LFC is non-
In the Bible miracles always had a specific purpose. They were usually referred to
as 'signs' to emphasise this. The first mention of a man being given a gift to perform
miracles is in Exodus 4. Moses was given signs to perform to authenticate that he
had been sent by God to lead the children of Israel out of captivity (Exodus 4:1-
Jesus' miracles also authenticated his ministry, as we read in the gospel of John:
"And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are
not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name" (John
The same also applies to the apostles, as Jesus said in the gospel of Mark: "And
these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons;
they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything
deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they
will recover" (Mark 16:17-
In all cases the gift was only for a period of time, not the whole of a person's life. It appears that even Paul was no longer able to heal later on in his ministry, as he states the following near the end of 2 Timothy: "Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick" (2 Timothy 4:20).
The miracles in the Bible were instant, complete and verifiable. Sight was restored, withered limbs made whole, leprosy healed. This is in contrast to what happens today. Why are the miracle workers not visiting the hospices and hospitals, thereby emptying the wards?
The only instruction in the New Testament on the subject of healing today is James
We strongly believe that God can and does heal today, but no one has a gift of healing and no one today can guarantee 100% success.
The Bible clearly tells us that speaking in tongues involved the miraculous ability to speak another human language instantaneously (see Acts 2). The gift of tongue speaking is only mentioned twice more in Acts and then only in 1 Corinthians! Luke in writing Acts uses the same Greek word for tongues as Paul when he wrote 1 Corinthians, showing us that they meant the same thing.
Paul tells us that the gift of tongues will come to an end in 1 Corinthians 13:8: "Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail, whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away". We know that this must happen before faith and hope come to an end (which will be when Jesus returns), since verse 13 says these will abide: "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Love, of course, is the greatest because it will never end. There is some debate among Christians as to what 'the perfect' means in verse 10: "But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away" (1 Corinthians 13:10). Some say heaven, others say the completed Bible, but the key point is that tongues will cease.
When will the gift of tongues come to an end? When they have achieved the purpose
for which they were given. Why was the gift of tongues given? Paul tells us: "Brethren,
do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding
be mature. In the law it is written: 'With men of other tongues and other lips I
will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,' says the
Lord. Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers;
but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe" (1 Corinthians
They were a sign to the Jews that God's blessing, which they had rejected, was now
being given to the Gentiles. We know from verse 21 that by 'unbelievers' he means
Jews, because he quotes from Isaiah, who was preaching to the children of Israel.
Isaiah's warning was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. In Acts 2:18-
The gift of tongues was like a fire of warning to the unbelieving Jews. It was lit
that day and burnt brightly for a time in Jerusalem and then moved out into the surrounding
lands as the gospel spread. Like a fire, the gift died out in the place where it
had started and spread far and wide, until it had achieved its purpose. Then it gradually
fizzled out. That is why we do not read about tongues in the later letters in our
Bibles. The gospel had gone to the Gentiles; God's judgement fell on Jerusalem in
70 AD. The sign was and is no longer needed. Those who seek to exercise this gift
today must square their view with 1 Corinthians 14:20-
Gifts of prophecy and words of knowledge were used by God in the early days of the
church to teach and lead the new believers. However, once they had the complete Bible
they no longer needed these gifts. In Ephesians 2:19-
In 2 Timothy 3:16-
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
In other words, the Bible contains all that we need for faith and life. The Bible's contents are sufficient and detailed enough to make us a “complete” person, “thoroughly” equipped to do anything in life. It lacks nothing. There are no gaps, missing teachings or prophesy. As this is so why would we need prophets today?
All those who prophesied in the Bible were 100% true and accurate. Today even the
most ardent supporters of prophecy today admit a high error rate. Deuteronomy 13:1-
All of the beliefs outlines above are based on what the Bible has to say. We understand that other Christians hold different views, and we respect their positions, as long as they have arrived at their conclusions after carefully studying what God has to say in his Word the Bible. For us, however there are much more important matters to concern the Christian than revelatory gifts and miracles. Gifts are no evidence of grace in a person's heart. Judas performed miracles; the wicked Caiaphas, high priest in Jesus' time correctly prophesied on one occasion. The need of the hour is not great gifts but great likeness to Christ. Please read 1 Corinthians 13 and see Paul's emphasis. Without the grace of love we are nothing.
If you would like to listen to some excellent sermons on 1 Corinthians 12-
Finally do email us if you have any questions or wish to discuss further.