1 Corinthians 12:1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.

The church at Corinth did not lack any spiritual gift (1:7), yet the apostle was concerned about their charismatic ignorance! Why? It is one thing to be gifted and quite another to understand how to function in those gifts for the glory of God and the common good. When we are ignorant of spiritual matters, we run the risk of misuse and abuse.

Moreover, how can we worship the Father in Spirit as Jesus demands (John 4:24) if we are untutored in spiritual matters? Sadly, many good Christians know a lot about trivia and very little about kingdom matters.

Likewise, many anointed people of God today perish due to ignorance (Hosea 4:6). If you’re gifted but ignorant, you will still perish. Zeal without knowledge is still tragic (see Rom 10:2). Instead of edifying others, naive charismatics do more harm than good. The road to heaven is littered with many who were wounded at the hands of misguided zealots.

Let us reject charismatic ignorance! Let us get to grips with our spiritual heritage. Let us become experts at matters of the Spirit. Let us be children in malice, but mature in spiritual understanding (1 Cor. 14:20).

Pastor Josh