longsuffering”    the S & W  culture teaches the exact opposite in receiving “your breakthrough”    & the implications of Kingdom now theology  are that the perfection that is found in heaven is for us here on earth right now…    ie :   no “longsuffering”
  • in the S & W culture, because of high expectation, everything is a sign…   not much discernment is offered & if it is it isn’t honoured but dismissed…     S& W are  often exaggerated….    & embellished beyond the originators testimony.   because in this  environment EXPERIENCES trump everything else
  • there is an undercurrent belief that the more  S&W in the mix – the more God is present.   & therefore it follows that the more S & W – the  more spiritual or favoured  a particular person or group is.
  • the  word of God  says  that S&W follow  the Gospel-   but if no Gospel  is ever shared –   how can we be sure that the S &W are genuinely of God
  • even receiving    a personal miracle (such as being raised from the dead)  is no guarantee of a persons salvation.   why because- we cannot “purchase” people into the kingdom of God this way  –   Jesus is the only one who has literally paid for our own salvation through his sacrifice on the cross.
  • in this movement – moving in a S & W realm  is all about exercising personal risk – & developing ones gifting..   the person receiving the miracle is pretty much secondary – in the equation…   on the streets this is highly irresponsible because there  is no care or concern for follow up for the individual unless they themselves initiate it
  • risk is confused with exercising faith…  & in actual fact  developing  a S & W culture undermines faith rather than promoting it……  I know that sounds strange. but  if we are in an environment where we always need to experience “God” in a tangible & definable  his presence is measured..   where then is the ability to stand through adversity & trials going to be tested out in our lives..? we need faith to know that God has that totally covered…  but if that process is continually linked to our experiences-   that’s not really faith…

remember the children of Israel – they had supernatural provision every day for 40 years in the wilderness..   manna, shoes that didn’t wear out, direction by a pillar of fire…..  & in that 40 year moment the day came when it ended…  they settled in the land & had to work for their provision-   instead of God providing they had to grow up & take responsibility –   they had to process that out instead of living of in the moment of the “event”

now am I saying im anti S & W  nope!  not at all…  what i’m saying is let’s be wise, lets understand this better-  S &W as part of a journey not the ultimate destination.