Everyone claims to be "Biblical." But we might need to revisit the way we read the Bible and some of our presuppositions that keep us from experiencing all God might have for us.
Let me give you one example...
The Bible: "Therefore (this is Paul's summary of a few chapters), my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues [click here]. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."
Missions Organization: "We will not accept people with a private prayer language or someone who speaks in tongues as a regular part of their daily Christian walk. However, if someone in the past spoke in tongues, but it isn’t currently a regular practice, the person will still be considered for appointment." [close to, but not an exact quote]
Here's a great interpretive rule when studying the Bible. It's what I call the "Caveman Principle": If you lock some jungle dude in a cave with the Bible for a year, what will he come out believing?
In this case, will he come out refusing to send missionaries who speak in tongues?
OR, will he come out expecting to see what he just read?
In a class on hermeneutics (the science of interpretation and explanation), you might hear it stated, "If the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense."Applying that, what is your interpretation of the aforementioned Bible passage (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)?
On what other issues are people (and pastors especially...me for example) missing the mark?