1st Corinthians 12 Introduction

I need to start out the next three chapters of Corinthians by saying that I was born and raised in a Pentecostal church.  I don’t apologize for that but simply explaining the thought process behind what you are going to be reading.

My Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather were part of the building of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in North Carolina.  My Grandparents and my parents were part of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and I attend a Church of God in Christ.

Please don’t misunderstand the reason I am telling you this.  Many people disagree with our interpretation of the next three chapters of Corinthians.  We believe in the gifts of the Spirit and that they are for our church today.  We believe and practice Speaking in Tongues.

What we do NOT believe is that you have to agree with our denomination in order to be saved.  Salvation has nothing to do with the gifts of the Spirit.  These gifts are just that.

The only reason I have for explaining all of this to you is that I do not want to offend anyone in any way.  Some of the things I may say could be interpreted differently that my intentions.  I have no disrespect for any denomination and do not want anyone to misquote me by insinuating that I have judged any one in any way.

You will see more of the reason why when we get into chapter 13.


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