*We asked our congregation to submit questions for Derek to answer in our series "Ask Me Anything". Some were answered on Sunday morning, some are answered here in our blog.

•How does Kabbalah fit into Christianity?

from kabbalah.com

“WHAT IS KABBALAH?

“Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means, “to receive.” It’s the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives.” 

It is not Christian or Jewish or Buddhist or defined by any other limiting description. It is just Light, far beyond the confines of any particular faith.

I will make this as simple as I can, if Kabbalah is not Christian, then it does not fit with Christianity.

Most religions take what they like and agree with about Christianity, and then skew it to fit what will be most appealing, comfortable and easily sold to the masses.

Make no mistake, Kabbalah is a dangerous belief that will cause you to not follow the Bible, Christ, and be the disciple God has called you to be. It will just muddy the waters of your faith.

• Speaking in tongues: Are we to seek that?

• Is there a place for speaking in tongues in the church? In my personal time?

Here is my opinion on speaking in tongues:

It is in the bible, it is not a dead spiritual gift, and one must use any gift in a Godly way, not to cause chaos and/or confusion for any person.

It must be translated and/or understood if done in public.

Not everyone has this gift, nor should anyone be manipulated to think that they have to speak in tongues to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Once you become a Christian, you receive the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is not a sign of a Spirit-filled life.

I believe just like everything else in the church, too much emphasis has been placed on this spiritual gift and if other spiritual gifts were sought and/or debated as much as this one, then churches worldwide would be in much better shape.

If you have further questions regarding my beliefs and the churches stance on this subject, please read the following, taken from my The Church United series in 1 Corinthians 12:10 in the summer of 2010.

 

Tongues

The word tongue is best translated into “Languages” from the Greek. 

Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10-11, 29-30 Clearly states that not everyone can or will have the gift of tongues. 

There are at least three different uses of the gift that are mentioned in Scripture:

  • Private Prayer language: 1 Corinthians 14:14 “I pray in a tongue”
  • Missionary gift that enables someone to speak the gospel of Jesus to foreigners in their native language that the speaker does not know.  Acts 2:1-13 & Acts 10:44-47.
  • Revelatory Language that where a message of God is spoken in a language unknown to the speaker that must be translated into the native language of the people in the church which also required the assistance of someone with the gift of interpretation.

Now, it is my desire for this not to be something decisive within The Vine. We must focus on the filters of encouragement and edification.

To view the entire Spiritual Gifts message, go to this link: https://vimeo.com/13631493

To view the entire The Church United series, check out our Vimeo page:
https://vimeo.com/thevine/videos/page:20/sort:date