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.